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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

Lucas C. Pastorfield-Li updates, “Still living in Austin, Texas, with the paladins, Samuel A. Graf ’16 and Andrew Jacob Tucker Smith ’21. Still working in international development. Just started a music and visual art collaborative here called PietschHouse ( and employing hard-core nepotism to get as many Kenyon artists in as possible.”


Brett M. Pierce, Freeport, Maine, has been working in the world of global media for social change, as well as digital storytelling in education. “Excited about my book for teachers that came out in May from Heinemann Publishing, called ‘Expanding Literacy: Bringing Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom.’ Two beautiful young adult kids and my wife, Kerry, of 25 years. Kenyon buddies are still my best buddies. My commitment to fun remains steadfast.”


Lauren C. Ostberg, Hadley, Massachusetts, rejoined the orchestra after a decade away — “pretty rusty!” — and is increasingly excited about the idea of writing essays in the form of legal briefs, she reports. Husband Benjamin F. Taylor started playing Go with their oldest son and “has gotten several Wordles in three tries.”

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