Also In This Edition

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

“I live in the beautiful Harpers Ferry area, where my backyard slopes down to the Shenandoah River, and I sit on my screened-in porch trying not to be distracted by this incredible view while working as a technical writer/editor for a small cybersecurity company. I enjoy hiking the numerous local trails, watching bald eagles fly overhead as I paddle my kayak downriver, and joining in weekly adventures with the Wild and Wonderful Wednesday Hash House Harriers (On On!).”

Mary “Hunter” Estes Barrat, Shepherdstown, West Virginia


Rabbi Charles P. Rabinowitz, Larchmont, New York, has been making tele-health visits with home hospice patients and families. Charlie serves as ethics chair for Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. “I write a morning prayer of support for my colleagues,” he notes. “My wife and daughter teach virtually, and my special-needs son works part-time in Tucson. Participating in peaceful protest and trying to do tikkun olam. We were able to take our usual time in the White Mountains and Ogunquit, where we had a nice day with Steve Grant. Hope you and your families are strong and safe.”


“It’s been quite a year at Vermont Humanities, where we spend much of our time advocating for pandemic relief for the cultural sector, hoping to prevent the loss of our wonderful historic buildings, museums, performance spaces, libraries and galleries. It’s a struggle but we carry on, mostly on Zoom. Sigh. At home, we’re learning how to live on top of each other 24/7, but we’re also committed to helping our community stay safe. Wear masks, everyone!”

Christopher (Myott) Kaufman Ilstrup, Montpelier, Vermont

Past Editions

Volume 22.1

Spring 2000