Places on Campus Where I’ve Cut Some Hair & Pierced Some Ears

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As college visit season comes to a peak, one of the most common questions asked by over-confident prospies is: “Why did you choose Kenyon?” It’s a hard question to answer, as the reasons why students choose Kenyon College are as varied as they are numerous. Some fall in love with our stunning campus, others long to join our diverse population, and I guess a few want a good education, or whatever. Me? I came for what Kenyon is known best for. We’ve been on lists! We’ve won awards! I enrolled to become the newest, and first, cosmetology major at Kenyon College and, boy, have I been cutting some hair.

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We Tried to Draw Maps of Kenyon from Memory and This is What Happened

We Tried to Draw Maps of Kenyon from Memory and This is What Happened

The Kenyon College campus: what a beauty (shhh ignore the construction everywhere). We walk its paths everyday. We circumvent its seal in Peirce each meal. We marvel at the Twilight zone atmosphere of the temporary bookstore/old market each dawn and dust. And yes, we spend the majority of our time on the hill, but how well do we really know its lay out? How accurately can we map the campus from Bexley to Old K? Or actually, from Snowden to the Tafts? This is what happened when we tested our spacial knowledge… Continue reading

The Monday Catchup

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US intelligence agencies have expressed concern over the impact of troop withdrawals on our drone program.

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

The Lead Story: The drone program, a defining feature of President Obama’s foreign policy approach, could face new difficulties taking on Al Qaeda and its affiliates if US troops are forced to withdraw from Afghanistan this year. Reports the New York Times:

If Mr. Obama ultimately withdrew all American troops from Afghanistan, the C.I.A.’s drone bases in the country would have to be closed, according to administration officials, because it could no longer be protected.

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The Monday Catchup

You're not safe from the NSA, even on World of Warcraft.

You’re not safe from the NSA, even on World of Warcraft.

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

The Lead Story: The NSA isn’t just listening in on your phone calls, they’re spying on your online gaming, too. American and British intelligence agencies have been monitoring games like World of Warcraft and Second Life in order to intercept communications between criminal networks who might use the games as a cover, according to a new report by ProPublica.

The Huffington Post reports:

The spies have created make-believe characters to snoop and to try to recruit informers, while also collecting data and contents of communications between players

Next time you’re talking to that level 50 Shaman, keep your personal stories to yourself!

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The Monday Catchup

Morsi is the second Egyptian head of state to face criminal charges in the last three years.

Morsi is the second Egyptian head of state to face criminal charges in the last three years.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over Halloweekend:

The Lead Story: Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi went on trial today, in what amounted to his first public appearance since being removed from power in early July. Morsi proclaimed himself the legitimate ruler of of Egypt and his case was adjourned until this January. The country is still being run by a military-led government.

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