Liz Forman '73 and Helen Forman reimagine a song about Kenyon's founder.
Kenyon student dancers perform on the chapel lawn.
K.D. Novak Burnett '73 recalls the turmoil that led to tranquility.
Professor of Drama Harlene Marley offers a portrait of the Kenyon of 1969-70.
"As we celebrate twenty-five years of women at the College, we honor especially our female founders ... We recognize our partnership with these women in a new, more inclusive College, a Kenyon of men and women, that venture that, next to the Bishop's brilliant divination, has most radically transformed the outlines of Gambier Hill." — Associate Professor of English Adele S. Davidson '75 in her 1994 Founders' Day address
As we celebrate the first fifty years of the Bulletin, we look back at some memorable stories from the past.
"The Paramount Problem — and a Solution," by Bruce Haywood, July-Sept., 1965.
The article offers the first glimpse into the planning by the College's administration and the Board of Trustees for the admission of women students.
We have turned, then, to the coordinate college for women as a way of gaining the advantages we seek while preserving the best features of Kenyon. ... We propose a scheme which would the Hill as it is, with a separate campus for women sufficiently close so that joint instruction is practicable but separated by its site and architectures for Kenyon sufficiently as to propose separate identities for the two colleges.
"Letters," Nov. 1972.
William R. Chadeayne '50, secretary of the Board of Trustees, responds to the contention, voiced by some alumni and others after the College's move to coeducation was announced in 1972, that the idea of coordination had been a ruse from the beginning.
In reality, the shift of thinking resulted from experience, for even during the first year when women came to Gambier, it began to be apparent that the women themselves generally preferred coeducation to coordinate education or, in other words, that they preferred to participate in and share Kenyon traditions rather than create their own. This manifested itself in various ways, as for example protests over being excluded from the matriculation oath and not sharing fully in the student government. In short, it developed that the concept of coordinate education was becoming a divisive influence on campus rather than a unifying one, with the result that an unhealthy polarization began to emerge.
To commemorate the first quarter-century of women as students in the College's classrooms, this year's Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 23-25, 1994, was flush with special events.
Among the activities were an exhibit of memorabilia in Olin Library's Special Collections, compiled by librarian Jami E. Peelle; a presentation by Jean C. Dunbar '73, a historic-design specialist who was instrumental in last summer's renovation of the Crozier Center for Women; a lively rendition of "Philander Chase: The Sequel," sung by alumnae and other celebrants; an open house and "Common Bond" brunch at the Crozier Center; a "Tea and Sharing Party" for alumnae and students; and a "Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Women at Kenyon" recognition dinner.
Brent C. Matheny is now an editorial assistant with Oxford University Press in New York City.
Dominick M. Cabriele, St. Petersburg, Florida, recommends that Kenyon rename the football field for its first African American students, Stanley L. Jackson ’52 and Allen B. Ballard Jr. ’52. “As Jackie Robinson is honored by Major League Baseball, we should honor Stan and Al,” he writes. “Stan was a gentle gentleman. Al is outstanding. They were and are great Kenyon men, and I am proud to have known them.
Samuel W. Corbin, New Marlborough, Massachusetts, feeling some daffodil-induced happy spring fever, describes the past year as “not as horrible as I thought it would be.” Sam and his extended family “hunkered down pretty much like everyone else,” he reports. “It’s been a good time to peer inward about destiny and the future, and it’s been a great opportunity to pursue oil painting and classical piano. I’ve been thinking of all my old friends a lot.”