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A Shot of Hope: Patricia Koskei ’21 is vaccinated during Kenyon’s immunization clinic at the Lowry Center in April. (Photo by Brooke LaValley)

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“Everyone benefits if you’re a little bit more compassionate.” — Assistant Professor of English Travis Lau in USA Today, on changes he hopes will outlast the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bedroom Pop

With live performances almost impossible during the past academic year, it’s been a tough time for Kenyon’s typically thriving band scene. But even if the Horn Gallery is shuttered, quarantines and quiet periods have done wonders for the burgeoning “bedroom pop” genre of music that lives primarily on the internet.

Case in point: Check out @ohio.martinez on Instagram, the one-woman band alter ego of Dani Martinez ’21, and look for links to her lo-fi, DIY show burn of a debut album, “Sentences and Figurines,” on Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.


An account was created solely to post pictures
of menus on Instagram so students can know
if it’s worth trudging to Peirce at 10 p.m. for
jalapeno poppers. Oh, and there’s an avatar
of Borat wearing a mankini for some reason.
That’s it. That’s the concept.

Middle Path Catwalk

A year of social distancing and face coverings has made stand-out fashion even more important on campus. How else to make an impression from a safe distance with half your face behind a mask? On Instagram, @kenyonfashion is “dedicated to capturing the various styles of Kenyon,” showing off the bright, creative, fun and fearless sartorial choices of Gambier.

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Recent Class Notes

“My family remains displaced in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since Katrina, 15 years ago,” CoCo updates. “I’m no longer married and no kids — but I’ve got several youngsters in the family to love on and boss around from time to time. My job is to ensure that they all know where they come from — and, most important, how to peel shrimp and crawfish.” CoCo runs a law and policy nonprofit fighting for climate justice and racial justice across the five Gulf states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Now in the leadership of the Movement for Black Lives, she anchors its climate agenda. “Every day I wake up ready to fight for a better world. Every evening I pray that we get a little more time to make things right.”

Colette Pichon Battle, Slidell, Louisiana


“After many years of mothering and freelancing I started a job at Apple News in January. I’m in the N.Y. office but — in non-COVID times at least — will visit the Bay Area often for work. The girls are growing fast — two teens now! Was sad to miss SAIEW.”

Kristen (Bruno) McClusky, Montclair, New Jersey


William H. Derks, Cary, North Carolina, is vice president of land development at McAdams, a civil engineering, land planning and surveying firm where he has worked for 24 years. He and Colleen celebrated their 34th anniversary. “I am an active runner, biker and, yes, swimmer. I still make it to the pool three times a week,” Bill writes. “Slightly fewer yards at a much slower pace these days. We live just a couple miles from Donald L. Shupe Jr. and enjoy seeing him and his family very often.”

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