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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

Ravana Wijeyeratne, Hantana, Sri Lanka, updates, “My dream of retiring before 50 came true — not by choice, but from insane pressure of financial-sector mergers and takeovers that made me exit the company where I’ve been CEO since 2007.” Ravi got out the winter before the pandemic — “a relatively better time to sell! Other than focusing on my golf swing and looking out for better scuba destinations, not much to do!"


“Headed to Anna Maria Island, Florida, for winter, then on to explore national parks in Texas and New Mexico. Then on through Colorado, Montana and hopefully up into Alberta and the Canadian Rockies. From there we’ll head to the West Coast and meander from the San Juan Islands all the way down to where we’ll winter in Los Cabos. Spring 2022 will see us off to Europe for a couple years, then the Mediterranean.”

Eric L. Bauer, Buckeystown, Maryland


Kathryn Kerr Fitzsimmons, Lansing, Michigan, and her husband enjoyed a week in Cartagena, Colombia, in February 2020. “Spectacular city,” she writes. “Returned to abysmal cold and gray and Michigan’s COVID shutdown.” They quarantined at their cottage on Lake Charlevoix and, as of October, remained there. “Working remotely has had many benefits,” Kathryn explains. “Time with family and a slower pace. I have enjoyed a number of Zoom happy hours with Megan Grannis Blackmer, Ali St. Vincent Von Kennel, Lauren Weymouth, Kristina Racek Pechulis and Kielty Gallagher Nivaud.”

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