Kenyon in the News

Kenyon received extensive coverage in an August 24 New York Times story. Reporter Marian Burros visited Kenyon in June during the national farm-to-cafeteria conference hosted by the College. The resulting story examined the growing use, by institutions such as schools and colleges, of fresh foods produced by regional farmers. "You get higher quality food and lower environmental impact," President S. Georgia Nugent was quoted as saying in the Times. The article also quoted Niles Gebele, general manager of Aramark food service at Kenyon, and Kate Barney '06, who has been involved in research and projects sponsored by Kenyon's Rural Life Center.

Kenyon was ranked number thirty-two in U.S. News & World Report's annual listing of the nation's best liberal-arts colleges. Last year, the College was listed at number twenty-nine. Williams College took the top spot, followed by Amherst at number two and Swarthmore at number three. Oberlin's listing was number twenty-three, Denison University's fifty-one. The rankings were published in the magazine's August 29 edition.

The Princeton Review listed Kenyon in its 2006 rankings of the best 361 colleges. The Col-lege was ranked number twelve in the category "most beautiful campus" and number nineteen for "best college theater," a category taking into account how easy it is to get involved in dramatic productions and how popular they are on campus.

Kenyon was mentioned in the August 1 issue of Restaurants & Institutions magazine in a story about the top concerns of foodservice directors on college campuses. The story mentions the College's local foods initiative, Food for Thought, and its innovative way of supporting the local community by buying regional produce and meat. In addition, the article calls attention to the way Kenyon accounts for the participation of its 1,600 students in the mandatory meal plan. "Sounds corny, but we count trays," Niles Gebele , general manager of Aramark food service, was quoted as saying.

Professor of English and Editor of the Kenyon Review David Lynn was quoted in the July 15 Baltimore Sun in a story about the latest book in the Harry Potter series. According to Lynn, the books by J.K. Rowling have served as a bridge for an entire generation of readers who are now reading more advanced literature. "J.K. Rowling is an absolute master of using elements from many great mythic traditions and epics from the past, from Beowulf to Sir Walter Scott to J.R.R. Tolkien," Lynn was quoted as saying. "This means that younger readers should be able to make the transition to authors such as Shakespeare or Hemingway and still come back to the Harry Potter books when new ones are released."

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Britz was quoted in the May 20 Los Angeles Times in a story about college wait lists. Writer Stuart Silverstein reported that many colleges favor wealthier students when deciding whom to admit from the wait list, because financial-aid resources have typically been tapped out by the time those admissions are decided. Britz said that she was pleasantly surprised in May to have financial-aid money left over to offer students on the wait list.

Elliot Rushton '05 was included in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the May 2 issue of Sports Illustrated. He was the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championship's only triple winner, setting records in the 500- and 1,650-meter freestyle and winning the 400 IM. Rushton was swimmer of the meet, and the Lords won their twenty-sixth consecutive men's title.

The May 2 issue of U.S. News & World Report mentioned Kenyon in a story about the accessibility of America's elite colleges to low-income students. The story discussed a new book by William Bowen, the former president of Princeton and current head of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in which he points out that students from low-income families are hard to find on elite college campuses. According to U.S. News, some colleges are addressing the problem by adjusting their financial-aid packages. Most administrators would like to see more economic diversity, the article said. "We wish we could do it," Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Britz was quoted as saying. "But if you admitted the ideal class you wanted without any regard to what it is going to cost, you would bankrupt your institution very quickly."

Kenyon was mentioned in the March 16 New York Times in a story about overnight infirmaries disappearing on college campuses. Kenyon, Williams, and Bowdoin were listed as examples of small liberal-arts colleges that no longer provide beds.

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