Josh Radnor’s Music and Drawing What I Feel

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I would say that I am the Thrill’s resident Alumni Stalker. I Facebook messaged John Green for months on end (always being left on read) and I have Josh Radnor’s tweets on alert. Once he even directly responded to me! To cut to the chase, I don’t know if most normal people know this, but Josh Radnor has a band. Yes, you heard me correctly. He and a pal write three to four minute songs with titles like “It’s Yours Once You Give it Away” and “Still Though We Should Dance”.

You know when that kid from your high school tries to become a SoundCloud rapper and you’re like, haha, thank goodness we weren’t friends and thus I can’t be associated with him? This is like that, except you chose this. You chose to be grouped with the man who willingly made this video: Continue reading

Kenyon Alumna Nominated as Ambassador to Somalia

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Katherine Simonds Dhanani ’81 has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the first ambassador to Somalia in over 20 years. Dhanani received her B.A. in economics from Kenyon and later went on to earn an M.A. in economics from MIT. She has served in the State Department since 1990, holding posts in India, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Guyana. In 2013 she was named director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs.

The U.S. embassy in the capital of Mogadishu closed in 1991 as civil war ravaged Somalia. If confirmed, Dhanani will begin working out of Kenya until the U.S. is able to construct a secure facility in Somalia.

Read more about Dhanani in an article from allgov.com, available here.

Classmate of Leopoldo Lopez ’93 Urges Support from Kenyon Community

The Thrill received this letter from Kenyon alumna Sue Corral ’93, a classmate of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo Lópezwe’re running it in an effort to encourage the Kenyon community to support his mission. Read on to learn how you can help the “Free Leopoldo” campaign.

Dear Kenyon students and alumni:

Our schoolmate and friend, Leopoldo Lopez, has been working tirelessly for years to ignite change and government reform in his home country of Venezuela.  He is fighting for his belief in democracy and his dream of a free and democratic Venezuela.

This is not surprising to those of us who spent time living and learning with him on The Hill.  Leo was an intense and engaging student, a uniter, a strong leader (ASHES) and a risk taker.  He has always believed in the power of protest and taking a firm stand, even in the face of consequence. On February 18th, Leo was arrested by the government for leading a peaceful protest.  If convicted, Leo faces ten years in prison.  His arrest is illegal, unconstitutional and against every principle of human rights.  His unjust jailing, which has sparked worldwide reaction, is a clear attempt by the Maduro government to silence dissent and freedom of speech.

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Leopoldo López ’93 Speaks Out From Prison

Photo via leopoldolopez.com

Photo via leopoldolopez.com

The New York Times has published a letter from Kenyon alum Leopoldo López ’93. López handed himself to the National Guard on February 19th and was cited with charges of “inciting violence” in ongoing street protests. (You can read about the arrest in this BBC News article.)

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Leopoldo López ’93, Venezuelan Political Activist, Arrested in Caracas

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López demonstrating with the Venezuelan national flag shortly before his arrest (via AFP, Leo Ramirez)

Venezuelan opposition leader, former mayor of capital city Caracas’s Chacao Municipality and Kenyon Class of 1993 alum Leopoldo López has turned himself in to authorities on “charges of inciting violence” during recent street protests in Caracas. Continue reading

Catch the ‘Inspiration’ Bug with Shaka Smart ’99

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Like most normal people, I generally ignore the ads that invade my viewing space on websites, especially sports websites. But there’s one ad that’s worth the time and deserves more than a fly’s worth of attention span. On espn.com, beneath the headlines, is a small purple box labeled “Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.” And, WHAT, Shaka Smart ’99, Virginia Commonwealth University’s head coach, appears to be winning this challenge? Well, let’s check it out!

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