Kenyon in the News 2010
A story in the Los Angeles Times, published on December 31, 2010, about Neanderthals enjoying a diverse diet with plants included comments by Bruce Hardy, associate professor of anthropology. Hardy, who was not involved in the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provided perspective. "We've painted a pretty unrealistic picture of Neanderthals as dimwitted," he said. "For some 200,000 years in Europe, they were really successful. They were prospering." The story was also published in the Chicago Tribune; Daily Herald of Everett, Washington; Hartford (Connecticut) Courant; Sacramento (California) Bee; and Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington.
A mentoring program at Amherst Regional High School in Massachusetts included Peter Johnson '10, who joined a panel of other alumni from the high school to discuss applications, financial aid, and standardized tests. He was mentioned in a story published on December 31, 2010, in the Amherst Bulletin. "Those things stick better when you're hearing them from your peers as opposed to your parents or professors or counselors," Johnson said.
The St. Louis (Missouri) Post-Dispatch reported the shooting of Mylin Johnson '96 on a St. Louis street on December 30, 2010. Johnson, who survived, was shot in the chest and suffered a collapsed lung after he tried to drive around a car that was blocking the street, police said. Two suspects were being sought. The newspaper noted that Johnson played football at Kenyon and called him a "popular teacher and sports coach" at John Burroughs School. The head of schools at Burroughs said, "He's really one of the most beloved teachers and coaches at Burroughs. He's so deeply respected. He's one of the most selfless people."
Kegan Borland '10 was hired as the interim swimming team coach at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, according to a December 23, 2010, story posted at www.yourfoxchapel.com. A four-year swimmer and former team captain at Kenyon, Borland said, "I will bring a lot what I have learned in the pool." The selection of Borland as coach was also reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Winning the Audience Choice Award at the Denise Ragan Wiesenmeyer One-Act Festival in Los Angeles brought Wendy MacLeod, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and professor of drama, attention in a theater blog posted at the Web site of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on December 21, 2010. Her play was Undescended. MacLeod described the play as a dark comedy "that challenges us to question the notion of gender identity."
Unbroken, the account of Olympics runner Louis Zamperini who was a prisoner of war during World War II, has brought more acclaim to Laura Hillenbrand 1989. Hillenbrand, also the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome. "I love to write about individuals who lived lives full of motion because this illness leaves me trapped in stillness," she told Sports Illustrated for a story published on December 20, 2010. She played tennis obsessively at Kenyon, she told the magazine, and, "I miss sports every day." Other media mentions include:
- A review in the New York Times called Hillenbrand "a muscular, dynamic storyteller" who based her work on a "bang-up research job."
- Zamperini told USA Today, "Her suffering made her able to relate to what I went through in prison ... She puts her heart into her books."
- Hillenbrand told the Wall Street Journal, "Louie blows breath into people by making them realize that they can overcome more than they think."
- A story in the Washington Post called the relationship between Hillenbrand and her husband, Borden Flanagan '87, "a tremendous love story." The story was also published in the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah.
- Hillenbrand discussed her book on the NBC Today Show.
U.S. District Judge Kate O'Malley '79 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, WKYC TV reported on December 22, 2010. She was appointed to the district court by President Bill Clinton in 1994. "Her distinguished career pursuing justice based on the merits and devoid of ideology or hidden agenda will bring an important new voice to the court," U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said.
Leopoldo Lopez '93 was central to a Washington Post column on the chances for democratic change in Venezuela by the 2012 presidential election. The column, published on December 20, 2010, said Lopez "may be (Hugo) Chavez's most formidable opponent." Lopez is optimistic for peaceful change in the country where he served as a district mayor in Caracas. "We are in the best circumstances in the last twelve years to carry out this change," Lopez said. He was described variously as charismatic, brassy, and "a telegenic graduate of Kenyon College ... who embraces a center-left agenda." The column was also published in the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Tribune-Review and posted at www.globovision.com and www.estado.com.
The run of thirty-one consecutive men's swimming championships was ranked third on a list of "great streaks in college sports" as listed on bleacherreport.com on December 20, 2010. The Kenyon run of titles placed ahead of what became a ninety-game winning streak by the University of Connecticut women's basketball team.
The Financial Times published a profile of social entrepreneur Tamsin Smith '88 on December 17, 2010. The former president of (RED), a business development initiative spearheaded by rock musician Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise money for women and children with AIDS, now heads the consulting company SlipStream Strategy from her home office in San Francisco. "The power is the capacity to believe and make others believe in their ability to do amazing things," she said.
A Grammy Awards nomination in the category of Best Musical Album for Children has put the media spotlight on kiddie rocker Justin Roberts '92. On December 16, 2010, the Chicago Tribune published a profile on Roberts, including his Kenyon roots. His seventh album, Jungle Gym, earned the Grammy nod, which was "a total shock," according to Roberts. The story noted that Roberts enjoys a "national cheering section" with comparisons to James Taylor. "If Bruce Springsteen is telling a story of a blue-collar worker ... he's getting inside his head," Roberts said. "I think the process is very similar: believing in your characters." The story was also published by the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch; Hartford (Connecticut) Courant; Ledger-Inquirer of Columbus, Georgia; Miami (Florida) Herald; Modesto (California) Bee; Republic of Phoenix, Arizona; State of Columbia, South Carolina; and Telegraph of Macon, Georgia, among others.
Associate Professor of History Glenn McNair was the subject of a feature profile in the Savannah (Georgia) Morning News on December 12, 2010. McNair, a Savannah native, was recently named editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly. McNair told the newspaper he left a career in law enforcement because he was "looking for something else to give me intellectual stimulation." He also revealed that he listens to the music of Earth, Wind & Fire every day.
The artistic director of the Key City Public Theatre, Denise Winter '87, was the subject of a profile published on December 12, 2010, in the Peninsula Daily News of Port Angeles, Washington. Winter is the former production stage manager of the touring Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Her goal is to take the local theater company toward professional and regional status. "We have a huge opportunity," she said. "To me, it is all about inclusivity and creating real jobs for artists."
The humanitarian work of Kenyon parent Rick Hodes in Ethiopia attracted the attention of the Denver Post and led to a story published on December 9, 2010. Hodes, medical director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was the subject of an HBO documentary earlier this year. He has adopted five Ethiopian orphans, including Addisu Hodes '14.
A plea for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), written by a Kenyon student identified only as Marco, was posted as a blog by the online Washington Post on December 7, 2010. Marco tells the story of his early life, including his birth "on the dirt floor of my grandmother's house," in Mexico and the journey of his parents to the United States as undocumented immigrants. The DREAM Act would provide a pathway to legal residence for undocumented youth. "We believe the time has come for us to be out of the shadows," Marco wrote. The bill was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives later that month.
Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, was a guest on "All Sides with Ann Fisher" on WOSU Radio in Columbus, Ohio, on November 23, 2010. She discussed aspects of college admissions and I'm Going to College—Not You!, a book of essays on the subject that she edited and to which she contributed. "It's really important for parents and students to talk about their roles," she said. "I thought I knew everything. Of course your children teach you quickly that you don't know anything."
A list of "particularly creative" college-essay prompts posted at www.huffingtonpost.com on November 19, 2010, included this one from Kenyon: "Along the edge of ancient maps it used to say: 'Here there be monsters.' What does it say at the edge of your map, and why does it say that?"
An update on the country-music career of Ty Stone (aka Ryan Van Over '98) was published on November 18, 2010, in the Detroit (Michigan) News. Stone is a musical protégé of Kid Rock and a "fixture in Kid Rock's circle." Stone's debut album is expected to be released in 2011. Career success has been a "long slog" for Stone, the newspaper reported, and has included national concert tours as an opening act. "I feel like it's finally about me as an artist," he said, "and I'm finally getting comfortable in my own skin."
A column published on November 18, 2010, by the Boston Globe centered on Jenna Blum '92 and her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers.
Kenyon was included on a list of thirty-two colleges and universities that are successful at making junior faculty feel welcome on campus, according to a report based on a survey by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard University, the Chronicle of Higher Education and www.insidehighered.com reported on November 15, 2010.
The announcement of novelist Jonathan Franzen as the speaker at Kenyon's 183rd Commencement on May 21, 2011, was reported by the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on November 15, 2010.
An on-air panel of experts hosted by the BBC World Service radio program "Africa Have Your Say" included Ennis Edmonds, associate professor of religious studies, on November 10, 2010. Edmonds discussed perceptions of Rastafari in Africa and shared the religious movement's cultural and political significance.
The Record-Courier of Ravenna, Ohio, reported on November 4, 2010, that an oil painting by Mary Defer '14 was selected by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for inclusion in a year-long exhibit in the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. The painting is one of forty-four pieces of art selected from about 700 from around the country.
An Ohio election analysis published on November 4, 2010, by the Plain Dealer of Cleveland included comments by Pamela Camerra-Rowe, associate professor of political science, who said that the expected Congressional redistricting could have a long-term effect on the state. Changes in favor of the Republican Party make "it hard to predict whether Ohio is going to remain a bellwether state," she said.
"The Choice" blog on higher education in the online New York Times, posted on November 4, 2010, included insights from Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, on completing the Common Application. The column focus was on blank fields set aside for extracurricular activities and work experience. Delahunty said applicants should not feel obliged to fill in the dozen blank fields. "We'd rather see a student who has been engaged over a couple of years in an activity rather than someone who goes to twelve different meetings in a month and doesn't really dig deep into one activity." The advice was repeated in "The Learning Network" blog on the online Times on November 8.
The Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal published a profile of casting director Paul Schnee '88 on November 7, 2010. Schnee is a partner in the New York City-based Barden/Schnee Casting Inc. Schnee has helped cast a number of films, including Winter's Bone and Monster's Ball. "It really just clicked for me and seemed to be something I had a knack for and enjoyed—reading a lot of scripts and responding to material," he said. Schnee did some acting in Kenyon productions while studying English literature and drama, he told the newspaper.
