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"Renaissance Man" by Charles Gagnon, donated to Kenyon anonymously in 1972, finds a permanent home in the garden below Ascension Hall.

Hitting the Right Notes

For Jane Symmes ’16, there is no offseason and no time to waste. Symmes of Concord, New Hampshire, carries the title “student/athlete/musician”—and she’s a two-sport athlete. When she isn’t lifting weights, throwing or kicking round objects, or studying for the next exam, this international studies major and recording artist is penning notes, striking strings, and belting out harmonies. Her family’s passion for music lifts her heart and comes to life in the form of her lyrics and scores. Symmes also patrols the midfield for the Ladies soccer and lacrosse teams. An injury-shortened soccer season takes little luster off her success in all three phases of her life. —Ryan Gasser

Treasures in Glass

For the College’s book on the literary windows of Peirce Hall, Professor of English Jennifer C. Clarvoe wrote about making sense of nonsense in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:

"It is wonderful to find Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in a series of windows with Paradise Lost and Pilgrim’s Progress; like the first, it concerns itself with a fall, albeit down a rabbit hole; like the second, it concerns itself with the education of its main character by allegorical figures. ... In Carroll’s brilliant, subversive work, it is the child-heroine Alice herself who is supremely sane, debunking, pragmatic—and yet, through her, we enter a world of infinitely entertaining marvels."

Margin of Error

55: Percentage of Kenyon students who think it’s more likely that hell will freeze over before Congress finds a plan for the solvency of Social Security.

70: Percentage of Kenyon students who find their coursework more challenging than expected.

62: Percentage of Kenyon students who have read a book in The Hunger Games series.

Bookstore Olympiad

As the Sochi games were winding down, the Kenyon Bookstore got into the Olympic spirit by sponsoring its own Winter Olympiad, featuring a book-balancing relay (with books balanced on competitors’ heads), a literary trivia quiz, and tabletop bagel curling (“all the excitement of real curling, with Bookstore bagels, sand, and toothbrushes”).

A three-student team competing for the United Kingdom took home the gold.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Pierce E. Scranton Jr., Ketchum, Idaho, reflects, “The classic wide-eyed, bushy-tailed new freshman was me in 1964. Admitted as an experiment — no one had ever applied from my high school. … I logged in Alaska for three summers, working my way through Kenyon. I drank deep from the cup.” Pierce became an orthopedic surgeon, sent a son to Kenyon, became a member of the Board of Trustees, and won awards and honorary degrees. “I founded a mission in Vietnam taking care of land-mine victims and disabled children. Maybe all because Professor Bob Burns called me back after I’d turned in an honors thesis and said, ‘Pierce, I won’t accept this. You can do better.’”


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, 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.”


Paul B. Wolfe, La Jolla, California, shares, “My first recollection was being met at the railroad station in Mansfield by Dean Bailey, who then carried my bags to a basement room in North Leonard. The two profs I most remember are Jim Michael and Wilfred Desan. Mr. Michael got me interested in dramatics and then invited me back to Reunion when Paul L. Newman ’49 directed a production at the old theater building. One of my fondest recollections is of singing down Middle Path, a tradition that I understand no longer exists and is not even mentioned in the college archives.”

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