10 o’clock list: What’s That Smell?


See that stank?

It’s been a long Wednesday, my friend, and there’s been something that’s been aching on my mind all day. See, all day today I’ve been smelling this weird, faint, barely-there-but-definitely-there smell, the fragrance of which I can’t seem to put my finger on. It’s been driving me nuts! So I gotta ask, what’s that smell?

1. The manure in the distance. This is usually a smell reserved for the rebirth of the earth in spring, but with all this nice weather the sun has probably had the chance to beat down on a bunch of poop lately. Could be the stench radiating off the poop that inevitably surrounds us? It’s plausible.

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


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

10 o’clock list: Grossest Smells at Kenyon

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There are many gross smells here at Kenyon College, and not all of them are the first years (but some of them are). In honor of the weird raw sewage smell that pervaded the library last night, here is a catalogue of the grossest smells Kenyon has to offer.

  1. The Cup and Silverware Liquids in Peirce. The smell emanating from the bucket full of the liquid from emptied cups combined with smell wafting from the bin full of soapy water and food particles might be the most repulsive scent on campus. There is no shame in shrieking when splashed with cup and silverware liquid; the smell qualifies it as toxic.  Continue reading