Two works by sculptor Peter Woytuk '80 were added to the University of Kentucky outdoor sculpture garden, according to a report posted at www.usagnet.com on November 5, 2010. Woytuk was previously described by the International Herald Tribune as "the greatest animal sculptor of the Western world in the closing years of the 20th century."
The missing-persons saga that unfolded in Knox County led to Kenyon media mentions by dozens of news outlets, starting on November 12 and continuing for days. A vehicle owned by one of the missing persons was found near the Brown Family Environmental Center. An Associated Press story was published around the country. News outlets that mentioned Kenyon in this context included, among others, the Atlanta (Georgia) Journal-Constitution; CBS News; Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press; Chicago Tribune; CNN; Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Denver (Colorado) Post; Fox News; the Guardian of London, United Kingdom; Houston (Texas) Chronicle; Huffington Post; KESQ-TV of Palm Springs, California; http://maximumedge.com; http://onenewsnow.com; the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio; Puerto Rico Daily Sun of San Juan; St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press; Sarasota (Florida) Herald Tribune, Texarkana (Texas) Gazette; Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator; WABC-TV (New York City); WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio); WSYX-TV (Columbus, Ohio); WGA-TV of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Time magazine online (http://www.time.com).
New York Times columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins, who share "The Conversation" blog at opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com, addressed college choice and government service on November 10, 2010, and praised Kenyon along the way. Brooks said, "One of the best college visits I ever had was at Kenyon College in Ohio. Maybe it was chance, but I ran into a bunch of cracklingly intelligent students who talked energetically out of class about the subjects they were talking about in class." Collins responded: "Some of my best friends are students at Kenyon. For true."
Kenyon was ranked 29th in the 2010 list of "best values in private colleges" published in the December issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
The Norwich (Connecticut) Bulletin, on November 3, 2010, reported the re-election of State Representative Melissa Olson '92, a Democrat. She is a lawyer. "Olson has been a staunch defender of children's rights and an advocate for health care in the state," the newspaper said.
Long lines at the Union Station polling place in Seattle, Washington, drew the attention of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in a story posted online on November 2, 2010. While waiting, Sara Murdock '05 recalled her experience of waiting in line for more than four hours to vote in the 2004 presidential election in Gambier. "It's democracy in action," she told the newspaper. "That's really cheesy, but it's true."
A pre-election profile of candidates included mention of George Kaitsa '67, a Republican candidate for Delaware (Ohio) County auditor, in the November 1, 2010, edition of ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Kaitsa was appointed to the job in 2009. He is a former finance director for Franklin County, Ohio, and a former chief financial officer for the Ohio Department of Development. Kaitsa won the election.
The book Common As Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership continues to generate media attention for author Lewis Hyde, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. Reviews and mentions include:
- On October 2, 2010, the Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland, said that Hyde "has been tracing the relationship between artistic practice and commercial concerns." The book "distinguishes itself by taking on the mantle of civic republicanism."
- In a column analyzing the nature of copying and copyright, published on October 17, the Chronicle of Higher Education said that Hyde is "on the side of those who believe in a 'cultural commons' where intellectual property is less estate and more park."
- The Los Angeles Times, on October 31, said that Hyde's "penetrating new book" draws the conclusion that "copyright and patent protections have gotten out of control." Hyde's work is "informative and troubling."
A preview of the Kenyon Review Literary Festival was published in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on October 31, 2010, including comments from David Lynn '76, editor of the Kenyon Review and professor of English. The story noted the role played by the Kenyon Review in the early career of W.S. Merwin, poet laureate of the United States, who will visit the festival as the recipient of the 2010 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. "Part of the joy is that ongoing connection," Lynn said. "He's obviously a national figure, and, in a lot of ways, a national treasure." The Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal also published an advance story on the festival.
A story about the theft of library books from colleges and universities was published on October 30, 2010, in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and included a reference to the theft of more than 200 books and papers from the Kenyon library about ten years ago. Some of the books were sold online, and the library was tipped about the thefts by a collector. "Conscientious buyers are the best friends we have when catching stolen books," said Joseph Murphy, director of information resources. The story was posted at www.bookpublisherblog.com.
An exhibit by artist Michael Johnston '68, P'02 at the Franklin Gallery in Rochester, New Hampshire, was spotlighted by the Rochester Citizen on October 28, 2010. Johnston's brush-and-ink drawings were described as "finely wrought, exquisitely detailed and full of quietly articulated emotion." He found his medium after buying Chinese calligraphy tools in Vietnam. "I was thrilled by the deep blacks and the way the brush responded to gesture," he said. His drawings have appeared in a number of textbooks.
Sally M. Baird '86, a candidate for re-election to the Arlington (Virginia) County School Board, was the subject of an election profile in the Washington Post on October 28, 2010. "My record demonstrates I bring people together, find common ground and build consensus," she said. Baird is a senior business analyst for the Bureau of National Affairs. Baird won the election.
I'm Going to College—Not You!, a book of essays edited by Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, was reviewed on The Choice, the New York Times education blog. The book was described as "a sympathetic, smart companion that suggests a sense of solidarity with stressed-out parents." Delahunty contributed an essay, co-written by her daughter Emma Britz '08. The review was also published by the Star-Banner of Ocala, Florida.
Wall Street Journal writer Ralph Gardner Jr. described his weekend visit with his daughter Lucy Gardner '11 during Family Weekend in a column published on October 26, 2010. "That Lucy's a senior, and knowing that this was her last parents weekend, added a certain poignancy to the occasion," he wrote. He added that "the weather was mild and Kenyon was recently named one of the most beautiful campuses ... by Forbes.com."
Kenyon ranked third among U.S. baccalaureate institutions in the number (twelve) of J. William Fulbright Fellowship winners it produced for 2010-11, according to a report published on October 24, 2010, in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Gloucester (New Jersey) County Times published a profile of Mark Packer '81 on October 21, 2010. Packer is the executive director of Appel Farm Arts and Music Center. Packer was described as a "fund-raising buzz saw." He told the newspaper, "The experience young people have here is gaining the ability to express creativity while learning more about themselves through the arts. They become more self-confident people."
New York magazine, on October 19, 2010, published a list of the "ten most ridiculous-sounding math classes currently offered at liberal-arts colleges." Kenyon's "Models of Life" was No. 6. The magazine included a catalog quote: "How can you model the growth of a tree? How do sunflowers and seashells grow?"
Bruce Hardy, associate professor of anthropology, was quoted at www.nature.com in a story posted on October 18, 2010, about the discovery of flour residue on grinding stones in Europe from about 30,000 years ago, well before the dawn of agriculture. Hardy told Nature, "This is not isolated to a small group of people. It's a regular part of subsistence for humans," he said. "If you get that much meat in your diet not balanced out with other nutrients, you get protein poisoning." The comment was picked up by Discover magazine and posted online on October 19.
Kenyon's rank of 43 in the Collegiate Power Rankings created by the collegiate athletic recruitment firm NCSA Athletic Recruiting was reported by Business First of Columbus, Ohio, on October 18, 2010. The rankings are based on academic stature and the strength of athletic programs. "Parents with smart, athletic trophy kids may want to take a look at a new study that ranks brainy schools such as Kenyon College ... above sports powerhouse Ohio State University," the story said. The Business Courier of Cincinnati, Ohio, also published the story. Kenyon's ranking was the highest in Ohio, and the College placed 26th among Division III colleges.
A list of the top 100 colleges and universities ranked by the cost of tuition plus room and board placed Kenyon ($48,920) 96th. The list was posted on October 18, 2010, at www.campusgrotto.com.
A campaign appearance by President Barack Obama on the campus of the Ohio State University attracted a number of Kenyon students, the Toledo (Ohio) Blade reported on October 17, 2010. Carl Crow '14 of Mercer Island, Washington, attended the rally and said he would vote in his first election on November 2. "We've been languishing for eight years, and people sort of expected Obama to fix it right away," he said. "He's done a great job, but obviously we still have problems." Robert Brown, associate director of admissions, also attended the rally and said, "You don't see the national media ... talking about the progress Democratic administrations have made, only their trials and tribulations." Crow was also quoted in a Gannett News Service story about young voters dated October 23, 2010, and published in the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette, the Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune, and the Zanesville (Ohio) Times Recorder, among others.
Jamie Smith '99 was appointed director of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to a story in the Cypress Times, an online news source, on October 12, 2010. Smith had previously worked as communications director for U.S. Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV, D-West Virginia.
A story about high-achieving twins Simon Hoellerbauer '14 and Jakob Hoellerbauer of Delaware, Ohio, was published on October 12, 2010, in Suburban News Publications outlets in Columbus, Ohio. Jakob set a record for amassing Advance Placement credits at Olentangy High School, with fifteen. Simon finished with fourteen. The twins were co-valedictorians of their class. Olentangy Principal Tom McDonnel said, "They made being smart a cool thing to be in this school."
Singer-songwriter Zak Morgan '94 was a feature subject in the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer on October 10, 2010. He was described as a "rising star" among musicians who perform for children and embrace music that can be appreciated by adults. "His real talent is a delightful knack for quirky word play," the story said. Morgan observed, "I think that there are parents out there yearning for music that is intelligent and wholesome that they can share with their children."
An October 10, 2010, column in the Chronicle of Higher Education examined a new emphasis on campus creativity. Kenyon and its peers in the Five Colleges of Ohio were mentioned in the context of faculty members working together to develop rubrics for teaching and evaluating creativity, thanks to a Teagle Foundation grant.
A profile of John O'Hara '06 was published in the Boston Globe on October 10, 2010. O'Hara is linked with the founding of the Tea Party movement. "It wasn't until he went to Kenyon College ... and began writing for a conservative magazine, the Kenyon Observer, that O'Hara honed the voice he would later use to excoriate liberal commentators," the story said. "If you come out a libertarian or a conservative from that sort of environment, you don't do it without questioning things and having to defend it," O'Hara said of his Kenyon years.
