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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

Meredith Harper Bonham, New Albany, Ohio, updates that after six years as Kenyon’s vice president of student affairs and 28 years in higher ed administration, she has pivoted to the private sector. In May, she hung up her academic regalia, joining the executive search consulting firm BeecherHill as a managing director. “Not only does the change allow our family to remain in the Columbus area,” she explains, “it also provides us with ready access to Gambier so we may continue to
attend athletic and cultural events — and indulge in burgers from the VI.”


Tamsin Smith, San Francisco, remained close to Caitlin M. Long, Christine Olsen and Christie (Densen) Root over online cocktails this year. “Other than work, painting and writing have been filling my time. My first novel and third collection of poems were published during the pandemic, so always there are silver linings! My son Scully is in his second year at the University of Bristol, reading philosophy and English. My daughter Tabitha is a junior at the Williston Northampton School, where I first met Christie so many years ago.”


Geoffrey W. Feder, Peekskill, New York, is “very grateful for the hard work of Hillary E. (Linn) Feder, who has been on the front lines of the pandemic. I’ve been working alone in my shop at Feder Knives and making cutlery for many people during quarantine.” His highlight? Sending a chef’s knife to culinary legend Jacques Pépin. Daughter Lila, “a total champion this year,” Geoff reports, started swim team and is looking beyond 10th grade. “She can’t wait to get the hell out of here and off to college.”

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