Kenyon Siblings: The Benzes

College is a stage of our lives where we are often removed from our families for the first time, but this is not always so. Many of us have siblings here, or at other schools, with whom we share very close bonds, experiences, academic interests and even professors. This piece is the second in a series of featured siblings at Kenyon. This week we interviewed Cole Benz ’15 and Charlotte Benz ’17 from San Francisco, California.


Charlotte and Cole in San Francisco (their home!) looking really freaking cute. Cole’s the beardy one.

A few things you didn’t know about the Benz Kidz…

Charlotte, why did you choose Kenyon?

Charlotte: I was deciding between two schools and I did weekend visits for both. Kenyon was on the second weekend and I came for Shock Your Mom. I went with my brother and his friends dressed up as Juggalos and Juggalets. And we have one mother and I think we shocked her together. And I think that really solidified things for me.

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Dear Alum: Paul Newman ’49

Kenyon’s alumni are some of the best and brightest in the world (we happen to think). In this new feature, we’ll be celebrating some of our most beloved Kenyon alums with the highest honor any mortal can hope to achieve: notes/letters published on the Internet. Yes, that’s right, the Internet.


Dear Paul Newman,

Thank you so frickin much for Seabiscuit. Ohh wait wait! …wrong alum. You’re that expensive salad dressing guy—the hot shot with the chin dimple. Honestly, I find it difficult to believe you were that handsome in college. With a jawline like that, your presence likely tipped Kenyon’s delicate balance of average looking people to slightly above average looking people.* In this regard, you and I are quite alike. I’d like to think you were a N.A.R.P. like me.

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