Project for Open Voices: “Dear Professor”

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay is titled “Dear Professor” and was authored anonymously. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit by signing into a second email account: projectopenvoices@gmail.com (password: kenyoncollege).

via appstate.edu

Dear Professor,

Stop calling cultures primitive

Stop assuming we share the same history

Stop name dropping Buddha in a pitiful attempt to diversify the class Continue reading

Project for Open Voices: “I will not be stretched”

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 10.21.41 AM

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay is titled “I will not be stretched,” and was authored anonymously. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com. If you would like to remain anonymous you can send us your response by signing into a second email account:projectopenvoices@gmail.com (password: kenyoncollege). Continue reading

Project for Open Voices: Maybe this is Just an Overreaction

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay was authored by Michael “Trixie” Kengmana ’14. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com. If you would like to remain anonymous you can send us your response by signing into a second email account:projectopenvoices@gmail.com (password: kenyoncollege).

1-6c0faa5bf1-1

Following the incident that occurred when two Kenyon students walked around the campus at night wearing white sheets, it seemed like the only thing that matched the outcry of a relative minority of students was the silence of the majority of students who thought that this was not an issue, thought it was blown out of proportion, or were simply confused by the whole nature of the event and opted to ignore it. I have heard several arguments including “they are nice guys”, “it’s just stupid kids being stupid”, “they didn’t mean anything by it”, “they weren’t even wearing pointy hats, clearly not KKK”, and “people have a right to be in the KKK” in order to support the positions of the majority. As convincing and well-informed as these arguments are, they are missing the point entirely.

Continue reading

Project for Open Voices: “Blurred Lines”

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay is Blurred Lines: Actually Not So Blurry Once it Happens to You. It was authored anonymously and is being published in honor of Take Back the Night, which is a week of events and dialogue concerning sexual assault. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com – if you prefer to submit anonymously, the login password is kenyoncollege.

Trigger warning: Please be aware that the piece below involves sexual assault and may be triggering. The Sexual Misconduct Advisors (740-358-1544) and the Counseling Center are available 24/7.

1-6c0faa5bf1-11

Continue reading

Project for Open Voices: “Letter To My Professor”

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay was authored anonymously for POV’s new publication. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email openvoicessubmissions@gmail.com — if you prefer to submit anonymously, the login password is kenyoncollege.

1-6c0faa5bf1-11

I just wanted to thank you. Because of you, fifty other students on this campus have my name and my face memorized. That’s all they will ever care to know about me. Because of you they can spot me in crowded parties and outside the Mather breezeway. When I happen to bump into these random individuals – whose names I don’t remember because you weren’t as nice to them as you were to me – they nod knowingly as I try to introduce myself. “I remember you. You were in my class right? Hahaha!”

Continue reading

Do it Tonight: POV x SpoWoCo, Evening of Spoken Word and Music

1-6c0faa5bf1-1

If you’ve been around Kenyon for a while (or read The Thrill frequently enough), odds are you’ve heard of the Project for Open Voices, a student coalition that publishes personal narratives of Kenyon students. Tonight, together with the Spoken Word Collective, they are hosting an Evening of Spoken Word and Music performances. To learn more about the Project for Open Voices, check out their first publication here (their second publication will be released tonight), or check out narratives that the Thrill has featured, here, here and here.

  • What – Evening of Spoken Word and Music
  • Where – The Horn Gallery
  • When – 8:30PM

Project for Open Voices: New Publication Teaser

1-6c0faa5bf1-1

Over the past year, the Thrill has been spotlighting personal narratives from the Project for Open Voices’ first publication: now, we’re proud to present the Kenyon community with an exclusive excerpt from POV’s new publication, due out tomorrow, April 10th.

When I got to Kenyon, I had no expectations. To be honest, as soon as I got there I was only awaiting  junior year so I could leave and study-abroad elsewhere. Continue reading