Will “Picking Partners” Research Influence Your Hookup Life? A Survey

…[The notion of one single hookup culture is] just a stupid and harmful idea. Suddenly an act that is different for everyone gets subsumed under this umbrella Bad Thing of “the new college hookup culture” and there’s shame / derision / general negativity surrounded by something that has been happening literally since before our species was called Homo Sapiens.

–Anonymous queer individual.

Last week, we asked for your take on this article featuring the research of Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Professor of Psychology Sarah Murnen. Murnen’s study of 487 heterosexual Kenyon students posits that those who prefer the hookup scene over longterm relationships are more critical of the bodies of their potential partners. We wanted to know if the study’s conclusions matched your perceptions of the hookup scene, and whether or not the results would influence your decision to partake in casual sex. Here’s what you said:

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That Expensive Website Redesign Bought Us a Pun

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Maybe it’s not quite as clever as John Boehner’s 404 page, but when you click on a broken link on the new Kenyon.edu, a clever Easter egg awaits you. Alongside the mural depicting Philander Chase’s surveying of Gambier Hill (everyone’s favorite piece of 1940s WPA Post Office art), the text riffs on Chase’s famous (and possibly apocryphal) understatement: “Well, this will do.”

Do you know of any other hidden features of the new website? Tell us in the comments!

Review: The New Kenyon.edu

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The year Kenyon launched the previous iteration of its website, 2008, was actually not a bad one for the Internet. Probably most notable about that year is that the web — along with a bad economy, a great candidate, and a bunch of other stuff — got a president elected by providing a platform on which supporters could engage with the campaign. But between then and election night four years later — an Internet eternity — Kenyon’s website hadn’t changed at all.

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