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Dugas leaves ResLife

  In the wake of an unusual mid-semester resignation by former Assistant Dean for Housing and Residential Life Alicia Dugas, the College has taken steps to form a search committee for her replacement. The committee, led by “a representative group of faculty members, students and College staff” will begin a national search this January, according to Dean of Students Hank Toutain. Full story

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Open Studio Night to showcase studio art majors’ work

Twenty students’ works in progress will be featured in Horvitz Hall

 Elise Shattuck ’14 discovered her passion for drawing early on. Full story

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Football’s Brackett honored for dedication to service

On Friday, Nov. 15, David Brackett ’14 arrived at Wiggin Street Elementary, where he has been volunteering for the last two years. Full story

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  • Former student sues College

    Suit alleges mistreatment during sexual misconduct investigation.

    Stephen Zingarelli, a former Kenyon student who was acquitted in June on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition, filed a lawsuit on Thursday, Dec. 5 against Kenyon, the student who accused him of rape and a former Sexual Misconduct Advisor (SMA), Ellen Kaufman ’13.

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    Is a liberal arts education enough?

    Increasingly, Kenyon’s peer schools are offering pre-professional majors. Why don’t we?

    For years, Kenyon has held firm in its conviction that it should not offer any pre-professional programs. But many peer institutions, including in the Ohio Five, offer curricula in education, journalism, business, engineering and nursing — leaving some students asking why Kenyon hasn’t followed suit.

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    Dugas leaves ResLife

      In the wake of an unusual mid-semester resignation by former Assistant Dean for Housing and Residential Life Alicia Dugas, the College has taken steps to form a search committee for her replacement. The committee, led by “a representative group of faculty members, students and College staff” will begin a national search this January, according to Dean of Students Hank Toutain.

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    As business takes off, junior leaves hill

    Matt Wagnitz is a 21-year-old junior at Kenyon. He majors in history, has played on Kenyon’s baseball team and runs a million-dollar technology company called Tapp Industries. 


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    Decatur envisions the future in 20/20

    Much like a resident of Gund or Norton, President Sean Decatur is a first year. He has spent the last semester learning the ins-and-outs of Kenyon life. He’s also launched a campaign, dubbed the 2020 plan, meant to chart a path for the College’s future.

  • Sheet-clad students provoke dialogue

    “Before we talked to anyone, I just wanted to say sorry to my friends,” Dan Kipp ’14 said.

  • Same-sex marriage panel talks courts

      Last Thursday night’s conversation in Peirce Lounge centered on the implications of same-sex marriage. A panel moderated by Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) Kathleen Tipler and consisting of Kenyon Review Fellow Elizabeth Rogers, Assistant Professor of English Rosemary O’Neill and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Laurie Finke debated the components of the recent Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

  • Dancing with the Kenyon Stars reels in highest total yet

      On Friday, Dec. 6, the Kenyon College Ballroom Dance Club (KCBDC) hosted Dancing with the Kenyon Stars, a charity event in which pairs of dancers performed the jive and salsa, the waltz and a sort of hipster/swing hybrid. This year raised a record total of $1,079.

  • Former student files lawsuit against college

    Stephen Zingarelli, a former Kenyon student who was acquitted last June of rape and gross sexual imposition, filed a lawsuit on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Knox County’s Court of Common Pleas against Kenyon College, the student who accused him of rape and a student Sexual Misconduct Advisor (SMA). The suit was first reported by the Mount Vernon News yesterday.

  • Peirce cups an endangered species

    Kenyon markets itself as a community that is thirsty for literature, but a more traditional thirst is causing the College’s dining services provider with a new headache: a major shortage of plastic, washable cups.

  • Individual intrudes on McBride shower

    Administrators are in the process of investigating an event that occurred last Saturday night in a McBride Residence Hall bathroom, when an as-yet unidentified male “briefly opened and closed the shower curtain” while a female resident was showering, according to an email sent by Dean of Students Hank Toutain last Monday to the employee-info and student-info distribution lists.

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    Students, department face uphill battle

    As a volunteer with the College Township Fire Department, Sara Thomas-Martinez ’15 responded as usual to the call when her pager buzzed. 

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    Schools suffer, unseen by campus

    A short drive from Kenyon’s campus, in Howard, East Knox Local School District is housed in two large, sturdy brick buildings.

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    Freshwater case over

    Ohio Supreme Court affirms firing.

    In a 4-3 ruling issued on Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education’s firing of middle-school science teacher John Freshwater on the grounds that “he was insubordinate,” ending a two-year-long legal battle that still failed to directly address the questions it raised about freedom of speech and religious liberty in public schools.

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    Safety swoops in on makers of fraudulent parking decals

    Students — particularly first years — regularly gripe about how far their designated parking lots are from their residences.

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    Author Bill Bryson to deliver Commencement address

    Some speculated it would be an Ohio senator. Others thought it might be a prominent donor. But when seniors gathered in Peirce’s Great Hall last Saturday for their eponymously named Soirée, most were surprised by the Commencement Committee’s choice: author Bill Bryson.

  • New Apartment construction will leave 16 students inconvenienced

    Built in the 1970s, Kenyon’s “New Apartments” are new in name only — and at least one is showing its age.

  • Fac, staff housing may expand

    The College is examining the possibility of constructing new housing for faculty and staff on two properties in the Village.

  • Despite glitches, early applications rise

    By 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15, 232 eager early decision (ED) applicants (141 female and 91 male) had already clicked “submit,” placing their fates in the hands of people like Director of Admissions Darryl Uy.

  • On the Record: Peg Tazewell '03

      What brought you to Gambier in the first place? [Professor of Drama] Jon [Tazewell] and I moved here in the fall of 1997. He was in a one-year visiting position in the Department of Drama. Do you miss wherever you were before? No, we bounced around.

  • National grade inflation trend impacts Kenyon

    Average GPA rises over last decade, but clear causes elude professors.

    Since the 1980s, the student body has grown not only in size, but also in mean grade point average, according to the Office of the Registrar.

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    Admissions flaunts Green, but some see strategy as limiting

    Elise Shattuck ’14 didn’t say anything to author John Green ’00 when he was standing behind her in line at the Bookstore last November — not because she failed to recognize the bestselling author but, rather, because she was “starstruck.”

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    New bleachers make accessability a priority

    McBride Field left the stone age behind this week as construction began Monday on aluminum bleachers designed to replace their concrete predecessors.

  • Peircegiving promises gluttony

    According to lore, the Pilgrims celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving in 1621.

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    College will replace corroded Gallery roof

    It’s only been two years since its opening, but already the Gund Gallery is in need of serious renovations.

  • On the Record: Tim Shutt

      Your grandfather went to Kenyon. Did he tell you stories? Actually, I didn’t see him much, so no he did not. But my father told me stories. This is not very edifying, but he told me stories about the winter and spring weekend parties which were legendary back when Kenyon was a small, rural, mostly Episcopal school of only men.

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    Campus packs Great Hall to celebrate Pochter ’15

    On Sunday, members of the Kenyon community gathered in Peirce Dining Hall for a service remembering Andrew Driscoll Pochter ’15. 

  • Despite certificates, elevators on the up-and-up

      August 31, 2013. The date is unobtrusively located on the little-noticed Certificate of Operation in the elevator located in Peirce Hall. Next to the date reads, “Certificate Expired Date.”   To the casual observer of Kenyon’s elevator inspection certificates, there might be reason to fear the safety of many campus elevators.

  • Staph infections hit campus

    In response to a series of staphylococcus (staph) infections likely transmitted at the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), the College’s Maintenance Department sanitized and disinfected the building’s weight room and several locker rooms on Thursday and Friday last week.

  • Seniors propose KAC bash


    Members of the Class of 2014 were the last students to experience Philander’s Phebruary Phling, the Kenyon-funded night of dancing and, occasionally, mock-gambling held in Peirce

    They might also be the ones to bring it back.

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    Suspect identified in Athletic Center thefts

    Despite a new surveillance system, a K-Card scanner at the entrance to the locker room complex and a desk attendant charged with checking the IDs of all entrants, the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) is still susceptible to thefts.

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    Bookstore ends up in the black

    Due to electronic versions of texts, and online rental and retail companies like, college bookstores can often feel a tremendous squeeze. 

  • Event will honor life of Pochter ’15

    A memorial celebrating and honoring the life of Andrew Pochter ’15, who was killed during civil unrest in Egypt on June 28, will be held this Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall of Peirce Dining Hall.

  • 2014 Relay sets higher fundraising goal

    To help fight cancer, Kenyon is about to see a lot more purple.

  • Mount Vernon levy passes handily

    Tuesday’s election results yielded a new school board member and the passage of a tax levy for the Mount Vernon public schools, while the failure of a tax levy in East Knox County will mean extensive cuts for an already suffering school district.  

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    Former CIA deputy director talks drones, waterboarding

    Kenyon students and faculty listened respectfully as Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who twice served as its acting director, described his positions on waterboarding, electronic surveillance and the overseas “covert actions” that the CIA conducts to advance American interests abroad.

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    Former Iranian presidential candidate talks peace hopes

    Hooshang Amirahmadi, who visited campus along with his campaign manager, spoke at Kenyon.

    On Monday evening, students packed Higley Auditorium and spent about an hour listening to former Iranian presidential candidate Hooshang Amirahmadi explain the current state of Iran and how the United States and Iran may finally achieve peace.  

  • A tweet too far?

    College investigating Twitter page with pictures of campus “hookups” under sexual misconduct policy.

    The photo has two subjects: a young man and woman. He’s wearing green shorts and a button-down shirt; she’s in shorts and a white tank-top. The two are kissing.

  • Decatur takes reins at inauguration

    Student groups, Mellon Foundation official part of investiture ceremony.

    Kenyon serves as the backdrop for many weddings, but few measure up to last weekend’s marriage of the College to its new president, Sean Decatur.  

  • After death, township trustee race uncontested

    The death of James P. Kousoulas, 80, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 turned a contested race for the College Township Board of Trustees into an uncontested one. 

  • Party policy seeks to balance safety, statute

    Tacci Smith oversees the College’s party policy. But how does it really hold up?

    “The party policy is all about safety.”

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    Gambier Halloween party may have to give up the ghost

    The halls of the Gambier Community Center may echo this year with the sounds of “Monster Mash” for the last time. After 27 years, the organizers of the Village of Gambier’s Halloween party might not be able to continue with the party.

  • Election 2013


    “All politics is local,” goes the maxim popularized by former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill. For Gambier and Mount Vernon voters next week, that saying may ring truer than it did last year. In lieu of presidential and senatorial contests will be an election for the College Township Trustees in which one of the candidates on the ballot is deceased; an uncontested Village Council race; and school levy and school board contests with significant implications for the College community. Students registered to vote should bring with them a copy of the utility bill previously emailed to them by the Office of Accounting. Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Gambier Community Center.

  • Former surveillance judge Carr talks wiretaps, Snowden

    James G. Carr ’62, a senior judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and a former member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), described the process through which the federal government conducts electronic surveillance and railed against National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in a talk in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater on Friday, Oct. 25.

  • Inauguration celebrations delay Trustee decisions

      Kenyon’s Board of Trustees met last weekend for their annual fall meeting. However, due to a “condensed” schedule to accommodate the Inauguration, the Board did not pass any major policy proposals, according to Chairman Barry Schwartz ’70. “It was a very productive series of committee meetings, which is where most of the good work of the Board gets done,” he said.

  • Panera Bread likely to open in Mount Vernon

      When Kenyon students first heard that Chipotle would arrive in Mount Vernon, the campus reached a state of near euphoria.  Students may now have similar cause for excitement — a Panera Bread is slated to open in Mount Vernon in mid-2014.    The Panera will be located on Coshocton Avenue, near Walmart.

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    Inaugurating Nineteen

    On Feb. 9, 1964, a young band from across the pond appeared on live American television for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. Fans went crazy, and Beatlemania was born. Four years later, Sean Decatur was born — and would go on to become a well-regarded chemist, college administrator and die-hard Beatles fan.

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    The Collegian Q&A: Sean Decatur

      Last week, Collegian editors Lauren Toole and David McCabe interviewed President Sean Decatur for an hour about his background and vision for Kenyon. This interview has been significantly edited for clarity and length. You grew up in Cleveland. Was it in the city, in the suburbs? I grew up primarily in the city, right downtown.

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    Probation for Peeps after hearing

    The Greek Society Peeps O’ Kenyon will serve a six-month probation term for providing alcohol to underage students following their Sept. 9 parade through first-year dorms, according to Sam Ebert ’14, co-president of the group.

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    Board to vote on K-Card expansion plan

    When Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper announced that the College plans  to extend its K-Card access system across campus at a recent meeting with the other heads of safety at the Five Colleges of Ohio, they all responded with three words. 

    “It’s about time.”

  • With College’s future in mind, Decatur hosts forum

    The dark hardwood floors of Cromwell Cottage set an intimate tone for Tuesday evening’s conversation as Kenyon faculty, alumni and students gathered around President Sean Decatur’s dining room table, partaking in a discussion made public through live streaming.

  • Anth professor arrested in Columbus during protest

    Professor of Anthropology Ed Schortman was arrested in Columbus last Wednesday while participating in a protest supporting striking janitors.

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    Kenyon Review retains repute, expands in 75th year

    This year is The Kenyon Review (KR)’s 75th anniversary. And while the literary magazine remains as renowned as it was in John Crowe Ransom’s heyday, it is also, according to David Lynn ’76, current editor and Kenyon English professor, “in great financial shape for the first time in its history.” 

  • College works to accomodate student, staff injuries

    Sitting on a desk in Erin Salva’s office is a thick green folder stuffed with paperwork filed and organized for each individual Kenyon student suffering from an injury.

  • Students propose weekend hospital shuttle

      After meeting with Student Council, the dean of students and the manager of business services in the past month, the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is finalizing its plan to offer weekend shuttle rides to the Mount Vernon Urgent Care Center, filling a longstanding gap in the Kenyon Health Center’s services.

  • Excess water stymies Maintenance

      Late last Wednesday night, the sound of a large tree snapping and falling to the ground startled many New Apartment residents. This incident was just one of the many problems caused by the heavy rain and thunderstorms that plagued Kenyon last week.

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    Board to discuss housing fee change

    The message on Kenyon’s Residence Life website is clear: “Your space. Your choice.” 

