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Holi, the ancient Hindu festival that welcomes spring with a shower of color, in this case marked the last day of classes. Colored corn starch was in the air and on the skin and clothes of all comers to Ransom Lawn.

A view into Ransom Hall through the vestibule doors, before the Office of Admissions stirs into life.

Well Versed

English major meets graduation goal by publishing a book of poetry.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“When I saw their draft, I liked the ending better than I liked the ending of my book. That was a good feeling—and a little bit annoying.” —John Green ’00, in the Los Angeles Times, commenting on the film adaptation of his novel "The Fault in Our Stars"

Team Transition

Changes in the ranks of Kenyon’s leadership team keep the Decatur administration on firm footing.

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Margin of Error

31
Percentage of Kenyon students who have a car on campus.

83
Percentage of Kenyon students who think marijuana should be legal.

25
Percentage of Kenyon students who have attended a religious service in the last month.

Go, Go, Go

Sierra DeLeon ’14, a two-sport athlete, packed away her volleyball gear from the fall and shifted into spring in high gear. She strung together multiple explosive performances that included record-breaking Kenyon runs in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 100-meter hurdles.

Gimme Five

A casual, weekly dinner series —Top Five—was introduced at Peirce Hall this year and featured a list of five favorites in any field chosen by a professor. Dean of Students Henry “Hank” Toutain dropped in to share his “Top Five Vinyl Records.”

1. Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano by Claude Bolling/Jean-Pierre Rampal
2. Abbey Road by the Beatles
3. Heavy Organ by Virgil Fox
4. The Best of Edith Piaf
5. Ridin’ High by Jerry Jeff Walker

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’98

“After serving as press secretary for Gov. John Kasich, I joined Ohio’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, as his communication director. I’m still residing in Columbus and doing my best to balance being a full-time single dad to two awesome little girls doing virtual schooling, while running a communications team during the craziest election in memory.”

Jonathan E. Keeling, Columbus, Ohio

’93

Gabriel A. Alegria celebrates his two little ones, Natalia (5) and Oliver (3), who’ve moved with him across the Hudson to Jersey City, New Jersey. “Will be moving back to Peru semi-permanently in 2022,” he notes. Gabriel is still recording and touring with the Afro-Peruvian Sextet (afroperuviansextet.com), whose latest recording, “Social Distancing,” dropped on Jan. 29. “I don’t believe we used to say ‘drop’ back in the day. I’ve also taken the job of jazz studies director at NJCU.”

’09

Paige L. Markham, Walnut Creek, California, who runs acupuncture practices in Hawaii and California, recently launched a Chinese facial tool line named “Yang Face” (yangface.com). Yang Face honors traditional Chinese medicine, is environmentally conscious and promotes social change, she informs. “Five percent of all proceeds go to my alma mater, Punahou School, so its Hawaiian Studies program can give our youth a strong sense of self and belonging in this world,” she shares, noting that her journey, influenced by Kenyon professors, began during study abroad.

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