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Updates from the Hill

July 28, 2015

You know how whenever you return to Kenyon at the summer, there’s all sorts of changes and it’s just like ugh why didn’t I know about this. Life is gonna be so different now even if it is just removing the carpeting from Caples? Well fret no more! We are here to end all conspiracies! We’ve compiled a short list of some of the goings-on on campus:

The Gambier Grill (aka the Cove):

See, they just repaved the parking lot!

See, they just repaved the parking lot!

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E.L. Doctorow ’52 Dies at 84

July 21, 2015

E.L. Doctorow ’52. Via

E.L. Doctorow, a member of the class of 1952 died in Manhattan today as a result of complications from lung cancer. He was 84. Though a philosophy major, Doctorow also studied with the founder of the New Criticism school, John Crowe Ransom, during his time at Kenyon. Read more…

Allison Janney ’82 to receive Walk of Fame Star

June 25, 2015
Janney '82 to receive star on Walk of Fame. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

Janney ’82 to receive star on Walk of Fame.
(Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

Allison Janney ’82, was announced as a member of the Class of 2016 to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

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Venezuela Sets Election Date, Lopez ’93 Ends Hunger Strike [UPDATED]

June 25, 2015

Leopoldo Lopez ’93. Via

[Update 9:40p.m.]: The Lopez family’s request for the International Red Cross to visit and assess the health of Leopoldo Lopez ’93 and his fellow hunger strikers remains pending. The family encourages the signing and sharing of this petition in hopes that Leo and the others may receive the proper care needed to recover from the aftereffects of the hunger strike.

With the Venezuelan government’s announcement of its decision to hold parliamentary elections, Leopoldo Lopez ’93 has ended his 30 day hunger strike. In a message to the Venezuelan people released earlier this week, Lopez writes, Read more…

Bid to Be A Character in John Green’s Next Novel!

June 24, 2015

John Green. Via

According to MTV News, John Green officially launched a bidding process yesterday that gives fans a chance to have a character of their name in his next novel. The proceeds of the bidding go to the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. In the spirit of this charitable endeavor, Green has been generous enough to guarantee that the winner’s namesake will not tragically die in the novel. Read more…

López ’93 in Third Week of Hunger Strike; Petition Circulating for Red Cross to Intervene

June 10, 2015


Adriana López Vermut, sister of Leopoldo López ’93, has created a petition asking the General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations to intercede, and allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the prison where López is being held.

Leopoldo López has been a prisoner in Venezuela since February 2014, and has been on a hunger strike since May 22, 2015. Begun by López and fellow political prisoner Daniel Ceballos, former mayor of San Cristóbal, the hunger strike now includes more than thirty-four individuals. López Vermut is concerned for their health and well-being, and says the Venezuelan Government has ignored her efforts to reach out. She also states in an email circulated to the Kenyon student body by Professor of Sociology George McCarthy that she hopes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will enter the prison where López and the other political prisoners are kept to make sure that their treatment is humane.

To see and sign the petition in English, click here.

For the petition in Spanish, click here.

Middle Path Construction Continues

May 25, 2015

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