A post-World War II memoir, Bremerhaven, by former Kenyon provost Bruce Haywood was reviewed in a story posted on October 8, 2010, at ReviewAtlas.com. He was a member of a British intelligence team and was assigned to work with American intelligence officers. He helped track down Nazi war criminals and fugitives. Haywood taught German for twenty-seven years at Kenyon and is also a former president of Monmouth College. "I was given from my American colleagues a vision of freedom and citizenship that England had not granted me," he said.
The Penarth Times of Penarth, South Wales, United Kingdom, reported on October 7, 2010, that Tom Gebhard '10 has joined the Penarth Lacrosse Club as lacrosse development officer. He will direct the club's schools program.
U.S. Representative Zack Space '83, a Democrat who represents the 18th District in Ohio, including Gambier, was mentioned in a Kenyon context in a number of publications as he fought for re-election. The Examiner of San Francisco, California, on October 4, 2010, said Space serves a largely Republican district and that "Republicans grudgingly describe Space as charismatic, likable, and skilled at constituent services." Space was also interviewed by the Times Reporter of Dover and New Philadelphia, Ohio, for a story published on October 2, 2010. Space lost the election.
Broadwayworld.com, on October 3, 2010, reported that Stephen Ellis '08 is part of the cast in the premiere production of The Coward at The Duke theater in New York City. His training was attributed to Kenyon and the National Theater Institute.
Actor's Express, in Atlanta, Georgia, opened the play Albatross, by Lee Nowell '92, in October, according to a story posted at atlanta.broadwayworld.com on October 1, 2010. Nowell is an actor and director in the Atlanta theater community. Actor's Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley said Nowell "understands character and dialogue very intuitively and is incredibly smart."
The New York Times, on September 29, 2010, profiled Catherine D. Elkies '87, a senior vice president and director of private and corporate collections for Christie's Americas. She specializes in the acquisition and marketing of celebrity memorabilia. Her most memorable auction? Eric Clapton's guitars. "He was there, watching from a skybox," she said. "The next day he sent me roses and a nice note. What a sweetheart."
Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, was quoted in a story on gender balance published by Newsweek Education (http://education.newsweek.com) on September 29, 2010. Delahunty's 2006 column in the New York Times brought widespread attention to the issue of men being outnumbered in college applications and the possible negative effect on female applicants. "I was awash in molten reaction when it came out," she said. "And I keep hearing about it ... I told the truth and struck a nerve, I guess." The online journal Inside Higher Ed (www.insidehighered.com) also mentioned the column, in a story posted on September 24, 2010.
Vernon Schubel, National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor of Religious Studies, added his name to a list of North American Muslim educators and leaders who defended free speech for Muslims in a posting at http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com on September 29, 2010. "We are concerned and saddened by the recent wave of vitriolic anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiment that is being expressed across our nation," the statement said. The group also called on Muslims to refrain from violence.
The Akron Beacon Journal, in a column published September 26, 2010, included comments from William Melick, Gensemer Professor of Economics, about the corporate tax climate in the United States. "He tells the larger story behind the sound bite," the column said. Melick observed, "Every single country in the developed world reduced its corporate tax rate save for the United States—which actually increased its tax rate." He called the tax rate "a self-inflicted wound."
An election profile of Dan Frankel '78, published at www.wpxi.com on September 23, 2010, included his Kenyon background. Frankel, a Democrat, was seeking re-election as the representative for Pennsylvania House District 23. Frankel is an insurance executive.
A concert of opera selections called "Who Really Wears the Pants in Opera?" in Columbus, Ohio, included a performance by Carolyn Redman, adjunct instructor of voice, noted a story in the September 23, 2010, edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Adult women have historically performed roles written for young men or boys in opera. "It's getting a chance to be somebody I wouldn't be in real life," she said. "You have all that energy, that playfulness of what a little boy would do spontaneously."
The Echo-Pilot of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, published a profile of Shawn Meyers '90, a new judge on the Court of Common Pleas of the 39th Judicial District of Pennsylvania. He's in the early months of a ten-year term, according to the story published on September 22, 2010. "Representative democracy means three arms of government have preserved a stable form of government for 240 years," he said. "It's truly humbling to know you have the authority to dispense justice."
A syndicated column by Froma Harrop addressed the high cost of higher education in a column published on September 21 in the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal, where she is a member of the editorial board. She included a quote from an unidentified Kenyon parent, who said paying tuition is "like driving a new Corvette to Ohio every September, leaving the keys and taking the bus home." The column was also published by the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Detroit (Michigan) News, Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sun-News, Tacoma (Washington) News Tribune, and the Quad City (Iowa) Times, among others.
The Orange County (California) Register, in a story about the effect of mass immigration on California on September 20, 2010, mentioned research on the influx of Vietnamese manicurists by David E. Harrington, Himmelright Professor of Economics, and Kathy J. Krynski, Himmelright Professor of Economics. "Vietnamese immigrants expanded the market for manicures through innovations such as stand-alone nail salons," the story said.
Kenyon was included on a list of scenic colleges and universities by www.bing.com on September 20, 2010. "Few schools offer as much pastoral charm," the story said. The next day, www.yellowpages.com included Kenyon on a list of Ultimate College Campuses, describing "majestic Kenyon" as the "most beautiful campus." The story enthused, "If a college campus can be magical, then Kenyon twinkles with some serious pixie dust ... Kenyon is a storybook place to learn and dream."
In an interview with the Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, published on September 16, 2010, novelist E.L. Doctorow '52 discussed his philosophy major at Kenyon. "It taught me the categories of thought," he said. "It asked the pertinent questions: What is the world? How do we know it—or do we? What is justice?"
Innovative library outreach programs for young readers created by Kim Fletcher '05 caught the attention of the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World on September 13, 2010. She is the youth services coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library. "I get to interact with the kids and get to know them so they recognize a familiar face when they come into the library," she said. Fletcher described Kenyon as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
Evan Bliss '00 was introduced as a Box Seats fan blogger by the Washington Post on September 13, 2010. Bliss was one of several bloggers from among more than 600 who sought a sports blog at http://voices.washingtonpost.com. The Post described Bliss as a four-year lacrosse player and scoring record-holder at Kenyon, where he was an English major. He is a musician.
The $248,500 McGregor Fund grant won by Howard Sacks, professor of sociology and director of the Rural Life Center, was noted in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on September 13, 2010. The three-year grant is intended to help rural sustainability and foster local economic development in the context of interrelated course work.
A trend away from colleges providing telephones in residence hall rooms was explored in a story published on September 12, 2010, in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Kenyon, the story said, "still stocks rooms with phones and provides land lines."
Creation of www.overturemarketplace.com by the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio and colleges in eleven other states attracted a story by the Associated Press on September 6, 2010. The website is designed to help students find private loans for their education. Kenyon was mentioned as one of the colleges whose students stand to benefit. The story was published by the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal; the Capital of Annapolis, Maryland; WLWT News 5 of Cincinnati, Ohio; and http://www.cbsnews.com, among others.
The Times of India of Mumbai, India, reported on September 4, 2010, that Katherine Dhanani '81"has taken charge" as consul general at the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad. Dhanani has been a U.S. Foreign Service officer since 1990. She "has strong views against gender-based violence and considers the same to be a universal problem," the newspaper said. The assignment was also reported by www.netindia123.com and www.topnews.in.
A Religion News Service story about Muslim students seeking parity in time off for religious holidays included Rebecca Chowdhury '13 of Jackson Heights, New York. The story was published on September 2, 2010, by the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer and the next day by www.huffingtonpost.com. As a student at a competitive New York high school, Chowdhury said she chose to attend classes rather than celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Edi ad-Adha with her family. "I had to choose between doing well in school and celebrating an important holiday," she said. "My parents understood, but it was a big disappointment."
Rachel Oscar '11 of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was featured in a story in the Cleveland (Ohio) Jewish News on September 3, 2010, about internships arranged through the Cleveland Hillel Foundation. Oscar worked as a summer intern at the Green City Blue Lake Institute Sustainability Center at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. "It's been great to hear that Cleveland is a place where you can make things happen," she said.
Chasing Greatness, an account of the 1973 U.S. Open won by Johnny Miller, was co-authored by Adam Lazarus '04, who was the subject of a feature story in the September 3, 2010, edition of the Cleveland (Ohio) Jewish News. Lazarus, who played football at Kenyon, is now writing a book about Super Bowl XXV.
The journey of Annie Lambla '07 through the Midwest on a bicycle to promote "the magic of making yogurt" was reported in the Richmond (Indiana) Palladium-Item on September 2, 2010. Lambla had moved to Turkey after graduation and learned to love yogurt. Her bike tour from Chicago to Gambier involved promoting and making yogurt and engaging people at stops along the way. "This is my passion," she said.
I'm Going to College—Not You!, a book of essays on the pursuit of admission to college earned a positive review in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on September 12, 2010. Edited by Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, the book also includes an essay co-written by Delahunty and her daughter Emma Britz '08. Contributors include Publications Director Dan Laskin; David Lynn '76, Kenyon Review editor and professor of English; Sarah Kahrl, vice president for college relations; and Anna Duke Reach, Kenyon Review director of programs. "Delahunty has compiled a series of essays poignant and humorous," according to the newspaper. The review was also posted at www.istockanalyst.com.
An interview with Howard Sacks, professor of sociology and director of the Rural Life Center, on the subject of local food systems was published in the fall issue of Edible Columbus. The magazine noted Kenyon's "unique approach to the liberal arts and the school's commitment to community." Sacks said, "Generally speaking, we have raised (student) consciousness about food. Where our food comes from is certainly a good life lesson."
