We’re back yet again with a fascinating addition of Kenyon Doppelgangers. This time we’ve got a pair that looks so much alike they could give Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap a run for their money.
With sleek, black feathered heads, dagger-like beaks, and featured roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, the metal crows on Ransom Hall and the real, flesh and blood crows of the earth have an eerie similarity. This uncanny resemblance cannot go unnoticed; however, today we look beyond that identical exterior and peer underneath feathery facade.
We singled out the fourth Ransom Hall crow with its beak open in preparation to make the signature “caw-caw” call, as well as a live crow, found majestically strutting down Middle Path. The Ransom crow was crafted by Kenyon alum Peter Woytuk and named after one of Kenyon’s OGs, poet John Crowe Ransom. This Ransom crow, here after referred to as “Crowe” is a sociable fellow although much more reserved in demeanor than our live crow, here after referred to as “Crow”. Crow crafted by God and/or natural selection is more of a mischievous homie than Crowe. Crow enjoys rifling through the garbage in a Mather or Mcbride breezeway and taking Peirce cups back to his room, while Crowe likes to the pass the time on top of Ransom Hall and watch anxious prospies pass by.
When asked where these two look-a-likes like to spend time on campus, Crowe described the wilding that goes on at the top of Ransom Hall. “Honestly, The Bullseye’s got nothing us,” he explained. Crow, on the other hand, told us gripping tales about the Kenyon Cemetery, but added that his other top hang out spot is any street with roadkill.
When I approached Crowe and Crow about their Doppelganger status, they said they hadn’t encountered each other very often. The two agreed that it was probably due to the fact that Crowe tends to stick to the top of Ransom, while Crow sits on New Side.
Our conversation came to a close as the crows agreed, “There really doesn’t seem to be a downside to being tall, dark and handsome.” Ah yes, outer beauty over everything of course; thank you gentlemen.
Thanks to kenyoncollege.edu and allaboutbirds.org for some helpful facts.