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To aid Knox County voters, CSAD student associates compiled a nonpartisan voting guide to local candidates and issues. Photo by Rebecca Kiger

Grace in Crisis

We need to be generous with grace and kindness this year, writes President Sean Decatur.

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Same Hill, New World

From Plexiglass in Peirce to psychology class in Rosse, fall semester looked a little ... different.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“With all of the challenges facing them, their gratitude — joy, even — in being able to sing together, no matter the current circumstances, has been an inspiration to me.” — Professor of Music Ben Locke, on directing the Chamber Singers.

Kenyon in Quotes

“I am willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the public. I took an oath to that effect when I became a physician. But the public has to sacrifice some too if we want to get through this as safely as possible.” — Dr. Bradley A. Dreifuss ’01, an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, in a June 26 New York Times op-ed imploring the public to help health care workers fight COVID-19.

Gentle Resilience

Poetry by Virginia Kane ‘22 encapsulates the surreal nature of living amid tragedy.

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Big League

William E. Lowry Jr. ‘56 H‘99 is a heavy hitter in sports and life.

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Book Shelf

Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.

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Hot Takes: What's Trending in the Kenyon-verse

Crashing Courses

On Facebook recently, the mysterious account known only as Lorde Kenyon posed the challenge: “Ruin a Kenyon course title by changing one letter.” Some of our favorites from the 100+ responses:

ENGL 213:
Sexting: Reading Like an English Major

HIST 360:
Porn, Farming and the Roots of American Cultures

RLST 470:
Moanings of Death

PSCI 300:
Congress and Public Policyfaking

Serendipitous SMS

Many of our inboxes were blowing up with campaign-related messages this election season, but at least one of them sparked a Kenyon connection instead of ending up in the trash bin. Alise Shuart Barrett ’92, texting on behalf of New Jersey Democrats, was randomly connected with Sophie Silberman ’19, working for Ohio Democrats. Silberman took to Twitter to share her “heartwarming textbank story” of intergenerational Gambier goodwill.

Doorway Disaster

Reflecting how many of us have felt since March, the double doors of Peirce Dining Hall simply decided to give up, lie down and take a nap a few weeks into Kenyon’s fall semester. After all, enough else has gone wrong in 2020 — how much worse could a bit of ingress inconvenience make it? The faulty door was quickly set back on its hinges, but not before achieving minor Twitter fame.

Tofoodies

Tofu: Is there anything these little soy-based rectangles can’t do? The versatile vegan staple has been a cornerstone of Peirce Hall’s modified operations this year, so several first-year students started an Instagram account, @kenyontofu, to rank each day’s offerings, which range from “cooked sponge” to “crispy on the outside, actually seasoned.” Come for the Tofu Bingo and stay for special guest appearances from tofu’s sidekick, “eatloaf.”

West Winging It

Twitter buzzed with excitement at seeing Allison Janney ’82 resume her role as Aaron Sorkin’s iconic White House press secretary CJ Cregg in a “The West Wing” TV special benefiting Michelle Obama’s organization When We All Vote.

The staged reading of the season three episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” reunited the cast and garnered online praise, including, “CJ at the podium again, how I’ve missed this,” and, “I have a queen and her name is CJ Cregg.”

Sadly, there was no reprise of “The Jackal.”

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’02

Dana L. Whitley, Annandale, Virginia, is now a public communications writer/editor at the National Library of Medicine. “I’m finally catching up on ‘Downton Abbey’ and other shows and movies now that I’m done with grad school,” she adds.

’89

Andrew S. Albrecht, Shaker Heights, Ohio, already worked from home, but says things feel very different now: “The pandemic remains this distraction; I’m never completely focused. Ethan is home prematurely from his junior year at Hobart and William Smith, happily reverting to hermit mode, playing online games with friends. Leighton is maintaining a positive attitude in Seattle. Jean and I are bingeing on ‘The West Wing.’ With all the concern, frustration, anger and anxiety we face daily in the news and social media, there are also stories of inspiration, generosity and caring. Taking time to recognize moments of human compassion helps keep me uplifted. Grateful to my family, friends and community — and that includes my wonderful Kenyon classmates.”

’84

Donata A. Rechnitzer, Frankfort, Ohio, medical director of two urgent care centers in Columbus, has had “a very tumultuous spring!” she writes. “We seem to be revising policies daily in our efforts to ‘flatten the curve.’ Recalling the springtime splendor of that first truly warm, dry and sunny day along Middle Path, it saddens me to think of the current students who will not have those memories, especially the seniors. Times such as these put into perspective the importance of staying connected, even if only virtually! Wash your hands, cover your cough and we’ll meet again on the other side of the COVID-19 curve.”

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