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Porch reading is a popular spring and summer pastime in Gambier.

The Kenyon Review gathered students and community members to read poems by Robert Lowell '40 and share stories the about the author, a seminal figure in modern American poetry, in honor of his centennial.

The Lords captured second place at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, while the Ladies finished third. The men’s result marked the 38th consecutive season they occupied one of the top two spots, and the women have finished top-four for 36 consecutive seasons.

Kenyon in Quotes

"I didn't grow up very political, but when I went to college in Ohio, a swing state, I quickly realized how much my vote mattered." – Matthew Segal '08, co-founder of Our Time and ATTN:, in Forbes.

Bleeding Purple

Donna Bertolet Poseidon '75 reflects on the evolving role of Kenyon in her life.

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A Piece of War

Were politics ever stormier than they are now? Kenyon's archives offer answers.

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Web Extra: Student Art Spotlight

"Steward," a pen and ink series by Addison Wagner '18, pairs endangered species alongside children to highlight the importance of environmental literacy and stewardship in younger generations.

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Dungeons, Dragons and Decatur

President Sean Decatur, who has admitted to spending much of his adolescence engrossed in the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, recently dusted off his dice to play for charity. Kenyon’s Tabletop Club hosted its second annual "D&D-Cat" event, referring to the nicknames for both the game and the president.

As several students and faculty crowded around
the Cromwell Cottage dining room table to do battle with monsters and cast magical spells, more casual fans watched the game's progress live on Twitch.tv.

By selling the opportunity to give players an extra dice roll, or boost their health and magic reserves, the Tabletop Club managed to raise several hundred dollars for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

A Downtown Facelift

Gambier’s downtown revitalization, which is part of a long-term plan that already has upgraded Middle Path, will add student housing and retail space this summer. New student apartments are nearing completion, the Village Market is moving to its new location at the corner of Brooklyn Street and Chase Avenue, and major work will begin this summer on Farr Hall. The Kenyon College Bookstore will temporarily move into the space vacated by the Village Market and Gambier Deli, and will remain there through the fall, as crews renovate the space the bookstore has occupied for decades.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’02

Dana L. Whitley, Annandale, Virginia, is now a public communications writer/editor at the National Library of Medicine. “I’m finally catching up on ‘Downton Abbey’ and other shows and movies now that I’m done with grad school,” she adds.

’11

Kali (Greff) Bizzul sends nuptials news: “I tied the knot to a very good dude and fellow Colorado native named Jason Bizzul last September, decided on sharing a name with him, and we welcomed some beautiful Kenyonites to help celebrate.” They included Keiko P. Matsuno '11, Patrick T. DePriest '11, Ayako Tokuyama Garduque '11 and Gian M. Garduque ’12, Daniel A. Groberg '11 and Mary Margaret Fletcher Groberg '11, Eric M. Cameron '11 and Kanmani Venkateswaran '11. “It was a big shindig,” she reports, “rolling a few days of celebration and many cultural traditions together, including an Indian bride-making ceremony, a Chinese tea ceremony and all the trappings of a very Colorado outdoor wedding. Other than that, I’m still loving my work in marketing for Verblio, a content-writing platform where I get to write most days about writing — equal parts meta and nerdy fun, just as it sounds.”

’98

Stuart M. Rice, Mesa, Arizona, reports “a string of news since the last time I wrote: In December 2018, I donated my kidney to my husband, who is now thriving (please consider being a living donor). I am now the director of digital initiatives with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State. In that role, I work on several key initiatives, including our Next Education Workforce and support for teachers in their first year.” Stu teaches public yoga classes and between Christmas and New Year’s hosted Matthew J. Borowiecki '98 for some desert hiking, Mexican food and margaritas, and binge watching “The Witcher” and “Lost in Space.”

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