A story in the September 21, 2010, edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, took a light-hearted look at college students who live in residence-hall rooms once occupied by people who became celebrities. Residents in the former rooms of actors Allison Janney '82 and Josh Radnor '96 were interviewed. "We knew we had one of the nicest triples in McBride, and then you find out it's Josh Radnor's room," said Charlotte Horsey '14 of Oakland, California. The Dispatch noted that the College has no record of the rooms occupied by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman '49. "Everyone claimed to have his former room," said Tom Stamp '73, Kenyon historian. The story was carried by the Associated Press and published later in the Canton (Ohio) Repository, Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail, Fremont (Ohio) News-Messenger, idea4home.com, Indiana (Pennsylvania) News, Lima (Ohio) News, www.fox8.com, www.newsnet5.com, and www.wxix.com.
A column by William Melick, Bruce L. Gensemer Professor of Economics, on Ohio's corporate tax code was published on September 16, 2020, by the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. "Ohio is suffering from the damage of international finance as a result of our outdated corporate tax code—which kills jobs and international competitiveness," Melick wrote.
A Call From Jersey, the new novel by Writer-in-Residence P.F. Kluge , has gathered media attention and positive reviews, including:
- The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, on September 9, 2010, described Kluge as "an underappreciated novelist" and the new book "an engaging road novel."
- A feature story about Kluge in the September 9 edition of the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, called him a "worldly author." Kluge said, "The book is really about conversations with my father I never got to have."
- The Kirkus Review, on August 3, pegged the novel as "heartfelt, funny, and poignant."
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, on September 2, 2010, reported the hiring of Natalie Marsh as the director of the Center for the Arts, the building that will house gallery space, classrooms, and art history faculty offices. The Center will open for the 2011-12 academic year. The Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal also reported the addition of Marsh to the Kenyon staff.
Fly Away: The Great African-American Cultural Migration, by Peter Rutkoff, professor of American studies, and William Scott, professor of history, earned mention in the Wall Street Journal, on September 4, 2010, and in the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, on August 29. The authors "add considerably to our understanding of this national exodus" of about six million African Americans to Northern cities from the former Confederate states, the Wall Street Journal said. The Charleston newspaper called the book "engaging and informative."
Josh Radnor '96 brought his film happythankyoumoreplease to his hometown of Bexley, Ohio, for a premier event on September 1, 2010, to benefit an historic art-film theater. The Kenyon connection was mentioned in a story published on August 31, 2010, in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and in Suburban News Publications of Columbus on August 9. Radnor told the Dispatch he is writing a screenplay partly set at an "unnamed liberal arts college in Ohio."
Collegelifstyles.org, on August 28, 2010, published a list of clothing items a college woman should have in her closet, as compiled by Alexandra Patterson '12 of Bowling Green, Kentucky, who was an intern at the online publication. "It's important to look presentable—especially in college—because you never know when the next person you meet might be a future employer," she said.
Glenn McNair, associate professor of history, was selected as the editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly, a scholarly journal published since 1917 by the Georgia Historical Society, according to a story published on August 27, 2010, by the Savannah (Georgia) Morning News.
Common As Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership, the new book on intellectual property by Lewis Hyde, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing, has propelled the author into media orbit. These are among the reviews and interviews:
- The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 14, 2010, called the book "brilliant and absorbing."
- The New York Times reviewed the book on August 20, calling the work "an eloquent and erudite plea for protecting our cultural patrimony from appropriation by commercial interests."
- Marketplace of American Public Media interviewed Hyde on August 24. Hyde said the Founding Fathers "wanted people to be able to act publicly in a scientific community, to act publicly politically. And they thought the more private control you have over art and ideas, the less you are able to be a public person."
- The Daily Beast (www.dailybeast.com) included the book among its "hot reads," on August 27, and described the author as "intellectually omnivorous."
- The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, in its review on September 2, pegged it as "urgent and provocative."
Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education for a story published on August 25, 2010, about I'm Going to College—Not You!, the book of essays she edited and which includes a contribution by her and her daughter, Emma Britz '08. Asked what she learned while her two daughters applied to colleges, Delahunty said, "There's a direct relationship between parental interaction and students stress. We're the ones adding to that stress." She was also interviewed for a story posted at www.jungleredwriters.com on August 4. "Parenting a kid through the college search process is confusing, exhausting, frustrating, and, hopefully, exhilarating. But the ride is a wild one," she said.
The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News published a story on August 25, 2010, about the efforts of Mary Myers '12 of Lebanon, Ohio, to offset the damage done to the Gulf Coast by the BP Oil spill. Working with a coalition of non-profit groups, Myers served as a field observer on Dauphin Island and documented the impact of the spill.
Media college rankings and trendy lists herald the new academic year, and Kenyon figured prominently. A Boston Globe columnist, on August 24, 2010, put the exercise in tongue-in-cheek perspective when he wrote, "The college rankings charade is upon us again." He added, "When my sons applied to college, I begged them to choose a school according to the most important criterion imaginable: free parking. Grinnell, Carleton, and Kenyon were at the top of my list."
Here's a breakdown:
- Kenyon placed 32nd on a list of "America's Best Colleges" posted on August 11 at Forbes.com. In a story the next day, Forbes.com reported that Kenyon "offers the nation's best dorm deal on account of its low prices and high academic quality."
- Kenyon ranked 32nd in a list of "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" as selected by U.S. News & World Report, published in the September issue. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, on August 17, mentioned Kenyon in a report on those rankings. The newspaper said Kenyon "received strong recommendations by high school counselors."
- Unigo, the online college resource guide, included Kenyon on its lists of the top-ten "Best Kept Secrets" and "Never Lock Your Doors" colleges, posted on August 24.
- Parade, on August 22, offered its "College A-List" and put Kenyon third among liberal arts colleges.
- The Theory of Comedy course taught by Adele Davidson, Charles P. McIlvaine Professor of English, made the list of "coolest classes on campus" compiled at www.thedailybeast.com on September 7. "The idea of comedy and carnival has taken new life, with a sense of the way that comedy challenges political authority and negotiates boundaries of gender and sexuality," she said.
- Kenyon was included among eighteen "scenic colleges and universities" listed at www.bing.com on September 8.
- With "the coolest helmet in the North Coast Athletic Conference," the Lords football hat made the list of the "20 Coolest Helmets in NCAA Division 3" as posted on the Balladeer's Blog at glitternight.com on August 23.
Broadwayworld.com reported, on August 23, 2010, that Brendan Griffin '02, "proud graduate of Kenyon College," landed the part of Josh in the off-Broadway play Bottom of the World. Griffin is a founding member of the Dog & Pony Theatre Co. in Chicago.
The Sunday Times of London, England, focused on the experiences of sixteen-year-old writer Thisuri Wanniarachchi of Sri Lanka at the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop in a story published on August 22, 2010. The program developed by the staff of the "eminent literary magazine" helps young people "excavate their inner writer." Wanniarachchi, who wrote the novel Columbo Streets, praised the atmosphere and technical help at the workshop.
The "Saturday Diary" column published on August 21, 2010, in the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Post-Gazette focused on student "move-in day" and the role Facebook plays in allowing students to become familiar with each other. Reporter Maria Sciullo P'13 wrote, "In the age of Facebook, it's possible to make friends, carry on long conversations and see everyone's vacation photos before actually meeting them in person."
David Meerman Scott '83 discussed Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead, a book he co-authored, in a column published on August 17, 2010, by American Surveyor magazine. "Everyone knows the Grateful Dead as rock legends and amazing musicians," he said. "But not as many realize they were marketing pioneers." The column was posted later at www.restaurantnewsresource.com and at www.businessknowhow.com.
U.S. News & World Report, on August 16, 2010, included comments by Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, in a story advising high school students on the best ways to pitch themselves to admissions officials. She said colleges are trying to understand, "Who is this person, and why would we want him or her to join this community?"
A review of the photography exhibition "Deep Space" in the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, was published in the Columbus Dispatch on August 8 and mentioned the curator, Marcella Hackbardt, associate professor of studio art. The exhibition of the work of fourteen photographers was called a "strong show" that inspired meditation and reflection.
The online newspaper E-Portage (www.e-portage.us) discussed the Sculpture Walk on the campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in a story posted on August 9, 2010. "Eye to Eye," the sculpture by Professor of Art Barry Gunderson, was installed along the Esplanade, the campus walkway, in July and was described as "a response to the human mind and how it works."
Work as a camp-counselor supervisor for the Youth Conservation Corps in Virginia brought attention to Susanna Byrd '11 of Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Northern Virginia Daily of Strasburg, Virginia, on August 7, 2010. "I'm really interested in conservation work and environmental studies," Byrd said.
The selection of John W. Snow M'61, H'93, former U.S. secretary of the treasury, to the board of directors of Amerigroup Corporation was reported in the financial press on August 5, 2010. Snow is the president of JWS Associates LLC of Richmond, Virginia. Among the media outlets that mentioned Snow were FinanzNachrichten.de, newsblaze.com, and Yahoo Canada.
An account of the Underground Railroad in central Ohio, published on August 2, 2010, in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, noted that no stops along the freedom trail for black slaves were made in Gambier "as this was a popular school for the education of students of the South, and it was not safe."
An overview of contemporary children's music in the August 1, 2010, edition of the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, includes a reference to Justin Roberts '92, described by a music insider as "the Beatles of kids music." Roberts is known for tackling challenging themes in the "kiddie rock" format. "Kids can really handle everything," he said. "There's an adult within every kid."
The July/August issue of the Atlantic magazine, labeled the "ideas issue," includes a cover story headlined "The End of Men" and includes comments from Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, about college gender imbalance. Many female college applicants, she said, show more initiative in their college searches than do male students. Gender imbalance in college admissions remains a problem, Delahunty said.
Students from several colleges, including Kenyon, marched through downtown Columbus, Ohio, to encourage the use of renewable energy and related jobs, according to a story published by the Dayton Daily News on July 29, 2010.
A review written by former Kenyon president Rob Oden of the book An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World was published by the Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 25, 2010. Oden praised the book by Anders Halverson about the global popularity of trout fishing, and he discussed his own interest in fly-fishing and courses on the subject he taught at various colleges, including Kenyon. The goal of "freeing oneself from otherwise relentless concern and fretting" is at the top of his list of reasons to fly-fish. He added, "I fly-fish because it is not easy, and nothing of lasting worth in life is easy."
