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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

Srila H. Chadalavada is a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In her neural coding lab, she’s researching the visual pathway and how it ties into decision-making and reward valuation.


“I spend most mornings on either a pickleball or tennis court. Fortunately, these sports are COVID friendly, and I have been able to maintain my sanity (mostly) for the past six months.”

Lynn Snyderman, Pittsburgh


Pamela A. Martin-Diaz sends “greetings from Knox County, Ohio! I have been here off and on since retiring in January 2020 from Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, ending close to 40 years as a public librarian.” Pam works on an early literacy project with Head Start to increase the impact of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. “I have been lucky to spend time with my first roommate, Mary Kay Karzas, as well as Murray J. Smith and Janet Byrne Smith ’76.”

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