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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

“I was recently promoted to local energy policy manager for Minnesota at CenterPoint Energy, helping communities set and achieve their energy and equity goals. While I miss strategic marketing for energy efficiency and clean-​energy future initiatives, I’m loving the new role. (And loving that, since it’s Minnesota-focused, I don’t need to travel much anymore.) I’m still finding time to write (a poem was just published in an anthology); take many, many walks with our crazy/sweet rescue dogs and sneak in a date night with my husband every so often.”

Kathryn A. “Kat” Knudson, Minneapolis


“In going through family records, I discovered that I am related to Rutherford B. Hays. His great-great-grand-father was Timothy Phelps, born about 1705, from whom I am directly descended.

Lloyd Saltus II, Sudbury, Massachusetts


Marina N. Prado-Steiman, Gainesville, Florida, is happy to report she is now an attorney at the University of Florida. “I’ve been working in the Student Legal Services department for six months, and I love it! I provide free legal representation to all UF students. This summer, I went to the National Student Legal Services conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to the interactive art exhibit, Meow Wolf. My wife, Nicole, works at a nonprofit and provides exemplary legal representation to survivors of domestic violence. Last year, we bought our first home together, and it feels wonderful to improve on something that’s ours.” Marina and Nicole were looking forward to their December vacation to Mexico.

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