A bicycle recycling project undertaken by Maddie Davis '12 of Granville, Ohio, and her mother, Lisa Minklei, was the subject of a story published on July 24, 2010, in the Newark (Ohio) Advocate. The bicycle collection-and-repair effort, with the help of other volunteers, is intended to ease transportation problems in Licking County, which has little public transit. "We're both interested in making transportation easy for people," Davis said.
Allegheny College hired Erin Detwiler '99 as the men's and women's swimming and diving head coach, the Erie (Pennsylvania) Times-News reported on July 23, 2010. Detwiler was an All-American swimmer at Kenyon.
Kenyon's creative writing program is on a top-ten list compiled by eHow.com and posted on July 22, 2010. Listed fourth, the College "offers a small, internationally recognized writing program that has been home to novelists E.L. Doctorow and William Gass, among many others," the story said. "Class sizes are small and mentoring is encouraged."
Research into the birthplace of the late George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, by Brendan Lambert '12 led to a story on July 21, 2010, in West Life of Avon Lake, Ohio. Steinbrenner was born on July 4, 1930, in what is now Lambert's Rocky River, Ohio, home.
A review written by Wendy MacLeod '81, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and professor of drama, of the book Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home was posted at www.npr.org on July 20, 2010. "I wanted author Rhoda Janzen, a middle-aged professor who returns home to the Mennonites, to offer a glimpse into an exotic world; instead, it was like visiting my own aging parents, who live by 150-watt bulbs and drink Taster's Choice," MacLeod wrote.
A mural painted by Marela Zacarias '00 in Middletown, Connecticut, with the help of community members was the subject of a story in the Middletown Press on July 20, 2010. The mural recognizes the homeless and is painted on an outdoor wall at the St. Vincent DePaul Place, a soup kitchen and social-services agency.
Kenyon was mentioned in a column in the July 11, 2010, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education that examined if colleges are worth the price of admission. The University of Mississippi was complimented as a college doing its job well after emerging from the dark days of segregation. An honors program at Mississippi "offers as fine an education as one might find at Carleton or Kenyon colleges." The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal of Tupelo also mentioned the comparison, on July 16.
Abby Brethauer '02 was hired as the men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Mary Washington, according to a story posted on July 12, 2010, at CollegeSwimming.com. She was a twelve-time All American swimmer and three-time national champion at Kenyon. The appointment was also reported in the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Oath, a play by Gavin Broady '06, is based on the book The Oath: A Surgeon under Fire by Khassan Baiev, with Nicholas and Ruth Daniloff. Baiev treated both Russian and Chechen victims during prolonged fighting for Chechen independence that started in the 1990s. The play premiered at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont, according to a story in the Times Argus of Barre, Vermont, published on July 2, 2010. Steve Stettler '74, a producing director at the theater, worked with Broady and the Daniloffs in shaping the one-man show. A review in the Rutland (Vermont) Herald said Broady's script is "deft" and the story "incredibly powerful."
A feature look at the Student Association for Voter Empowerment, published on July 4, 2010, in the Marin Independent Journal of Novato, California, included comments from Matthew Segal '08, who helped found the Washington, D.C.-based group while a Kenyon student. Segal called the group "one of the few critical advocacy vehicles for our generation." He was invited to the White House for the President's Job Summit this year, the story said.
The future of men's swimming and diving coach Jim Steen was the subject of a story posted on July 1, 2010, at CollegeSwimming.com. Steen was interviewed before he stepped aside as Ladies coach and before the College hired Jessen Book '01 for that role. "I've enjoyed thirty-five wonderful years coaching both men and women," Steen said. "I would like to experience the last half of my career coaching a single gender." Steen, according to the story, makes leadership contributions to Kenyon beyond the swimming program. "Long-term, this is a one-coach operation," he said. "We hope the next person will stay on for decades."
Matthew Biedlingmaier '06 has launched a literary magazine, the New Professional, in Washington, D.C., according to a story in the Washington Blade on June 29, 2010. Biedlingmaier started the magazine after he was laid off. "As a graduate of Kenyon College, Biedlingmaier was familiar with literary magazines and was a writer," the story said. He said, "One of the points of the magazine was to provide an outlet for other people in my position—young people who are smart, who are great writers."
A column published on June 27, 2010, in the Times Union of Albany, New York, by a newspaper editor, Bill Federman, recounted the college search of his son, Adam. The search proved to be "much more complicated" than the parent at first imagined, and the family visited three schools. Adam finally told his father, "It's Kenyon College. I liked the people there, it's an above-average school—and it feels right."
A summer spent in South Africa with the School for International Training study-abroad program exposed Lelia "Lily" Bullitt '13 to the excitement of the World Cup soccer championship. Bullitt of Brookline, Massachusetts, was interviewed about the event for stories in the Boston Herald, on June 26, 2010, and in the Chronicle of Higher Education, on June 27. She was taking a course on globalization and development. "While the World Cup is a great chance for South Africa to increase international tourism and to be seen in a new light, I don't think that's what South Africa needs or is ready for," she told the Chronicle. "I think there's a whole other side: extreme poverty, homelessness, unemployment."
Marshall University hired Russell Hunt '05 as the interim head coach of the swimming and diving program for the 2010-11 season, according to a story posted on June 23, 2010, on the website of the West Virginia MetroNews Network. Hunt was a ten-time national champion in swimming at Kenyon. "I'm proud to be part of the rich tradition here in Huntington, to be working with such accomplished students," he said.
The Guardian of Manchester, England, mentioned Marco Saavedra '11 of New York City in a story published on June 11, 2010, about hunger strikers who protested outside the Manhattan office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. The hunger strikers, including Saavedra, were protesting the sluggish progress of the DREAM Act, a bill co-sponsored by Schumer that would create a pathway to legal residency and citizenship for immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. "For a long time in my life it's been fear and shame, afraid of being deported, and ashamed of being undocumented," Saavedra said.
Actor and filmmaker Josh Radnor '96 was the subject of a June 10, 2010, story in the Maui News of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. The story advanced a screening of Radnor's film happythankyoumoreplease at the Maui Film Festival. The film was described as a "wry but tender look at various sorts of love in modern Manhattan." The newspaper noted that Radnor won the Paul Newman Award at Kenyon. "When we started, I had bitten off so much, I had to rise to the occasion," Radnor said of his directing debut. "If I didn't show up at work—fully—we were in trouble. I got everyone on the same page."
The Litchfield (Connecticut) County Times, on June 14, 2010, published a profile of sculptor Peter Woytuk '80, pegged to the opening of a show at the Morrison Gallery in Kent, Connecticut. The artist is "known for his sometimes stately, sometimes whimsical sculptures of animals." Woytuk said his interest in photography at Kenyon evolved into "the pleasure of working with metal." He recently established a workshop in Connecticut after working for years in Thailand, where he still maintains a home. "Asia has given me a different perspective on life, instead of adopting their aesthetic sensibilities," he said. "I'm an American sculptor and my work still has an American point of view."
The hiring of Jessen Book '01 as Ladies swimming and diving coach was reported at CollegeSwimming.com on July 14, 2010. Book, a four-year member of the Lords team, leaves a job as assistant men's coach at the Ohio State University. "Jess Book is coming home," said Lords head coach Jim Steen. "I can think of no other individual who embodies, and embraces, so much of what the College is all about." Steen has coached the women since the team's first season, in 1975. Book said, "I have been shaped immeasurably by my time here in Gambier."
The June issue of Food Management magazine included Kenyon in a story about colleges showing leadership in the composting of cafeteria waste. A state-of-the-art composting system was included in the renovation of Peirce Hall. Ed Neal, sustainability director, described the seven-month process that starts with sending food waste through a pulper-extractor. "The compost is used throughout the campus, which is very beautiful indeed," the story says. Photographs of the college and one of Neal were included. "Our solid waste was reduced by 12 tons per week," Neal said. "It saves money, because otherwise we have to pay for the solid-waste disposal."
The May/June issue of Humanities magazine includes a story written by P.F. Kluge, writer-in-residence, about a recent American literature seminar he taught on Saipan. A former Peace Corps volunteer on the island, Kluge noted, "Day by day, Saipan reclaims me." As the story closes, he writes, "Teach into your sixties and you develop, whether you deserve it or not, a curmudgeonly reputation. You can't escape it, so you might as well make use of it."
Benjamin Schumacher, professor of physics, was quoted in a story about Chinese researchers using photonic teleportation to move a photon's information 9.9 miles using quantum entanglement. The story was published at news.discovery.com on June 22, 2010. Schumacher reviewed the Nature Photonics paper but was not involved in the research. He called the teleportation very impressive. The technology may eventually be used in making telephone calls impervious to eavesdropping, he said. The story was also posted at msnbc.com.
A national survey of college-bound high school students revealed skepticism of college marketing, according to a story published on June 7, 2010, at healthosp.com that included a comment by Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid. Students described the admissions experience as "dizzying, disenchanting and deceptive." Delahunty observed, "They've confirmed what all of us on the front lines know in our guts." The study was part of the Education Conservancy's effort to discourage college rankings.
A story in the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, put the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in perspective with the help of Siobhan Fennessy, professor of biology, on June 5, 2010. "This is heartbreaking to anyone who's been down to the Gulf coast," she said. "It's a place where you can hear the din of nature, but now the marshes are going silent."
The Boston Globe recounted the public reading in Boston of the poem For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell '58 on the fiftieth anniversary of the event, June 5, 2010. The reading was part of the Boston Arts Festival and it was so well-received that Lowell read it twice that day. He described the piece, which took about six months to write, as "the most composed poem I've ever written."
A preview of Book Expo America in New York City was published by www.lasplash.com on June 2, 2010, and highlighted the new novel, A Call from Jersey, by P.F. Kluge '64, writer-in-residence. "Fans will be grateful for this new work," the story said.
