Starter Packs for the Mods

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This post was co-written by Colleen Kemp ’20 and Sarah Hoffmann ’20.

Ah, to have a library. Somewhere to study, sleep, nap, slumber, doze off, daydream, nightdream, and flirt with the 1,661 other people wearing rolled jeans and oxford Docs. And to think that, as a senior, I’ll never be able to again experience the supreme joy of a periodicals lap or a truly quiet study space! For me, it’ll always be mods all the way down. To commemorate/mourn this grim reality, here are some starter packs for the physical embodiments of Kenyon’s evil stepmother, the modular units.

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I MISS OLIN DON’T YOU?

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I’m just gonna go right out there and say it…. I miss Olin. Yes. I miss that ugly looking, depressing, cinder block palace and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Walking past the wall, ash falling from the sky, I think back to a time when I had a finite location to procrastinate, bother people in periodicals, and draw on whiteboards I never needed to be touching at all. It’s a sad fact that the mods just don’t do it for me like good old Olin. Olin was sexier, cooler, more low key. I have desperately attempted to find my “spot” for this year’s studying. I tested the waters of multiple locations and yet somehow most all of them failed me.

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Obituary for Olin-Chalmers

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Even in this brochure ready picture of our dear Mother, someone hasn’t put a Peirce cup away.

 

Olin-Chalmers Memorial Library, 32, First Bae and Queen Mother, was destroyed this year in October 2018. Olin was erected in 1986, where it remained a weird “it’s two libraries in one building” hybrid for over three decades.

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I Have No Lib and I Must Read

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As a senior, I can’t help but see Olin’s destruction as symbolic of something.

 

I’m like you. Don’t worry, not entirely, but like you, I miss the library. I find the mods frustrating, and frankly, I don’t understand where our books are. I have questions, and I’m sure you do too. Where are our books? Why can’t I see them? Will I ever read again? How can I get books on this campus? 

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First-Years v. Construction

futuristic cityWith all the construction it’s pretty hard to tell what’s actually being accomplished.

Some might say it’s impossible in fact. Especially for a first-year who has a lot of other things to think about.

This is the story of one woman’s journey to see how outlandish of construction projects she could convince first-years to take a stance on. (Deep thanks go out to all the first-years interviewed for being good sports and generally hilarious people).

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