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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

Claire M. Naughton shares that “after bopping around a bit post-grad, I’m settling into a new job in Strasbourg, France, working in a French startup as a business developer.” Claire maintains her blog, The Millennial Abroad, on the side. “Not totally sure how I got here or where I’m going, exactly, but the ride has been pretty good so far.”


Payton L. Schlicht completed her master’s and now remotely teaches a group of “goofy” fourth-graders in her hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. In her free time, she “hangs out with her puppy-size lizard, Gulliver, and the rest of my strange menagerie."


Cathleen C. (Norian) Koch, Long Beach, California, celebrates the big news that she “welcomed a Class of 2038 women’s soccer player to the world this year.” Wearing her purple Kenyon soccer onesie, Kenyon baby socks and gold headband gifted to her by Maureen C. Collins ’03 and Elizabeth Twerdahl Stankus, she’s “ready to join the team,” Cate writes.

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