The Salem (New Hampshire) News reported on June 2, 2010, that Daniel Runnals '10 was selected for entry into the National Football Foundation Hampshire Society. Requirements are based on academic and athletic success. "Tough standards," the newspaper said, "but Dan Runnals of Danvers had all of the bases covered." The former linebacker said, "Kenyon was the right choice for me because it allowed me to excel in the classroom and on the football field."
The role of Ben Viccellio '98, visiting assistant professor of drama, in conceiving the idea for the play Dead Letter Office was explained in a story published at chicago.timeout.com on June 2, 2010. The play was staged by the Dog & Pony Theatre Company in Chicago. Viccellio "departed the project amicably" when he moved to Ohio. "Dog & Pony is a troupe that believes in creation through collaboration," Viccellio said. Playwright Philip Dawkins brought the idea to fruition.
Playwright Kate Long '77 led a playwriting workshop at Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut, according to a story posted at www.stamfordplus.com on June 1, 2010. "You will reveal the world as you have seen," Long told the students. "And no one else has seen the world the way you have."
Kenyon was ranked third on a list of the best religiously affiliated colleges compiled by Forbes.com and posted at www.forbes.com on May 25, 2010. The Forbes.com list included colleges with mostly an historic affiliation. The list was also posted at www.prweb.com and several other Web sites.
MacAdam Glinn '98 was elected president of the board of directors of the Florida International University College of Law Alumni Network, according to a story published on May 21, 2010, at southflorida.dBusinessnews.com.
The Mansfield (Ohio) News-Journal reported on May 21, 2010, that Lisa Schott '80 was named managing director of the Philander Chase Corporation, taking on the mission of land preservation surrounding Kenyon. Schott is the former director of Alumni and Parent Programs.
A story round-up of college cemeteries, posted at movingtoanapartment.com on April 13, 2010, includes the Kenyon College Cemetery, noting that "the most mysterious grave site ... is the grave of 'an old man.'"
Author David Goodwillie '94 was the subject of a story in the Villager of New York City on May 19, 2010, pegged to his recently published novel, American Subversive. Goodwillie said he wrote his memoir, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, in a room at the Chelsea Hotel. "It was a weird, spooky and wonderful place to create art," he said. Goodwillie was also a feature subject in the New York Press on April 20, 2010. He told the Press that he majored in history "because I didn't get accepted into any writing classes." Goodwillie appearances at Kenyon and in Columbus, Ohio, to launch his promotional book tour were noted on April 14 in the Columbus Dispatch.
A May 18, 2010, column in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch highlighted the role of Kenyon men in Abraham Lincoln's nomination for president. Peter W. Dickson '69 was central to the column, thanks to his book Old Kenyon & Lincoln's Kenyon Men. The column was published on the 150th anniversary of the event.
The gift of $2.5 million from R. Todd Ruppert '78 and his wife, Karen, to support the International Studies program was reported on May 17, 2010, in the Baltimore (Maryland) Sun. "We live in a global community that becomes more interconnected and interdependent minute by minute," he said. "We need to be prepared to engage with this global community to understand its nuances and to put ourselves in a position to succeed." Ruppert is the president and chief executive officer of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services.
The loss of historic landmarks in Columbus, Ohio, was lamented in a column published on May 16, 2010, in the Columbus Dispatch. The house of Philander Chase in nearby Worthington, where Kenyon was founded, was mentioned as an example.
A feature look at trumpeter and composer Gabriel Alegria '93 published in the North Adams (Massachusetts) Transcript on May 12, 2010, described him as "one of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Peru." He is associate director of jazz studies at New York University.
Business First of Columbus, Ohio, reported on May 12, 2010, the hiring of Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings '93 as vice president for business affairs at Otterbein College. She had previously worked at Ohio University as assistant vice president for budget planning and analysis. The hiring was also reported online by the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.
A controversial online political ad with sexual overtones drew media attention and a comment from John Elliott, professor of political science, in the May 7, 2010, edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. The National Republican Senatorial Campaign found a shirtless image of Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, and used it in an ad about the Ohio economy. "The shirtless part detracts from what would otherwise be an effective ad," Elliott said. "I assume they will run the ad on TV, without the shirtless Lee Fisher. They think the rules are somehow different for the Web."
EurekAlert!, the online science news service, on May 5, 2010, noted the honorary doctorate awarded in May to Carl Djerassi '43 by Rutgers University. Djerassi, emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University, is the first researcher to synthesize a steroid oral contraceptive, known as "the Pill." He is also an author, playwright and philanthropist.
A blog on the Web site of the Mathematical Association of America, posted on May 5, 2010, mentioned the role of Kenyon and its president at the time, Gordon K. Chalmers, in the development of advanced-placement courses for high school students in 1951. Chalmers persuaded the presidents of eleven other colleges to consider "college admission with advanced standing."
A CNN.com look at the psychological effects of the weather on people included comments by Andrew Niemiec, associate professor of psychology, who said the enduring human sense of awe at the power of the weather is evolutionary. "A healthy respect for those kinds of conditions has led to our survival as a species, and you wouldn't really want to lose that," he said in the story that was posted on May 4.
The beginning of May marks the traditional end of the recruitment cycle, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, for a story published on May 2, 2010, asked several admissions officials, including Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, how they mark the occasion. "On May 3, as an office, we'll probably head to the Gambier version of Cheers, the Village Inn, to drown our sorrows and celebrate our victories," she said. "We'll raise our glasses to faculty members and administrators who have helped us hit our numbers."
The Kenyon College Bookstore drew the attention of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on April 30, 2010, in a story about bookstore chains taking operational control over college bookstores. Kenyon served as an example of a steadfastly independent store. Store manager Jim Huang said a "buying-local" culture helps sustain the bookstore and noted it is a social hub and general store as much as it is a bookstore.
The Tri Lakes Tribune of Monument, Colorado, examined the success of the boys lacrosse program at Lewis-Palmer High School and its coach, Fred Kridler '08, on April 28, 2010. "We've talked every day about how in life, you aren't going to be given anything," Kridler said. "You have to make people care through hard work, through executing."
Kiddie rocker Justin Roberts '92 was the subject of a New York Times profile published on April 28, 2010. Roberts was described as "the Judy Blume of kiddie rock" unafraid to tackle divorce, death, or changing homes with "a remarkable ability to see through a child's eyes." Roberts and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, headlined Kindie Fest, a music conference and concert in Brooklyn the first week in May. "As adults we like to think kids live in this fantasy world of innocents," Roberts said. "But I watch kids really respond to their environment. The idea that a kid would see that their mother or father was sad about something and try to fix it was very real."
The role of Ted Buehrer, James D. & Cornelia W. Ireland Associate Professor of Music, in a performance tribute to the music of Mary Lou Williams by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra was reported by the Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina on April 27, 2010. Buehrer transcribed the arrangements and narrated portions of the concert at the University of North Carolina in April. "She exhibits an ability to swing with the best of the jazz musicians," he said. "She has that ability to write music that you want to dance to."
The Earth Day Challenge marathon on April 25, 2010, received a good review on a blog posted at www.examiner.com on April 27. "A better setting for a run honoring Earth Day would be hard to find," the blog said. "Rolling courses aren't always a runner's favorite, but one couldn't fault a course that offered such beauty."
James Corey '02 applied for an appointment to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, board of education, according to a story published on April 24, 2010, in the Ann Arbor Journal. Another candidate was selected for the opening and must run for election for a permanent seat in November. Corey is pursuing a master's in public administration at the University of Michigan.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, on April 23, 2010, published the poem "On First Seeing You" by Alyson Iott '03, who won the Chronicle's National Poetry Month Contest. Iott is a middle school teacher in Springfield, Ohio, and a former newspaper reporter. The poem that judges considered "strikingly beautiful" mourns a stillborn child.
The Princeton Review Guide to 286 Green Colleges included Kenyon among those schools demonstrating an exemplary commitment to sustainability, posted online at www.princetonreview.com on April 22, 2010. Kenyon's "strong sense of community and commitment to interdisciplinary studies marry well with the fundamentally global questions explored in the study of sustainability," the guide says. "But Kenyon's commitment to the environment goes beyond an academic ethic."
Massage therapist Suzanne Aronoff Korner '90 opened the Korner Massage Clinic in Aurora, Ohio, according to an April 21, 2010, story in the Aurora Advocate. "I am excited to build my business here," she said.
Politico.com, on April 20, 2010, reported that Brian Purchia '02 was hired by Proof Integrated Communications of San Francisco as a director. Purchia had been a deputy communications director for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and was credited with helping Newsom gain 1.3 million Twitter followers.
First-year student Ian Stewart-Bates was celebrated in a feature story on April 17, 2010, in the News Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, which noted his success as a Lords swimmer. Stewart-Bates was part of the 2009-10 national championship team. "It's only going to get better from here," he said.
The Chicago Tribune published an interview with Jeremy "JT" Lindsay '93 on April 16, 2010, as a preview for a Chicago concert by his band JT & the Clouds. "Ultimately, I have to come to terms with the fact that all my songs are either about sex or death," he said.
On April 16, 2010, a columnist in the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News lamented that no local schools made the Daily Beast (dailybeast.com) list of the 100 happiest colleges, noting that "little old Kenyon" was the only Ohio college on the list.
Ted Mason, professor of English, joined the discussion in the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, on April 14, 2010, in a story about a racially offensive television advertisement for KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands in Louisville. The advertisement was shown in Australia and features a white Australian calming a crowd of black soccer fans with a bucket of fried chicken. Yum apologized and withdrew the advertisement after a protest by the Rainbow/Push Coalition. Another advertisement, for the South Korean chicken chain Kyo Chon, used a similar theme and was also pulled after protest. Black people in the ads "are the butt of the joke," Mason said. Both ads share a colonial sensibility marked by placating black people by satiating "physical desires." The story was also published by the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer.
