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To aid Knox County voters, CSAD student associates compiled a nonpartisan voting guide to local candidates and issues. Photo by Rebecca Kiger

Grace in Crisis

We need to be generous with grace and kindness this year, writes President Sean Decatur.

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Same Hill, New World

From Plexiglass in Peirce to psychology class in Rosse, fall semester looked a little ... different.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“With all of the challenges facing them, their gratitude — joy, even — in being able to sing together, no matter the current circumstances, has been an inspiration to me.” — Professor of Music Ben Locke, on directing the Chamber Singers.

Kenyon in Quotes

“I am willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the public. I took an oath to that effect when I became a physician. But the public has to sacrifice some too if we want to get through this as safely as possible.” — Dr. Bradley A. Dreifuss ’01, an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, in a June 26 New York Times op-ed imploring the public to help health care workers fight COVID-19.

Gentle Resilience

Poetry by Virginia Kane ‘22 encapsulates the surreal nature of living amid tragedy.

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Big League

William E. Lowry Jr. ‘56 H‘99 is a heavy hitter in sports and life.

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Book Shelf

Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.

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Hot Takes: What's Trending in the Kenyon-verse

Crashing Courses

On Facebook recently, the mysterious account known only as Lorde Kenyon posed the challenge: “Ruin a Kenyon course title by changing one letter.” Some of our favorites from the 100+ responses:

ENGL 213:
Sexting: Reading Like an English Major

HIST 360:
Porn, Farming and the Roots of American Cultures

RLST 470:
Moanings of Death

PSCI 300:
Congress and Public Policyfaking

Serendipitous SMS

Many of our inboxes were blowing up with campaign-related messages this election season, but at least one of them sparked a Kenyon connection instead of ending up in the trash bin. Alise Shuart Barrett ’92, texting on behalf of New Jersey Democrats, was randomly connected with Sophie Silberman ’19, working for Ohio Democrats. Silberman took to Twitter to share her “heartwarming textbank story” of intergenerational Gambier goodwill.

Doorway Disaster

Reflecting how many of us have felt since March, the double doors of Peirce Dining Hall simply decided to give up, lie down and take a nap a few weeks into Kenyon’s fall semester. After all, enough else has gone wrong in 2020 — how much worse could a bit of ingress inconvenience make it? The faulty door was quickly set back on its hinges, but not before achieving minor Twitter fame.


Tofu: Is there anything these little soy-based rectangles can’t do? The versatile vegan staple has been a cornerstone of Peirce Hall’s modified operations this year, so several first-year students started an Instagram account, @kenyontofu, to rank each day’s offerings, which range from “cooked sponge” to “crispy on the outside, actually seasoned.” Come for the Tofu Bingo and stay for special guest appearances from tofu’s sidekick, “eatloaf.”

West Winging It

Twitter buzzed with excitement at seeing Allison Janney ’82 resume her role as Aaron Sorkin’s iconic White House press secretary CJ Cregg in a “The West Wing” TV special benefiting Michelle Obama’s organization When We All Vote.

The staged reading of the season three episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” reunited the cast and garnered online praise, including, “CJ at the podium again, how I’ve missed this,” and, “I have a queen and her name is CJ Cregg.”

Sadly, there was no reprise of “The Jackal.”

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Austin J. Cody finished his first year as a master’s student at the University of Illinois studying choral conducting. He informs, “I direct two choirs, the Men’s Glee Club and a large church choir in town. Recently, I conducted a choral-orchestral work for the first time (most of my conducting is with choir and no orchestra). The piece was Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 3. I’ve also begun singing professionally in the area!”


Brig. Gen. Roger C. Smith, Moneta, Virginia, was “hunkering down and enjoying being at home,” he reports. “All our usual events have been canceled.” He and Sybil, who have been married 54 years, nevertheless recruited over 100 members to their new political action committee, Proud Patriots of Smith Mountain Lake. “We are looking forward to getting our two antique boats in the water and enjoying the solitude of the lake,” he adds. “Many potential tourists are staying at home. Yet we hope this will all be over soon so we can enjoy visits from our children and grandchildren.”


Matthew D. Sargent married Brenna Kelly in New York on Nov. 9, 2019. “Liberal arts students dominated the guest list,” Matt reports, “as the bride graduated from Davidson College (Kenyon of the South?) in 2010. Chase T. Kreuter '10 delivered a reading while Basil M. Kahwash '10 and Nathaniel F. Gray '10 kept the guests in line as ushers.” Additional Kenyon guests included Justin J. Bain '10, Christopher G. Freedman ’12, Sydnee M. Lindblom ’14, William H. VandenBerg '10, Daniel E. Verhave '10 and Charles A. Yukevich '10.

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