In this interview, I speak with Mia Fox ’19, English and Biology double major who did research in an animal bio lab this past year.
In this feature, The Thrill will showcase a typical day of a member of the Kenyon Community: student, faculty, or staff. If you have nominations for people to be showcased, please share them in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though Sarah Speroff ’18 and I share the same name, most everyone just calls her Speroff: The name printed on the back of her jersey. Speroff has always considered herself to be a sports person; she’s had years of experience playing hockey (both field and ice) and lacrosse. She is a member of Kenyon’s varsity field hockey team, and she also played lacrosse during her first year. Winter is technically the off-season for field hockey, but the team still gathers together for meals as well as lifting and conditioning. She’s also a member of the budding FHockapella, which had its inaugural performance at the fall Gospel Choir concert. On top of being a team member, she is co-president of Kenyon College Athletes for Equality, an organization that works to create awareness of LGBTQ issues in athletics on both the professional and college levels, promoting inclusivity and respect on every sports team. She also works to protect the Kenyon community in her job as a lifeguard at the KAC pool. Beyond the world of athletics, she is a dedicated sophomore biology major with an environmental studies concentration and an anthropology minor. Though she hails from land-locked Cleveland, where she admits Lake Erie does not provide the ideal aquatic ecosystem, her passion has been environmental marine ecology ever since her high school marine biology class visited the Island School in the Bahamas. On campus, her closest connection to the underwater realm is her beloved betta fish Mango, who she keeps in her Taft apartment in a tank that doubles as a terrarium for growing aquaponic basil.
Here is an under-the-surface look at a typical Monday in the life of Sarah Speroff:
8:30 am: I woke up and went to breakfast with my teammates on Old Side. I had eggs. I always have eggs, and maybe hash brown triangles if they have them. Also coffee. I’m addicted and it’s rough. On a good day I drink 4 to 7 cups of coffee. I take it straight and black, but I also have a french press for when I want something fancier.
According to the Kenyon News Room, Harvey Lodish ’62 will spend the next two weeks teaching an intensive course on current stem cell research. Lodish, a professor of biology and bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also a noted bio-tech entrepreneur.
During his two-week stay, the molecular biologist will also present two public lectures. One, part of the Biology Seminar Series, took place on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4:15 p.m. in Higley Hall Auditorium. The other will be during Common Hour on Tuesday, Feb. 7, also in Higley. The presentation is called “My Careers in Biotechnology, Patent Law, and Economic Development.”
Fun fact! Lodish was also an Archon during his time at Kenyon!