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Late afternoon light casts long shadows over the snow in front of Leonard Residence Hall.

"The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky" by Wendy MacLeod '81, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and professor of drama, makes its American premiere in the Bolton Theater in October.

Tree Form

Student artists recycle fallen trees into functional sculptures.

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Fulfilling a Dream

With the release of his first novel, Fred Waitzkin '66 crosses into storied world of fiction.

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Kenyon in Quotes

"The three tools you use in college admissions are prestige, financial aid and love." — Jennifer Delahunty, associate dean of admissions, in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Patience and Pride

Suzanne Helfant has amassed more than 300 wins in her career coaching the Ladies basketball team.

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Snapshots of Kenyon Life

Treasures in Glass

Walden is a book written in layers: in addition to the practical narrative, we find moral, ethical, economic, and visionary registers as well. Thoreau worked his bean field (shown in the window) as much for figures of speech as for food. By the end of his account of laboring with a hoe, he has replaced beans and corn with the germs of virtue “sincerity, truth, simplicity, faith, innocence, and the like.” 

—Lewis Hyde, the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing, in an excerpt from the College's limited edition book on the literary windows of Peirce's Great Hall. 

Title Town

The 2014 fall sports season will be inscribed in College history as one of the most prolific and memorable for Lords and Ladies athletics. The field hockey team, as well as the men's and women's soccer teams, produced College records, North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) titles, and a lengthy list of team and individual awards.

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

Research in Antarctica beckoned Joan Slonczewski,
Robert A. Oden Jr. Professor of Biology, who spent five weeks in November and December at the bottom of the world. The Oden professorship helped pay for the trip with a small team of scientists, and Slonczewski studied how algae and protists (one-celled organisms) affect and are affected by climate change. She was far away but not out of touch: She chronicled the experience in her blog. Warned about falling on ice, she wrote, “My best training experience was Ohio ice storms and Middle Path.”

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes

Charlotte J. “Shami” McCormick, Geneseo, New York, shares her glee in seeing Paul McCartney in concert: “He was fabulous ... never took a break, not even a sip of water. Completely charming, in great voice and amazing musicianship. Totally smitten all over again.”


Caitlin Starling and David M. Hohl, Chicago, welcomed a son, James. “While he decided to show up almost a month early this summer, he’s outstripped all his doctors’ predictions and is definitely the coolest baby we know!”


Michael J. Beck and Joy M. Leaman “got hitched on a whim in her motherland — Scotland!” Michael reports. “We had an epic weekend in Pitlochry, a small town in the lower highlands, capped off by a night of ceilidh dancing and scotch at Blair Castle. Shout-out to Kenyon fam that made the trek: Katrina S. ‘Trina’ Rennie (bridesmaid), Harrison Scott and Chanel Scott (groomsmen), Brandon M. Ventling, Miguel E. ‘Miggy’ Barrera, Ryan P. O’Connor and Elizabeth R. (Jacobs) O’Connor ’12, Gaby Koenig, Hannah J. M. Kramer, Jennifer C. Fitzgerald and John ‘JJ’ Hoeffler, McNeil F. Parker ’10, and the even more recently married William H. Vandenberg ’10. Upon return from the festivities, we immediately moved into my mom’s basement, because that’s what mature, independent and married adults do.”

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