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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

Elyssa Ramsey Doub, Keedysville, Maryland, an empty-nester now, informs she is “involved in preserving local history and singing in local choirs, most recently an interfaith choir. It was fun reconnecting with Chamber Singers on tour. My time at Kenyon contributed to steering my kids to their own ‘true north.’”


Taaj-Udeen Y. Davis started a two-year program as a Kenan-Lewis Fellow at Woodberry Forest School in central Virginia. He teaches two sections of 10th-grade U.S. history and coaches football and lacrosse. “I am already putting my Kenyon knowledge to use,” Taaj writes, “as the final piece of the Kenan-Lewis program is my coursework from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, which goes toward my master’s in curriculum and instruction. The learning never stops!”


David A. Pilgrim and Lauren Johnson Pilgrim ’96 live in Chicago—“in the city, not the suburbs” — with son Andrew, a high school freshman. At Publicis (Sapient), Dave is leading business development for retail in North America, while Lauren is active with the Chicago Waldorf School. Dave writes that the cover band he formed a few years ago would be happy to play your next party or event. They’re called “Mostly Dave,” because four of the original five members were named Dave (check out his photos and song catalog at

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