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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

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

Shirley J. Leow, Lakewood, Colorado, reports she “enjoyed seeing many of the first class of Kenyon women during September. Met some of the chemistry department staff and students on Friday afternoon. Good to see the expansion of science majors and talk with students interested in pursuing a scientific career.” Shirley also spent time with Jayne (Holmes) Arnold '73 and her husband at their lake home in southwestern Ohio: “Was fun to kayak and be on the water, as Colorado is rather landlocked.”


Joseph G. Parini, now in his 33rd year of teaching/coaching at Denison University, sees fellow Kenyon alums regularly, he reports. “Life is moving along for the Parini family. Five of our six ‘men’ have moved out of the house — one works in Fiji, another in Anchorage, two currently serve in the military, and the fifth is an attorney in Columbus. Our youngest (still at home) keeps us young.”


Kaylin R. Allshouse worked her 10th summer as a camp teacher at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry before taking a position at the Ohio State University as an assistant director of leadership annual giving. She’s fundraising for the Colleges of Public Health, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine, which involves lots of travel and meeting donors around the country. Also since graduation, she’s worked on several film productions, including a web series directed by William O. Nichol '19, and a production surrounding substance abuse recovery that filmed in Mount Vernon.

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