  • Ohio Supreme Court to issue verdict soon in Freshwater case

    It’s not often that local school board proceedings make the national news, but that’s exactly what happened on Jan. 13, 2011, when the Mount Vernon City Schools Board of Education voted 4-1 to terminate eighth-grade science teacher John Freshwater for introducing creationism into his biology classes. 

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    Students protest as Ohio abortion restrictions take effect

    Ohio, a state with few abortion providers to begin with, may end up with at least one fewer. 

  • Cash-strapped Equestrian Club granted additional funds

    In response to financial hurdles, this fall members of the Equestrian Club successfully lobbied the Business and Finance Committee (BFC) to boost their funding to cover 90 percent of the cost of care for their horses.

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    On the Record: Marco Saavedra '11

      In August 2011, Marco Saavedra ’11 was arrested. Saavedra, whose parents came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was five years old, “came out” as an undocumented youth and allowed himself to be detained at the Broward Transitional Center of Pompano Beach, Florida.

  • College considers three-tiered system to police plagiarism

    The Committee on Academic Standards has approved future changes to the Academic Infractions Board’s (AIB) policy that would create “more appropriate standards,” according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Kaylyn Talkington ’14.

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    Student vandalism jars campus during October Break

    The start of Reading Days took a destructive turn last Thursday when students broke two large windows in lower Gund Commons, damaged a fire extinguisher box and filing cabinet, overturned furniture and tipped over a portable toilet on North campus.

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    The new internships? CDO pushes externship program

    For students with undecided majors and self-proclaimed uncertain futures, Kenyon can often feel like a high-stress environment. The Career Development Office (CDO), however, says it has a partial solution through its externship program.

  • CSAD conference to feature former White House officials

    Kenyon’s Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) has announced that the topic of its third biennial conference will be “The Politics of Economic Inequality.” The conference, to be held April 9-11, 2014, will feature a keynote address by Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago economist who has chaired the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration. 

  • BFC surprised to find extra cash

      The Business and Finance Committee (BFC) plans to increase funding for several programs as a result of a budget surplus. “A lot of clubs didn’t spend money that they were allocated last semester, so we have some money this year,” BFC Co-Chair Michael Marting ’14 said.

  • Archery curses errant arrows

      Thanks to a recent Business and Finance Committee (BFC) allocation, the Archery Club has the funding not only to acquire new arrows but also to find the many arrows they’ve lost over the years. How? A metal detector.  “We bought a metal detector because sometimes the arrows that we shoot get buried under the grass in the field, and we have to spend a lot of time searching for them by hand (or foot, as the case may be).

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    Peeps face disciplinary hearing for parade vandalism, but deny claims

    Each fall, the Greek society Peeps O’ Kenyon introduces themselves to the incoming class by excitedly parading through the first-year dorms. On the night of Sept. 9, however, this year’s event may have turned injurious when, allegedly, participants tore signs and decorations from the doors and walls first in McBride and Mather Halls, then in the first-year quad.

  • 2012 crime stats come with caveat

    A casual glance at the 2012 crime statistics the Office of Campus Safety released Tuesday might cause some to fear for their lives.

  • Gov’t shutdown spares Knox Co.

    In lieu of federal funding, the State of Ohio has intervened to assist welfare programs in Knox Co.

    The Knox County Democratic Party threw down the gauntlet on Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7) on Tuesday, insofar as that is possible on Twitter.

  • Humanist Association strives to unite

    Some Kenyon students are good without God.

  • Biographer lectures on Wallace

      New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max’s lecture on David Foster Wallace began, appropriately, with an audio excerpt from Wallace’s “This Is Water,” the 2005 Kenyon commencement speech that has since gained national recognition.  The event, co-sponsored by The Kenyon Review and Student Lectureships, took place Tuesday evening.

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    Kenyon’s campus speaks out against sexual violence

    Take Back the Night (TBTN), an annual anti-sexual assault campaign, reminded everyone last week that nothing is sexier than enthusiastic consent.

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    Renovations extend Apts’ life

    This summer, the New Apartments and the Acland Apartments underwent renovations to give the residences at least 10 more years of use.  

  • Kenyon reacts to supplement cut

    Admissions’ decision to scrap supplemental essays has prompted debate.

    The high school seniors who will flock to the Hill for the Oct. 6 visit day will play a new sort of admissions game. 

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    On the Record: Andy Durbin

    When it’s Cove O’ Clock, the Durbin family is close at hand.  A Knox County native, Andy Durbin works alongside his mother, Marilyn, to manage the late-night establishment known officially as the Gambier Grill and colloquially as the Cove.

  • Athletes for Equality

    Avery Anderson ’15 and Emilia Louy ’15 have a simple message for Kenyon athletes: it’s okay to be gay.

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    Campus vets band together

    When Ryan Stewart ’08 was serving as an armor officer in northern Iraq, he never imagined that five years after enlisting in the U.S. Army in April of his senior year, he would return to the Hill to take the position of director of class giving.

  • Fund for Pochter ’15 will help interns abroad

    The grant will help pay for students’ summer expenses.

    Andrew Pochter ’15 has been memorialized by both family and friends since his untimely death over the summer.

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    Blurred Lines panel underscores the complexity of consent

    The blurred lines of sexual consent may be confusing and uncomfortable to discuss, but Kenyon’s president, faculty and students broached the topic last Thursday, Sept. 19.

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    Kahrl, assuming new role, reflects on fundraising record

    On Monday, the College announced Vice President for College Relations Sarah Kahrl will soon become the full-time leader of the Kenyon Institute, a summer program she was instrumental in creating.

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    Flag thefts cast shadow over Hispanic Heritage celebrations

    Multiple flags associated with the annual series of events were torn down in Peirce over the weekend

    Eight national flags hung in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month were torn from the rafters of Peirce atrium over the weekend.

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    Kenyon 2.0

    How the College is competing in the digital age

    Josh Fitzwater almost missed becoming Kenyon’s director of social media by one day. He applied on a Sunday, and the application closed on Monday.

  • Presidential affair: College prepares to fête Decatur

    Kenyon students will soon have the chance to party alongside President Sean Decatur to the tune of a Beatles cover band.

  • Health Center moves to Scott Ln.

    He’s back. Graham Gund ’63 has returned to Gambier bigger, better and in the form of a new two-story Health Center that is challenging the post office for dominance of the Scott Lane skyline.

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    On the Record: Hoi Ning Ngai

      What drew you to Kenyon? I went to Dartmouth [College] for undergrad. I’m turning 35 this year, and I think that college was still the best four years of my life. I’m a big believer in the small liberal arts and the kind of support that students can get from being in a community like that.

  • Queer Men’s Society fights for members, campus presence

    After struggling to become an established organization and being inactive for a year, the Queer Men’s Society (QMS) is back — and its new leadership is determined to revitalize the group. 

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    Equipment upgrades refresh KAC

    This summer, the Patterson Fitness Center, located on the second floor of the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), got a facelift. 

  • Days are numbered for Finn House tree

      The College plans to remove the American Beech tree in front of Finn House this fall, likely over Thanksgiving break, according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman.  The tree, from which a picturesque bench swing currently hangs, is over 100 years old and has developed a “giant hole in the side, from the ground about 10 feet up.

  • Middle Path accessibility to improve

      “Re-assert the primacy of the pedestrian.” “Establish clear path hierarchy and materiality.” “Preserve the essential character of Middle Path.” These are among the Middle Path Project’s guiding principles, as devised by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.

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    Cat-astrophe strikes: local feline population goes a-stray

    There is a name for this place. Colloquially, the students call it the cat lair. 

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    Ohio Justice talks Constitution on 226th anniversary

    Kenyon celebrated the U.S. Constitution’s 226th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 17, with a visit from Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French, who discussed the document’s enduring importance and quizzed her audience on its history.

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    An Uncertain Future

    Long a signature program of the College, IPHS is grappling with questions about what comes next

    As Tim Shutt spoke in academic robes in the spring heat, he stood alone, confronting the impression that Kenyon’s great books program isn’t that great anymore.

  • College seeks K-Card expansion

    In an effort to reduce cases of thefts, K-Card access systems will be installed on most academic buildings. If approved by the Board of Trustees this fall, this will help to secure facilities at night. 

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    Kenyon mourns Annie Robinson

    Anne “Annie” Kilbourne Jeffrey Robinson, a fixture of the Kenyon community, died at the age of 85 on Sept. 2. Known to most as Annie, she was born in Columbus on June 10, 1928, and began her association with Kenyon when she married Jefferson “Jeff” Robinson III ’49 in 1948. Jeff predeceased his wife in 2011.

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    Summer Institute workshops expand Kenyon brand

    This past June, the Kenyon Institute brought students ranging in age from 40 to 80 back to college.

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    AVI director to shake up servery

    Damon Remillard called his five-year tenure as AVI’s resident director at Kenyon “the greatest time of my life.” He left this summer, however, to accept a higher position in the company’s brand development wing.

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    Martindell spearheads focus on fellowships, scholarships

    After spending almost two decades working at Kenyon, former Dean of Academic Advising and Support Jane Martindell has transitioned into a new role as director of the Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships.

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    A Middle Path: College and unions sign agreement

    The Kenyon administration and the two unions representing Kenyon’s maintenance workers formally approved a new set of compromises and strategies designed to improve management-labor relations during an event in Peirce Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

  • Bayleaf plans for cart

      Students who have been hankering for some Indian food can put their cravings to rest. Bayleaf Indian Bistro is still planning to have a food truck open in Gambier. The Collegian reported in April that the Mount Vernon restaurant would have a truck up and running by August.

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    Kenyon Welcomes the Class of 2017

      The first years and transfers, who gathered on the steps of Rosse Hall on Aug. 28 for off-key singing, make up Kenyon’s largest incoming class ever. The Class of 2017, according to Dean of Admissions Jennifer Delahunty, holds the distinction of being unusually “sticky” and disinclined to “melt.

  • Admissions nixes essay supplement for ’18 class

    Kenyon’s application will no longer feature College-specific questions.

    The Office of Admissions has eliminated its supplemental application essays for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

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    Students, administrators turn wary eyes to Syria

    Rarely does the possibility of armed conflict weigh into study-abroad decisions. 

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    Rugby team mourns Andrew Pochter ’15

    Andrew Pochter ’15 died during mob violence in Egypt this past June.

  • Advisees praise Decatur’s help

    When Amelia Loydpierson ’17 learned that her faculty advisor was President Sean Decatur, one thought entered her mind: “Is that good or bad?”

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    Budget cuts halt Gambier Head Start programming

    The halls of the Gambier Community Center were filled with the giddy sounds of children yesterday morning, as they made their way to the first day of Head Start classes.

  • Faulty sprinkler floods NCA

    In early August, an accidental sprinkler detachment caused significant water damage in North Campus Apartment (NCA) unit 10A, postponing student arrival and forcing new construction on several parts of the apartment. 

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    Gambier on alert after break-ins, thefts

    A recent string of car break-ins and burglaries in the Gambier area has residents on their toes and locking their doors.

  • Zingarelli acquitted

    A Knox County judge found former student Stephen Zingarelli not guilty of sexual assault.

    Stephen Zingarelli, 22, a former Kenyon student, was found not guilty in June of rape and gross sexual imposition.

  • Nugent avoids DOJ investigation into aid

    Over the summer, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) considered opening an investigation into whether presidents of several private colleges — including former Kenyon President S. Georgia Nugent — violated federal antitrust laws when they discussed how to reform their institutions’ financial aid practices at a conference earlier this year.

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    Benediction and biochem: dignitaries welcome first years

    “I am a first year as well,” President Sean Decatur said during Convocation two Sundays ago.

  • Former Student Acquitted of Sexual Assault

    Stephen Zingarelli, 22, a former Kenyon student, was found not guilty in June of rape and gross sexual imposition. The charge was brought against Zingarelli by another Kenyon student, and prosecutors asserted that the alleged crime took place on College property.

  • Andrew Pochter

    College Community Remembers Pochter's Empathy, Open-Heartedness

    A passionate student, creative thinker and friend to many on campus and off, Andrew Pochter ’15, of Chevy Chase, Md., was killed on Friday, June 28, during protests between government supporters and opponents in Alexandria, Egypt.

  • Andrew Pochter '15 killed in Egypt

    Andrew Pochter '15, of Chevy Chase, MD, was killed in Alexandria, Egypt yesterday during clashes between supporters and opponents of the country's president, according to a statement released by the College.

  • Safety investigates public indecency on Kokosing Gap Trail

    An individual has been spotted several times since last Wednesday engaging in lewd behavior.

    Last Wednesday, April 17, Director of Campus Safety Robert Hooper received a report that a man was masturbating on the Kokosing Gap Trail and had exposed himself to a female student.

  • Newly ratified bylaws redefine BFC role

    Last week, the Business and Finance Committee (BFC) amended one of its bylaws and ratified six new ones.

  • Curricular review underway

    Like iPhone apps and résumés, college curricula occasionally need updating.

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    Phased retirement for Academic Dean Martindell

    Jane Martindell, Kenyon’s dean for academic advising and support, will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year after 18 years of working at the College.

  • Kenyon community bids farwell to distinguished faculty members

      William Scott  Professor of History     The year was 1966 and a U.S. Special Forces trainee named William Scott had become disillusioned with the military. He resigned his commission and returned to school to plan his next move. “The most supportive person” at that time, he said, “was my history professor.

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    Nugent will return to Princeton, N.J. at year’s end

    She sold all of her purple garb, but President S. Georgia Nugent cannot seem to shake this College’s neo-gothic style.

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    Classes of the ’80s reunited on social media

    The wistfulness set in on Dec. 2, 2010 as Larry Friedberg ’84 drove through Palo Alto on the way home from his son’s high school basketball game, “yet another loss.”

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    BFC acts without StuCo approval

    Almost a month has passed since Student Lectureships’ Tuskegee Airmen event, yet Student Council is still talking about it.

  • After thefts, security cameras installed at KAC

    Last Thursday morning, Andy Wheeler, head athletic trainer, spotted an individual in the laundry room hallway of the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) attempting to exit the building with a $1,000 set of golf clubs.

  • Housing admits mistake with NCA/Morgan lottery

    This year, Housing and Residential Life received applications from 256 students (52 groups) for the 44 apartments in the North Campus Apartment (NCA)/Morgan Apartment housing lottery.

  • Phi Kaps charged with hazing

    On Monday, April 8, the College filed a cease and desist order against the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity (Phi Kaps) requiring them to suspend any and all chapter activities due to charges of hazing during their pledging process.

