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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

Before the pandemic, Phillip E. Wilson Jr. and one of his daughters went on a service trip with Xela AID to Guatemala and, based on that experience, he was invited to join its board. So terrific to be working alongside Phil, rolling up our sleeves for others.” John and Phil were looking forward to their service trip together this summer


Jeffrey L. Bennett, Midland, Michigan, hails, “Greetings! Things are going great up here in Michigan! Susie and I enjoy hanging out with the families of our son Chris and daughter Katie. Susie is working on many art projects, and I’m volunteering at the Sloan Museum of Discovery in Flint. I never would’ve imagined when I started buying used cars at the Flint Auto Auction in 1975 that I would be working at a museum in that town. Of course, back then I never thought I would make a career as a college professor, either! I am also working on three car-show charity fund-raisers — one for the Sloan Museum; one for the American Cancer Society, held in Bay City, Michigan, which has raised $329,000 for that charity since 1995; and one we just started last year for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Midland. I am beginning to adjust to retirement, although I miss my classes and students. I will always remember my years at Kenyon, my classmates, and professors. Kenyon changed my life.”


Elizabeth B. Friedberg, Melrose, Massachusetts, updates, “After 37 years, I retired from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the state historic preservation agency, where I was director of the National Register program. I loved my job and the work we did, but it was the right time to move on. So far I’ve been keeping busy with home projects and enjoying quilting and pottery and my vegetable garden, and I hope to do some traveling. My husband, Drew McCoy, continues to teach American history at Clark University. And the apples don’t fall far from the tree. Our daughter, Laura, recently got her Ph.D. in history; she and Tim married last summer, and she is working at the greater Chicago YWCA as coordinator for a program on diversity, equity and inclusion. Our fourth family history major, our son, Ethan, is communications manager for Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit that uses soccer to engage adolescents in developing countries in health-related issues.”

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