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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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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

James P. Keyes, Columbus, Ohio, enjoys volunteering with ForeHope, therapy for physically challenged golfers. “My job is to help them from their cars to their golf carts and drive,” he explains. “Along the way, I sort of caddy. These people are serious about golf: Occasionally, a player will hit an errant shot, then spew frustrated obscenities and have a brief discussion with God about the situation.” He’s also active with She Has a Name, assistance for human trafficking survivors, for whom he speaks with service clubs, community groups and church groups. With the Victory Choir, a music therapy program at James Cancer Hospital, Jim plays guitar, and at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church he works with “Becoming Beloved Community,” addressing mainline Christian churches’ declining membership. “Bottom line,” Jim sums up, “whenever I feel frustrated or put-upon, I stop and remind myself that I am 78, still take nourishment the normal way, and shot my age in golf about a month ago. Then I end the pity party and get on with life.”


Daniel J. Connolly, Memphis, Tennessee, a reporter for The Commercial Appeal newspaper for 14 years, recently finished a project for USA Today about sexual abuse in competitive cheerleading. “I worked with a stellar team of journalists, including Marisa Kwiatkowski, who exposed the abuse of Dr. Larry Nassar, the now-notorious gymnastics doctor. I’vealso been writing a lot about the pandemic and the election.” Daniel celebrated his second anniversary with wife Ayleem, who is teaching Spanish via video from home .


Mark W. Hofmaier, New York City, wrote a one-person play about FDR returning from the afterlife to issue a clarion wake-up call and stern warning. “We intended to perform it live in colleges, registering students to vote,” he informs. “Then came COVID. So it became a screenplay and a film. It’s about 40 minutes long and can be sent as a YouTube link to any interested parties. Many schools showed it to their history, political science and theater classes or made it available to students.”

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