  • Bayleaf to open food cart in Village

    A taste of India will soon be coming to Gambier.

  • Nugent sells clothing to raise money

    Peirce Lounge was awash in purple on Monday as President S. Georgia Nugent auctioned off Kenyon-colored jewelry, clothing and household items to raise money for her S. Georgia Nugent Award in Creative Writing.

  • Quizbowl team places in top 10 at tournament

    Kenyon’s very own quizbowl team outsmarted its competition to finish ninth out of 32 teams at this past weekend’s Division II National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ (NAQT) Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT).  

  • Parents Advisory Council meets to address campus issues

    The Parents Advisory Council (PAC), comprised of 52 families with a cap of 100 members, had their biannual meeting on campus last weekend.

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    Divisive Murray speaks to Rosse

    A talk by Charles Murray, who inspired an allstu debate, brought a crowd to Rosse Hall last night.

    In the wake of a heated campus debate surrounding his invitation to Kenyon, libertarian and controversial author Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) spoke to a crowded Rosse Hall yesterday. 

  • AIB considers new system to handle cases

    Under consideration is a pilot program to expedite academic infractions hearings.

    Members of the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS), which oversees the Academic Infractions Board (AIB), have been discussing changes to the AIB hearing and sentencing process in light of complaints about the current system.

  • Exeter students headed to Kenyon

    For more than 30 years, Kenyon students have traveled to the University of Exeter to take advantage of its world-class research facilities. Now, for the first time, Exeter students will be coming to Kenyon to reap the benefits of a liberal arts education.

  • Fire Department may merge

    The College Township Fire Department is taking steps to merge with Mount Vernon’s.

    The atmosphere was somber and the mood reluctant on the night of Monday, April 1 when the Gambier Village Council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the efforts to merge the College Township and Monroe Township Fire Departments with that of Mount Vernon.

  • Film festival showcases global human rights issues

    Four films will be shown in the Gund Gallery over the course of the month.

    The newly re-formed Kenyon Film Society (KFS) has teamed up with the Gund Gallery to bring to campus four films highlighting human rights around the globe. 

  • Relay for Life has record-breaking fundraising year

    After the Kenyon Relay for Life groups raised a record-high of $48,000 last year, Kiera Busching ’13 and Jen Vihon ’13 knew that they had high expectations to meet once they accepted their positions as Relay for Life Committee co-chairs.

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    First year of farmhouse a sustainable success

    About a mile down Wiggin Street there is a white house surrounded by acres of open farmland.  It is the unlikely residence of five Kenyon students with high hopes and green thumbs.

  • English department to offer minor

    Effective immediately, the English Department will offer a minor for all interested students.

  • Movement funds safe houses and fair trade incomes

    The concert benefit for the Red Thread Movement at the Horn this Friday will feature five Kenyon acts to support Nepalese victims of sex trafficking.

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    Platinum Chef competition sizzles, challenges cooks to create

    Last night, Malone University eked a win over Kenyon College to take home the Platinum Chef award and a $1,500 cash prize at a frenzied cook-a-thon in the Peirce servery between Malone, Hiram College, the University of Mount Union and Kenyon.

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    Zeta Alpha Pi fundraises for Stop the Clot with 5k

    Last Saturday, around 50 students, alumni and community members ran a 5k at the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) in support of Zeta Alpha Pi’s second annual fundraiser for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) research.

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    College chooses Middle Path Partnership

    The new plan will end months-long outsourcing debate.

    Following several months of discussion between Kenyon’s unionized maintenance workers and the College administration, the College has opted to move forward with the workers’ proposal for improving the maintenance department, known as the Middle Path Partnership (MPP). The decision was announced in a news bulletin on March 28.

  • Fake IDs on the rise around campus

    Since last year, the number of fake IDs confiscated from students has more than doubled.

    The Office of Campus Safety has reported nine incidents involving the confiscation of false forms of identification.

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    Kenyon a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

    A recent rankings report by the Peace Corps revealed that Kenyon has the eighth highest number of Peace Corps volunteers among small colleges and universities, with 16.

  • Student Council plans agenda for next trustee meeting

    Student Council has decided upon several items to discuss with the Board at their upcoming meeting.

    Student Council members are readying to meet with the Board of Trustees when the latter visit campus from April 25 to 27 to discuss how students and Student Council will relate to the new president, and how to to keep staff salaries commensurate and competitive. 

  • Discrimination advisors Speak Out about privilege

    Week’s events will raise awareness about privilege.

    “If I am privileged, am I obligated to help others?” That question turned this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dialogue on its head and inspired the “Privilege” theme of Speak Out Week. 

  • Changes made to housing lottery

    This year, groups applying for theme and division housing will have to attend the housing lottery on Saturday, April 13 rather than having their housing determined before the lottery.

  • Despite changes, more students to study abroad next year

    Contrary to expectation, changes to the study abroad pay scheme did not affect applications.

    Last fall Kenyon’s Board of Trustees approved significant changes approved by the Board of Trustees to the study abroad program.

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    Rural by Design: program teaches about sustainability

    Rural by Design began around three years ago, but its roots go back nearly 20 years to when Howard Sacks, professor of sociology and director of the Rural Life Center, and his students began exploring family farming in the Knox County area.

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    Kenyon announces 19th president: Sean M. Decatur

    Decatur, Kenyon’s first African-American president, will begin his tenure on July 1.

    Sean M. Decatur, a chemist and a fierce proponent of liberal arts education, was introduced to the Kenyon community at a ceremony in a packed Rosse Hall.

  • Drug testing process improves

    In the spring of 2008 the Collegian published an opinion article that criticized the Kenyon athletic program’s drug testing policies. 

  • Special election to include school levy

    The Mount Vernon City Schools are set to make some of their most severe cuts to date if voters again reject a proposal for a new emergency operating levy, which will be on the ballot in May 7’s special election. If passed, the levy would inject $3 million of new funding into the district annually, beginning in 2014.

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    Students aim to reformulate role of safe spaces on campus

    On its website, Kenyon advertises what it sees as a primary attraction — “a strong sense of community.”

  • Tuskegee Airmen event attracts crowd to Rosse Hall

    Between 1942 and ’46, 992 African Americans trained to fly planes for the U.S. Army Air Forces on a 5,300-foot strip of asphalt in Tuskegee, Ala.

  • Creative writing table opens

    Living up to its reputation as a writing school, Kenyon has taken on a new outlet for creative writers.

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    President’s office, among others, to move locations

    In the next three months, Kenyon’s senior staff will finalize a plan to relocate the offices of key personnel so that incoming College president Sean M. Decatur can move into Ransom Hall.

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    DKEs and EDMs host ALS benefit

    Last Friday, March 22, the brothers of Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) and sisters of Epsilon Delta Mu (EDM) co-hosted their fourth annual ALS Benefit at the Village Inn (VI).

  • Committee will study athletics

    Made up of alumni, students, professors and administrators, the Committee to Study Athletics was formed last summer with the goal of breaking down the different facets of the Kenyon athletic program and deciding which areas need the most help.

  • Students weigh in on the search for the next president

    The College’s Presidential Search Committee is progressing toward the final phases of the search process, and as it narrows in on top candidates, Student Council wants to make students’ voices heard.

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    Village Inn sets new entry policy

    The Village Inn (VI) has adopted a new policy of checking two forms of IDs, marking hands and patrolling the establishment in efforts to curb the possible consumption of alcohol by underage students.

  • Unity House promotes ‘safe spaces’ in the classroom

    Last October, two pride flags were stolen from Unity House and later found, muddied and torn, behind the F-block of the New Apartments.

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    Fate of Ransom House up to Gambier Historical Society

    “History that’s not remembered is history that is lost,” said Associate Professor of Philosophy Juan De Pascuale. “It’s easy to neglect history, and when history’s lost, it’s really hard to reclaim it.”

  • Outreach attracts more Chinese students

    Increased efforts to recruit students from Asian countries have brought discoveries and challenges.

    The bright lights of Beijing and Shanghai are a far cry from the rolling hills of rural Ohio. And, as several Kenyon students could tell you, the move from China to Knox County is not an easy one.

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    Not just black and white: a history of diversity at Kenyon

    When Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies Ric Sheffield tells people he was born and raised in Mount Vernon, they are shocked.

  • Significant spike in CA applications

    Despite recent concerns about how well Community Advisors (CAs) are compensated, 88 applications were submitted for the 2013-2014 school year to fill 46 slots.

  • Help wanted: professors needed in multiple departments

    Of the 24 professors planning to go on sabbatical next year, 12 must be replaced.

    Search committees are presently trying to find replacements for half of the 24 Kenyon professors planning to go on  sabbatical next year, an unusually high number.

  • Gund Gallery gets an endowment

    When the Gund Gallery’s board of directors meets in April, its members will ask themselves: Is the Gallery enriching the student experience? And, if the answer is yes, how much will it cost to keep it up?

  • A ‘Unique’ world: Kluge shares stories

    Kenyon’s Writer-in-Residence P. F. Kluge will discuss his global experiences in an upcoming lecture.

    Writer-in-Residence P.F. Kluge ’64 can’t just visit a place and move on.

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    Greek Council wins distinguished national awards

    For the first time ever, Greek Council received national recognition for its efforts here on the Hill.

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    Visiting speaker advocates for workers’ rights

    Between his sophomore and junior years of college, Baldemar Velasquez joined the Congress of Racial Equality in its campaign for civil rights.

  • Gambier Historical Society established

    The new society aims to preserve Gambier’s rich and vivid history.

    On Monday, Jan. 28, five people gathered in Tom Stamp’s living room for the first official meeting of the Gambier Historical Society.

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    Take two: Kenyon Film Society revived

    When Isabelle Wheeler ’16 decided to resurrect the defunct Kenyon Film Society, the initial response was disheartening.

  • Bailey House in limbo

    Months of debate over the fate of Bailey House have thus far yielded no answers as to who will move in.

  • Trustees hold retreat on campus

    On retreat in Gambier last weekend, the Board of Trustees approved a budget, heard lectures on finance and technology and the East Coasters among them made it home before winter storm Nemo came to bear.

  • Sexual misconduct advisors provide open forum

    There were not enough chairs for the roughly 60 people who filed into the Horn Gallery on Wednesday evening for a conversation on sexual misconduct. 

  • Academic Misconduct Policy Reviewed

    The procedure for handling cases of academic misconduct, like plagarism, is being reconsidered.

    Changes to the way that Kenyon handles academic misconduct may be in the works as the College attempts to address long wait times and inefficiencies in the system.

  • Kenyon-Exeter Program Records Increase in Applicants

    The Kenyon-Exeter program will take an impressive 24 students to Devon, England next year — by far the largest number the program has seen in nearly 10 years.

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    Faculty Research Grants in Limbo

    The Office of the Provost has proposed restructuring the grants that fund faculty research.

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    Crime Rate Unprecedented in Recent Years

     On Saturday, Feb. 2 around 2:00 a.m., Kenyon College Bookstore Manager Jim Huang received a call from Safety, who told him that the window next to the ATM had been broken at the Bookstore.

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    Alumni Discuss OurTime, Political Activism and Public Policy

    It has been nearly five years since Matthew Segal ’08 and Jarrett Moreno ’08 graduated from Kenyon.

  • Horn Gallery Offers Grants for Student Productions

    This semester, the Horn Gallery will offer three $250 grants to fund student-produced theater. The money comes out of the Horn’s $24,000 Business and Finance Committee (BFC) Budget. 

  • Former Student Indicted, Accused of Sexual Assault

    Former Kenyon student Stephen Zingarelli, 21, of Mars, Pa., was indicted on Jan. 7 by the Knox County grand jury on one count of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

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    Thomas Turgeon Dies at 70

    Thomas Turgeon, emeritus professor of drama and one of Kenyon’s most beloved figures for more than 40 years, died on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the age of 70. He had suffered from amyothropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since 2006.

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    Turner ’99 Loved Kenyon

    Daniel P. “Dan” Turner ’99, an avid storyteller, dedicated actor and director, and former Kenyon security officer, died on Christmas Eve after a battle with liver cancer. He was fifty-eight years old.

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    Fate of Gambier Fire Department Uncertain

    Despite the number of young boys and girls who dream of being firefighters when they grow up, the Gambier Township Fire Department is understaffed.

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    Despite Hurdles, Exhibit Survives

    She had three months to win over board members, convince donors, secure pieces from galleries and have them shipped to Gambier. The exhibit opens Friday.

  • Student Council Constitution Updated After Dormant Decade

    After going unchanged for 10 years, Student Council met to correct their outdated constitution.

    On Sunday Jan. 20, while President Obama was being sworn in for a second term, the members of Student Council were handling the affairs of Kenyon student government.

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    Print Shop Moves to Farr to Make Room for Health Center

    Village print shop will vacate old location in order for new Health Center to move in.

    In order to make space for the new Health and Counseling Center, the College plans to move its print shop and mail center from the current Business Services building, located behind the Post Office on Scott Lane, to Farr Hall’s basement.

  • Kenyon: There Might be an App for That

    Kenyon is slowly but surely moving into the age of social media.

  • Pelotonia Pedals Back to Gambier

    The Pelotonia bike ride, which has raised $25 million since its inception in 2008 and partnered with Kenyon last summer, will return to Kenyon next August.  

  • Greek Presidents Bond, Strategize

    From Friday Jan. 18 to Saturday Jan. 19 the 23 presidents of Kenyon’s 13 Greek organizations gathered at Camp McPherson in Danville, about half an hour away from the college, to prepare for the new semester. 

  • Greeks Request Student Council Vote

    In ancient times, they invented democracy. But at Kenyon, the Greeks are disenfranchised. 

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    Stolen in Olin: Theft Ring Strikes Again

    Three laptops were reported stolen from the Olin and Chalmers  Libraries during the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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    AVI Considers Ways to Extend Saturday Lunch Hours

     On Monday, the Housing and Dining Committee hashed out a proposal that would establish extended lunch hours at the Peirce servery on Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Kappa Sigma Alpha Sorority Approved by Greek Council

    The sorority’s rewritten proposal better defined its identity and resulted in 8-3 Council approval.

    Last Monday, Dec. 10, Greek Council approved the sorority Kappa Sigma Alpha in an 8-3 vote, with one group abstaining. 

