How to Be a Person: Using the New Printers

Introducing your new best friend

For those of you who are not readers of student-infos or patrons of our fair library, Olin and Chalmers Library is now home to three new printers. That’s right, you read that correctly: shiny new printers that are easy to use and won’t jam are the way of the future at Kenyon. Currently the library is home to three test printers, one across from the Circ desk, one behind Helpline, and one on the third floor near the periodicals–but all the old Canon printers will be replaced by the new Ricoh models come this January.

While new technology can be exciting, it is also intimidating; read on for instructions for these new machines. Continue reading

Help Us Get A Poster In The Library: The Importance Of This Cannot Be Measured

Last week, we asked you to help us get a poster in the library. We’ve received literally tens of signatures on our petition, but we won’t rest until we’ve fully swayed the hearts and minds of the Kenyon community — so we’re offering a rare chance to see an exclusive mockup of our poster. Click through to get a glimpse at everyone’s #1 favorite thing — Thrill editors’ faces clumsily Photoshopped into other pictures! You’re welcome! Vote for us! Thrill 2016!

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Help Us Get A Poster in the Library

Lists are the new novels.

Lists are the new novels.

[SIGN THE PETITION HERE]

We at The Thrill hate talking about ourselves. We really do. Like, it pains us.

But there is this one thing. Ever since The Thrill was a little blog baby, we have dreamed of one thing: Getting laid because of this blog. Being an icon for literacy in the Kenyon Community. Which is why, today, we are launching a campaign to get the Thrill staff on one of those “Read” posters they put up in the library. Continue reading

Printing Tips, or “How to Make Your Life Easier”

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As our weeks of hard work slowly draw to a close and we try to print those final projects, it is important to remember that assault and destruction of private property are crimes. In the interest of keeping Kenyon students on the right side of the law, let me offer a few unofficial Helpline tips on printing at Kenyon to make your life a little bit easier and your mental breakdowns fewer over the next few weeks. Continue reading

Olin Hacks

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Club Olin, in all its architectural glory.

Ah, Olin–or Club Olin as I’ve so often heard it referred to affectionately by my wise and cultured upperclassman friends–we all experience this magical land in one way or another. It could be where we study, where we print, where we go when we have to use that annoying program only available on a Windows computer even though everyone at Kenyon uses Macs, not that I’m bitter or anything. Anyhow, here are some tips to make your next trip to our beloved library a little less stressful. Continue reading

The Way Things Work: [Student-Info]

“Now everyone will know to come to my senior thesis show!”

You may be one of the roughly 1,600 Kenyon students who receives a daily barrage of emails with the heading “Student-Info” in the subject line. I know, I know, who authorized the school to send us spam? But don’t panic; the Thrill is here to explain the meaning of these constant communications. And just so you know, our information is legit. Everything reported below comes straight from Ron Griggs, VP of LBIS and overlord of your email.

A Brief(ish) History

Long, long ago,  when email was spelled with a hyphen (the early 90’s),  it wasn’t so easy to shoot an email to your professor to beg for a paper extension. Email accounts weren’t for everyone. Usually they were only given to students in the natural sciences, because they were most likely to be using computer software for their work. But early on, Kenyon decided to give all of its students email accounts. And as soon as Kenyon students received email accounts, they  began to use them constantly. (To this day, Kenyon uses email more than its peer institutions).

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LBIS Getting Rid of Complexity Rules in Favor of Longer Passwords

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Vice President for LBIS Ron Griggs alerted us to this article from Kenyon Today detailing the College’s changing standards for the passwords used to log into Kenyon computers and networks. While we previously had to use a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation when crafting passwords, those requirements are being thrown out in favor of the rule that all passwords must be at least 14 characters long.

The idea encourages coming up with longer phrases that are easier to remember than a password that is half numbers, half tildes. In the article, Griggs suggests using lines from favorite songs, works of literature or movies in order to meet the length requirement, so we look forward to opening The Great Gatsby every time we need to reset our passwords. Although these letters-only passwords may seem simpler to humans, they are actually more difficult for nefarious computer programs to crack.

The change takes effect on January 1, but you won’t be required to change your password to meet the requirements until your old one expires. Here’s a useful website that helps you test the strength of your passwords.