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Porch reading is a popular spring and summer pastime in Gambier.

The Kenyon Review gathered students and community members to read poems by Robert Lowell '40 and share stories the about the author, a seminal figure in modern American poetry, in honor of his centennial.

The Lords captured second place at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, while the Ladies finished third. The men’s result marked the 38th consecutive season they occupied one of the top two spots, and the women have finished top-four for 36 consecutive seasons.

Kenyon in Quotes

"I adored Harlene. I would surely not be the actor and man I am today were it not for her gentle guidance and faith in me. I know she touched and inspired so many others in similar ways in her many years at Kenyon." — Actor-director Josh Radnor '96, former student of Professor Emerita of Drama Harlene Marley H'05, who died on Feb. 16.

Bleeding Purple

Donna Bertolet Poseidon '75 reflects on the evolving role of Kenyon in her life.

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Treasures from Kenyon's Archives

Americans are bitterly divided. Was there ever a time when politics were stormier, more raw, than right now? An obvious candidate is the Civil War. Documents in the the College archives offer a taste of the period's turmoil and intense passions including a handbill advertising a campus celebration to mark the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1865.

Perhaps the archives’ most notable holding is a collection of letters to and from Bishop Charles Pettit McIlvaine, president from 1832-1840 and later an emissary sent by President Lincoln to England to argue against the recognition of the Confederacy.

A Downtown Facelift

Gambier’s downtown revitalization, which is part of a long-term plan that already has upgraded Middle Path, will add student housing and retail space this summer. New student apartments are nearing completion, the Village Market is moving to its new location at the corner of Brooklyn Street and Chase Avenue, and major work will begin this summer on Farr Hall. The Kenyon College Bookstore will temporarily move into the space vacated by the Village Market and Gambier Deli, and will remain there through the fall, as crews renovate the space the bookstore has occupied for decades.

Dungeons, Dragons and Decatur

President Sean Decatur, who has admitted to spending much of his adolescence engrossed in the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, recently dusted off his dice to play for charity. Kenyon’s Tabletop Club hosted its second annual "D&D-Cat" event, referring to the nicknames for both the game and the president.

As several students and faculty crowded around
the Cromwell Cottage dining room table to do battle with monsters and cast magical spells, more casual fans watched the game's progress live on

By selling the opportunity to give players an extra dice roll, or boost their health and magic reserves, the Tabletop Club managed to raise several hundred dollars for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Sruthi P. Rao reports: “Along with three current Kenyon seniors, I won a place in the regional final round of the Hult Prize, a $1 million award in seed capital for a social enterprise startup.” The Kenyon team was chosen from among 50,000 applicants to pitch their idea, called DOXA, a mobile platform that would facilitate learning and teaching in refugee communities.


R. Todd Ruppert, Owings Mills, Maryland, had his recent film, “A Year in Port,” selected as one of three finalists for documentary of the year at the James Beard Awards. Also, he joined the board of an Australian company called Mobecom, which went public on the Australian Securities Exchange in early May.


Nathaniel A. Dickinson recollects: “After completing my studio arts degree, I began a 30-year journey that finally brought me back to making art. In 2013 my wife, Erin, and I retired early and found our way to Asheville, North Carolina, where I took up painting full-time. Find me at Riverside Studios in the River Arts District or look for shows around Down East Maine.”

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