Kenyon in the News: Decriminalization of Marijuana

As marijuana laws relax in many states, with Colorado and Washington both legalizing recreational use and other states legalizing use of the drug for medical purposes, we can also look south of our borders to, to Jamaica, a country many associate with marijuana. And it looks like at least one Kenyon faculty member has opinions on the issue.

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Kenyon is America’s 39th Best College, Says Internet

Our friends over at Arbitrary Rankings Quarterly (also known as Forbes magazine) have decreed that our humble college is just a teensy bit better than the College of William and Mary and just a tiny bit worse than Georgetown University. More importantly, we’re a heckuva lot better than rivals Oberlin College (#75), Skidmore College (#84) and Denison University (#102). Princeton is #1, not that we care. I mean, who’s even counting? Whatever, Princeton. You can keep Paul Krugman, because we have Will Melick.

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Kenyon Alumna to Run the (Financial) World

Peyton Patterson '78, who has been selected to be the CEO of BNC Financial Group.

Kenyon is well known for its authors and scholars, but did you know Kenyon is a powerhouse for bankers? It’s true. As citybizlist.com reports, Kenyon alumna Peyton Patterson ’78 has been named CEO of BNC Financial Group, a conglomerate of smaller commercial banks based in New England. Peyton will assume the role this September.

A political science major at Kenyon, Patterson went on to receive her MBA from George Washington University. Patterson has spent over 25 years in the financial services industry as has won a number of awards and rankings. In 2005, she was ranked #2 on US Banker’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”

According to CityBiz, Patterson said of her selection, “I am honored to be joining BNC Financial Group because it represents everything I love about community banking.”

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Kenyon Trustee Is Amazing

(Via paulgoldberger.com) Guys, he has his own website.

Paul Goldberger, a Kenyon Trustee ’03, has recently moved from the New Yorker  to Vanity Fair.  Goldberger will act as a contributing editor and will write architecture criticism for the magazine. He began his career at the New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for distinguished criticism, the highest award offered.

Want to be on top like Goldberger? Read more after the jump.

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Philander Chase Featured in Episcopal Attempt to Make Lent Fun

That halo will be ours!

Click here to vote for Philander!

Lent Madness, a blog started by Episcopal Rev. Tim Schenck to help people “learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints,” is featuring our very own Philander Chase today. The blog is a takeoff on March Madness:

32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Final Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

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Okay, This Time We Really are Famous: Kenyon in The New York Times

(Andrew Spear for The New York Times)

Today, The New York Times published a feature, “Missing at Kenyon: A Title to Defend,” on the Kenyon swimming team. It can be found on page B13 of the print edition, for you crossword-doers out there. The piece focuses on last year’s end to Kenyon’s long-running winning streak, but the tone is optimistic and really pretty flattering.

“Was it disappointing? Sure it was,” [Coach Jim] Steen said, talking about the narrow loss to Denison last spring. “It was a very humbling experience. One of the old sayings in sport is success breeds success. But does it really? Maybe temporarily it does. But it also breeds complacency. At some point, there is a waning of intention, purpose and drive, and most of that happens unconsciously.

“But I am a firm believer that the exalted will be humbled and the humbled will be exalted. The guys now see it as an opportunity.”

Also, they interviewed the incorrigible Tim Shutt. So, there’s that.