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Old Kenyon lights up purple against an indigo night sky on the evening of Inauguration to formally welcome Kenyon’s nineteenth president, Sean Decatur.

Funny Girl

An aspiring actress, comedian and writer keeps the campus laughing.

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Click on the Music

Where do international studies and Spanish fluency lead? For Anne Pomeroy ’07, to a producer’s post…

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The Guitar Writer

The music, the history, the gear—Dave Hunter ’84 writes about the world of electric guitars.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“We writers know that good dialogue is precious. Especially the kind that you can’t-no-way-not-a-chance make up on your own.”
- Jennifer Gooch Hummer ’87, in a blog at

Treasures in Glass

Professor of Humanities Timothy Shutt reflects on the values in the Old English epic "Beowulf."

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Athletes for Equality

Students formed the group Kenyon College Athletes for Equality, aimed at ending discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered athletes. The group’s first project was a video promoting Kenyon athletics as a safe zone. The video racked up almost 3,000 hits within days of its release.

Margin of Error

Percentage of Kenyon students who are pro-choice.

Percentage of Kenyon students who drink coffee.

Percentage of Kenyon students who have used a rotary-dial telephone.

Missing Words

The Kenyon Review invited the campus to create “erasure poems” in conjunction with the 2013 literary festival, which featured poet Carl Phillips.
You “write” an erasure poem by artfully removing words from an existing poem. Challenge: turn the Odyssey into a haiku.

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

In the decades-long two years since graduating, I only feel closer to Kenyon and the people who made it special. Seeing all of these conversations about racism, equity, inclusion and justice continuing on and off campus reminds me just how special this place is. We can keep growing and learning and changing because we trust in the potential of the Kenyon community. Though I am not going to be a part of Alumni Council for much longer, I am always here as a listening ear!


Margrit B. Polak Shield, Los Angeles, spent time connecting with Kenyon buddies all over, she writes. “Trice F. Koopman arranged a really nice reunion with Kate Long, Susan P. James and Mark C. Holub (we ’77 theater majors!). I arranged one with some of my freshman and sophomore posse — Susan H. Wides, W. John
Wendler III ’75 and Sandra M. (McKean) Wendler, Robert A. Metzger Jr. ’75, David P. Wagner ’75, Thomas B. Arnold ’75, Thomas D. Silverstein ’75, Sara (Mccracken) Norcross, Albert R. Marshall Jr. ’75, Rosemary Brandenburg ’78, Richard E. Schoenberger ’76 and Amy Margulies. “I was sad to hear of Julius V. Bell’s passing, as well as my dear friends Michael A. Hoffman ’78 and Debbie Robins ’78, and I miss the spirits of Elizabeth J. Polish ’78 and Charles
M. “Mitch” Webb, too long gone.” Margrit is eager to visit daughter Sofi in Frankfurt, Germany.


Brian S. Mason, Westminster, Colorado, described the past months as a whirlwind: “In November I was elected district attorney of Colorado’s 17th Judicial District, one of its largest. I took office in January and haven’t slept much since. It’s a challenging, rewarding and all-consuming job, but I’m enjoying it. I have a picture of Old Kenyon in my new office and hold our college close to my heart.” Follow Brian on Twitter at @BrianMasonCO.

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