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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.

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Recent Class Notes

“I am excited to use my Kenyon English degree to craft proposals asking our donors to invest in our lands, waters and climate. I am also a council member and event coordinator for the Columbus Young Professionals Club, which reaches over 30,000 young professionals to provide leadership development, share community and culture news, and spark important conversations. I also volunteer with Columbus Humane as a dog handler for our volunteer photographers.”

Charlotte N. Smithson, Columbus, Ohio


“I moved with my husband, Brian C. Cannon ’05, to a little village you may have heard of ... Gambier! We bought a five-acre farm north of campus and are so excited to get involved with the Kenyon community once more. I work at Knox Technical Center in Mount Vernon.”

Katie (Jackson) Cannon


Harrison David Rivers, St. Paul, Minnesota, spent the fall in London filming Season 1B of the HBO series “The Nevers,” for which he is a story editor. He is also developing a TV series with HBO based on E. Lynn Harris’ novel “Invisible Life.” He continues to work as a playwright, with upcoming productions in San Francisco, Hartford, Philadelphia, Atlanta and St. Paul.

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