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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.

Hot Takes

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

Janet E. Heckman retired last year from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, left Cairo and moved to the west coast of Ireland. “Dermot and I arrived at our house in time for a very stormy January and February, with four hurricane-level storms,” she reports. “We flew to Ohio on March 8, intending to stay four weeks.” The COVID lockdown delayed their return to Ireland until October. An independent director on the board of Air Astana (of Kazakhstan), Janet joined Kenyon’s Alumni Council and the reunion planning committee and hopes to see you in Gambier in May


Martha S. Schulman, North Chesterfield, Virginia, reports how proud she was of Kenyon after listening to President Sean Decatur’s virtual talk about the college’s pandemic response. “The campus approach to COVID appears to be sensible and safe,” she observes. “I was delighted to learn about the emphasis on training and dialogue for students, faculty and staff relating to antiracism and equity.” Martha and her partner, George Puster, are finding life “less pleasantly hectic” without travel, concerts and indoor visits from grandchildren. “We have discovered many wonderful places nearby to hike and kayak, and we realize how beautiful Virginia is. We are grateful and hope people around the world will be able to feel the same way in the near future.”


“Cycling, golfing and advising a private equity firm, splitting time between Princeton and Kiawah Island, South Carolina — anyone in the area, drop a line. Got a chance to play some golf with roommate Timothy G. Ehrhart this past summer.”

Peter B. Luther, Princeton, New Jersey

Past Editions

Volume 22.1

Spring 2000