Kenyon in the News

Kenyon is mentioned in a front-page story in the Monday, March 10, New York Times. The story reports that colleges across the country have seen an upswing in the requests for financial aid as the country's economic slump continues. Even those who receive aid are coming back at midyear for more because their families' fortunes unexpectedly took a turn for the worse. According to the Times, such requests have doubled at Kenyon.

Wrestling With Gabriel, a novel by Professor of English and Editor of the Kenyon Review David Lynn '76, is featured in the Tuesday, March 11, Des Moines Register. The novel is based on a notorious Des Moines, Iowa, crime in which a man convicted of first-degree burglary and third-degree sex abuse claims he was framed by the police because of his political activities.

Kenyon's men's and women's swimming teams were featured in the Friday, March 21, Columbus Dispatch in story on college sports dynasties. "Every year since 1980, when Kenyon College's men's swimming team won its first NCAA Division III national championship, trophy engravers haven't had to worry whether Denison is spelled with two Ns or three or any other matters of orthography. They have needed only six letters: K-E-N-Y-O-N," reads the lead of the story, which features a photograph of coach Jim Steen and two Kenyon swimmers.

The men's and women's swimming teams were also featured in the Monday, March 24, USA Today. The paper reports that the men's team collected its twenty-fourth consecutive Division III title, the longest title streak in any NCAA sport or division. USA Today reports that the women's win the previous week gives Kenyon a total of forty-three national titles in the past twenty-four years.

Kenyon is listed at number twelve in a Washington Post list of "100 schools that deserve more attention than they are getting." Washington Post Staff Writer Jay Matthews compiled the list that ran on April 1. Matthews says the list is based on an informal and unscientific survey. "I have ranked the 100 schools, but I would not put much stock in my order of merit. I did it mostly for fun," Matthews reports. The list, which contains an eclectic mix of schools, was led by Elon University, followed Earlham College.

Kenyon was mentioned on an April 3 News Channel Twelve broadcast out of Norwalk, Connecticut. In a segment offering advice on how to apply to college, cohost Rebecca Suran questioned college consultant Claire Friedlander about the number of students in the Northeast who apply to the same schools, most of them on the East Coast. "There are an awful lot of good schools out there. Certainly Stanford is not in the Northeast, and that's a good school. Tulane is not in the Northeast, Washington University, St. Louis, is not in the Northeast. And we see many students who are moving out to Kenyon College, a good college in Ohio," Friedlander is quoted as saying.

The April 11 Chronicle of Higher Education lists a course on terrorism taught by Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science David Rowe. "Terrorism: Origin, Dangers, and Prospects" is one of ten courses listed as examples of how institutions are helping students make sense of terrorism.

Kenyon was mentioned in the May 5 edition of U.S. News and World Report in feature on how to pay for college. U.S. News reports that many families are requesting more financial aid now due to money troubles related to the economy. Midyear appeals for aid doubled this year at Pomona College, Kenyon, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, reports the magazine.

Professor of Biology Joan Slonczewski was featured in the science section of the Tuesday, May 6, Columbus Dispatch. The story discusses her research involving E. coli bacteria, which attracted the interest of the National Science Foundation after tainted hamburgers from a restaurant chain killed four children and sickened hundreds of people.

Associate Director of Admissions Liz Forman '73 was quoted in the April 27 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story tells how top colleges are working harder to coax accepted students to enroll. Many admissions offices go the extra mile in the month of April by calling students, inviting them to yield parties at the homes of alumni, and even overnight campus stays. "It's our last chance to make sure that students can fully see themselves at the College," Forman is quoted as saying. "There is this perception of students waiting at the mailbox. Will it be a thin letter or a thick letter? Schools have that same experience. That's the side people don't always see."

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