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    Trustees Approve Wilson Demolition

    The number of student residences will temporarily decrease next month following the planned demolition of the Wilson Apartments.

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    Bexley Hall’s Uncertain Fate Rests in Hands of Board

    For the first time in 40 years, Bexley Hall, the College’s only 19th century brick building, sits largely unoccupied. 

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    Writing Center Eliminates Fellows in Favor of Liaisons

    The Writing Center will institute a Liaisons program next semester to replace its Fellows program, which began in 2011 as an experiment to connect Consultants with specific academic classes, and has since become widely popular.

  • Despite Aid Pinch, Debt Below Average

    On average, Kenyon students recieving financial aid face $20,000 of debt after graduation.

    In March, while seniors reveled in their final weeks at Kenyon, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau broke startling news: the outstanding student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion.

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    Taking the Plunge for a Local Charity

      Last Saturday, about 75 Kenyon students supported a good cause by taking a dip in the Kokosing River. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Beer and Sex advisors took donations for the Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission, a local group that provides healthcare products and housing opportunities to residents of the surrounding four counties.

  • New Sorority Proposal Rejected

    A proposal to establish a new sorority, Kappa Sigma Alpha, was rejected seven to five in a vote by Greek Council on Monday, Dec. 3.

  • Students Go Green With Help From Sustainability Grants

    With new Sustainability Action Program (SAP) grants, intended as a grassroots component of the College’s environmental overhaul, Kenyon has been making strides toward more environmentally friendly practices. 

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    Shawn Kelly Memorial Holiday Party

      On Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29, Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) hosted its annual Shawn Kelly Memorial Holiday Party in Gund Commons, partnering with Headstart, a leading organization in early childhood development and education. The DKEs provided dinner, cookie decorating and other Christmas-related activities for the party, which is in its 22nd year.

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    Lights Return for Holiday Season

    Upperclass students and community members alike can let out a sigh of relief — the white LED lights lining the trees in the Village will return this week, according to Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Greg Widener.

  • College Adopts Online Statements

    Following in the footsteps of many peer institutions and other businesses, Kenyon’s billing process is heading into the 21st century with new digital student account statements.

  • Senate Designates Three Smoking Zones

    Campus Senate moved forward with its revised smoking policy this week, selecting three designated smoking zones on campus based on the results of a student body poll.

  • Presidential Search Committee Submits Formal Prospectus

    On Nov. 5, Kenyon’s Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Brackett Denniston ’69, vice-chaired by Aileen Hefferren ’88 H’12 and assisted by search consultants from the firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, and a handful of students, faculty and trustees, released a position prospectus, an important next step in the search for the College’s 19th president.
    In an email to Kenyon students and employees announcing the release of the prospectus, Denniston and Hefferren wrote, “The prospectus describes the College, its character and its traditions and many strengths. The prospectus also enumerates the opportunities and challenges facing the next president, and lists the qualities the Committee seeks in the best candidates.”

  • Hospital Transports Increase

    The College has seen 10 hospital runs due to substance abuse.

    Last year, there were 14 hospital transports related to drug and alcohol use, according to Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper. This year, there have already been 10, a figure that is raising red flags amongst College administrators.

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    Vandalism Rates Highest in Recent Years

    Over the weekend, three separate incidents of vandalism occurred, contributing to an upward trend in crime and theft that has plagued the campus since the beginning of the year.
    Campus Safety apprehended individuals attempting to break into Gund Commons on Saturday night. In addition, a lawn in the New Apartments area was toilet-papered and the front door was ripped off of Taft Cottage B. The cost to replace the mahogany door will total around $4,000.

  • Student Government Proposes New Constitution

    Kenyon’s student government is taking initial steps to rewrite the Campus Government Constitution, which was last updated in 2000, to better reflect the working relationship between Student Council and Campus Senate.

  • MMAP Defers to Administration

    The Maintenance Management Advisory Panel issued its final set of recommendations on Tuesday morning, saying that while the College should continue to consider outsourcing maintenance management as a viable option, it should not consider a partnership with Sodexo Inc., the French corporation whose proposed hiring prompted public backlash and led to the creation of the Panel.

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    School Levy Defeated in Close Vote

    The proposed operating levy is the third to fail since 2010.

    The Mount Vernon School District’s proposed new operating levy failed on Tuesday by a margin of just 295 votes, or 2.2 per

  • Greek Council Okays New Fraternity

    Greek Council approved Kenyon’s first new fraternity in more than 50 years on Monday, Nov. 5, in a narrow 5-4 vote, with two groups abstaining. The newly recognized brothers of Sigma Phi Tau plan to request colonization by the national fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau.

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    Hillel to Open New Facility

    The College plans to tear down and erect a new Hillel House, the campus center for Jewish life, to make room for the new Health and Counseling Center on Scott Lane. Construction is slated to begin this summer. The house will be located in roughly the same location as the current Hillel, but with one major difference — students will no longer live in the building.

  • Rugby Eligible for NCAA Concussion Screening

    Brett Williams ’13 doesn’t remember colliding with the defender from Washington University. The football team’s starting running back doesn’t even remember being on the field in St. Louis on Sept. 22 when he suffered the second concussion of his Kenyon career.

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    Students Track Close Races on Election Night

    “When they called the election, the room exploded. It was amazing,” Joumana Khatib ’13 said.

  • College Seeks to Attract Students With New Scholarships

    Continuing a trend at Kenyon and nationally, the College will offer five full-tuition and five half-

    In alignment with a trend at Kenyon and institutions nationwide, the College announced this week new full- and half-tuition scholarships, which will be available to the incoming class of 2017.

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    Sandy Rains Out Joe and Michelle Steps In

    Following the cancellation of Vice President Joe Biden’s Tuesday campaign stop in Gambier, students did not have long to mourn before they received a message from the Office of Public Affairs. “First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Gambier on Saturday for a campaign event in the Kenyon Athletic Center [KAC],” the email said.

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    All Politics is Local

    Following Kenyon’s Campaigners

    At a school known for its left-leaning students, the Kenyon College Republicans have taken to hiding in plain sight. Their weekly meetings are held in a small private dining room in Lower Dempsey. You wouldn’t know what the meeting was unless you heard what they were talking about.

  • Lewd Behavior Reported in Olin Library

    Last Tuesday, Oct. 23 around 10:30 p.m., two students working in Olin Library witnessed a man acting in a sexually inappropriate manner and alerted library staff, who called Campus Safety.

  • Board Finalizes Health Center Construction

    Last week, Kenyon’s trustees heard Student Council concerns and okayed building renovations.

    Last weekend’s meeting of the Board of Trustees covered a variety of topics, including Middle Path renovations, the construction of the new Kenyon Health and Counseling Center, progress reports on various studies and a presentation from the Kenyon Farm.

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    Congressional Candidates Present Differing Platforms

    Tuesday’s congressional debate between Congressman Bob Gibbs (R) and challenger Joyce Healy-Abrams (D) in Rosse Hall displayed in microcosm the two philosophies of governance that have dominated the national political discourse in the last few weeks.

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    Surveyors Assess Below Middle Path

    As part of the Middle Path restoration project, which will continue through the year, surveyors were on campus last month determining the precise locations of the steam, electrical, water, gas and data lines that run under Middle Path.

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    Maintenance Panel Holds Final Meeting

    The Maintenance Management Advisory Panel (MMAP) met for a final time last night amidst a new flurry of accusations from faculty and staff regarding the College’s  erstwhile plans to outsource certain maintenance employees.

  • Summer Sendoff Date Approved

    Summer Sendoff may be turning into a Friday tradition. Last Sunday, The Business and Finance Committee (BFC) approved $80,000 for Social Board to hold this year’s Sendoff on Friday, April 26. This will be the second year Sendoff has been a Friday event instead of a Saturday one.

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    Unity House Rallies Support

    Two pride flags were stolen from Unity House (North Campus Apartment 3A) on Saturday night, according to a report filed with Campus Safety.

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    Mount Vernon Voters to Decide on School Levy

    “Asking people for more money is not an easy thing to do,” Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City Schools Steve Short said.

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    From Your TV Screen to Gambier: Raddatz Talks Debate

    Few Kenyon parents put themselves in harm’s way as frequently as Martha Raddatz. Mother of Jake Genachowski ’15, Raddatz is a senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, and she visited campus this past Saturday.

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    Safe Sex and Risque Prose: Kenyon Honors Carl Djerassi

    As the father of the modern-day birth control pill slowly made his way down the aisle, a hush fell over the overflowing crowd in the Community Foundation Theater at the Gund Gallery.

  • CSAD Prepares to Host First Congressional Debate

    The Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) will host a debate on Tuesday, Oct. 30 between Rep. Bob Gibbs (R), of Ohio’s seventh district, and Joyce Healy-Abrams, his Democratic challenger. Moderated by CSAD Director Tom Karako, the debate will be at 7:00 p.m. in Rosse Hall.

  • Chalmers Evacuates for Construction

    Part of the parking lot behind Chalmers Library and Storer Hall, and areas surrounding the buildings, were blocked off last Monday, Oct. 22, as the Maintenance Department replaced parts of the two buildings’ heating and cooling systems and installed other components using a large industrial crane.

  • Land Trust Preserves Kokosing

    The Philander Chase Corp. purchased land, in part, to prevent drilling.

    Following almost two years of negotiations, the Philander Chase Corporation (PCC), the College’s nonprofit land trust, purchased more than 50 acres of land from the Laymon family, a local Gambier family, in early August.

  • New Hardware May Solve Internet Slowdown

    Noticeably slower Internet access has plagued Kenyon for over two weeks. But after weeks of consulting, the extreme Internet slowdown might finally be cured.

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    Vying for the Vote

    It was a day that would go down in Kenyon history.
    On a cold, rainy Wednesday at 3:56 a.m., Gambier residents cast the final votes in an election that made Kenyon — briefly — famous nationwide. It was Nov. 3, 2004, and some Kenyon students could claim the dubious honor of having waited upwards of 11 hours to cast their ballots at the last polling station in the country to close. The Knox County Board of Elections had provided two voting machines to serve the 1,607 registered voters of Gambier Village precinct. Each machine was able to accommodate 45 voters an hour — meaning it would take around 18 hours for everyone to vote.

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    Franklin Miller, Famed Professor, Dies at 100

    Franklin Miller Jr., a professor emeritus of physics and a fixture in the Kenyon and Knox County communities for over six decades, died on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Autumn Health Care Center in Mount Vernon in the company of his family. He was 100 years old.

  • CSAD Announces New Summer Scholarship

    The Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) will offer scholarships to students interested in researching democracy in America during the summer. Tom Karako, director of CSAD and assistant professor of political science, said he has high hopes for the program, which will follow other Kenyon models, including the Summer Science Scholars and Socio-Legal Studies programs. Karako believes the program will add to the already diverse summer options on campus.

  • Writing Study Advances

    On day one, from Quest for Justice to an introductory biology course, Kenyon College is a writing school.
    A two-year study organized by Jenn Fishman ’94, associate professor of English at Marquette University, and funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, aims to construct a definition of what this writing emphasis means for Kenyon and will explore the College’s relationship with writing on every level.

  • Week Encourages Global Awareness

    Baked goods and a study abroad photo display were the extent of the first Global Engagement Week in 2009. In 2012, the week has grown to include film discussions, guest speakers, an international dinner and an off-campus study fair.

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    MMAP Offers First Recommendation

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Maintenance Management Advisory Panel (MMAP) recommended that “members of Kenyon’s labor unions remain Kenyon employees for the forseeable future,” according to a news bulletin published by the Office of Public Affairs.

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    Presidential Committee Visits Campus

    The search for Kenyon’s 19th president continued on Friday, Sept. 28, with a community forum held in Rosse Hall.

  • In Election Season, Emails Prompt Administrative Response

    LBIS: The College must monitor student use of resources in order to maintain its tax-exempt status.

    Vice President for Library and Information Services Ron Griggs reminded community members of the restrictions to sharing political information through Kenyon channels in light of the upcoming election in a student-info email sent on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

  • Study Abroad Language Requirements Change

    The Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) approved changes to the language requirement for off-campus study (OCS) on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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    Kenyon Review Welcomes First Fellowship Recipients

    Elizabeth Rogers and Natalie Shapero each have a debut collection of poetry slated for release next spring; each holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree; and now, the pair have something else in common: they are the inaugural Kenyon Review fellows.

  • Examination of Athletics Programs Takes First Steps

    Last April, the Board of Trustees approved Dean of Students Hank Toutain and President S. Georgia Nugent’s proposed study of athletics at Kenyon.

  • Project Assesses Value of Technology in the Classroom

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? — or at least its “Ask the Audience” technology — is coming to Kenyon.

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    Intruder Sighted in KAC Locker Rooms

    The Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) increased security measures at the facility last week following two separate incidents of reported public indecency.

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    Aid Packages Cause Housing Imbalance for Some Seniors

    From choosing a roommate to participating in the lottery, housing at Kenyon can cause considerable, sometimes unnecessary, stress. Paying for housing, however, should not factor into that stress, according to Campus Senate Co-Chair Monty Clark ’13.

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    College Faces Harsh Shifts in Financial Aid

    In early February, administrators presented the Board of Trustees with a summary of how the College would spend nearly $113 million over the course of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

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    Education Key Component in Sustainability Initiative

    Kermit the Frog was right: It’s not easy being green. But it’s about to get a whole lot easier.

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    Take Back the Night Expands Scope of Week’s Discussion

    Take Back the Night, a week-long student-run program that strives to open dialogue and bring awareness to community members about sexual assault, began Sunday, Sept. 23.

  • Kenyon Questions Usefulness of Newly Released Rankings

    In U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of America’s top liberal arts colleges, Kenyon ranked 32nd, a spot the College shares with three other schools: Bucknell University, College of the Holy Cross and Mount Holyoke College.

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    All Things Considered: Knell Discusses Media’s New Role

    During a talk in Higley Auditorium last night, National Public Radio (NPR) CEO Gary Knell shared NPR’s unique approach to journalistic storytelling, its dedication to filling in the essential gaps left by others in the news business and its ongoing mission to reinvent itself.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates Latino History

    As part of Adelante’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the society has organized activities geared toward raising awareness of Latin American culture

  • Recent Series of Thefts Rattles Campus

    Over the weekend, items were stolen from two apartments, marking a spike in campus crime.

    Last weekend, two laptops went missing from a Taft Cottage and a laptop and cash disappeared from a Morgan Apartment, adding to a spree of recent suspected thefts on campus.

