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Kenyon student dancers perform on the chapel lawn.

Kenyon in Quotes

"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

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Alumni, faculty and Bulletin staff members offer reviews of some of their favorite books.

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Fifty Years of the Bulletin

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.

Homecoming Weekend Celebration

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.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’88

Tamsin Smith, San Francisco, informs, “Dead & Company concerts in San Francisco brought several alums out west, and Oliver J. Janssen ’86 and Caitlin M. Long hosted an unforgettable reunion with Wallace C. Henderson ’85, Patrick T. Flood ’87, Lawrence P. Kass ’85, David W. Seevers and Philip E. Cable ’85. So fun. My eldest, Scully, teaches English lit at Berkeley High, and Tabitha is in her second year at Northeastern. I’m still consulting on brand strategy but devoting more and more time to my creative pursuits — painting, poetry and art essays. I also started a songwriting collaboration with my partner. Our first LP is now streaming on all the var-ious platforms, or listen on www.wundercat.us.”

’85

Peter A. Propp informs, “With kids well out of the house and parents sadly gone, I’ve returned to the software business, tapping into my 15 years of experience at IBM, to help lead KnockMedia, a full-stack UX shop at Yale Science Park in New Haven, Connecticut. We build online platforms for global brands like Yale University, Home Depot, Booking.com and TED Talks. I also volunteer on a variety of local and regional initiatives and serve on a few boards. My latest instrument is mandolin, and I occasionally get a chance to perform or jam. And the Propp family’s favorite annual event is the Newport Folk Festival, where Suzanne and I experience amazing music with Julia Lyon Borden ’83, her husband, Tom, and our kids and friends.”

’88

Shelley G. Swank-Anderson and Kevin J. Anderson are empty-nesters now that son Scott is off to DePauw. “He was admitted to Kenyon, but really likes the vibe of the Tigers, so he is the only Anderson who is not a Lord/Lady/Owl. It’s fun learning other colleges’ traditions! We actually own black and gold fan gear now! Our daughters, Kiele L. Anderson ’21 and Leah N. Anderson ’23, struggle to cheer for DePauw teams, except men’s tennis, because they do still strongly root for their brother! Formerly a goalie, Leah was named NCAC Defensive Player of the Year, and in Kiele’s senior year she won the ’21 Falkenstine Award. Kevin still works as a banker in Peoria, Illinois, and I try to be helpful in the community with Meals on Wheels and substitute teaching. I am considering getting more involved with the local Multiple Sclerosis Society, as time and confidence permit.”

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