10 o’clock List: New Years Resolutions for the Entire Campus

10 o’clock List: New Years Resolutions for the Entire Campus

I’m a firm believer in being critical of the things you love. It’s okay to accept something for all that it is, good and bad, and celebrate its strengths. But I think it’s important to acknowledge its shortcomings both for your sake and the sake of the thing you love. That said, in my six full semesters as a Kenyon student I’ve seen some ish. Some of it was very good ish. Some of it was very, very bad ish. As we hurl unrelentingly towards the new year and semester, let’s take some of our biggest criticisms and turn them into points of personal growth by making them cause for new year resolutions! Yay personal growth!

  1. Take the Campus Rage About 2016 Sendoff and put it towards something productive. My sophomore year, the administration tried to change the date of Sendoff and did not involve students in the decision. Needless to say, Sendoff-goers were freakin pissed. The whole campus mobilized and eventually we got the date changed back. I’ve never seen this campus as united as it was over Sendoff before or after the fact, so I think in this next year it’d be cool to put our collective energies towards something productive. Productive how, you ask? That’s for you to decide.
  2. Return the third floor of the library to its former glory and just be quiet. Back in the day, people would actually glare at you if you held an extended conversation on the third floor. These days, the entire third floor is just Second Floor Chalmers Lite. I’ve heard people have 5-10 minute conversations and others speak in their regular indoor voice as if this isn’t the designated quiet study space on campus. Whispering still makes noise. In this new year, if you’re gonna talk on the third floor just don’t.
  3. More dogs on campus. I’m not really sure how to achieve this, but I think it’d be awesome if we all tried. We are all better when we are around dogs. If we can’t bring the dogs to us, maybe we can bring ourselves to the dogs by volunteering at the Knox County Humane Society. Seems like a win-win to me.
  4. Try to complain a little less. There are approximately five things to do on this campus, of which complaining is one. It’s easy, it’s relatable, and it’s something to say to that person in your class who you don’t know very well but still know well enough to talk to while in the Comfort line. But the fact of the matter is that Peirce is pretty good, and your professors are good at their jobs. This year, let’s try to play a little nicer and complain a little less.
  5. Maybe just uhhh return your Peirce cups? Seriously. It’s not that hard and it’s stupid expensive for the school to keep replacing these cups. Next year, let’s hold ourselves and our peers accountable and resolve to always return our cups. Hooray, personal accountability!

Peirce Cups and Privilege

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via “Peirce Cupp” on Facebook

Let’s talk about cups. Or bowls. Or whatever the fuck else is missing from our dining hall.

I’ve been at Kenyon for a little over two years now. And every year at around the same time, we see fewer and fewer plastic cups available for use and more and more paper cups in their place. At some point the plastic cups seemingly disappear altogether, available only to a select few who happen to be in the servery at the right time. Then, someone sends some email about how the cups are missing and how they’ll pick up the cups you took if you just leave them outside of the door. We see a slight resurgence in plastic cups only to see their numbers fall again in a few short months. Rinse and repeat. Continue reading

10 o’clock list: Fun and Innovative Replacements for Peirce Cups

Grab that blue Powerade using any means you can. Keep fighting the good fight.

Grab that blue Powerade using any means you can. Keep fighting the good fight.

It’s crunch time, Kenyon.

Peirce is in crisis. Plastic cups are few and far between. Paper cups are dwindling, threatening to disappear altogether. Students have begun using bowls to deliver sweet blue Powerade to their mouths. Things have gotten so out of hand, the entire Greek system voted to make dairy the Greek Week theme. DAIRY. Clearly, something on campus has gone very wrong. 

And what are we doing to alleviate our liquid-borne angst? Complaining on social media, badgering AVI workers and, perhaps most frighteningly, frequenting the library vending machine instead of confronting Peirce’s luscious soda dispensers. Our tactics are useless, and our problems remain.

Though it may be difficult to implement, there is only one true strategy for redemption: Identifying and using alternative cups. The first part of the process, identification, has already been graciously taken care of by yours truly. (You’re welcome, you’re welcome.) So, Kenyon, next time you find yourself reaching for a Powerade Bowl, try one of these options instead: Continue reading

Cups for Candy

Cups for candy!

Cups for candy!

This piece was written by Phoebe Roe ’16.

You know the feeling.  You saunter into Peirce, ready for a good old cup o’ water, stroll into the servery and stop dead in your tracks…no cups.  You are struck with fear as you realize that you’re going to have to use a paper cup and, as you approach the mile high stack of cardboard, your brain flashes with images of dead trees and collapsing ecosystems.  Alas, your water break is ruined.

No doubt about it, Peirce cups have been disappearing left and right this year and I have some statistics to prove it:

  • at the start of the school year we had 1400 cups
  • by Spring Break we were down to 210 cups
  • cups cost ~ $1 per cup which means we lost about $1,190 in cups!  

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10 o’clock list: Five Things That Aren’t Just You, So It’s All Okay

PLEASE NO. JUST FIVE MORE MINUTES OF PROCRASTINATION.

Kenyon is small and there are always people around, but it is natural to feel like a plastic bag drifting on the wind, ready to start again. When you feel this feeling, perhaps it would help you to know that you are not the only one. There are certainly those things that seem like little “haha, fuck yous” that the Kenyon universe reserves for you and you alone. You slip in a mud puddle on Middle Path. You accidentally address your professor as “Dad” in passing, and then quietly curse the gods as you walk away from the interaction. We’re here to tell you that it’s not just you, in case that helps. You are not alone when:

1. You wake up and realize all the work you have been putting off has to get done today. That thing where you “Go to bed early” so that you can “Wake up early and do work”. Many students at Kenyon awoke to their alarms this morning, with a collective mental chorus of “…fuuuck.” Continue reading

Kenyon Mythbusters: Can You Get Mono From Peirce Cups?

Innocent liquid holder? Or dangerous radical?

Innocent drink holder? Or health nightmare?

Mononucleosis is often invoked as a boogeyman on campus, and for good reason. With all the canoodling and “extracurricular activity” going on, it’s no surprise that you’ll have a few friends a year come down with the kissing disease. But is it possible to get mono from Peirce cups? Sure, they seem innocent, but we don’t know what they’re doing when they’re snuggled up all tight next to each other.  Continue reading