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    HPV Vaccine on the Rise for Kenyon Men

    Gardasil, a vaccine that prevents the sexually-transmitted Human Papillomavirus (HPV),  which can lead to cervical cancer in women, is gaining popularity among men.

  • Presidential Committee Takes Next Step

    The search for Kenyon’s next president is officially under way. The Presidential Search Committee will host a community forum in Rosse Hall at 4:00 p.m on Friday, Sept. 28.

  • Smoking Policy Stalls, Input Needed

    After a complete lack of input from smokers and non-smokers alike, the Council is in the process of designating smoking zones itself. Student Council President Faith McDuffie ’13 relishes the challenge.

  • Website Makeover Aids Admissions

    Over the summer, while students were soaking in the sun or chasing internships, a team from the Baltimore-based company Fastspot visited campus to help Kenyon with a problem: its outdated website.

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    College Continues Pelotonia Partnership

    In the cool early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 11, around 6,200 people broke a sweat for cancer. They were participants in Pelotonia, a fundraiser that has raised upwards of $25 million for cancer research since 2008 by organizing bike rides around the country. This past summer, the foundation came to Kenyon, bringing along thousands of strangers for one common goal.

  • Safety Awareness Week Aims to Educate Students

    This year, the College Township  Fire Department has already taken five students to the hospital, a benchmark that in past years was not reached until October Break.

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    Faculty Retreat Develops Ideas for Classroom Curriculum

    This August’s faculty retreat brought together 51 professors, three librarians and three administrative staff members to address pedagogy in relation to six categories — writing, oral expression, language and culture, geography and spatial phenomena, visual literacy and new media, and scientific and quantitative reasoning.

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    UE Local 712 Presents ‘Middle Path’ Plan to Community

    As the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 712 (UE Local 712) and the College await the recommendations of the Maintenance Management Advisory Panel (MMAP), UE Local 712’s “Middle Path Proposal,” which was announced in an all-student email (allstu) on Wednesday, Sept. 12, has set the stage for the Union’s next move.

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    Bloomberg Invited to Give Commencement Address

    The College has extended an invitation to Michael R. Bloomberg, the Mayor of the City of New York and billionaire founder of the financial information firm Bloomberg L.P., to speak at the commencement ceremony for the class of 2013, President S. Georgia Nugent confirmed Wednesday.

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    Off-Campus Study: A New Way to Pay

    The College approved a new system to pay for study abroad.

    The College is preparing to change the way students pay to study off campus, adopting a policy, approved by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and the Board of Trustees, that has become commonplace at other institutions.

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    ‘Occupancy Sensor’ Furthers Sustainabilty Initiative

    As part of a sustainability and energy efficiency initiative, the College has installed monitoring devices in student residences that will adjust the room temperature based on whether students are in the room.

  • Moodle 2.0 Syncs With Turnitin

    Kenyon converted to Moodle 2.0, which offers faculty members more ocontrol over their Moodle pages, including an option to use automatic submissions to, an online plagiarism checker.

  • Health Center to Relocate Within Next Academic Year

    The Health and Counseling Center will move to a new facility by the 2013-14 academic year, following the Board of Trustees’ approval of the plan last April.

  • Middle Path Rebuilding Project Now in Testing Stage

    Following the Board of Trustees’ approval last spring, the College is testing a type of stabilized gravel on three arterial paths that branch off Middle Path. The plan aims to improve campus accessibility while maintaining the Path’s historic and symbolic aesthetic.

  • New York Times Now Available Online for Students

    In conjunction with its paper subscription to the New York Times, which currently delivers 200 copies to Peirce Hall every morning, the BFC has made the Times online content, which sits behind a paywall, available to students free of charge for 200 students each day.

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    Farewell, President Nugent, Fare Thee Well

    On Tuesday, Aug. 14, as exhausted Pelotonia riders summited the Kenyon hill, President S. Georgia Nugent, the 18th president of Kenyon College and the first woman to hold that position, formally announced her decision to step down.

  • New Policy Addresses Consent

    Last May, aiming to craft a policy that better reflected sexual relationships at Kenyon, Campus Senate approved a revised version of the College’s sexual misconduct policy. Drafted over the course of a year, the approved version defines the consent requirement as, “clear, voluntary and knowing” and now includes both verbal and non-verbal consent.

  • Maintenance Contract, Panel, Respond to Sodexo

    After a summer of negotiations between the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 712 (UE Local 712) and the College, the two parties have agreed on a contract that is similar to years past in all but its duration.

  • As Peirce Cuts Trays, Outrage Fails to Materialize

    Upon returning to campus, students found themselves facing the consequence of an economic and ecological decision made over the summer: the trays that had long carried plates of creamy polenta and bowls of tomato soup were gone from Peirce Hall. In past years, trays were available except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Student Input Needed for Smoking Policy

    Passed by Student Council in February 2012 and later approved by President S. Georgia Nugent, the policy revision stipulates that “smoking in areas immediately adjacent to building entrances is prohibited by law,” said Senate Co-Chair Monty Clark ’13.

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    President’s Office Will Move to Bailey

    After almost three years in the Eaton Center at the far north of Kenyon’s campus, the Office of the President is moving to Bailey House, which is located next to Sunset Cottage behind the library.

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    With New Building, Focus Shifts to the Visual Arts

    The Horvitz Center officially opened its doors last Thursday, Aug. 29, uniting Kenyon’s once scattered visual arts department into one location.

  • Asking for Help: Students Form Peer Counseling Service

    Some of us have baggage, but we aren’t comfortable talking about it. But with Peer Counselors — the newest support group on campus — Tim Jurney ’15 and Director of Counseling Services Patrick Gilligan hope to get people talking.

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    For Employees, Childcare Costs Raise Concerns

    From a child’s perspective, the building is a colorful world. Family photographs and student artwork decorate the cupboards. Low windows let students peek into the backyard playground. Every room has miniature tables, chairs and toys.

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    After Increase in Hearings, Plagiarism Policy to Change

    In response to a dramatic increase in academic infraction hearings in the past two years, members of the Academic Infractions Board (AIB) and the Academic Affairs Committee of Student Council are considering implementing changes to the College’s plagiarism policy for next fall. This re-evaluation aims to give the associate provost greater authority in deciding whether or not the AIB hears a case, reform the way Kenyon’s plagiarism policy is presented to first-year students and increase campus awareness of the policy.

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    Book to Replace Steen as Lords Head Coach

    After spending 37 years leading the Lords and Ladies swimming teams to more championships than any coach in the history of collegiate athletics, Jim Steen announced on Tuesday he will be stepping down as Head Coach of the Kenyon Men’s Swimming and Diving Team.

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    After 165 Years, Jewish Cemetery Comes to Knox Co.

    Adolph Wolff, the first known Jewish settler in Knox County, had already immigrated to the U.S. from Germany and worked as a peddler in Mechanicsburg, Ohio before he opened his own clothing store in Mount Vernon in 1847.

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    Smart to Speak, Visit Campus

    Few alumni embody the spirit and potential of Kenyon College students as thoroughly as Shaka Smart ’99, head coach of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) men’s basketball team. 

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    Students, Colleagues Bid Farewell to Four Retiring Professors

    The four professors retiring at the end of this academic year have spent a combined 126 years teaching at Kenyon. They have helped students with projects ranging from writing a children’s book on body image to studying ant habits. They have written books about famous authors and studied ancient French manuscripts. Their future plans include spending time with grandchildren and pursuing scholarly endeavors. Which is to say, their contributions to Kenyon will not be forgotten.

  • Rich to Depart Kenyon for ISU

    Assistant Professor of Drama Kevin Rich is leaving Kenyon for a bigger stage. He will take on the positions of Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Assistant Professor of Acting at Illinois State University in the fall.

  • Chalmers to be Remodeled

    Olin and Chalmers Library used to be state-of-the-art, but today, the building’s interior— with its worn-out couches and institutional study carrels— is anything but chic. This summer, however, that will all change, as the College plans to remodel the second floor of Chalmers. “It’s really just to give it a little bit of a facelift,” said Director of Library Services Amy Badertscher.

  • College Approves Farm Purchase

    The College’s purchase of a 10-acre farm within walking distance of campus will be finalized today, according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman.

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    Despite Bad Weather, Sendoff and Castaway Successful

    Through rain, hail and temperatures dipping into the mid-30s, students prevailed to celebrate the end of the academic year this past weekend. Despite the date change from the traditional Saturday to Friday, the Social Board-sponsored Sendoff concert, which included performances from Kenyon bands and the highly-anticipated STRFKR and Big Boi, was an unqualified success, according to Lianne Castile ’13, who co-chairs Social Board with Sarah Schiller ’14.

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    Four Distinguished Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

    The College awarded tenure to four professors this semester: David Leibowitz of the political science department, Maria Mendonça of the music department, Sam Pack of the anthropology department and William Suarez-Potts of the history department. All will be associate professors as of July 1.

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    Birth Control Policy Raises Debate

    Though Kenyon’s current insurance plan does not cover students’ birth control, the new healthcare law may encourage a change.

  • Trustees Okay New Health Center, Middle Path Renovations

    Kenyon will add another summer program to its list of over 40, after the Board of Trustees approved plans to start an adult-education program at its spring meeting last weekend.  The trustees also approved initiatives to build a new Health Center, move forward with Middle Path renovations and begin a study of Kenyon’s athletics.

  • Department to Offer Chemistry Minor in Fall

    Shakespeare devotees who also love the lab can finally create the educational program of their dreams with the newly-announced chemistry minor.

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    New CDO Director Revamps Kenyon Career Network

    Student demand for appointments at the CDO has jumped so much that the Center hired a new assistant director, Karen Sheffield.

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    Huang Implements Online Changes, Modernizes Bookstore

    In his first two years as manager, Huang has introduced rental textbooks and a price-comparison website, and he plans to offer more textbook options for students in the future.

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    Celebrating Our Planet

    Last Sunday’s sixth annual Earth Day Festival at the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) celebrated and encouraged living sustainably.

  • Senate Set to Vote on New Sexual Misconduct Policy

    The rules and procedures that govern Kenyon’s approach to sexual misconduct incidents will soon undergo revision to fit new directives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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    Separate Board to Oversee Gund Gallery

    The Board of Trustees voted last weekend to separate the Graham Gund Gallery from the College in a move that will give the Gallery its own Board of Trustees, much like The Kenyon Review and the Philander Chase Corporation.

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    Student Council May Host Saturday Cookout: CASTAWAY

    Future of Event Uncertain, Council Still Negotiating

    In an emergency meeting last night, Student Council conditionally approved a proposal to host an event on Saturday, April 28 following the official Social Board Sendoff on Friday.

  • Shaka Smart to Speak on Campus

    Virginia Commonwealth University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart ‘99 will return to his alma mater for the first time in several years to give a talk on May 3.

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    College to Buy Farm for Student Use

    The College plans to purchase a nearby farm on Zion Road Monday where students will live and grow produce for use in Peirce, according to President S. Georgia Nugent.

  • Campus Safety Moves Forward With Union Plans

    A week after Campus Safety officers voted to unionize, both the administration and the officers are looking ahead to negotiating new contracts.

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    Conference on Democracy Promotion Provokes Discussion

    Participants at the second Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) conference last week tackled this question, with varied conclusions

  • Building a Team: Division III Recruiting in Rural Ohio

    For prospective athletes, such deliberation, on the part of Admissions, actually begins before a formal application is even submitted.

  • Faculty Plan Summer Retreat

    Provost Nayef Samhat and the Center for Innovative Pedagogy will hold a faculty retreat in August thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation.

  • Poetry Reading Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Jacqueline Osherow’s poem “Orders of Infinity” inspired Jess Lieberman ’14 to put together today’s poetry reading to honor National Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • Safety to Unionize After Vote

    Campus Safety officers voted by a wide margin yesterday to form a union, Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman confirmed to the Collegian.

  • College Moves to Online Evaluations

    Replacing paper evaluations, an anonymous online survey will open April 30 and run through May 6 this year.

  • Greeks Serve Community

    Over 80 members of Kenyon’s Greek community served at various locations throughout Knox County as part of the event.

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    Pie a CA

    Rather than raising money through a t-shirt fundraiser or a bake sale, Community Advisors appealed to a more basic instinct last Saturday, April 7: the desire to throw a pie in someone’s face. The “Pie a CA” fundraiser was “tremendously successful,” said Allison Kramer ’12, a CA and one of the organizers of the event.

  • Five New Themed Houses to Join Campus Community

    Want to drink coffee and write creatively? There’s a house for that.

  • Two-Year Investigation Redefines Writing at Kenyon

    With help from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kenyon Writes, a two-year investigation of writing at Kenyon, plans to craft a unified definition. 

  • Campus Safety Officers to Carry Handcuffs

    After years of discussion, the College has approved Safety’s requests for metal handcuffs.

  • Qigong Class Teaches Stress-Relieving Techniques

    Kenyon students and faculty have a new way to cope with the stresses of classwork, extracurricular activities and campus jobs: qigong classes at the Horn Gallery.

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    New Housing Options May Cause Parking Problems

    When the 16 Bexley Apartments are torn down to make way for additional North Campus Apartments (NCAs), the parking lot that has served so many students will go with it.

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    DKEs, EDMs Host Third Annual ALS Benefit at VI

    Now in its third year, the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE)-hosted benefit raises money to help fight the disease and raise awareness about its effects, which can be expensive to treat.

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    Harry Potter Day

    This year, Harry Potter Day is part of a month’s worth of events that extend into April, honoring the world of Harry Potter at Kenyon and beyond.

  • Student Council Elections Leave Five Positions Open

    The chair of Buildings and Grounds position, among others, is unfilled.

    The Student Council election results were announced last Monday, April 2. “I’m really excited and I feel confident that I can do a good job next year,” Student Council President-elect Faith McDuffie ’13 said.

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    Students Wear Hoodies As Part of National Protest

    In an effort to send a message of solidarity to the family of Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he died, Tess Waggoner ’13 organized Hoodie Day, a last-minute social justice event.

  • Phi Kappa Sigma Hosts Interview Skills Workshop

    The brothers of Phi Kappa Sigma hosted an interview skills and resume-building workshop led by Scott Ford ’85 on Saturday, March 31. Ford, the Human Resource Manager for University Circle Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, has offered this workshop in conjunction with the fraternity for several years.

