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Professor of Music Ben “Doc” Locke presides over one of Kenyon’s most beloved fall traditions, First-Year Sing.

The new Chalmers Library opened its doors to the public this fall and quickly became a go-to destination for studying and connecting.

Chalmers Library has been certified LEED Gold, making it Kenyon’s first large-scale building to receive this honor.

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Nandi Rose Plunkett ’11 shares the inspiration behind her song “Sourdough.”

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I always tell my students to find the art that saves your life. I think writing is the thing that saved my life, especially writing this book during this period of my life.”
— Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing Ira Sukrungruang, speaking with the Dayton Daily News about his latest book, “This Jade World.”

Hot Takes

Middle Path Has Two Sides Again

In the fall of 2018, a plywood construction wall went up alongside the west side of Middle Path as construction began on the new Chalmers Library. Now that the library is open and the fence is down, we’re relearning how to walk in a straight line, like the first time you go bowling without using the bumpers.

Recognition Returns

As masks come off outdoors on campus (at least sometimes ... thanks, Delta variant), we’re back to Piaget’s sensorimotor stage as we begin to recognize entire human faces. Start working on new excuses for why you can’t remember the names of the people you wave to every day on your way to class.

Show Up and Show Out

Trendy Peloton exercise bikes were a lifeline for many during the pandemic and will run you a few thousand bucks, but the return of Pelotonia to Gambier racked up a few million. After missing a year, riders in Ohio State’s annual cycling event to raise money for cancer research rolled past Kenyon’s Lowry Center in August once again, raising a total of $19,313,532.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Craig A. Phares writes, “After 30 years of living in downtown Manhattan, I have moved out — to Brooklyn. Perhaps it is a sign of age. Not sure. But I do enjoy my new outdoor space — and the laid-back feel of my Boerum Hill neighborhood. Perhaps most important, my three young kids love it. I am still slaving away in finance, but my new commute dulls the pain.”


Juliet E. Levy, who lives in Denver with her boyfriend and their dog, updates, “After earning my master’s in musicology from the University of Denver in 2021, I completed an internship with the company that makes Operabase and CueTV. Following that, I started a customer support position with MakeMusic (Finale/Garritan/SmartMusic) outside of Boulder. Support K-SWOC!”


Joseph C. Bline, Dublin, Ohio, reports that last February he attended his oldest son Steven’s high school basketball tournament game at No. 4 Pickerington North with Jon D. Wilkin ’89 and Stephen M. Baldwin. “Steven had eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Lost by 15, but we have everyone coming back next year. We had a great time catching up after the game with pizza and refreshments.”

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