Kenyon and the History of the Frisbee

Students compete to grab the pie tin, 1950.

Kenyon students in a spirited game of Frisbee, via

There are conflicting stories as to how the game of Frisbee came to be, but what is known is that it has been a collegiate staple ever since students started tossing around pie tins at Yale between the World Wars. Ultimate Frisbee is now an official sport at many colleges, with Kenyon hosting both men’s and women’s teams which compete against other schools in formal tournaments. But Frisbee remains a staple sport in many causal situations, from college quads to company picnics.

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From the Collegian archives: Cane Rush

It recently came to my attention that Kenyon used to host a annual duel of sorts between the sophomore and freshman classes. Known as “the Cane Rush” this event would occur within the first few weeks of school and involved the freshman and sophomores battling over, you guessed it, a cane. Each class would take up sides on Ransom Lawn, with a cane placed between them, and at a signal would rush towards the cane and battle for it. After a set amount of time the battle would be halted and the class with the most hands on the cane would be declared the winner. Apparently if the freshmen won, their restricted status as freshmen would be relaxed (think freshmen beanies) and if the sophomores won they would be forced to remain in their subordinate state. The last Cane Rush was held in 1966, but I for one think it is high time it be brought back.

Reprinted below is an article from the September 27, 1913 edition of the Collegian, detailing the Cane Rush that year. Special thanks to the Greenslade Special Collections for providing access to this article and the photo.


In hotly contested Canerush–Sophs put up hard fight but fail by score of thirteen to nine

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Kenyon in the Old-Timey News

In the past, we’ve dug up some cool stuff from the Collegian archives, but there’s actually some pretty cool Kenyon-related stuff in The New York Times’ archives too. Now that this editor has discovered how to access them (thanks LBIS!), here’s one of the cool things I found during my random procrastination-browsing. This is the headline from an article dated Nov 26, 1905, concerning the investigation into the famous death of Stuart Pierson and consisting mainly of a statement by President William F. Peirce. (Note that the Times twice misspells Peirce’s name in the first paragraph, even though he signed his statement with the correct spelling.) Full article after the jump.

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Why the Hell is That There? A History of the Ruined Rosse Capital


It sits in the grass day in and day out, largely unnoticed except by the occasional student who perches atop it to study (a practice made famous in Liberal Arts). But why is a slowly-disintegrating piece of stone, which began its life proudly sitting atop Rosse’s left column, sitting on the lawn between Rosse and Olin nearly 200 years after the building was erected?

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How Much Kenyon Trivia Do You Know?

Make this guy proud. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Think you know everything there is to know about Kenyon’s history because you vaguely remember that tour you took as a prospie and once heard Tim Shutt tell a ghost story? Think again. This cool quiz, designed by official keeper of Kenyonia Tom Stamp ’73, will probably bring you down a peg. Even this Thrill staffer only got 11.5 out 0f 20. No matter your score, it’s a nice way to kill a few minutes on this lovely Friday morning.