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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

“Last year, I left my job and took a lovely and restorative sabbatical, during which I spent my time reading, writing, meditating and competing on the Peloton leaderboard with Emily E. Martin and Lindsay M. Sabik. In July, I started a new role as head of educational experiences at the tech company Automattic, parent company to For the time being, this means working from my living room and balcony, but I have big plans to travel and visit my Kenyon friends as soon as possible.”

Ingrid E. Vining, Beverly Hills, California


Ira Eliasoph, White Plains, New York, writes, “I am happy to say my health is good. I take no medicines. My four children and five grandchildren are all fine. My biography is moving along — my time at Kenyon an important chapter.” In June, Ira received an achievement award from the Department of Ophthalmology of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for 71 years of outstanding service.


“We recently sold our 223-year-old row house in Philadelphia, moving a few blocks west and north to an apartment on Washington Square as our city place. We have the pleasure of seeing Independence Hall every day. I’m doing lots of fiber art, singing in our small but mighty St Peter’s Philadelphia church choir, walking our beach collecting sea glass and watching/reading British cop/crime/mystery stories. We love connecting with our classmates in person or by Zoom or telephone, recently including David E. Griffith, Elizabeth (Murdock) Myers, James A. Frank, Christopher G. Carey, Amy (Magida) Haskell, Richard K. Haskell, Kenneth S. Thompson, and James M. Borgman.”

Leslie (Hollenbaugh) Ross and Peter Ross, Eastham, Cape Cod

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