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Ice-covered trees on Middle Path glisten in the sunlight after a seasonal freeze.

A cold snap gave students the opportunity to show off their favorite winter looks.

A Custom Fit

Dearborn Denim & Apparel founder Rob McMillan ’07 has big ideas for the apparel industry.

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Why Latinx?

Professor Ivonne M. García explores the significance of the term "Latinx" for forging communities.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I’ve often joked I could run for president because the subliminal sound of my voice would get me a lot of votes.”
— Nick Bakay ’81, talking to Kathryn Lindsay ’15 of Refinery29 about being the voice of Salem the cat in the 1990s TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

Kenyon in Quotes

“The conundrum of a writer’s life, particularly that of a poet, is learning to embody a paradox. One has to be fierce and tender at the same time, loud and quiet, brash and introspective.”
— Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, in her keynote address at the 2018 Kenyon Review Literary Festival.

Game Day Groundwork

Sociology reading, team dinner and a nap are all part of the pre-game plan for Matt Shifrin ’19.

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Life Lessons

Will Calhoun '07 shares tips on how to maximize learning opportunities while traveling.

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Elm Embrace

In October, Rhys Pinder ’20 broke the Guinness World Record for “World’s Longest Tree Hug” by wrapping his arms around a Middle Path tree for eight hours and 15 minutes straight. He wasn’t just doing it for the fame and glory — Pinder’s fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, used the event to raise $6,858.48 for SeriousFun Children’s Network, a charity founded by Paul Newman ’49.

Despite some seriously tired limbs, Pinder was kept relatively comfortable during his ordeal, as a support team made sure he was fed, hydrated and kept warm.

Chicken Chic

Residents of the Kenyon Farm certainly know how to entice visitors to their weekly volunteering hours. Recent all-campus email subject lines from the Farm have included “sheriff’s back in chicken town,” “goat salon,” “ducks free to a good home” and “fresh outta ducks,” often accompanied by curious illustrations of chickens in costumes or glamour shots of the Farm’s newest goat.

Changing the Guidelines

In a September meeting, faculty members voted to revise Kenyon’s evaluation guidelines for tenure and promotion, adding criteria that measure faculty members’ commitment to promoting “an inclusive classroom environment that values diversity.” The change goes into effect July 1.

In an interview with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, President Decatur noted that, “too often, this is the kind of work that falls in the category of something that is extra or unrecognized. And that had the impact of putting an added burden on those faculty who find it really important and rewarding work. If it’s an institutional priority, we need to find ways to recognize that type of work.” 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Thomas E. Allen, Takoma Park, Maryland, finds it “thrilling to be living in D.C. these days, so close to the seat of power!” Tom’s academic cycle at Gallaudet University began again for the 39th time this fall — “so difficult for me to take that leap into retirement from this spinning top.”


Robert A. Strong, Lexington, Virginia, writes political commentary and “occasional attempts at humor,” but no longer on his Huffpo blog. A parody of the old song “Stormy Weather” and a version of the Gettysburg Address delivered by Donald Trump in seven tweets are available at


John C. Pitts reports that after almost seven years and “a fairly big leadership transition,” he has left the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to join Plaid as its policy lead. “Joining the world of fintech brings all sorts of changes,” he explains, “mostly fewer suits and more Patagonia vests. I’ll now be in San Francisco about a week out of every month. So hit me up if you are around. I’d love to have someone explain to me why Philz Coffee is a thing.”

Past Editions

Volume 17.3

Spring 1995