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Photography intern Cameron Peters ’20 captured one of her favorite winter hangouts — the Kenyon Greenhouse — where it’s always warm and bright.

Middle Path has been extra snowy this winter, making hats, gloves, scarves and fuzzy boots the hottest accessories on campus.

Beyond Borders

An internship with the Immigrant Worker Project inspired Eric Thornton ’18 to change course.

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On the Ball

For Julian Kobena Morgan ’18, passion for basketball stretches beyond the court.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“How do you balance the concept of free speech with the concept of civil discourse? Free speech is in some ways the easy part of that to define. Civil discourse is hard in part because civility is subjective and that’s the piece that’s important for us to grapple with.” — President Sean Decatur, speaking with USA Today’s Paul Singer ’88, for the “Cup of Politics” podcast.

Feting the Founder

Kenyon’s annual Founders’ Day celebration
in October brought with it the signing of the Matriculation Book, reflections on the College’s history and faculty awards. Professors Joel Richeimer P’21 and Clara Román-Odio P’11,’18 received Bishop Philander Chase medals for 25 years of distinguished service, and Professor of English Sarah Heidt ’97 was awarded the Faculty Advising Award. 

Cultural Conversations

This winter, two separate issues received much attention and discussion both on and off campus. In February, Playwright-in-Residence Wendy MacLeod ’81 canceled an on-campus production of her original play, “The Good Samaritan,”  after members of the faculty and student body expressed concerns about its representation of a Guatemalan youth. Unrelated, but around the same time, a new “whiteness” discussion group formed at Snowden Multicultural Center, with a goal of exploring “what it means to be a white person while benefiting from societal privilege, as well as what it means to be a white ally to marginalized groups,” according to the Collegian. The Bulletin is considering how to bring some  of the issues raised on campus, by alumni and others, to these pages in future issues.

Silver Lining

Nate Silver, the statistician and journalist best known for correctly predicting the electoral outcome of 49 states during the 2008 presidential election and all 50 in 2012, will give the graduation address at Kenyon’s 190th Commencement ceremony on May 19. “Nate Silver is uniquely positioned to offer remarks to our graduating class on what it means to apply rigorous thinking and careful analysis to a variety of questions,” President Sean Decatur said. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’01

S. Elizabeth (McClelland) Anderson accepted a post as lecturer of English studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she lives in a small town north of the city with her family. “We are enjoying exploring the castles and beaches in the northeast of Scotland,” she writes. “Visitors welcome!”

’77

Kristin L. Knopf, Seattle, biked 484 miles of her state in seven days from Metaline Falls to La Conner, with over 22,000 feet of climbing and a few mountain passes. “We had five days of (everything from) forest fire haze to actual smoke,” she describes, with bicyclists joking about how many packs of cigarettes they had puffed while 17 miles into their largest climb day.

’96

John A. Koepke, still working at Accenture in Chicago, “spends most of his free time driving his three kids from one sports event to another,” he informs.

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