We are Kenyon: A Photo Essay

Among these students you'll find Irish fiddlers, poets, printmakers, club and varsity athletes; economists, biologists, creative writers, and anthropologists; natives of the north, south, east, and west as well as Asia and South America; future doctors, artists, and business people. They are not completely or demographically representative of the student body, nor are they intended to be. Together, though, they afford us a glimpse into Kenyon today.

We hope you enjoy this photographic stroll through the human landscape of Kenyon, every bit as glorious as our stately buildings, green hilltop, and graceful lawns.

Whitney Bratton

Whitney Bratton, a senior English major, plays Irish fiddle in a student band called Potato Famine. She also plays classical violin in a string quartet with retired professors Franklin Miller, Bill McCulloh, and Ron McLaren. A creative-writing concentrator, she spent her junior year studying in England with the Kenyon-Exeter Program, and she's currently at work writing two novels for young adults.

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Sahadeo Ramharrack

Junior Sahadeo Ramharrack, a cross-country runner and pole vaulter, majors in international studies and is contemplating a second major in Spanish area studies. He's active in student government and peer mentoring, serves as president of SOCA (Students on Caribbean Awareness), and is a member of ADELANTE (Asociacion de Estudiantes Latino Americanos y de Naciones Tropicales Exoticas), SAMOSA (South Asian Multicultural Organization for Student Awareness), and the Black Student Union.

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Jian Lu

Jian Lu, known as Jenny, began studying violin at the age of six and currently plays with the Knox County Symphony. A sophomore, she majors in international studies, with a disciplinary concentration in political science and an area concentration in East Asia. She plans to study abroad for a semester of her junior year. To fulfill her second major in modern languages and literatures, she studies both Mandarin Chinese and French. Jenny is features editor of the Kenyon Collegian and a member of the Epsilon Delta Mu sorority. She likes to go for runs on the local trails. Before coming to Kenyon, she served as an intern for her local Congressman.

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Dan Poppick

Junior Dan Poppick loves the literary life at Kenyon. He majors in English with a concentration in fiction writing and is one of the Kenyon Review student associates. He and his roommate, Ted Hornick, have started a creative prose-writing group called WALRUS, whose student members workshop each others' writing. Last semester the group cohosted a coffeehouse in Peirce with the Kenyon Poets' Society. Dan came to Kenyon because he wants to be a writer "and to be in the middle of no place." He likes to spend time at the Brown Family Environmental Center.

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Justine Palacios and Paige Markham

East meets West in first-year roommates Justine Palacios (top), a Long Islander, and Paige Markham, a Hawaiian islander. Justine plays volleyball and plans to major in English. Paige, a pre-med biology major, pursues photography. The two met and became friends while attending a Kenyon visit weekend as high schoolers. They e-mailed through the year, thrilled to learn they were both going to attend Kenyon. Happiness gave way to amazement when they discovered they'd been randomly assigned as roommates, proving once again that Kenyon is often a place of happy serendipity.

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Alexis Grey-Heitz

Alexis Grey-Heitz, a senior from California, has been acting professionally since the age of six. She majors in English and minors in sociology, while also exploring neuroscience, film, and photography. Alexis studied abroad last year with the Kenyon-Exeter Program. On campus she's a Peep and a DJ at WKCO.

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Ping Lai

Ping Lai was born in Hong Kong and moved to California, as a boy. He majors in international studies with a fair amount of philosophy on the side. He tutors other students in his native tongue and is himself learning Japanese and Russian. Ping serves as sophomore class president, plays many intramural sports, is president of the Chinese club, and is an active member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He plans to be a businessman in China.

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Henry Mathes

Henry Mathes majors in international studies, concentrating in anthropology and sociology, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and diversity studies in southern Africa. A sophomore, he plans to spend next year studying abroad. His other interests include photography, American studies, and European languages. Henry works as a circulation page in the library, serves as a discrimination advisor, and is active in ALSO (Allied Sexual Orientations) and the Unity House. He anticipates a career in public health.

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Blossom Barrett and Frankie Gourrier

Blossom Barrett (right), a sophomore from Ohio, majors in drama and is contemplating a second major in Spanish area studies. In addition to serving as a peer mentor, she's one of the managers of Snowden Multicultural House. Her comanager is Frankie Gourrier (left), a native of Louisiana, who's majoring in American studies.

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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez, a junior from Brazil, is a Lords swimmer. He majors in economics but also enjoys taking a lot of biology classes for balance in his academic pursuits. A native speaker of Portuguese who's also fluent in English, Eduardo is currently in his second year of studying Italian, "because honestly I just think learning to understand different languages is cool." He relaxes from studying and intensive swimming by catching a movie or hanging out with his friends.

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Emily Mieko Robinson

Emily Mieko Robinson, a junior from Illinois, double majors in English and studio art. Last fall she was a teaching assistant in professor Claudia Esslinger's digital art lab. She enjoys creative writing and aspires to combine writing with her love for art and music. She recently exhibited an installation with paper cranes on the outside wall of the Craft Center. A member of Epsilon Delta Mu sorority, Emily is studying abroad in this semester.

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