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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.

Hot Takes

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.

@latenightkenyon

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
’60

Edward Hirshfield, Cupertino, California, frequently enjoys a beach house at nearby Pajaro Dunes, when it’s not being rented or used by his mid-20s grandkids. “I continue to develop my system to alleviate road congestion,” he writes, “and have completed first iteration full-size manufacturing drawings in an attempt to attract investors. Several nibbles, no bites. I’m looking for someone to take it over, because at 82 it seems I have better things to do with my time. Fires meant my daughter’s family evacuated from Santa Rosa for the third time in three years, this time to her San Francisco parents-in-law, who lost their home to fire three years ago. Climate change is a real problem. Every day has its challenges, but we’re having fun!”

’97

Lindsay Buchanan Burke, Arlington, Virginia, practices law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., now from her home office, while overseeing the virtual schooling of three kids in the next room. “As an employment lawyer advising many of the world’s largest companies, I’ve been at the center of employers’ responses to #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and the coronavirus pandemic,” she informs. “It’s been a busy and exciting time.”

’85

Gina Bauman Kornfeind, Pacific Palisades, California, hoped to be on campus for the 35th but notes, “Our beloved Susan B. Berger and Laura A. Plummer forged the best virtual reunion ever! Virtual beer tents were a highlight. Breakout rooms of Gund dorm, southern California alums and then a few random ones gave me connection and warmth I had been missing and craving.” Gina is treasuring time with 27-year-old daughter Meredith, visiting from Brooklyn, and fourth child Maggie’s high school senior year, conducted online. “We have grown so close through coping with all of these unknowns,” she writes. “My greatest sorrows are also what keep me whole — my work in pediatric palliative care with children who are dying. Limiting visitors means our team becomes surrogate family members. While it’s so hard to say goodbye to a sick child, I am grateful I can comfort families, surrounding them with support. Bearing witness to how families face the end of life with dignity keeps me grounded and trying to pay it forward. Surrounded by folks bearing the unbearable, I know I am blessed and called to bring them hope.”

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