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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
’87

“Cycling, golfing and advising a private equity firm, splitting time between Princeton and Kiawah Island, South Carolina — anyone in the area, drop a line. Got a chance to play some golf with roommate Timothy G. Ehrhart this past summer.”

Peter B. Luther, Princeton, New Jersey

’85

“In May 2019 I received my master’s of business administration from Purdue Global after an intense 11-month period of working full time and studying online from the comfort of my living-room couch. In January 2020 I started a new position as CEO of the Literacy Alliance, a nonprofit that helps adults obtain their high school equivalency degree and other job certifications, as well as providing adult English language improvement classes. It has been quite a transition, especially during the pandemic, because our agency assists people disproportionately affected by this crisis. Helping them succeed is very gratifying”

Melinda D. (Roberts) Haines, Fort Wayne, Indiana

’14

Bronte L. Kastenberg is pursuing her master’s in public health and humanitarian assistance at Columbia University. “Silver lining of COVID is that people stop asking
me what public health is and why it’s important,” she writes. “I think my family deserves an award for most creative quarantine, which included building and racing boats made from recycled materials, murder mystery games and Christmas on May 25. Take care of yourself and others, and speak out when you see injustice."

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