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A Shot of Hope: Patricia Koskei ’21 is vaccinated during Kenyon’s immunization clinic at the Lowry Center in April. (Photo by Brooke LaValley)

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“Everyone benefits if you’re a little bit more compassionate.” — Assistant Professor of English Travis Lau in USA Today, on changes he hopes will outlast the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bedroom Pop

With live performances almost impossible during the past academic year, it’s been a tough time for Kenyon’s typically thriving band scene. But even if the Horn Gallery is shuttered, quarantines and quiet periods have done wonders for the burgeoning “bedroom pop” genre of music that lives primarily on the internet.

Case in point: Check out @ohio.martinez on Instagram, the one-woman band alter ego of Dani Martinez ’21, and look for links to her lo-fi, DIY show burn of a debut album, “Sentences and Figurines,” on Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.


An account was created solely to post pictures
of menus on Instagram so students can know
if it’s worth trudging to Peirce at 10 p.m. for
jalapeno poppers. Oh, and there’s an avatar
of Borat wearing a mankini for some reason.
That’s it. That’s the concept.

Middle Path Catwalk

A year of social distancing and face coverings has made stand-out fashion even more important on campus. How else to make an impression from a safe distance with half your face behind a mask? On Instagram, @kenyonfashion is “dedicated to capturing the various styles of Kenyon,” showing off the bright, creative, fun and fearless sartorial choices of Gambier.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Heather J. Gert, Greensboro, North Carolina, now heads the Philosophy Department at UNC-Greensboro. “What a time to start that job!” she exclaims.


Stephanie L. Abbajay, St. Louis, reports her company, David Stine Furniture, is doing very well — “fueled no doubt by the fact that everyone is probably sick of their household furniture and wants a change,” she notes. “In early 2020, we opened a larger wood shop and showroom, introduced a new line of furniture and we founded Midwest Slabs & Hardwood to sell our sustainably harvested lumber directly to the public. It’s been easy to stay socially distanced out here at the farm, where we work seven days a week. Not complaining, mind you! Immensely grateful to be busy during these crazy times.” Son Oskar, a junior at Columbia College in Chicago, is majoring in fashion design, while daughter Willa, a high school junior, is stressing out about her ACT, SAT, GPA and applying to colleges next year.


Bonnie Levinson, San Francisco, held virtual open studios in October due to COVID and enjoyed reaching people all over the country. “It was great to catch up with friends, family and even some collectors to share my new work. My friend in France said it was too early in the morning for her,” she informs, “so I am doing private virtual open studios via Zoom for those interested.” Find details at “Also, I am about to become a great-grandmother — not bad for a girl who didn’t have kids.”

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