Project Open Voices: But as a Man, I Can’t Help but Feel More Alone than Ever

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The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of Project Open Voices, a coalition of students providing a platform for open dialogue on campus. Today’s essay is titled “But as a Man, I Can’t Help but Feel More Alone than Ever” 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). POV meets Saturdays at 4pm in the Bemis music room in Peirce; new faces are always welcome. 

Trigger Warning: This piece contains graphic depictions of rape.

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Do It Tonight: Speak Out

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If you’ve gotten out of bed in the last week, the letters “TBTN” will sound familiar. That’s a good thing, because it’s Take Back the Night week, during which campus raises awareness of sexual violence and celebrates its survivors. This evening, those who have been affected will have the opportunity to share their stories in safety and support, and everyone else will have the opportunity to listen and learn from some brave humans.

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Making a #RespectfulDifference: Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity to Host Men’s Discussion

"As members of Phi Kappa Tau, we support #respectfuldifference because we have an obligation to ensure and support meaningful discussion and understanding. We also believe that we must build an inclusive community by acting and speaking out against hurtful dialogue and behavior." (via Facebook)

“As members of Phi Kappa Tau, we support #respectfuldifference because we have an obligation to ensure and support meaningful discussion and understanding. We also believe that we must build an inclusive community by acting and speaking out against hurtful dialogue and behavior.” (via Facebook)

Since their official colonization at Kenyon last year, the brothers of Phi Kappa Tau have been working hard to make a positive difference both on and off campus. The fraternity’s national website states that their mission as an organization is “to be recognized as a leadership organization that binds men together and challenges them to improve their campuses and the world.” Last year, this goal manifested in the form of thousands of dollars raised for Relay for Life and many volunteer hours put towards helping charities in the greater Gambier area. Recently, the brothers have sought to extend this mission to include taking action to address the controversy surrounding Take Back the Night.

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Do it tonight: Take Back the Night Carnival

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By now I’m sure you’ve seen the various Take Back The Night promotional materials scattered around campus. Tonight, the week of activities continues with the Light Up The Night Carnival on Ransom Lawn. This program aims to raise awareness for incidents of sexual assault, especially on college campuses. After a week of numerous discussions and panels, the carnival will provide a little more light-hearted fair. There will be food, music, games, and Social Board is sponsoring a showing of Space Jam after the carnival. Come on out tonight for a night of safe fun that helps raise awareness of this important issue.  Continue reading