Kenyon Side Projects: P.F. Kluge and Doug Givens

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This interview was conducted and recorded by Janie Simonton ’15.

In 1999, P.F. Kluge and Doug Givens embarked on what they refer to as the “Knox County Motocross.” What began as simply driving the perimeter of the county, turned into an adventure that’s lasted almost sixteen years.

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The Monday Catchup

These people are not going to visit the Statue of Liberty.

These people are not going to visit the Statue of Liberty. Thanks, Obama.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: As you all know, the government is still shutdown. This conflict stems from the Republican-controlled House’s inability to pass a “clean” continuing resolution. A continuing resolution, or CR, is like a budget for when Congress can’t pass a budget (it hasn’t in three years because our legislature is controlled by opposing parties and it takes 60 votes for the Senate to pass a budget without House consent).

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Former Kenyon Physician Appointed to Knox Co. Health Board

Dr. Tracy Schermer, Kenyon’s resident physician until 2009, will now sit on the nine-member Knox County Board of Health, reports the Mount Vernon News. Schermer served Kenyon for 28 years before retiring suddenly during the winter break of the 2008-09 school year, according to the Collegian. His retirement coincided with significant changes to the structure of the Health Center’s operations in accordance with national higher-education trends.

While the Collegian’s lengthy article about his retirement is mostly positive, it mentions that Schermer was controversial due to his perceived inability to work with one of the health center’s nurse practitioners and because of comments he made that, according to one former student, “pushed the limits of what was normal and [her] made me uncomfortable.” Another student, who visited Schermer to request cold medicine, complained that the doctor asked inappropriate and invasive questions about the student’s family’s history with alcohol.

The Board of Health, which must by law include at least one physician, will hold its next meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. in the offices of the Knox County Health Department. All meetings are open to the public.