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    AVI Considers Limiting Disposable Cups

    In order to cut costs and produce a smaller ecological footprint, AVI is discussing a cutback.

    Despite their popularity, however, AVI is considering drastically limiting their supply for next year.

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    Despite Explanations, Raises Breed Discontent

    In comparing their raises to the faculty’s raises, some staff members feel undervalued.

    The unsigned letter, typed in a clean sans-serif, is four pages long. It is dated March 2, 2012 and addressed to the chair of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees, Barry Schwartz.

    And it is to the point. The second sentence of the second paragraph of the message, which the Collegian has confirmed was written by a College staff member, reads as follows: “As an employee associated with the College for nearly two decades, I have never felt the campus awash in a current of such utter negativity.

  • New Conservation Project to Save College $600,000 a Year

    Updated lighting fixtures and shower heads will help reduce energy consumption by 26 percent.

    Spring break marked the beginning of Kenyon’s “Energy Conservation Project,” which will retrofit the entire campus with new light and water fixtures and other systemic components over the course of the next year.

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    Month-Long Exhibit Honors Harry Potter at Kenyon

    An exhibit from the National Institutes of Health and even beer tastings bring Harry Potter to life.

    From parchment to butterbeer, from trivia to potions, Kenyon has opened its doors to the world of Harry Potter for a month-long exhibit called “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” which connects author J.K. Rowling’s fictional tales with real-life texts and early medicinal remedies.

  • Who’s Who in the Current Student Government Elections

    Students can vote in the online elections for campus positions through tomorrow, March 30.

    Sarah Baldessari ’15 and Andrew Gabel ’15 both have a lot on their plate. The two first years are each running for several student government positions next year.

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    Camerra-Rowe to Speak at Commencement

    The senior class elected Pamela Camerra-Rowe, the John B. McCoy Bank One Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science, to give this year’s Baccalaureate Address.

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    Admissions Shorts Place ‘Fun Spin’ on Kenyon Culture

    “Lab Dance” is one of six short films posted on, Kenyon’s new website for admitted students in the Class of 2016.

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    Warm Weather Cancels Plunge

    Citing warm weather, Beer and Sex cancelled their annual Polar Plunge fundraiser this past weekend.

  • Times Praises Kluge’s New Novel

    Saipan is a lot like Gambier for Writer in Residence P.F. Kluge.

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    Plans for Bexley Art Building Uncertain in the Short Run

    Short-term possibilities include a multi-purpose space for students or a computer lab.

    As construction continues on the new studio art building, the College is considering both short-term and long-term plans for Bexley Hall.

  • Talk Challenges Middle East’s Representation in U.S.

    From schmaltzy mass-market romance books to pop-culture staples like the Disney film Aladdin, the ubiquity of representations of Islam and the Middle East in almost every single medium of American culture points to a fascination, even an obsession, with Islamic civilization.

  • Alumni Challenge Fund Encourages Thanks to Donors

    In an effort to recognize and thank alumni for donating money and supporting Kenyon, the campus is celebrating the third annual Kenyon Fund Day today. The Office of Annual Giving encourages students to stop by the Peirce atrium during lunch or dinner to write a thank-you post card to alumni who have donated to the fund.

  • Fourth Annual Social Justice Week Promotes Activism

    Kenyon’s fourth annual Social Justice Week, dedicated to raising awareness and activism in the College community, will bring a barrage of events on social justice culminating on March 30.

  • Fracking Hits Knox Co.

    As farmers in Knox County are considering whether to allow fracking on their land, the debate is coming to Kenyon.

  • Application Ratio Reaches 60-40

    Women are surpassing men — in number of applicants to Kenyon, that is.

  • Kenyon Takes Survey to Assess Spectrum of Student Experience

    The National Survey of Student Engagement pollsto keep track of trends in higher education.

    In an effort to help the College measure how its students learn and develop, first years and seniors are now taking a new version of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

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    An Interview With: Candidates for Knox Co. Sheriff

    The Collegian spoke with Republicans David Shaffer and Roger Brown, both of whom are running for Knox County Sheriff.  No Democrat filed to run for the position, which will be open following Sheriff David Barber's retirement. The Republican primary will be held March 6.

  • Jody Vance, Welcoming Face at the SAO, to Retire This Week

    For the first time in five years, Jody Vance's warm smile will no longer welcome visitors to the Student Activities Office (SAO).

  • Author Michael J. Rosen to Visit Campus Over Break

    Author Michael J. Rosen, who has written over 75 children's books, young adult novels and cookbooks, will visit Wiggin Street Elementary School on March 6 and 7.

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    Phase I of NCA Construction Nearly Complete

    Construction on the second part of Phase I of the North Campus Apartments  is almost finished, and Phase II will begin next spring, according to Director of Facilities Planning Tom Lepley. The new Studio Art building is also in its final stages, and Lepley said drywalling will begin when workers install the plumbing and electricity.

  • Student Concussion Policy to Change

    Autumn Anderson '14, a post player on the women's basketball team, didn't immediately notice anything unusual after a teammate's elbow hit her head, hard, during a practice in early February. "I became a little bit disoriented when it first happened, but I thought I had just been hit in the head and it was just going to be painful for a bit," she said.

  • Student Activities Director Searches Student Offices in Peirce

    Christina Mastrangelo, director of Student Activities and Greek Life, has been conducting searches in the Peirce Hall offices of several student groups without many of those groups' knowledge or consent. The Collegian, Greek Council, Student Council, Social Board, the Black Student Union, The Observer and HIKA all have offices in Peirce.

  • Sheriff to Retire; Primary Next Week

    Two candidates, both Republicans, will compete for the position.

    For the first time in 20 years, Knox County will have a new Sheriff.

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    Board Rejects Housing Appeals

    One of Kenyon's most storied fraternities is losing its most storied space.

  • 2012: Greek Rush by the Numbers

    More women rushed this year; some groups cite higher pledge numbers.

    More female students than male students chose to rush Greek organizations this year, a departure from past trends. Of the 160 students registered for rush this year, 88 were female, according to Christina Mastrangelo, director of Student Activities and Greek Life.

  • New Language Table Promotes South Asian Culture

    New languages will echo in Lower Peirce this semester. The Hindi/Urdu table will offer a weekly opportunity to speak these languages during lunch in Peirce Hall and has already garnered a following among students and faculty.

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    Winners of “Big Idea” Entrepreneurship Contest Announced

    The contest What's the Big Idea?, sponsored by Kenyon's Innovation Greenhouse, a division of the Career Development Office, awarded $500 to four separate business plans last month: SocialBuzz, Reserve Green, Ski ID and Aquaponics.

  • Scarred Justice Screening Examines Unsolved Crime

    In 1968, nine National Guard officers opened fire on a group of black men and women outside a segregated bowling alley in Orangeburg, S.C., injuring 28 and killing four in what is now called the Orangeburg Massacre.

  • Three Instruments Stolen From Locker

    Campus thefts increase with three student-owned instruments stolen from Storer Hall last week.

    A flute, a trumpet and a cornet went missing from Storer Hall last week, adding to the number of recent thefts on campus.

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    Off-Campus Study Decisions Released

    This year's off-campus study application process saw more students apply and more asked to revise their applications than in years past, according to Director of the Center for Global Engagement Marne Ausec.

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    James P. Storer, Trustee Emeritus, Dies at 85

    Trustee emeritus, generous donor to the College and patron of the arts James P. Storer '49 H'85 died on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the age of 85.

  • Kenyon Takes Survey to Assess Spectrum of Student Experience

    The National Survey of Student Engagement pollsto keep track of trends in higher education.

    In an effort to help the College measure how its students learn and develop, first years and seniors are now taking a new version of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

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    Rep. Bob Gibbs Visits Campus

    Congressman Bob Gibbs, who represents Ohio's 18th District, will speak with students on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Peirce Lounge.

  • An Interview With Adam Swartzbaugh

    Adam Swartzbaugh came to Kenyon last Friday, Feb. 17 to give a talk, "Getting Into the Right Kind of Trouble and Back Out Again," about his experiences traveling in South Asia and founding the GENESIS Network, an organization that uses social media to sponsor economic development, education and child rescue projects in Burma and Thailand, among other countries.

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    Polar Plunge Dives Into the Kokosing for a Good Cause

    The Beer and Sex fundraiser is back this Saturday, with proceeds going to the Kno-Ho-Co Clinic.

    This Saturday's third annual Polar Plunge will allow Kenyon students to support a good cause while also testing their cold-weather fortitude.

  • In Shift, Kenyon to Begin Offering Internship Credit

    A new four-week-long course will allow students to gain credit for internships beginning this summer

    The Career Development Office (CDO) has spearheaded a new policy that will grant academic credit for internships to students who have taken a class specifically engineered to focus on internship experiences.

  • Africa Study Abroad Panel Seeks to Educate, Inform

    An upcoming Center for Global Engagement (CGE) panel will aim to dispel the exotic myths surrounding the countries of the African diaspora.

  • Kenyon Dems to Host Obama 2012 Campus Kickoff

    The Ohio branch of Obama for America and the Kenyon Democrats will host a campus kickoff this Sunday, Feb. 26 to encourage students to get involved in President Obama's re-election campaign.

  • President Nugent to Approve New Smoking Policy

    President S. Georgia Nugent said she plans to approve the revised smoking policy Campus Senate passed on Feb. 9, allowing it to go into effect by Jan. 2013

  • Senate Passes Revised Smoking Policy

    Campus Senate passed a revised policy for the College's regulation of smoking on campus on Thursday, Feb. 9, with 10 senators in favor of the measure and one member choosing to abstain.

  • Faculty, Staff to Receive Pay Raises

    In addition to a one-time $4,000 lump-sum raise for each full-time and tenure-track faculty member, the Board of Trustees has approved a 2.8 percent increase in the salary pool for these faculty, according to President S. Georgia Nugent.

  • Valentine’s Day Ball a Success Despite Horn’s Size

    Despite receiving only $2,000 of the $5,000 they solicited for the Black, White & Red All Over Ball, the Horn Gallery and the Peeps O' Kenyon turned their Valentine's Day formal into a colorful success, according to Kat O'Hara '12, co-manager of the Horn.

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    Summer Sendoff Moved to Friday

    Student members of Social Board made the unprecedented decision to move the College's annual Summer Sendoff event from a Saturday to a Friday this year, which provoked a mixed reaction from the student body when the Board announced it last week.

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    ‘Vibrant’ Prof Harvey Lodish ’62 Returns to Teach on Stem Cells

    Most of the year, Harvey Lodish '62 teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For two weeks this spring, however, the renowned molecular biologist and author ditched urban Cambridge for rural Gambier.

  • Speaker Inspires Through Charitable Action

    While riding from Vietnam to Thailand on an old Russian motorcycle, Adam Swartzbaugh was hit by a truck. Though he had to spend two weeks recovering at a hospital in Bangkok, the experience changed his life.

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    Kugle Speaks on Various Islamic Views of Homosexuality

    Much of the understanding of homosexuality within Islam rests on interpretation, according to Scott Kugle, associate professor of South Asian and Islamic studies at Emory University, who facilitated a discussion on Feb. 12 and gave a talk Feb.13 at Kenyon.

  • Social Board Announces Sendoff Bands

    After years of low student turnout at the Summer Sendoff concert, Social Board directed energy, funds and resources toward booking a band with a big name for this year's event. Big Boi, or Antwan André Patton, a rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, will headline Sendoff this year, performing on Friday, April 27 at 10:00 p.m. on Ransom Lawn.

  • Senate Passes Revised Student Council Elections Policy

    The Student Life Committee has revised the Student Council elections policy, moving nominations and elections earlier in the semester and requiring a group meeting for all potential candidates

  • Kenyon Gmail Safe from Changes

    Kenyon students who have a Gmail address in addition to their Kenyon email should take note: Google's privacy policy has changed, and it affects important aspects of Gmail's user experience.

  • Council Distributes Sustainability Grants

    Although Kenyon has taken on a number of environmental initiatives, it still pales in comparison to the efforts of other liberal arts colleges in its category. Kenyon staff and students on the Sustainability Council are looking to change that.

  • Horn Gallery Receives Funds to Replace Mics

    The Business and Finance Committee recently approved a supplemental budget request for $2,400 for the Sound Techs, enabling the purchase of essential equipment that was stolen from the Horn Gallery two weekends ago.

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    Up and Coming Clubs and Kenyon

    The Humanist Association at  Kenyon The Humanist Association at Kenyon is a new group that plans to provide a place for humanists and those who want to discuss a variety of social and philosophical issues. "A humanist can cover a really broad range of categories.

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    Meet the Greeks

    Kenyon’s fraternities and sororities have their own traditions, legacies and legends.

    These are not the kind of facts printed in the rush booklet or said at the first meet-and-greet, but it is this trivia that makes Kenyon's Greek system exceptional, even at an institution already rife with tradition.

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    Without Bexleys, College to Confront Limited Housing

    Next year, the College will have fewer extra beds available than it has had in years.

  • Trustees Approve Annual Budget

    The Board approved increases in faculty salaries, the financial aid budget and dorm renovations.

    Kenyon's Board of Trustees approved a budget last weekend that will allow the College to raise faculty salaries, offer more financial aid and renovate residence halls, according to President S. Georgia Nugent.

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    “Visits” Series Explores Kenyon’s Local Food

    A single nationally recognized local food program made up 40 percent of Peirce Hall's food last year.

  • Interdisciplinary Programs to Prepare Students for Life after Kenyon

    Two new academic programs are hoping to broaden the horizons of Kenyon students this semester, while preparing them for a changing world after graduation.

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    Students and CCO Revitalize Kenyon’s Christian Community

    In an effort to revive and streamline Christian life on campus, leaders of Koinonia, campus Bible study groups and discipleship groups are bringing their programs together under the name "Be."

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    Sendoff Rumors Prompt Inquiry

    In a move that is raising questions about its jurisdiction over student organizations, Student Council requested a last-minute meeting with Social Board leaders this Sunday to discuss a rumor concerning Summer Sendoff.

  • Financial Aid for CAs to Change Next Year

    ResLife is addressing issues with compensation that discouraged students from applying to be CAs.

    As next Wednesday's deadline for Community Advisor applications approaches, the Office of Housing and Residential Life is trying to iron out changes to CA compensation.

  • Mics Worth $3K Stolen From Horn

    Ten microphones, estimated to be worth about $3,000 total, were stolen from the Horn Gallery last weekend. The Horn is working with Campus Safety to locate the missing equipment.

