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On April 30, 2022, the Village of Gambier and the entire Kenyon community celebrated a once-a-century occasion: 4.30.22 Day.

4.30.22 Day parade participants gather in front of the Village Market before starting on their route.

Happy Days

A conversation with Beimnet Beyene “Happy” Kassaye ’23.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I have come to expect that race will be weaponized to undermine not only a leader’s authority but also that leader’s very humanity and sense of belonging.”
—President Sean Decatur in a Chronicle of Higher Education essay on the invisible toll of racist harassment

Kenyon in Quotes

“You are what our species needs. Fresh thinkers; brave souls; explorers of ideas. Wayward birds, venturing into unknown skies, unafraid of unconventional thinking and uncommon wisdom.” ⁠
—Sheila Coronel H’22 at Kenyon’s 194th Commencement

One of Us

One of the first women to enroll at Kenyon, Susan Emery McGannon ’72 is accustomed to blazing trails…

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Hot Takes

Color Commentary

To celebrate the once-a-century holiday of 4.30.22 Day, Kenyon’s social media accounts posted archival photos of Gambier, all in black and white, honoring the village’s history. In the comments of a 1996 photo of the Red Door Cafe, one alum wrote "We had color film in the '90s. I’m not THAT old."

Paws on Parade

On the last day spring semester classes, the Epsilon Delta Mu sorority brought cheer (and a flock of wagging tails) to Middle Path by putting on a dog parade. Faculty, staff and community members brought over a dozen canines to march across campus in a mood-lifting promenade. As Assistant Professor of Biology Natalie Wright noted on Twitter, “The dogs had to stop every few feet to accept pets from students.

A Free-for-Owl

Despite winning with a clear majority of the vote, social media had its share of naysayers regarding the choice of Kenyon’s new moniker, the Owls. How did the pro-owl contingent respond? With many, many hoots. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Evan A. Weiss and wife Katherine C. Warther will move to Philadelphia this summer with 1-year-old daughter Ada, he writes. “I have started as an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Katie will be a pediatrician after finishing her pediatric residency at UCLA in July.”


Thomas C. Richardson, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, has been producing season three of his out-door-adventure/destination show “Explore New England,” which airs on a regional TV network (NESN), as well as on Roku and YouTube. “It has been an interesting journey from editing and writing for print magazines to the film and TV world, but the theme of trying to tell interesting stories remains the same. Plus, it’s a lot of fun and way better than a desk job!” Last summer, Tom spent a Florida weekend catching up with Nina L. Oldenquist, Sarah (Fox) Call, Lori S. (Hewitt) Harrison, Joseph H. Shrum, Thomas A. Gallucio, E. Douglas Thompson Jr. and Donald M. Dowd III. “We had a blast,” he sums up, “although I’m pretty sure the phrase ‘I’m getting too old for this’ may have been uttered a few times.”


“Remote work options and more time together as a family let us better keep up with all the kid activities. This winter we all got into ice skating, thanks to the public rink in the park behind our house. Sean, 7, finished his first season on a swim team, and Meredith, 5, is eager to follow in his footsteps. Also, I took over as cub-master for my son’s Cub Scout pack in April. I returned to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office in February to continue my work in child protection, am still an adjunct professor of social work and criminal justice at Aurora University, and coach high school swimming.”

M. Lark Cowart, St. Charles, Illinois

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