Wet Kenyon: Lower Lewis


The Versacooler Ii W/ Sports Bottle Filler in all her glory

Greetings, fellow water drinkers.

While Kenyon College has always been a hallowed ground where scholars flock to critically discuss the theories of the times, one question in particular has caused great philosophical torment for generations of Kenyon minds, from Philander Chase to Rutherford B. Hayes to mainly just me.

Where is Kenyon’s best water fountain?”

Join me for weekly water reviews and controversial hot-takes on Kenyon’s finest faucets and read on as I study my first subject: the water fountain in Lower Lewis.  Continue reading

10 o’clock(ish) list: Things You Can Do Now That the Boil Alert is Over

Renowned writer and editor Jack Quigley '16 bathes in the freedom of an unregulated water supply.

Renowned writer and editor Jack Quigley ’16 bathes in the freedom of an unregulated water supply.

We did it, Kenyon. We survived not one, but TWO water-related crises. We broke out our electric kettles and used them like we never had before. We ruined CHIPS water bottles and turned ordinary recycle bins into Snapchat-worthy installation art. We skillfully exploited a countywide problem solely affecting tap water, using it as an excuse to avoid classwork, KAC workouts and the terrifying behemoth that is Peirce Hall. We didn’t just survive; we THRIVED.

But now, the boil alert is over. And that’s pretty cool, too, wouldn’t you say? What? No? You miss the excitement of avoiding contaminated H2O at all costs? You miss the crunch of cheap water bottles as they crinkled and bent in your grasp? You miss the intrigue? The excitement? The thrill of it all?

Let me remind you: This boil alert was a heckin’ nuisance. You can do so many great and good things now that it’s over. Do I need to spell them out for you? Fine. I will, but only because I have to. Continue reading

BREAKING: Boil Alert Effective in Gambier


(via wormsandgermsblog.com)

At about 5:30 PM this afternoon, Kenyon students were alerted to a boil alert for the Village of Gambier by text message and e-mail.

For those students who may not be aware, a boil alert is a a warning from the government or health authorities, and means that an area’s drinking water may be contaminated with pathogens and should not be drunk. Students should either drink bottled water, or boil their water. Water should be boiled for a full minute in order to disinfect it. Note: filters do not disinfect water. You should not brush your teeth, but you can wash your hands and bathe — just be careful not to ingest any of the water.

As of publication, the College has not issued any notice of why there is a boil alert, or when the alert will end. This article will be updated with new information.

UPDATE [9:00 PM, 4/19]: Peirce staff members got 4000 bottles of water, and have/are in the process of distributing them between the Peirce Hall, the Gund Commons Game Room and KAC Café. They are also boiling water to use tomorrow in Peirce Hall.

UPDATE [10:00 PM, 4/19]: The Office of Communications sent a News Bulletin e-mail to the campus regarding the boil alert. It reads:

A drop in pressure at the Mount Vernon Water Treatment Plant due to a change in well pumps has triggered a boil alert for the village of Gambier, including the Kenyon campus, according to village administrator Suzanne Hopkins. The village received notice about the boil alert at around 5 p.m., and the Kenyon community was informed shortly after. All tap water should be boiled before consumption. Do not consume water from drinking fountains or sink or shower faucets or consume ice from ice machines until further notice. The boil alert advisory may continue until Wednesday, April 20.

The Student Affairs staff and AVI Foodsystems have obtained bottled water, which is available for students at Peirce Hall and the Gund Commons Game Room. AVI and the Kenyon Inn are taking all necessary precautions regarding food preparation.

UPDATE [8:40 AM, 4/20]: Gambier community members are alerted via text alerts and phone calls that the boil advisory has officially been lifted.

10 o’clock List: What your Peirce Drink says about you


At Peirce, your character can often be characterized by the drink you drink the most. Getting hydrated is something that always will go along with your meal no matter what time of day. However, are you adventurous? Are you shy? What does your drink of choice really say about you?

1. Mountain Dew– You’ve probably considered sky-diving at some point in your life and Spongebob is still your favorite show. However, while you like to act tough on the outside with your lacrosse stick in hand, on the inside you still miss the days your mom got you Slurpees.

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