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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.


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

Steven C. Durning, Holliston, Massachusetts, reports, “On Sept. 23, a group of us gathered at a daylong event graciously hosted by Thomas A. Lucas and his wife, Shari, at their home 40 miles north of New York City. Most came from far away. Our guiding spirit was Kevin J. Martin, who suggested that we give ‘Tom Talks,’ which some of us did. We caught up with each other, ate and drank, remembered, processed once again what Mark C. Fox ’76 meant to us, sang along to Peter H. Frank’s guitar, and contem-plated our approaching 50th Reunion. Many thanks to all for making the effort, including Alice Cornwell Straus, Brad Foote, Murray J. Smith and Janet Byrne Smith ’76, Karen Mesberg and Scott M. Univer ’73, Matthew S. Mees, Michael C. Davis, Arthur M. Marx and Pamela A. Martin-Diaz.”


Tara L. Jones, Eugene, Oregon, reports that her pantry is stocked with her own grape and aronia juice, apple cider, applesauce, raisins, and dried mulberries, aronia berries, pears and apples. “All this work was made possible, in part, by my decision to work even more part-time than previously: from 30 hours to 12. I’m loving it! With the dark months of the year approaching, I look forward to getting back to my piano and guitar, open mics, composing, meditation and all the other things that got put on hold during all the sunny months in the garden.”


Abby S. Peck updates, “After eight wonderful years in Portland, Maine, I accepted a position as director of corporate and foundation relations at Clemson University in South Carolina. Being a northerner in the South is definitely leading to some culture shock! I can’t fault the weather, though, and it’s great job experience. Silvia L. Mercado Masters flew in from Chicago to help me get settled that first week. I’m a little farther from England now but still able to travel over to see my partner, Hazel, every few months. Who knows where I’ll land next?”

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