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Ice-covered trees on Middle Path glisten in the sunlight after a seasonal freeze. Photography by Jodi Miller.

A cold snap gave students the opportunity to show off their favorite winter looks. Photography by Jodi Miller.

A Custom Fit

Dearborn Denim & Apparel founder Rob McMillan ’07 has big ideas for the apparel industry.

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Why Latinx?

Professor Ivonne M. García explores the significance of the term "Latinx" for forging communities.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“The conundrum of a writer’s life, particularly that of a poet, is learning to embody a paradox. One has to be fierce and tender at the same time, loud and quiet, brash and introspective.”
— Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, in her keynote address at the 2018 Kenyon Review Literary Festival.

Game Day Groundwork

Sociology reading, team dinner and a nap are all part of the pre-game plan for Matt Shifrin ’19.

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Life Lessons

Will Calhoun '07 shares tips on how to maximize learning opportunities while traveling.

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Visions

Rosa Rumora '19 tells the story behind her most recent wall relief, "Cast."

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Elm Embrace

In October, Rhys Pinder ’20 broke the Guinness World Record for “World’s Longest Tree Hug” by wrapping his arms around a Middle Path tree for eight hours and 15 minutes straight. He wasn’t just doing it for the fame and glory — Pinder’s fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, used the event to raise $6,858.48 for SeriousFun Children’s Network, a charity founded by Paul Newman ’49.

Despite some seriously tired limbs, Pinder was kept relatively comfortable during his ordeal, as a support team made sure he was fed, hydrated and kept warm.

Chicken Chic

Residents of the Kenyon Farm certainly know how to entice visitors to their weekly volunteering hours. Recent all-campus email subject lines from the Farm have included “sheriff’s back in chicken town,” “goat salon,” “ducks free to a good home” and “fresh outta ducks,” often accompanied by curious illustrations of chickens in costumes or glamour shots of the Farm’s newest goat.

Changing the Guidelines

In a September meeting, faculty members voted to revise Kenyon’s evaluation guidelines for tenure and promotion, adding criteria that measure faculty members’ commitment to promoting “an inclusive classroom environment that values diversity.” The change goes into effect July 1.

In an interview with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, President Decatur noted that, “too often, this is the kind of work that falls in the category of something that is extra or unrecognized. And that had the impact of putting an added burden on those faculty who find it really important and rewarding work. If it’s an institutional priority, we need to find ways to recognize that type of work.” 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’20

“I recently accepted a job at culture: the word on cheese magazine as digital and social media editor (culturecheesemag.com). This position has already allowed for many cheese tastings, which is a definite perk!”

Allison V. Beard

’98

Aaron M. Czechowski and Adrienne L. Czechowski ’97, Sammamish, Washington, have been enjoying the Pacific Northwest for the past 10 years. Aaron has been at Microsoft for 15 years, currently leading a team of technical writers for Windows documentation. He’s also active with the Washington Trails Association, writing for the hiking guide and volunteering several times a month to help improve Washington’s expansive network of trails. “We spend lots of time at the new Climate Pledge Arena to cheer on the Seattle Kraken NHL team,” they write. “Oldest son Ezra is in his second year of a program at Washington State University called ROAR, where he’s learning to live and work independently while managing epilepsy. Daughter Sophia, a high school senior, has applied to nine small liberal arts colleges across the country — including one on a hill in central Ohio!”

’17

“Had a blast visiting my close Kenyon friend in 2021 and attending another’s wedding in March! So grateful for the everlasting friendships that Kenyon brought me. I relocated back to midtown Manhattan for my new job and live on the Upper West Side. Would love to reconnect with NYC Kenyonites.”

Tianqi “Julieanna” Luo

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