Howard Sacks, professor of sociology and director of the Rural Life Center, was quoted in the Crescent-News of Defiance, Ohio, on April 9, 2010, after he appeared at the McMaster Symposium and Collegiate Global Summit at Defiance College. The symposium addressed the threat of rural brain drain under the theme "Democracy and Education in the Face of Rural Change." Sacks outlined community initiatives that make Knox County attractive, including a sustainable, local-food system and educational opportunities. "I'm optimistic about the future of our rural community," he said. "There's a certain peace of mind that attracts all sorts of people. It's why I left Philadelphia."
Point Break Live, an absurdist stage adaptation of the surf-and-crime film Point Break opened in Chicago in March 2010 with Matthew Peck '09 as Bodhi, according to a story at Broadwayworld.com posted on February 24. Peck's performance attracted the attention of the Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Sun on April 9. "I hope fans of the movie, its cult following, will be interested in coming to a wild, wet, interactive performance," Peck said. The newspaper said Peck chose Kenyon "for its highly regarded theater and liberal arts program."
The News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, named Ian Stewart-Bates '13 its boys swimmer of the decade, announced in a story published on April 8, 2010. Stewart-Bates notched ten top-five finishes in three trips to the Ohio state meet while in high school, which makes him "easily among the most decorated swimmers in area history." He swam the opening leg on Kenyon's NCAA Division III national champion 400-yard freestyle relay team in March, when the Lords won their 31st consecutive national title.
Lisa Disch '83, professor of women's studies and political science at the University of Michigan, and E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, were interviewed on the WOSU public radio program "All Sides" on April 6, 2010, as a preview to the Center for the Study of Democracy conference on "The Future of Political Parties." Disch, author of The Tyranny of the Two Party System, said one problem of the two-party system is that candidates lean farther right or left in primaries and then "race to the middle" during general elections.
A Salon.com story posted on April 4, 2010, about the nature and danger of noise included an interview with George Prochnik, who wrote In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise and mentioned the work of Andrew Niemiec, associate professor of psychology. "There's an interesting guy at Kenyon College, named Andy Niemiec, who is looking at the ways the changes in harmony intervals may hit us at a particular vulnerable point in the auditory context," Prochnik said. The research may apply to the impact of the oratory of Adolf Hitler, Prochnik said.
Knox County bike paths drew the attention of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on March 29, 2010, in a story about central Ohio communities linking bike paths. The Gambier Village Council recently approved spending $175,000 from state grants to create a mile-long addition to the Kokosing Gap Trail to draw bicyclists into Gambier, the story said. Kenyon has a "network of paths and trails, but nothing connects to the Kokosing trail."
The Wilkes Journal-Patriot of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on March 29, 2010, reported the selection of Kathryn Murchison '98 as teacher of the year, representing the twenty-three public schools in the Wilkes County district. She teaches history and coaches soccer at East Wilkes High School. Her philosophy is built on "maintaining high expectations."
Kenyon was on a list of "where smart people go" posted on March 29, 2010, at www.internationalcounselor.org and www.educatednation.com. The list was based on the number of Fulbright Scholars produced by the schools.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "newsmaker" on March 26, 2010, was orthopedic surgeon Richard L. Ray '65, who had traveled to Haiti to provide emergency medical care to victims of the January 12 earthquake. "Basically, we were trying to put people back together," Ray said. "It was more like a MASH (mobile Army surgical hospital) unit than a regular hospital."
The Princeton (New Jersey) Packet focused on Ali Kittle '07 in a March 26, 2010, story about her selection as coach of the Hun School girls lacrosse team. She played lacrosse at Kenyon. "I love the game," she said. "I also teach English. That was priority one."
Bill Plaschke P '13, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, mentioned the 2010 national championship won by the Kenyon Lords swimming team during the ESPN sports commentary program "Around the Horn" on March 24, 2010. Plaschke delivered "a huge shout-out" to Kenyon and its "incredible coach Jim Steen" for the "unbelievable record" of thirty-one consecutive championships. "I don't know how they do it," he said. Program host Tony Reali added, "That is remarkable."
Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, discussed with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch the changes in the handling of student loans brought by the health-care reconciliation bill. In a story published on March 24, 2010, the Dispatch reported that about $61 billion in taxpayer savings will be achieved by having the federal government administer all student loans directly rather than pay private lenders to handle that task. The change "will be seamless if the administration works," Delahunty said. "But there is some concern among seasoned aid professionals about whether the federal government can handle a program this huge." She welcomed the predicted boost in federal Pell Grants.
John Elliott, professor of political science, was mentioned in a story in the March 23, 2010, edition of the Springfield (Ohio) News Sun. Elliott participated in a symposium in Yellow Springs, Ohio, hosted by the Antioch College Morgan Fellows that addressed "The History of the Republican Party in Ohio."
Productions of the House of Yes by playwright Wendy MacLeod, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and professor of drama, were spotlighted in the media in March 2010. A story published in the Centennial Citizen, Highlands Ranch Herald, and Littleton Independent, all in Colorado and on March 16, said the "black comedy" staged at the Bug Theatre in Denver is "a sharp, entertaining play with an edge." A production of the play at the Access Theater in New York City was noted on March 19 at Broadwayworld.com, which called the play "a semi-psycho, incestuous dark comedy of hedonistic proportions."
A "Garden State literary quiz" published on March 15, 2010, in the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, included a question about a 1930s-vintage infrastructure mentioned in Eddie and the Cruisers by P.F. Kluge, writer-in-residence. The answer was the Pulaski Skyway, mentioned in this quote from the novel: "I remember how dawn found us crossing the Pulaski Skyway, with Jersey's polluted marshes turning gold below, and warehouses, factories, and railroad yards stretched out forever."
Ben Peterson '08 was featured in a profile in the March 11, 2010, edition of the Hill of Washington, D.C. Peterson handles the schedule for U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Minnesota Democrat. His "best scheduling trick" is being "Minnesota nice" to everyone he encounters. He described his first experience voting in the 2004 presidential election in Gambier. "Our polls closed after Alaska, and people were still voting at two in the morning," he said. The experience was exciting if, at times, "horrific."
"Political heavyweights at Kenyon College" was the headline on a "Daily Briefing" blog posted at the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch (www.dispatch.com) on March 11, 2010. The story previewed the first biennial conference of the Center for the Study of American Democracy, which will examine the role and future of the political parties on April 8-10. "Some of the nation's top political strategists and reporters will appear at Kenyon College," the story said.
The nomination of U.S. District Judge Kate O'Malley '79 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama was reported on March 10, 2010, by the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the next day by the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, where she is based in the Northern District of Ohio. The Plain Dealer said O'Malley "knows her way around high-profile cases," including "the dismantling of the Youngstown mob" and ongoing criminal cases stemming from an FBI probe into public corruption in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. "She's absolutely a terrific judge," a former federal prosecutor said. "She'll be missed."
A New American Tea Party by John M. O'Hara '06 was added to the offerings at www.researchandmarkets.com, according to a Business Wire story posted on March 4, 2010, at www.businesswire.com and at www.forbes.com. O'Hara was described as "a rising star in the conservative/libertarian movement." He played a role in creating the first modern-day "tea party" in 2008.
A panel of architects and campus designers interviewed by Forbes placed Kenyon on a list of the world's most beautiful campuses. The story was posted on March 3, 2010, at www.forbes.com. Ellie Norton '10 of Cullowhee, North Carolina, was interviewed for the story and said she was immediately taken with the beauty of the campus on her first visit. "It was so amazingly beautiful. I just knew it was where I wanted to be." The story was also published by the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer; the Herald of Monterey County, California; People's Daily in Beijing, China; Santa Cruz (California) Sentinel; traveloffthecuff.com; and www.msnbc.com. Kenyon was mentioned in the March 15, 2010, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education in a story that suggested other worthy campuses.
The appointment of Joseph Klesner, professor of political science, to associate provost was reported by Insider Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com on March 3, 2010.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, on February 24, 2010, put Kenyon in a comic context when the host opened the show with an apology for cracking wise about the College during his off-air audience warm-up. "In the warm-up, I insinuated that Kenyon College is not up to the academic standards of Columbia University. I want to take that back. Obviously, they're both fine institutions of higher learning," Stewart said to audience laughter. Adam Leverone '08 shed light on the patter in a Facebook posting. "I was in the audience for the Daily Show," Leverone said. Stewart field questions before the show and Leverone raised his hand. "We then talked about Kenyon and how awesome it is. He asked me about where it is, and the type of students, and the 2004 election," Leverone said. "It was very cool."
Shaka Smart '99, head coach of the Virginian Commonwealth University men's basketball team, was mentioned in a story in the Akron (Ohio) Beacon-Journal on February 20, 2010, as the University of Akron was preparing to play VCU. Smart had worked as an assistant for Akron head coach Keith Dambrot. "I have great respect for Shaka," Dambrot said. "He works very hard and is a very bright guy. He will be a terrific coach, but I still want to win in the worst way." Smart's team won, 70-53.
A pitch for a statue of Rutherford B. Hayes 1842 in the U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall was made by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, according to a story in the February 15, 2010, edition of the News-Messenger of Fremont. The 19th U.S. president served in the U.S. Army as an officer for four years during the Civil War and was an Ohio governor. Hayes was also mentioned, on the same date, in a presidential quiz in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Hayes was the correct answer for questions about who was a valedictorian at Kenyon and who was president when the first telephone was installed in the White House.
New York City pastry chef and cookbook author Karen DeMasco '91was featured in the February 13, 2010, edition of the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio. DeMasco "knows her way around some of the best restaurant kitchens in New York," the story said. She won the 2005 James Beard Award and now heads the pastry kitchen at Locanda Verde, Robert DeNiro's "hot-hot-hot new restaurant." She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and her cookbook The Craft of Baking was published in 2009.
A BBC story posted on February 12, 2010, at news.bbc.co.uk about the death of Frisbee creator Fred Morrison included a Life magazine photo of Kenyon students slinging a pie plate on campus. The photo, from October 1950, illustrated how students playing with pie plates led to the invention of the Frisbee.