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    Construction Update

    Studio Art Building Work on the Horvitz Center for the Visual Arts is progressing on schedule, according to Director of Facilities Planning Tom Lepley. Workers have installed the roof, all windows and temporary heating so that interior construction can continue during the winter.

  • Gambier Mayor Looks to Finish Park, Conserve Water

    Mayor Emmert plans to improve Gambier’s sidewalks, reduce water use and move forward.

    Gambier Mayor Kirk Emmert will lead a series of initiatives in the Village to improve water loss, sidewalks and the waste-water system this year.

  • Sustainability Proposal to Save College $12 Million

    Kenyon will embark on an estimated $6 million effort to increase its energy conservation efforts.

    Kenyon will embark on an estimated $6 million effort to increase its energy conservation efforts this year.

  • Honduras Study Abroad Trip Canceled

    Last minute safety concerns prompted the College to cancel the Kenyon-Honduras Archaeology and Anthropology Program scheduled for this semester.

  • DKEs, Betas Work to Remove Sanctions

    As rush begins, fraternities on probation work with the administration to improve pledging.

    Despite their probation statuses, both the Delta Kappa Epsilon and Beta Theta Pi fraternities will accept rushees this spring.


    Troutman Says Goodbye to Kenyon, Hello to New Opportunities

    After five years of living and working alongside Kenyon students, Associate Director for Housing and Residential Life Matt Troutman has decided to move on to a bigger city, though he hopes to return in the future.


    Artist Re-Imagines a Classic

    Matt Kish considered his exploration of Captain Ahab's final sea voyage the last great test of his artistic abilities, an all or nothing personal challenge that would determine whether he would ever draw again.

  • New Coach Optimistic for Upcoming Football Season

    The Lords football team welcomed a new head football coach, Chris Monfiletto — known to his players as Coach Mono — last week.

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    Pelotonia Saw a Clear Partner in Kenyon

    One day in late July, three men from the charity bike ride Pelotonia drove into Gambier on a quiet reconnaissance mission.

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    Kathryn Currier, Renaissance Woman, "Kind Soul," Dies Unexpectedly

    A tireless learner, a thoughtful friend and a passionate equestrian, Kathryn Elizabeth Currier, a first-year student, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 8 after falling ill in her room in Lewis Hall.

  • Search for Football Coach Draws 124 Applicants

    Following Ted Stanley's resignation after nine seasons as the Head Coach for football, President S. Georgia Nugent and the Board of Trustees established a committee to find a replacement for the position. The Lords, who are seeking to rebound from two consecutive winless seasons, will meet the new head coach early in the spring semester. In the meantime, the search has received 124 applications to date. 

  • Kenyon Ranked Fifth “Druggiest” Campus in U.S.

    A recent study conducted by the news reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast has given the College a new standing in the world of drug culture: Kenyon has been named the fifth "druggiest college" in America, coming behind Bryant University, Dartmouth College, Denison University and the University of Colorado-Boulder, which earned places fourth through first, respectively.

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  • AIB Infractions Still High

    Kenyon's Academic Infractions Board (AIB) reviewed a record-high 19 cases last year.

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    President's Committee on Arts, Humanities Taps Lynn for Poets Program

    David Lynn, professor of English and editor of The Kenyon Review, is helping put Kenyon on the map.  The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, of which First Lady Michelle Obama is Honorary Chair, chose him to participate in the National Student Poets Program. He was selected based on the recommendation of his friend Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center in the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress.

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    Student Lectureships Hosts Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

    If Buzz Bissinger's Twitter persona is indicative of anything, Kenyon could be in for quite a Thursday night.

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    Student-Professor Collaboration Garners National Attention

    Research in the psychology department has sparked national debate.

    A study co-authored by Professor of Psychology Sarah Murnen, Professor Emerita of Psychology Linda Smolak, Samantha Goodin '10 and Alyssa Van Denburg '12 has recently garnered national media attention, including mentions in Time and The Huffington Post.

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    BFC Funding 2011

    Even the largest student organizations saw their budgets shrink this fall, but the Business and Finance Committee (BFC) allocated over $127,000 to student organizations for the coming semester, meeting 77 percent of budget requests. This figure represents a massive jump from this semester, when they met only 36 percent of requests.

  • Phling Pie Cut Into Small Slices

    Organizations across campus have banded together to win funds previously reserved for Phling.

    After receiving six applications, the Phebruary Phunds Committee announced that collaborative proposals to hold a semi-formal party and to bring rapper Mike Stud and DJ gLAdiator to campus received the $10,000 made available after the cancellation of Philander's Phling.

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    Middle Path To Be Resurfaced

    It took a core-sampling machine to answer the perennial question: does Middle Path need paving?

  • Gender-Neutral Housing Coming This Spring

    In addition to new apartment options, Kenyon students will soon gain an even greater variety of housing opportunities. The College gave gender-neutral housing a try this year, offering students the choice to live with roommates of the opposite gender. Because of its success and an overwhelmingly positive response to discussions regarding this issue, Kenyon will offer gender-neutral housing in many upperclassmen areas next year.

  • Two Arrested in Caples in Drug-Related Incident

    The Knox County Sheriff's Office arrested two men, both non-students, in a "drug-related incident" in Caples Residence Hall last Thursday, Nov. 10, according to Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper.

  • Liberal Arts Grads Satisfied, Research Groups Says

    Kenyon students tend to hope they're getting something more out of their educations, and a new study from the Annapolis Group provides the data to back that hope up.

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    Alumna and Non-Proft CEO Will Deliver Commencement Address

    After more than a year of deliberation, Senior Class President Christian Martínez-Canchola announced last Saturday that Aileen Hefferren '88 will deliver the 2012 commencement address.

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    Senate Review Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Forums invite students to weigh in as the College considers amendments to the misconduct policy.

    Campus Senate opened its quadrennial review of the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy in a forum on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Students and administrators offered insights and concerns for Senate to consider as it updates the policy.

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    Coach Stanley Resigns After 9 Years

    Ted Stanley, who served for nine seasons as Kenyon's Head Football Coach, resigned from the position on Monday, Nov. 14, bringing an end to his career's parabolic trajectory following a 26-7 loss to Denison on Saturday and two consecutive winless seasons.

  • College Expands Institutional Research Position

    The College recently revamped the position of Director of Institutional Research.

  • Forums to Address Sexual Misconduct Policy

    The Sexual Misconduct Policy Review Committee will hold two forums next week to answer questions about Kenyon's current Sexual Misconduct Policy and discuss potential changes.

  • Students Approve Activities Fee Increase

    The student body has passed the Student Activities Fee Referendum, raising the student activities fee from $135 to $150 per semester for the 2012-2013 school year.

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    Election Results

    The following Gambier politicians have won uncontested elections: Kirk Emmert —  Mayor of the Village of Gambier Tom Stamp and J. Kachen Kimmell — Gambier Village Council Doug McLarnan — Township Trustee Martha M. Rambo — Fiscal Officer, College Township The Mount Vernon School Renewal Tax Levy and the College Township Fire Department Tax Levy have both passed.

  • Forum Debates Future of Smoking at Kenyon

    Campus Senate is currently considering a new, less restrictive alternative to last year’s.

    With Campus Senate's current consideration of a smoking ban, many students, faculty and staff have been wondering: should smoking at Kenyon be banned, regulated or left alone?  The Center for the Study of American Democracy sponsored a forum on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Peirce Pub to discuss the issue. The forum included a panel of three students and two faculty members.

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    Nite Bites to Offer New Late-Night Snacking Options for Students

    Hungry, tired students trapped in the library will no longer have to forage in basement vending machines for late-night snacks. Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, Kenyon's own Entrepreneurship Club will open Nite Bites, a late-night food service located in Peirce Pub and operating from approximately 11:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

  • Schools Face Levy and Funding Issues

    In the midst of recent spending cuts for local schools, the upcoming Nov. 8 election will include a renewal levy for Mount Vernon school funding as part of the ballot.

  • Candidate Supports Religion in Schools

    Six Mount Vernon Board of Education candidates will contest three seats in the local election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The candidates, Margie Bennett (incumbent), Jeffrey Cline, Marie Curry, Cheryl Feasel, Jolene Goetzman (incumbent) and Stephen Kelly, are all non-partisan, but some of their campaign promises have become controversial.

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    Kenyon Celebrates the Opening of New Apartments

    Construction on two more North Campus Apartment units ended in time for the trustees’ meeting

    Members of the Board of Trustees, professors, deans, students and President S. Georgia Nugent convened around the new North Campus Apartments this past Friday, Oct. 29 to watch the cutting of the purple ribbon and listen to the vast list of benefits that this new housing option will bring to Kenyon College. 

  • Board of Trustees Preview

    The trustees have an exceptionally full agenda for their October meeting this coming weekend. Rather than tedious negotiations, however, the Board will spend much of its time in celebration.

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    New North Campus Apartments Open

    Two new North Campus Apartment buildings will become available for student housing starting next semester. This addition includes six new apartments, two with four singles and four with one double and two singles. Juniors and seniors, both those on campus and currently abroad, are eligible to apply for these four-person apartments for this spring.

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    Funding for New Student-Run Events Replaces Phling

    Insufficient student involvement in Phling’s planning led to the end of a 16-year tradition.

    One of Kenyon's most popular events may have seen its final days. Philander's Phebruary Phling, at least as students have come to know and love it, is no more, according to Associate Dean of Students Tacci Smith. Since Phling's inception in 1996, its goal has been to provide a student-run escape from the winter weather.

  • Professor McKeown Takes Leave of Absence

    Professor of Political Science Alex McKeown has left the College, and Professors of Political Science Abbie Erler and David Rowe have taken over his classes. "[McKeown] took a leave of absence, and it was the appropriate thing to do," Provost Nayef Samhat said. "The leave is an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons. … He is not scheduled to teach next semester."

  • Middle Path Will Never Be Paved

    Lately, the buckets of rain soaking Middle Path have been making the walkway even more difficult to traverse — large puddles necessitate waterproof footwear or above-average jumping ability. The problems have inspired rumors of the College paving over Middle Path. According to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman, however, drastic change is not in the cards for the beloved pathway. "It's never going to be paved," Kohlman said. "It's a main part of the College."

  • American Red Cross Calls Blood Drive a Success

    Delta Tau Delta has received the results of its latest blood drive, held on Friday, Sept. 30. "We collected 58 units, saving up to 174 lives," Senior Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross Annette Titus said. "Congratulations! You rock," she wrote in an email to Delta Tau Delta Community Service Chair Kris Reslow '13.

  • Mount Vernon Dairy Queen Closes for Unknown Reasons

    The Dairy Queen Grill & Chill at 1600 Coshocton Ave. in Mount Vernon closed recently. Employees of restaurants and stores near the Dairy Queen do not seem to know why it closed, and there is some confusion as to exactly when it closed. It was still open on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Animals Escape from Nearby Farm

    Nearly 50 exotic animals escaped from the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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    Rick Hodes Inspires Students with Stories of Ethiopia

    The speaker addressed the costs and difficulties of medical care from Africa to the U.S. in lectures

    Internal medicine specialist Dr. Rick Hodes spoke at Kenyon on Monday, Oct. 17 about his 20 years in Ethiopia treating patients with ailments including rheumatic and congenital heart disease, tuberculosis and cancer. 

  • Kenyon Moves to Web Registration 10 Years After It Became Available

    Next week, Kenyon will join most other colleges in the nation in switching to online course registration. "I think it is the right decision in the end," Registrar Ellen Harbourt said. "I think we'll have growing pains, but we'll figure it out. I think in a year or two, everyone's going to be like, ‘Wow, we did that on paper?'"

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    College Reviews Football Program

    The administration has formed a committee in reaction to the Lords’ two-year losing streak.

    The 1972 Lords football season was the stuff of football myth: a 7-0-1 record, a shutout over Case Western Reserve University on homecoming weekend. That season, tight end Mike Duffy caught 35 passes for six touchdowns, and in one moment of fourth-quarter magic, after fighting back from 14-0, Giovanni DiLalla booted a 35-yard field goal for the win. But all seasons, even glorious ones, end. Today, Duffy is a lawyer in Chicago, DiLalla sells copiers in Cleveland and the undefeated team they left behind is struggling.


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    Legal Scholar Tackles Sexual Misconduct Policies

    Gill Gualtieri '12 presented her Summer Legal Scholars research project on college sexual misconduct policies on Friday, Oct. 14 to the Kenyon Athletic Center theatre. Gualtieri's project was entitled "Writing Sexual Misconduct: Articulation, Enforcement, and Revision Pattern for Sexual Misconduct Policies at GLCA Institutions as Related to State Laws." The College is a member of the GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) and its sexual misconduct policy is due for review by the Campus Senate this year.

  • Students Lose Hot Water

    Last week's steam shutdown had south campus residents nervous about their hot water supply. Some students lost hot water temporarily, but the repairs went smoothly, according to Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Gregory Widener.

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    “Everyone is Gay” Founders Advocate for LGBTQ Rights

    "This is a safe space, you guys," read the stickers promoted by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid, founders of the website Everyone is Gay. The pair handed out its own variation of the "safe space" stickers distributed by the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) when the two spoke in Peirce Pub on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to an overflowing crowd.

  • Henry’s Plans to Reopen After Facing Health Violations

    The Mount Vernon Indian restaurant closed when it failed a health and fire safety inspection.

    Henry's Copper Curry was closed on Friday, Sept. 30 after an annual health and fire safety inspection revealed several violations. Though the Curtis Inn that houses Henry's is under state jurisdiction, the Mount Vernon Fire Department and the Knox County Health Department were included in the inspection.

  • Government at Work

    Forum discusses the role of local politics.

    Last night, the Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Rural Life Center cosponsored a local politics forum in the Gund Gallery Auditorium. Featured speakers at "Democracy and Local Politics in Knox County" included Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, Gambier Mayor Kirk Emmert, Knox County Commissioner Teresa Bemiller, and Knox County Democratic Party Chair Meg Galipault.

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    Kenyon Becomes Movie Set Again

    The first morning of October Break is usually a quiet time for Gambier, but shouts of "camera, speed, action!" resonated across campus this past Thursday, Oct. 6. Old Fashioned, an independent film based in nearby New Philadelphia, Ohio, spent the morning filming several brief scenes at Kenyon with about a dozen students and staff participating as extras.

