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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.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Being in China throughout the pandemic was an experience. But since April 2020, I’ve been able to travel within China safely and teach full classrooms in person. Trying to learn Mandarin from zero is truly humbling.


Thaddeus C. Camp, Tucson, Arizona, reports that his teaching position at the University of Arizona “was a victim of COVID, but that means I can now finally commit to inverting what my teachers used to write on my report cards. Rather than ‘stop doodling’ and ‘pay attention,’ I’ve decided to stop paying attention and focus on my ‘doodling.’” Thad is sharing his art, mostly oil paintings, in Tucson and Phoenix and at “I continue to live in Tucson with my front-line, kick-butt pediatrician wife, Rachel, and our daughter Phoebe (5).”


Scott Klavan, Bronx, New York, is an actor-director-playwright-teacher in NYC. In 2019, Scott directed an abridged production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic musical “Into the Woods,” cast solely with senior actors. Sondheim and Lapine visited a rehearsal, and the project was featured in the New York Times. Since the shutdown he’s been teaching Zoom therapeutic drama classes for seniors. Scott writes about theater for the online journal Escape Into Life, edited by Kenyon’s Kathleen V. Kirk. For over 15 years, he was script/story analyst for Kenyon’s legendary Paul Newman. Learn more about his work at

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