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Sofia Elizarraras ’23 works on a beetle experiment in her “Experimental Animal Behavior” course, while Harry Styles looks on. Photo by Rebecca Kiger.

Photographer Dannie Lane ’22 captured the foot traffic on Middle Path during a January snowstorm.

Katie Orefice ’23 (center) and her teammates await a possible rebound during the women’s basketball team’s loss to Oberlin on Feb. 9. Photo by Seijin Kim '22.

Kenyon in Quotes

"The freedom that I had in that lab opened internships and job opportunities for me. It made me who I am today — a curious scientist."
— Edna Kemboi '16, reflecting on the organic chemistry class that helped launch her career

Kenyon in Quotes

"It’s part of our collective history. … Older students tell younger students. It’s another way of showing you are a part of the campus family."
— Keeper of Kenyoniana Tom Stamp '73, on the importance of telling campus ghost stories, in the Columbus Dispatch

Snapshots of Life on the Hill

Purple Goes Green

In a commitment to sustainability, Kenyon now owns enough renewable energy credits (RECs) to cover 100% of the College’s annual electricity consumption. The credits come from a large solar electricity generation development in Texas, because everybody knows the sun can be hard to find during Gambier Februarys. 

And You Thought "Freebird" Was Long

Music students Ethan Bonnell ’23 and Eli Hiton ’23 undertook the Sisyphean feat of performing the 20-hour “Vexations,” a work for keyboard by French composer Erik Satie that bears the inscription, “In order to play the motif 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.” “Chopsticks” it ain’t.

Unsung Salad Bar Heroes

AVI employees worked six days a week throughout the fall to cover worker shortages in Peirce, including during COVID-dictated quiet periods requiring boxed meals. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Camille M. Sweeney, New York City, with husband Josh and their daughter, Roxie (now 16!), has “accumulated way too many books during the pandemic,” she writes, “including my current fave, George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo.’” Camille runs a workshop program called Future Me, using research from her book, “The Art of Doing,” to help high school students connect their interests to jobs and careers. “Every time I have them write a letter from their Future Self (decades into the future) to their Present Self, thanking them for all their hard work, I think, ‘Wow, I wish I’d written a letter like that to my Future Self when I was back at Kenyon!’”


Claire E. Oleson, Grand Rapids, Michigan, signed with a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit to represent her hoped-for debut novel, centered on queerness and rural space.


M. Lark (Cowart) Peterson, Saint Charles, Illinois, returned to government work as a child protection prosecutor in Kane County. “With COVID,” Lark writes, “more flexibility has let me continue to coach high school swimming and teach at a local university as an adjunct. I typically teach mediation, constitutional law, evidence and criminal procedure but recently added a course on human rights and responsibilities.” Husband Kevin, who works at Argonne National Lab, has been happy to work at home with Sean (7) and Meredith (4).

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