Kenyon in the News

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Britz was quoted in the Sunday, March 5, New York Times in a story about high schools that no longer provide a class ranking for students applying to college. While many colleges are exasperated by the trend and are coming up with their own ways to recreate an applicant's class rank, Kenyon is not among them. "I think it kind of frees us in some ways; it enables us to take the kids who are a joy to teach," Britz was quoted as saying. "It allows you to tailor your admission process to what your institution strives for."

Economics professor David Harrington was quoted in the March 2 Baltimore Sun in a story about a Maryland state law that limits funeral home ownership to licensed funeral directors. According to Harrington, a funeral in Maryland costs, on average, $784 more than the average funeral in the nine states that have relatively unregulated funeral industries. Harrington said costs in Maryland are higher because of the ownership restriction and because of other regulations, such as requiring funeral homes to be full-service.

In February, the Columbus Dispatch ran two stories about drama professor Jon Tazewell's portrayal of legendary actor-singer-activist Paul Robeson in a one-man play produced by the Red Herring Theater Ensemble. On February 9, a front-page preview in the "Weekender" section traced Tazewell's longtime interest in Robeson and his dream of both portraying Robeson and singing some of the songs for which he is celebrated. The story quoted Tazewell discussing Robeson's career and his dedication as an artist to "the political struggle against discrimination." On February 11, the Dispatch ran a review that praised Tazewell for "a triumphant performance." Reviewer Michael Grossberg called special attention to Tazewell's "vibrating baritone." When the Kenyon professor "delivers a majestic and moving rendition of 'Old Man River,'" he wrote, "the audience can almost close its eyes and imagine Robeson onstage."

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Britz was quoted in the January issue of Los Angeles Family in a story about the rising cost of higher education and how to pay for it. According to the story, some students are concerned that informing colleges of their financial situation will hurt their chances of admission. "Some schools are entirely need-blind, and some do take into account ability to pay," Britz was quoted as saying. "We are primarily need-blind, but for the last 5 or 10 percent of our decisions, we do have to [consider] ability to pay."

A piece by economics professor David Harrington appeared in the February 1 Baltimore Sun. Harrington and his co-author, Thomas Firey, noted that funeral costs in Maryland are more expensive than they need to be. They argued that morticians are using state regulations to gouge consumers. Harrington and his wife, economics professor Kathy Krynski, are experts on the funeral services market.

Kenyon was mentioned in the February 6 edition of USA Today in a story about college athletes who suffer from depression. The story quoted Jennifer Carter '93, who is director of sports psychology at Ohio State University. USA Today mentioned that Carter was an All-American swimmer on Kenyon's championship swim team from 1991 to 1993.

Wendy MacLeod , associate professor of drama and James Michael Playwright-in-Residence, was mentioned in the January 12 New York Times in a feature story about Bradford Louryk and his one-man play Christine Jorgensen Reveals. Louryk, a member of the marketing department at Playwrights Horizons, has enlisted MacLeod as one of several writers to work on his latest project, Version Mary.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Britz was mentioned in the lead of a December 27 story in USA Today. The story talked about the impact a letter of recommendation can have on a student's chance for admission to a selective college. USA Today reported that academic record and test scores remain the most important factors in admission, but recommendations, along with the student essay, are next in importance. "A student's grade point average and test scores don't tell you who is a joy to teach," Britz was quoted as saying. "A recommendation does."

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