It’s perhaps the most fundamentally Millenial social experiment ever conducted, and it’s still going strong. After nearly ten days, Twitch is still playing Pokemon.
For the uninitiated, Twitch is a bot that operates a game emulator – in this case Pokemon Red/Blue – by taking commands from users. Type ‘a’ into the chat box, and Twitch presses ‘a’ in the emulator, ‘up’ for the up arrow, ‘start’ for the start button and so on. Continue reading →
Returning from a year-long hiatus, in Netflix’s own drag-out-and-drop fashion, the second season of the Emmy-winning political drama House of Cards was finally released to the eagerly-awaiting public on February 14in its entirety of 13 episodes. The story follows Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the cold and calculating congressman who began his rise to power in the first season, as he continues his ascension through the ranks of the U.S. government alongside his ruthless and cunning wife, Claire (Robin Wright). Picking up right where the first season left off, the couple faces threats old and new, and a returning cast of characters (as well as some fresh meat) enters the fray for the “butchery.” Continue reading →
The debate surrounding grade inflation is one particularly relevant to college students around the country. Are Kenyon students, as well as college students as a whole, getting smarter? If not, what else is contributing to this drastic increase in GPA over the past 30 years?
This past Wednesday, the Observer hosted a roundtable in Peirce Pub to discuss these very questions. In attendance were multiple Kenyon students, as well as Professor Ken Smail, who retired from Kenyon’s Anthropology department in June 2004. The snowy day outside kept some stuck indoors, but the Pub provided a perfect location for our discussion. Continue reading →
My first week of 2014 was marked by eating too much food, watching too much college football and regularly reloading my online transcript as I waited for last semester’s grades to show up. I did well, and I like to think I came by my good grades honestly. But I can’t be too sure…
Last semester, the Collegian reported that our average GPA has risen by roughly half a point since the 1980s. What is now considered A work may or may not have been considered B work only a generation of Kenyon students ago, mirroring a trend seen across the country. Continue reading →
Kenyon Confessions, a Facebook page that provides an anonymous outlet for students to share their darkest secrets and deepest feelings, has rapidly become this year’s most significant addition to the Kenyon community. Over the course of the past week, the Observer exchanged a series of messages with the anonymous administrator of the page, allowing them to share their thoughts about the page’s practices, processes and progress. Continue reading →
So, freshmen (and a handful of sophomores and maybe one or two juniors), this week is rush week. You now have the opportunity to play group-level bachelor or bachelorette with people who have already been giving you alcohol for nearly six months. Now is probably a good time, then, to hear from a “god damn independent” (GDI) – one who’s about to observe his fifth Kenyon rush week – about what you’re signing up for, as the rest of what you hear about Greek life this week will come from, well, Greeks, be they Greek organizations themselves or the administrative bodies charged with regulating them. Continue reading →
Recently, the American Studies Association (ASA) chose to endorse an academic boycott on all Israeli institutions of higher education. In response, the American Studies department at Kenyon rescinded its membership in the ASA, and President Sean Decatur, in a written statement, rejected the principle of academic boycotts. Over the past two weeks, the Observer compiled reactions to the decision from students, alumni and professors. Their responses are posted here in the order in which we received them.
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