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Photography intern Cameron Peters ’20 captured one of her favorite winter hangouts — the Kenyon Greenhouse — where it’s always warm and bright.

Middle Path has been extra snowy this winter, making hats, gloves, scarves and fuzzy boots the hottest accessories on campus.

Beyond Borders

An internship with the Immigrant Worker Project inspired Eric Thornton ’18 to change course.

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On the Ball

For Julian Kobena Morgan ’18, passion for basketball stretches beyond the court.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“How do you balance the concept of free speech with the concept of civil discourse? Free speech is in some ways the easy part of that to define. Civil discourse is hard in part because civility is subjective and that’s the piece that’s important for us to grapple with.” — President Sean Decatur, speaking with USA Today’s Paul Singer ’88, for the “Cup of Politics” podcast.

Feting the Founder

Kenyon’s annual Founders’ Day celebration
in October brought with it the signing of the Matriculation Book, reflections on the College’s history and faculty awards. Professors Joel Richeimer P’21 and Clara Román-Odio P’11,’18 received Bishop Philander Chase medals for 25 years of distinguished service, and Professor of English Sarah Heidt ’97 was awarded the Faculty Advising Award. 

Cultural Conversations

This winter, two separate issues received much attention and discussion both on and off campus. In February, Playwright-in-Residence Wendy MacLeod ’81 canceled an on-campus production of her original play, “The Good Samaritan,”  after members of the faculty and student body expressed concerns about its representation of a Guatemalan youth. Unrelated, but around the same time, a new “whiteness” discussion group formed at Snowden Multicultural Center, with a goal of exploring “what it means to be a white person while benefiting from societal privilege, as well as what it means to be a white ally to marginalized groups,” according to the Collegian. The Bulletin is considering how to bring some  of the issues raised on campus, by alumni and others, to these pages in future issues.

Silver Lining

Nate Silver, the statistician and journalist best known for correctly predicting the electoral outcome of 49 states during the 2008 presidential election and all 50 in 2012, will give the graduation address at Kenyon’s 190th Commencement ceremony on May 19. “Nate Silver is uniquely positioned to offer remarks to our graduating class on what it means to apply rigorous thinking and careful analysis to a variety of questions,” President Sean Decatur said. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’02

Carrie N. Simon, Ithaca, New York, completed a master’s in natural resource management from Cornell in 2019 and an A.S. in graphic design from Tompkins Cortland Community College in 2021. “Currently working at Cornell as a program coordinator for the Lund Fellows Program in Regenerative Agriculture, using
my free time for my art and design work, and busy raising my kiddos, who will be 7 and 9 this summer.”

’14

Josiah T. Olson, Chardon, Ohio, is still working as a data scientist at Progressive Insurance, “climbing the corporate ladder,” he reports. “Son Elliot is now 5, a fun age. I spend all my free time with Elliot teaching him skiing, skating, fishing, games or just hiking around in parks. Excited to have started reading him his first chapter book series at bedtime, the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.”

’94

“I am living happily in the Hudson Valley with my husband, Jack, a writer and teacher. Being from Gotham, I never expected to end up in the sticks. It felt like ‘The Shining’ when I got here, but quickly turned into a ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ dream. A couple of years ago I cofounded an organization called Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley (climateactionhv.org). I co-direct a program that supports municipal leaders through the nuts and bolts of transitioning to sustainable and regenerative practices. It’s a joy to be in close touch with Ronald W. Rittinger, Darnell P. Heywood and Alexander D. Fox.

Paige R. Ruane, Ghent, New York

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