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On April 30, 2022, the Village of Gambier and the entire Kenyon community celebrated a once-a-century occasion: 4.30.22 Day.

4.30.22 Day parade participants gather in front of the Village Market before starting on their route.

Happy Days

A conversation with Beimnet Beyene “Happy” Kassaye ’23.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“I have come to expect that race will be weaponized to undermine not only a leader’s authority but also that leader’s very humanity and sense of belonging.”
—President Sean Decatur in a Chronicle of Higher Education essay on the invisible toll of racist harassment

Kenyon in Quotes

“You are what our species needs. Fresh thinkers; brave souls; explorers of ideas. Wayward birds, venturing into unknown skies, unafraid of unconventional thinking and uncommon wisdom.” ⁠
—Sheila Coronel H’22 at Kenyon’s 194th Commencement

One of Us

One of the first women to enroll at Kenyon, Susan Emery McGannon ’72 is accustomed to blazing trails…

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Hot Takes

Color Commentary

To celebrate the once-a-century holiday of 4.30.22 Day, Kenyon’s social media accounts posted archival photos of Gambier, all in black and white, honoring the village’s history. In the comments of a 1996 photo of the Red Door Cafe, one alum wrote "We had color film in the '90s. I’m not THAT old."

Paws on Parade

On the last day spring semester classes, the Epsilon Delta Mu sorority brought cheer (and a flock of wagging tails) to Middle Path by putting on a dog parade. Faculty, staff and community members brought over a dozen canines to march across campus in a mood-lifting promenade. As Assistant Professor of Biology Natalie Wright noted on Twitter, “The dogs had to stop every few feet to accept pets from students.

A Free-for-Owl

Despite winning with a clear majority of the vote, social media had its share of naysayers regarding the choice of Kenyon’s new moniker, the Owls. How did the pro-owl contingent respond? With many, many hoots. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Benjamin F. Grannis, Ridgefield, Connecticut, was “back east in Connecticut with my folks for a couple of months while I rest my knees, after riding 5,826 miles and raising over $35,000 to fight distracted driving and to benefit TextLess Live More.” Ben went back on the road in April; follow him at EyesUpRide. com and @EyesUpRide.


“I am living the dream in Denver! Three kids aged 9, 10, and 13, and my wife and I are building an urban fruit tree orchard and vegetable farm. Lots of time devoted to Rotary, preparing to be district governor soon.”

James J. Johnston


Morgen L. Barroso, Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduated from University of Connecticut School of Law in May and was elected commencement speaker. Now back in Michigan, she is studying for the bar exam and starting work as the law clerk for the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Morgen was most excited to get home to her pup, Moose, and to continue training for her first marathon in June.

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