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Sofia Elizarraras ’23 works on a beetle experiment in her “Experimental Animal Behavior” course, while Harry Styles looks on. Photo by Rebecca Kiger.

Photographer Dannie Lane ’22 captured the foot traffic on Middle Path during a January snowstorm.

Katie Orefice ’23 (center) and her teammates await a possible rebound during the women’s basketball team’s loss to Oberlin on Feb. 9. Photo by Seijin Kim '22.

Kenyon in Quotes

"The freedom that I had in that lab opened internships and job opportunities for me. It made me who I am today — a curious scientist."
— Edna Kemboi '16, reflecting on the organic chemistry class that helped launch her career

Kenyon in Quotes

"It’s part of our collective history. … Older students tell younger students. It’s another way of showing you are a part of the campus family."
— Keeper of Kenyoniana Tom Stamp '73, on the importance of telling campus ghost stories, in the Columbus Dispatch

Snapshots of Life on the Hill

Purple Goes Green

In a commitment to sustainability, Kenyon now owns enough renewable energy credits (RECs) to cover 100% of the College’s annual electricity consumption. The credits come from a large solar electricity generation development in Texas, because everybody knows the sun can be hard to find during Gambier Februarys. 

And You Thought "Freebird" Was Long

Music students Ethan Bonnell ’23 and Eli Hiton ’23 undertook the Sisyphean feat of performing the 20-hour “Vexations,” a work for keyboard by French composer Erik Satie that bears the inscription, “In order to play the motif 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.” “Chopsticks” it ain’t.

Unsung Salad Bar Heroes

AVI employees worked six days a week throughout the fall to cover worker shortages in Peirce, including during COVID-dictated quiet periods requiring boxed meals. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Jeffrey Place, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, continues working as curator and senior archivist for the Folklife Collections and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian. “In year 34 producing records and books,” Jeff updates. “Recently I co-produced a collection of California folk music and wrote liner notes for albums by Norman Blake and the bluegrass band Po’ Ramblin’ Boys. Since I am teleworking from here on out, I relocated a year ago to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Beach four blocks away; the sound, two. Enjoying the tiki bar life.”


Robert W. Sale, Washington, D.C., had an exciting year as a mortgage banking regulator, with home prices soaring and mortgage rates at historic lows. “But it’s been an even more exciting year to be an entrepreneur,” Winston adds. “During lockdown last winter, I taught myself to sew and started making fleece jackets for my miniature dachshunds. This winter I’ll launch Winston’s Western Wiener Wear on Etsy, offering a complete line of cowboy-themed coats and accessories for dachshunds and their owners. With a little luck, I hope to grow my basement business into a wiener dog apparel empire.”


Robin L. Bennett, Bellevue, Washington, writes, “After 37 years as a clinical genetic counselor at the University of Washington, I have a new dream position as professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics and director of the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.” She welcomed the first class of 14 graduate students in September. “In May, I had a wonderful lunch and gathering with my Kenyon apartment mates Susan C. Lamb and Clara (Church) Cohen in Connecticut.”

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