Kenyon in the News

Kenyon's swimming glory lit up the nation's televisions on Monday, February 9, by way of Cold Pizza, ESPN2's morning show about sports, pop culture, and lifestyle trends. The show featured an interview with swim coach Jim Steen and one of his top swimmers, senior Marc Courtney-Brooks. Steen and Courtney-Brooks talked about Kenyon's "Drive for 25," the quest by the men's swimming team for their twenty-fifth consecutive national championship.

A review in the January 25 Columbus Dispatch praised the "delightful sculptures" of Professor of Art Barry Gunderson, who was exhibiting his work at the Art Access Gallery in Bexley, Ohio. Reviewer Jacqueline Hall noted that Gunderson's work combines "fantasy, imagination, and exquisite craftsmanship."

Senior Associate Director of Admissions Elizabeth Forman was quoted in the Education Life supplement of the January 18 Sunday New York Times, in an article about the potentially embarrassing pitfalls that college applicants face when they communicate with admissions offices using e-mail "screen names" that raise eyebrows. Forman recalled interviewing a young woman whose screen name "was something like Sexybabe"--her younger brother had set up the account and thought the name was cool. Forman also advised applicants to use the traditional conventions of letter-writing, including formal salutations and standard capitalization.

Professor of History Reed Browning was quoted in the January 11 edition of Florida Today in a story about the possibility of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some historians think that Jackson's participation in the 1919 World Series gambling scandal should prevent him from ever receiving this honor. According to Browning, Jackson's involvement left a permanent stain on his reputation, despite claims by supporters that his role was peripheral.

Professor of Biology Joan Slonczewski was quoted in the December 16 Woman's World magazine in a story about protecting yourself from "super germs" and preventing the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to Slonczewski, regular soap is a better choice than antibacterial soap. "When you use antibacterial soap, susceptible bacteria on your hands die, but the resistant ones flourish," she's quoted as saying.

James Michael Playwright-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Drama Wendy MacLeod was mentioned in the December 21 New York Times in a story about the season of the female playwright. According to the Times, almost all of the talked-about plays Off Broadway last fall were written by women. MacLeod is listed as one of several women whose work has been closely watched. Her play Juvenilia premiered November 14 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Professor of Biology Joan Slonczewski was featured in the December 4 edition of the prestigious science journal Nature, in a column called "Lifelines" that uses creative questions to profile scientists. Noting Slonczewski's accomplishements as a science-fiction writer, the journal asked, "You've just been told (in confidence) that the world will end tomorrow. What would you do next?" Slonczewski's reply: "Rush out and save it, of course. Isn't that the standard plot of science fiction?"

Professor of History Wendy Singer was quoted in the December 4 New York Times in a story about the position of women in electoral politics in India. According to the Times, there are relatively few women candidates in India not because voters don't trust them but because the big political parties discourage their participation. Singer told the Times that many women, frustrated by the "ticket ceiling," simply went into other kinds of political, or even social, work.

Professor of Psychology Michael Levine was quoted in the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in a story about eating disorders. The article states that anorexia and bulimia are relatively rare, affecting roughly 5 percent of the population in the United States. But a much larger group of women--perhaps as many as 30 percent--suffers from what experts refer to as disordered eating patterns, which are habits that reflect an unhealthy mind-set about food even though body weight may be normal. "A lot of these patterns require a certain mind-set that sets you up to feel worse about yourself," Levine is quoted as saying.

Associate Professor of Biology Siobhan Fennessy was quoted in the November 26 broadcast of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," in a story about wetlands. Commenting on the expectation that developers who drain natural wetlands should create new ones to take their place, Fennessy contended that even when new wetlands are created, developers are not really replacing what has been destroyed.

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