The Hot Sheet

Ballet, baseball, tennis balls, and six other things we love about Kenyon.

David Foster Wallace. The author of Infinite Jest delivered one of the most memorable Commencement addresses in recent history. Look for the speech in the Annual Report issue of the Bulletin later this fall.

Tennis Balls and Golf Clubs. The swimming Lords take credit for starting what's known as "campus golf." Players whack tennis balls through a ten-hole course that winds around Middle Path on the south end of campus.

'Oh Mama!' Nutrition Bars. The nutritious snack for pregnant women was created by Beth Kemmerer Vincent '91, CEO and cofounder of Vincent Foods. The bar contains an omega-3 fatty acid and fourteen vitamins and minerals.

Beauty and the Geek. Shawn Bakken '99 appeared on the hit WB reality show in June. Bakken was one of seven socially challenged men paired with seven academically impaired women competing for a $250,000 prize.

Mock Trial Success. One of Kenyon's teams qualified to compete in a national tournament this spring. Mock Trial allows students to gain courtroom experience through fictional cases.

Postage Stamps. Carl Djerassi '43, the eminent chemist who is best known for synthesizing the first oral contraceptive, was honored this spring when the post office of Austria issued a postage stamp saluting his accomplishments.

Writing for Children. Students of Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing Fanny Howe held readings for children this spring at Denham Sutcliffe, Bookseller. The used bookstore opened its doors to the members of Howe's "Writing for Children" course.

Water Ballet. Dance professor Julie Brodie taught a session of her beginning ballet class in the Ernst Center natatorium. According to Brodie, the water provides resistance that emphasizes the muscular effort involved in executing various ballet movements.

Baseball and the Kenyon Review. Last spring, writer Spike Vrusho wrote a column in the New York Press claiming the Review helped the Red Sox win last year's World Series. He mused that the Sox won because they were featured on the cover of the literary magazine's spring 2004 issue.