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Whether you go for escape, exercise or simple pleasure, it's hard to beat an outing on the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Middle Path is lovely in all seasons, but fall is its most glorious.

A Shaping Voice

Students describe the impact made by two Trustee Teaching Excellence Award recipients.

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The Storyteller

From Bosnia to Iraq, Göran Hemberg ’63 uses storytelling in the service of peace and democracy

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Kenyon in Quotes

"It's been overwhelmingly positive for what we hoped to achieve." — Marco Saavedra '11, after his release from federal detention along the border with Mexico as part of the Dream 9 immigration-reform protest, in the New York Daily News

Viva la Vida

A photographer explains the genesis of a striking portrait and reflects on its resonance.

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Treasures in Glass

Professor Emeritus of History William B. Scott reflects on the Peirce Hall windows devoted to the Gettysburg…

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Classy Classmates

A U.S. presidential campaign intern, an anti-bullying activist, a private pilot, and several self-identified "nerdfighters" were among the 484 members of the Class of 2017 who joined the Kenyon community this fall.

Margin of Error

A somewhat scientific survey

88 — Percentage of Kenyon students who are on Facebook

15 — Percentage of Kenyon students who smoke

49 — Percentage of Kenyon students who think buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur is acceptable

Heavy Petting

In April, with exams looming and stress rising, community advisors hosted a petting zoo in front of Caples. Faculty and staff were invited to bring in their dogs and cats to help soothe the nerves of frazzled students and help those who missed their own pets. The scholars presumably got calmer, but we wonder whether the animals got any smarter.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Stephen D. Behrend teaches history at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. On sabbatical, Steve is working on various 18th-century Liverpool history and
slave trade projects, his research appearing on and COVID ended his sabbatical plans to conduct research in the U.S. and U.K.


Brittany A. Beckley, Orange, New Jersey, shares a touching perspective from the uniquely unfortunate class of 2020. “After my strange departure from Kenyon in March, I went home to New Jersey. I nursed my COVID-19-positive mother back to health from death’s door, all while finishing my last semester from home. The bulk of my quarantine was spent renovating my childhood room to a more mature space. Shout-out to my Danish semester abroad for the hygge minimalism inspiration!” Brittany is now pursuing a master’s in hospitality management at Temple University.


Jeffrey A. Bell, Kirkland, Washington, informs that he and Colleen Murphy Bell ’85 used the pandemic to explore the state: car trips to Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal, the Palouse and Mount Rainier. “LegalShield, the business I have the honor of running, has grown powerfully in the face of social injustice as well as a heightened awareness that every citizen should have equal access to legal services,” Jeff writes.

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