Reflecting on Lords, Ladies and What Mascots Mean



Kenyon has a long, tangled past with the British elite. Philander Chase went to philanthropic members of England’s peerage in order to secure funds for his institution of higher learning. Through these debts we found the name of our school, our town and our mascots. But all past events have modern ramifications, and while I appreciate the history of our mascots, I also worry about the message they send to the larger community as a whole. Continue reading

Weekend Sports Roundup


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While the Kenyon community came together in the Kenyon Athletic Center to celebrate the inauguration of President Sean Decatur, the Lords and Ladies continued plugging away in the frigid fall air. Here’s how they fared over the weekend.

Friday, Oct. 25

Women’s Swimming: at Ohio State University; L 99-191

Men’s Swimming: at Ohio State University; L 101-186

Volleyball: home vs. Oberlin College; L 2-3 Continue reading

Oberlin Holds “Day of Solidarity” Amid Reports of Racism


The New York Times, among other sources, is reporting that on Monday, Oberlin canceled classes for a “day of solidarity” after a suspicious figure in a robe and hood was spotted outside the College’s Afrikan Heritage House. Apparently, the decision to cancel classes was made in the wake of other hate-related incidents at Oberlin. Continue reading

Cromwell May Be Nice, But The Nuge Makes Way Less Than Mountain State University’s President

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The New York Times reports that the number of private college presidents who make over $1 million per year is rising, up to 36 presidents/chancellors this year from 33 last year. Interestingly, the top-paid leaders aren’t from places like Harvard and Amherst: the #1 spot goes to Charles H. Polk of West Virginia’s Mountain State University. His $1,843,746 compensation (figure from 2009) comprises 3.5% of his institution’s total budget.

The Times article is based on data that was expertly visualized by The Chronicle of Higher Education, which shows that President Nugent is the nation’s 155th best-compensated college president. In 2009, she received $505,900 in total compensation, which includes a base pay of $337,753 as well as deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits.

By comparison, Denison’s president Dale T. Knobel received a total of $446,417 in 2009, and Oberlin’s president Marvin Krislov received $443,018. Former Kenyon president Robert A. Oden Jr., who assumed the presidency of Carleton College in 2003, made $593,132 there in 2009, although he has since retired.

Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America (which is totally a safety school), only makes $400,000 per year. Then again, the Nuge doesn’t get her own plane.