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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

Richard G. Freeman writes, “In October, my wife and I fled our beloved West Philadelphia neighborhood, where we had dwelled for 51 years, to the sanctified seclusion of Cathedral Village, a retirement community in northwest Philadelphia. During dinner the first week, a woman, after learning I attended Kenyon, asked me whether I knew an alum with whom she grew up. I did. He was in my fraternity. Her husband asked me whether I knew another alum with whom he had attended high school; the person he named was also a fraternity brother. Another retiree on the same day asked me whether I knew his brother, who attended Kenyon — yet another fraternity brother. The next day I met a retired Episcopal bishop whose three sons attended Kenyon and who revered the late Rev. Donald L. Rogan, a professor, retired psychiatrist and parent of John A. Rogan ’83. Perhaps I’ll meet a statistician who can read the law of probability and make sense of all of these coincidental encounters.”


Kathleen P. Kress, New York City, teaches choir and general music to elementary and middle school students.


Arthur Vedder calls Santa Cruz, California, “This Side of Paradise. Enjoying my 44th year of medical practice, although now the abridged version. Our son, daughter and four grandsons (ages 2 to 7) live in the New York City area. We fly over Ohio’s Magic Mountain frequently to visit.”

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