The Athens New of Athens, Ohio, mentioned Kenyon's $40,000 donation to the College Township Fire Department in a February 8, 2010, story about civic leaders in Athens pressing Ohio University for financial support for the fire department there.
John Fortier, director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy, was quoted in the February 7, 2010, edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on the subject of extreme partisanship in the U.S. Congress. The story was pegged to the decision by Democratic U.S. Senator Evan Bayh to not seek re-election from Indiana. "It's not just that Congress doesn't work. It is a very difficult time to be a Senate moderate," Fortier said. "He wants to be part of the public policy process, but he is frustrated and annoyed that the left of his party and Republicans left him without the role that moderates should be able to play."
The Saipan Tribune of Garapan, Saipan, caught up with P.F. Kluge, writer-in-residence, as he started a month-long writers' symposium there. Some "aspiring writers" from nearby islands attended by video teleconference, according to the story published on February 3, 2010.
The "web-paper" Washington Independent mentioned Sarah Longwell '02 on February 3, 2010, in a story about the Collegiate Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that supports conservative and libertarian publications on college campuses. Longwell worked on a Collegiate Network publication at Kenyon and then worked for the organization before taking a job with Berman and Company, a public-relations firm. She commented on James O'Keefe, who posed as a pimp to embarrass ACORN and was later accused of tampering with phones in the office of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana). "O'Keefe strikes me as an ideologue," Longwell said. "To use him to define conservative campus journalism is silly."
A story about athletics recruiting in the February 2, 2010, edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune included Brianna LaChusa '11 of Santee, California, who plays softball at Kenyon. "It's definitely a nice change of scenery, change of pace, change of everything, which I think is almost essential to growing as a person. I've done a lot of that since I've been here," she said of her decision to attend Kenyon.
Cartoonist Bill Watterson '80 engaged in a rare interview, published on February 1, 2010, in the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio. The creator of "Calvin and Hobbes" discussed why he ended the popular comic strip in 1995. "It's always better to leave the party early," he said. "I'm proud of the strip, enormously grateful for its success, and truly flattered that people still read it ... but I'm many miles from there."
Allen Ballard '52, H 1'04, and a former trustee, was the subject of a profile pegged to his new novel (Carried by Six) in the January 31, 2010, edition of the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, New York. Ballard, professor of history and Africana studies at the State University of New York at Albany, began writing fiction in 2000, chronicling the African-American experience. "Fiction is a great way to understand historical time periods on a personal level," he said.
A history piece in the News-Journal of Longview, Texas, published on January 30, 2010, shared the story of Anthony Norton 1840, a journalist and judge who had moved to Texas after Kenyon, returned to Ohio during the Civil War, and went back to Texas after the conflict. A Republican, his first newspaper office was destroyed by a Texas mob that associated him with Reconstruction. Undaunted, he opened another newspaper. He died at 72 and was known for not cutting his hair or shaving for the last fifty years of his life. "A man's feet are always spry so long as his heart is young," he said.
The success "and high standard of excellence" achieved by John Landreth '92 as coach of the Shady Side Academy boys and girls swimming teams was recounted on January 28, 2010, in the Valley Herald of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "I've always loved swimming and when I graduated from Kenyon, I knew I didn't want to give up my connection with the sport," he said. "I am a chemistry teacher, and I enjoy teaching immensely," he added. Landreth has coached about sixty All-American swimmers.
When Jim Huang joined Kenyon this year as general manager of the College Bookstore, he closed his Indianapolis-area bookstore The Mystery Company. The closing was lamented in Publishers Weekly on January 26, 2010. Huang was described as "a veteran bookseller well-known in the mystery-book world as co-founder of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association."
Reflecting on the death of J.D. Salinger, David Lynn '76, editor of the Kenyon Review and professor of English, told the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, "Like most kids, I was blown away by the power, energy, and voice of Holden Caulfield. That book (Catcher in the Rye) was intoxicating. The reader was swept up and borne away by it, and by its anger at hypocrisy and cant—what Holden called 'phonies.'" The story was published on January 28, 2010.
The Nation, on January 25, 2010, examined the progress of women in the first decade of the 21st century and, in the category of education, mentioned the 2006 New York Times column written by Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid. The story was also published in the Oregonian of Portland, Oregon. The Delahunty column was a frank appraisal of the challenge facing admissions officers as the number of male applicants declines. Delahunty's column was mentioned the same day in an editorial on the college gender gap in the Los Angeles Times.
In a January 23, 2010, profile in the Guardian of Manchester, England, E.L. Doctorow '52 said, "The test of a book's quality is not if it reflects my life, but if it reflects yours." Doctorow's decision to attend Kenyon was, the story said, "a smart choice" because Doctorow studied under John Crowe Ransom and became involved in the theater.
A story about celebrity philanthropists and their alma maters, posted at Forbes.com on January 22, 2010, mentioned Paul Newman '49 and his gift of $10 million to Kenyon for scholarship. The story was also posted at www.monstersandcritics.com.
The death of Robert A. Goldwin, associate professor of political science at Kenyon from 1966-69, a former White House official, and a leading conservative scholar, attracted national attention, including an obituary published on January 22, 2010, in the Washington Post. Goldwin, who died on January 12, brought the Public Affairs Conference Center (1967-87) to Kenyon. The obituary was also published in the Oregonian of Portland, Oregon, and the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. And an appreciation of Goldwin was published in the American, the Journal of the American Enterprise Institute, and mentioned his work at Kenyon in the context of "a splendid collection of essays" sponsored by the Public Affairs Conference Center.
The best-seller Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell was the subject of a story in the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Post-Gazette on January 20, 2010. The biography of Watterson '80 and the story discuss Watterson's decision to end the strip and his subsequent low media profile. The artist "has not made a public appearance since giving the commencement speech at Kenyon College ... in 1990."
Kenyon took its place on a whimsical street map of the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The map accompanied a story posted on January 18, 2010, on Gawker.com. The reporter named neighborhood streets for the college rear-window stickers found on cars. The headline: "Park Slope is Full of Bragging College Grads."
In a column assessing race relations in the context of the first year of the presidency of Barack Obama, the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel quoted Glenn McNair, associate professor of history, on January 18, 2010. McNair said racial interaction in the United States has not changed "in any discernible way" since the Obama election, but what has changed is "how Americans are supposed to view race and how we are supposed to talk about it."
A $600,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio, headquartered at and including Kenyon, attracted attention on January 14, 2010, in the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and later on the Web site of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. The two-year grant is intended to help integrate digital resources into the curriculum.
The second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Dialogue at Kenyon attracted notice in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch on January 10 and 18, 2010, and in the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal on January 18.
The Tribune of Nassau, Bahamas, portrayed Timothy Shutt, professor of humanities, as the muse of Bahamian filmmaker Rupert Missick Jr. in a story published on January 14, 2010. Missick said his new film The Kindly Ones is inspired by the Aeschylus play The Eumenides. The play captured Missick's fancy after he listened to Shutt's recorded lecture "Foundations of Western Thought." Missick said, "I was particularly fascinated by what Dr. Shutt pointed out was one of the central themes of the play ... a conflict between two visions of family."
Wendy MacLeod, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and professor of drama, was an interview subject at Examiner.com of Denver, Colorado, in a story posted on January 13, 2010. The story noted that MacLeod "is known for her dark and biting sense of humor" and that her play Schoolgirl Figure has been optioned for film. "My favorite ideas come from the stories that people tell at dinner parties," she said. "I also read voraciously."
The Rutland (Vermont) Herald reported the hiring of Seth Webb '97 as director of the Killington, Vermont, Economic Development and Tourism Department in a story published on January 13, 2010.
On January 12, 2010, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch profiled David Knapke '10, who had scored 1,051 points for the Lords basketball team. "I'm having the best year of all my years, and I think it's because I've realized this is my last go-round," Knapke said. "I've gotten a great education," he added.
Pediatrician Wendy Sue Swanson '96 has started a parenting-advice blog called Seattle Mama Doc, according to a story posted on January 11, 2010, at www.prnewswise.com. Swanson is a mother of two and part of the medical staff at Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington. "The abundance of online noise invokes fear in all of us when making decisions for our children," Swanson said. "At the end of the day, we as parents just want to do what is right."
A story about the new, streamlined Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form in the January 10, 2010, edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch included comment from Craig Daugherty, director of financial aid. "It's like going to the dentist," Daugherty said of filling out the form. "You're afraid, but know you should go, and you're glad once it's over." The quote was included the next day in a blog posting at studentlendinganalytics.typepad.com.
A reporter's test of global positioning systems included a sampling of routes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom to Gambier. "There is no simple way to reach Kenyon College," the reporter wrote in the story published on January 10, 2010. After reaching U.S. Route 70 going west, the story said, "one guess seems as good as another." The story concluded, "It helps to know at which big, unmarked field to turn right." The reporter was Kenyon parent Maria Sciullo.
Karrie Wilson Weinhardt '87 was the subject of a profile in the January 9, 2010, edition of the Business Record of Des Moines, Iowa. Weinhardt had established a reputation as a "premier planner and organizer of events" in Des Moines, including the Des Moines Art Festival, and now runs the event-planning consulting business KWW LC.
The Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal, on January 8, 2010, reported on the Innovation Greenhouse Building Your Own Business Workshop Series, a seven-session program for students and community members.
Michael Stoner '85 was appointed vice president of marketing for Russian Standard Vodka USA, according to a story posted on January 7, 2010, on www.prnewswise.com. Stoner said he hoped to use "innovative and consumer-driven marketing initiatives" to enhance Russian Standard's presence in the U.S. market.
Suzan Seggerman '84, president of Games for Change, was profiled on www.itnewslink.com in a story posted on January 4, 2010. Seggerman co-founded the non-profit organization described as "the international nexus for those interested in using digital games to address pressing contemporary issues." She is a former director of the new-media think tank Web Lab, has worked in documentary film, and is a nationally ranked Scrabble player.