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On April 30, 2022, the Village of Gambier and the entire Kenyon community celebrated a once-a-century occasion: 4.30.22 Day.

4.30.22 Day parade participants gather in front of the Village Market before starting on their route.

Happy Days

A conversation with Beimnet Beyene “Happy” Kassaye ’23.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I have come to expect that race will be weaponized to undermine not only a leader’s authority but also that leader’s very humanity and sense of belonging.”
—President Sean Decatur in a Chronicle of Higher Education essay on the invisible toll of racist harassment

Kenyon in Quotes

“You are what our species needs. Fresh thinkers; brave souls; explorers of ideas. Wayward birds, venturing into unknown skies, unafraid of unconventional thinking and uncommon wisdom.” ⁠
—Sheila Coronel H’22 at Kenyon’s 194th Commencement

One of Us

One of the first women to enroll at Kenyon, Susan Emery McGannon ’72 is accustomed to blazing trails…

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Hot Takes

Color Commentary

To celebrate the once-a-century holiday of 4.30.22 Day, Kenyon’s social media accounts posted archival photos of Gambier, all in black and white, honoring the village’s history. In the comments of a 1996 photo of the Red Door Cafe, one alum wrote "We had color film in the '90s. I’m not THAT old."

Paws on Parade

On the last day spring semester classes, the Epsilon Delta Mu sorority brought cheer (and a flock of wagging tails) to Middle Path by putting on a dog parade. Faculty, staff and community members brought over a dozen canines to march across campus in a mood-lifting promenade. As Assistant Professor of Biology Natalie Wright noted on Twitter, “The dogs had to stop every few feet to accept pets from students.

A Free-for-Owl

Despite winning with a clear majority of the vote, social media had its share of naysayers regarding the choice of Kenyon’s new moniker, the Owls. How did the pro-owl contingent respond? With many, many hoots. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

“Forty years? Really. Incredible — I find myself 62 years old and a grandmother! I consider myself very lucky and blessed. My four kids are all over the country — Arizona, Kansas, New York and Virginia. Still in real estate, 22 years now, and have my own flower-arranging business, Petal Pushers. I would love to retire but not in the cards just yet. Fallen in love with pickle-ball and play it as much as I can. My motto is move while I can!

Frances H. “Corky” (Hood) Hebert, Lutherville, Maryland,


Evan A. Weiss and wife Katherine C. Warther will move to Philadelphia this summer with 1-year-old daughter Ada, he writes. “I have started as an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Katie will be a pediatrician after finishing her pediatric residency at UCLA in July.”


Robert J. Clawson, Acton, Massachusetts, was a featured speaker on “An Oral History of Anne Sexton and Her Kind,” broadcast online by Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room in December. “In that I knew Anne well, and taught with her, I’m also being interviewed for an article, a documentary film and a new biography. I suspect I’ll not be fully retired till I’ve expired.”

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