  • AVI Chef Leaves for New Position

    Executive Sous Chef Jake Owen has been promoted to Executive Chef in Charleston, W. Va. and will soon be leaving Kenyon.

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    Lawrence Lessig Accuses U.S. Congress of Corruption

    American political activist and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig stressed the need for a constitutional convention to address rampant congressional corruption during his speech at Kenyon on Tuesday, Sept. 27

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    Robert Rubin Discusses Troy Davis and Voting Rights

    Guest speaker Robert Rubin advocated for full voting rights and equal opportunities for all in his lecture, "Civil Rights in the Post-Obama Era," at Kenyon this past Thursday, Sept. 22.

  • Ralph Lauren Removes Tie from Website

        Ralph Lauren has not yet contacted the College about the alleged use of the Kenyon shield on the clothing company's "Eating Club University Tie," according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman ("Kenyon May Enter Lawsuit with Ralph Lauren," Sept.

  • Stolen Computer Returns to Campus

    The computer taken from a construction trailer on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 20 is no longer missing ("Theft in Bolton Theater," Sept. 22, 2011). A Knox County Sheriff's deputy found the computer on Lower Gambier Rd. and returned it to the College, according to Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper.

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    Panel Addresses Political and Personal Immigration Issues

    Kenyon has been buzzing with talk of the arrest and possible deportation of Kenyon alumnus Marco Saavedra '11. In light of the situation and in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Martin Luther King Day of Dialogue Planning Committee and ADELANTE sponsored a panel on Thursday, Sept. 22 called "Talking Immigration: Personal, National, Institutional Perspectives."

  • Delta Tau Delta Blood Drives Begin

    Delta Tau Delta will hold its first American Red Cross blood drive of the year on Friday, Sept. 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Gund Commons. Students can sign up in Peirce Atrium this week from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily, according to Delta Tau Delta Community Service Chair Kris Reslow '13.

  • Kenyon Earns "Artistic Colleges" Rating

    The Daily Beast, a website affiliated with Newsweek magazine, recently ranked Kenyon 12th on its list of the 25 most "artistic" colleges. Rankings were determined based on data from CollegeBoard, according to The Daily Beast website. The website states that only "selective schools," meaning "four-year schools that admit less than 50 percent of applicants," were considered.

  • Senate Reconsiders Campus Smoking Ban Proposal

    Former Campus Senate Co-Chair Gavin McGimpsey '11 proposed a campus-wide smoking ban to Senate last semester. Thanks to the surrounding controversy, however, the proposal was tabled until now.


  • Kenyon Admissions Process Favors Men

    In a 2006 New York Times op-ed, Jennifer Delahunty, Kenyon's dean of admissions, wrote, "two-thirds of colleges and universities report that they get more female than male applicants, and more than 56 percent of undergraduates nationwide are women." There are more men than women at Kenyon. And while the College has maintained a female-to-male ratio of 53 to 47 since 2008, today, nearly 60 percent of all undergraduates across America are women.

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    Peirce May Run Out of Cups

    The College has decided to not buy more plastic cups.

    Every year students take plates and plastic cups out of Peirce Hall, and every year the College pays to replenish the supply. Starting this year, however, when the cups disappear, the College will no longer replace them, according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman.

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    Journalist Robin Wright Discusses Islamic Rebellions


    Robin Wright, the first speaker in this year's faculty lectureship series, gave a presentation at Rosse Hall titled "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."

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  • Student Suspected of Setting Fire in Mather Residence Hall

    First Year Allegedly Ignites Dorm Posters, Suspended on Arson Charges

    The Mather Residence Hall was evacuated due to "deliberately set" fires at 12:29 a.m. Oct. 8, according to an email sent from Campus Safety later that day. The primary suspect, Joey Allen '14, a McBride resident, was apprehended by Safety officers in the McBride common room at approximately 1:24 a.m. He was taken away in a golf cart to the Office of Campus Safety for questioning. The Knox County Sherriff's report alleges that he was arrested At 2:03 a.m and was jailed on charges of arson, inducing panic and marijuana possession.

  • Wellness and Fire Department Gain Division Housing

    For the first time, Greek life is not synonymous with division housing on the Kenyon campus. After a long tenancy in themed housing, students who are a part of Wellness and the College Township Fire Department have received division-housing status through the Board of Division Housing.

  • South Campus May Face Hot Water Outage in October

    Steam will be in short supply on south campus from Oct. 5 through Oct. 9. The life cycle of the piping system for south campus is nearing its completion, so steam must be shut down while necessary repairs take place. The shutdown will reduce hot water and building heat in the residences of Hanna, Manning, Leonard,Bushnell and Old Kenyon.

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    Archons at the BFEC

    Over 20 members of the Archon Society weeded the strawberry patch and cleared trails at the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) for their biannual BFEC volunteer day last Saturday, Sept. 17.

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    U Car Offers New Rental Service

    Now, the wide world of rural Ohio is accessible even to those Kenyon students without their own car. U Car Share will now provide a Ford Focus or a Nissan Cube for trips to Mount Vernon or Columbus.

  • Underage Students Receive Citations at Hospital

    Contrary to popular belief, underage students who seek help through the Good Samaritan Policy may face punishment under Ohio law.

  • Theft in Bolton Theater

    Five computers are missing from Kenyon’s campus as of Tuesday night.

    Four computers from Bolton Theater design studio and a laptop from a construction trailer were stolen during the night of Tuesday, Sept. 20, according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman.

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    Kenyon May Enter Lawsuit with Ralph Lauren

    Alumni noticed similarities between a tie from Ralph Lauren’s Rugby Collection and Kenyon's shield.

    Kenyon will soon begin legal proceedings with the Ralph Lauren clothing company in response to its alleged use of the Kenyon seal on its "Eating Club University Tie," according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman. "It seems fairly evident to me that it's the same shield," he said.


  • SAO Spends $40k on New Website

    The Student Activities Office adopted OrgSync, a new web system chosen to replace Community.

    Using funds raised through the Student Activities Fee, the Student Activities Office spent $40,000 on a three-year contract with OrgSync, a website designed to manage student organizations.

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    Alumnus Saavedra Released from Jail

    Marco Saavedra '11 was released from jail last Thursday, Sept. 8 after his arrest in Charlotte, N.C. As part of a protest against several recent policies affecting immigration enforcement, he publicly revealed himself as an undocumented immigrant.

  • AIB Hears Record Number of Cases

    Last year, a total of 19 students faced charges of academic infractions.

    Professors begin each year by urging students to respect academic integrity. This year, however, many of their usual speeches were accompanied by warnings about last year's record-high number of Academic Infractions Board (AIB) cases.

  • Shuttle Hours Reduced

    On Sunday, Sept. 4, the Student Council voted to suspend operation of the shuttle on Mondays on a trial basis. This decision means that, beginning in October, the shuttle will run only three days a week.

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    Nugent Reflects on Memories of 9/11 at Campus Forum

    "I have never spoken publicly about this before," began President S. Georgia Nugent at Sunday's 9/11 Personal Reflections discussion in Peirce Pub. "My husband, Tom Scherer, was in Tower Two … when the planes hit."

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    Bikes Taken

    On Monday, Sept. 12, Village of Gambier officials cut locks and confiscated  three bikes that were locked to signposts around town.  According to a long-standing village ordinance, the Village can confiscate bikes found in these areas and bring them to the Village Garage.

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    Kenyon Librarian Wins Information Technology Award

    Meghan Frazer, digital resource librarian, has worked to tell the untold stories of blacks in Knox County to a largely white Kenyon population.

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    Update: Saavedra on his protest and his arrest

     Marco Saavedra '11 talks about his arrest in Charlotte, North Carolina after he revealed he was an undocumented immigrant during a protest there last week.

  • The Kenyon Review Offers New Writing Scholarship

    This year, thanks to a generous contribution by an anonymous donor, Kenyon will begin offering a merit-based writing scholarship aimed at attracting some of the nation's best young writers.

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    Kenyon Grant Creates Center for Innovative Pedagogy

    In the past, many faculty members have felt Kenyon lacked inter-departmental discussions about teaching, according to Center for Innovative Pedagogy (CIP) Director Joseph Murphy.  "People felt we weren't setting aside enough time specifically for sharing expertise or concerns," he said. "The Center is primarily designed to address that hunger to learn more about teaching and learning, at Kenyon and in the larger education community."

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    Origin of Kenyon’s Torah in Question

    Rabbi Menachem Youlus called himself the "Jewish Indiana Jones," but he may be little more than a charlatan. Youlus' "Save a Torah" organization claimed to have spent thousands of dollars recovering and restoring Torahs that had been taken from Jewish communities during the Holocaust. One of these "recovered" scrolls was purchased by Kenyon parents Michael and Deborah Salzberg, who donated it to the College in the fall of 2007. At the time, Kenyon Hillel Director Marc Bragin told the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin that this scroll was a "story of survival."

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    Banned Blood Protest Energizes Kenyon Students

    Whether you have type O, A or B blood, the Red Cross wants and needs it. After all, a pint of blood can save three lives.

    Why, then, were 11 people — 33 saved lives — turned away from Kenyon's perennial spring blood drive, on Friday Feb. 25 in Gund Commons? Ali Thieman '13 presided over a protest in the entryway of Gund Ballroom to raise awareness of this very issue.

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    The Right to Choose Starts with the Walk for Choice

    Kenyon students participate in a wide variety of activities, including those that are typical of "the college experience" — attending fraternity parties and lectures by guest speakers — as well as those that are somewhat less common. (Raccoon dinner, anyone?)


  • Lecture on Swedish Health Care Emphasizes Need for Change in America

    While the debates over health care policy rage on in Washington, D.C., some of the issues posed by legislators were brought to Kenyon on Monday night, Feb. 28. 

  • Teacher

    Professor Ahmet T. Karamustafa On Sufism

    Professor Ahmet T. Karamustafa came to campus last Thursday, Feb. 24 to speak on "Musicians of the Soul: Mevlana Rumi and the Mevlevi order" as the first in a series of lectures about Sufi mysticism.

  • NCTeaser

    North Campus Housing Application Requires Minimum GPA, Good Judicial Standing

    Despite the bitter winter and the seemingly permanent construction zones between Bexley Apartments and Caples Hall, the wait is finally over. Kenyon's newest housing project, the aptly named North Campus Apartments,

  • Phone

    SMA Hotline Gains Temporary Funding

    Kenyon's Sexual Misconduct Advisors announced their new anonymous hotline on Tuesday, Feb. 8, with the goal of making advice and consultation more comfortable and accessible.

  • Rural Life Center Sponsors Talks

    The Feb. 10 common hour event "Wild in the Kitchen" was the first of three conversations in Professor of Sociology and Director of the Rural Life Center Howard Sacks' Visits program.

  • Sendoff

    Administration Considers Changes to Sendoff, Party Policy

    Summer Sendoff: most Kenyon students would agree that it is one of the most enjoyable days of the year. But it is also inarguably one of the drunkest — a full day of drinking on South Quad, followed by an evening dancing to an expensive band. But all of that might change soon.

  • Cove

    Gambier Grill and Village Market Scrutinized by Sheriff’s Office

    Knox County Sheriff's Officers conducted a surprise ID check on the night of Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Gambier Grill, according to eyewitnesses and the owner of the establishment, Andy Durbin.

  • Panel Discusses Egypt in Tumult

    "There are a number of futures open to the Egyptian people," Professor of International Studies David Rowe told a standing-room only crowd of students and faculty interested in better navigating the mass protests in Egypt. Rowe moderated the faculty-led "Egypt in Tumult" panel on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Peirce Lounge.

  • Trustees Approve Apt. Locks

    Last Friday, Feb. 4, the Kenyon Board of Trustees approved the College's budget for 2012, along with several other projects, including a plan to update the locks on apartment-style campus housing.

  • Library Hosts Community Events

    The library is partnering with Wellness Housing and the Kenyon Film Society to host its second game night of the school year on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Game Night is another initiative the library has carried out to improve the use of Olin and Chalmers facilities.

  • Bookstore Implements New Textbook Policy

    Late last semester, Bookstore Manager Jim Huang sent an email advising students of changes to the Bookstore's textbook system that would begin after winter break. With the start of classes a few weeks ago, these new policies, which include online K-Card use, electronic textbooks and rental options, are now in effect.

  • Ice Storm

    Ice Storm Cuts Electricity for 13 Hours

    Last Wednesday, Feb. 2, Kenyon experienced a blackout rivaling the fabled September blackout of '08, which many juniors and seniors still remember fondly.

  • Kenyon Student Arrested on Theft Charges

    Cash and Property Stolen From Multiple First-Years

    Michael C. Morales '14, of Miami, Fla., was arrested Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 by the Knox County Sheriff's Office and charged with one count of felony burglary in the string of robberies that struck the first-year quad in the early hours of Saturday, Jan. 22.

  • Market John

    Former Village Market Employee Arrested over Threats to Students

    John Freeman, Gambier resident, former employee of the Village Market and familiar face to many students, was arrested in December after threatening to shoot Kenyon students so that police would shoot him.

  • Construct

    North Campus Housing to be Completed by Fall 2011

    Art History Bulding, Other Campus Construction Projects Also On Track For Fall Completion

    Despite the challenges posed by winter weather, the College's three main construction projects are all proceeding well and on schedule, according to Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman.

  • Polar Plunge

    "Freezing for a Reason": Beer & Sex Sponsors Second Annual Polar Plunge

    Nearly 200 members of the Kenyon community "plunged" into the Kokosing River for the second annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, an event planned by Kenyon's student-run Beer and Sex program.

  • MLK Day of Dialogue Promotes Awareness

    Kenyon College students and faculty gathered in Brandi Recital Hall to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a Day of Dialogue at 4:10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

  • Dorm Locks: What You Need To Know

    In addition to other recent security changes, UPS, FedEx and other private carriers are no longer able to deliver packages to residence halls.

  • Santa

    Santa's at the Bookstore

    The Mount Vernon Players came to Kenyon on Dec. 14, 2010, to spread holiday cheer at the College Bookstore. The Players read four classic Christmas stories out loud to local children — and even to some Kenyon students.

  • Door Locks

    Residence Halls Will be Locked 24/7 Under New Policy

    President Georgia Nugent sent an e-mail to students, parents, faculty and staff on Nov. 30 announcing that residence halls will be locked and will require K-Card access 24/7 beginning next semester.


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