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.
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.
Michael L. Ulrey, Mount Vernon, Ohio, shares how different life looks in Gambier this year: “Everyone wears masks. The usual corner of the Wiggin Street coffee shop is not available for our old-timers’ coffee klatsch. We sit outside on the porch of the old bookstore, talk to passersby — both students and village residents — and of course solve the world’s problems. Math Mondays have started up again — as Zoom meetings, of course. It’s great to see the students’ involvement in writing papers, creating online content and doing internships in data analytics for sports teams and other commercial ventures.” Ulrey gave a presentation in November about how he used math in his post-Kenyon career.
“Every time fall rolls around, I miss the Hill more. The colors have brightened the gray of life during the pandemic. I have three delightful children who have certainly made their presence and energy felt! This year, I’ve moved into almost full-time instructional coaching and have also enjoyed sharing all of my voting and election knowledge from my years as a government teacher. Life is full, but not fully virtual!”
— Catherine E. (Papai) McMillin, Westerville, Ohio