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Local Area: The village of Gambier is a charming addition to Kenyon's sense of community, as it reminds us that we are still members of society, despite the `Kenyon Bubble.' Everyday interactions with the post office man, bookstore workers, and bank members allow interactions that are not purely academic and force relationships that extend beyond college-age people. Mt. Vernon is adequate, although not terribly exciting, and I'd love to see more restaurants. At the same time, being so far from a major city allows us to participate in our own community in a bigger way. Location is positive, if you can handle the isolation. It gives a better focus to studies without distraction.

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Local Area: Basically, Kenyon is the ideal college for anyone who enjoys the intimacy of a small town and isolation from the rest of the world. You can't always be isolated from the world, though, and Mt. Vernon, only a five-minute drive from Gambier, allows Kenyon students to re-enter the lives they may have left. If you have the patience, you learn that Mt. Vernon has anything and everything you could want or need as a college student.

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Local Area: Once you get beyond the initial `middle of nowhere' factor, you really begin to love the village of Gambier. Cars stop for you, everything is really clean, and you are able to interact with other students, faculty, and residents every day just walking through. Mt. Vernon, for what it is, a place to get all life's necessities, is fine. I actually like Gambier better, but Mt. Vernon is a fun random trip if you feel like it. Kenyon's location is definitely a positive. Being surrounded by nature without a lot of distractions lets you get your work done, and you're more likely to interact with other students more because you're not going into a city often. Plus, Columbus isn't that far away at all, and there's a big shopping mecca only 50 minutes away as well. Plus, it's just beautiful here.

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Local Area: I came out to Kenyon to visit, and I pretty much knew what Kenyon was going to be like, and I think that you don't come to Kenyon looking for a city. You don't come to Kenyon looking for a Gap or J.Crew on the corner. That is what part of the beauty of Kenyon is. The fact that it is a beautiful rural landscape, and it has a lot to offer with its small community-as far as community service and reporting for the newspaper goes. There are a lot of ways students can really work with their surroundings, whereas in the big city, they might feel that they are unable to make a difference.

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Local Area: The village of Gambier is perhaps the world's greatest college town-it's only a touch too small. As far as Mt. Vernon, if it weren't for Wal-Mart and Kroger, our hickish sense of civilization would be totally useless. Kenyon's location is an extreme positive. Simply put: Kenyon would not function at all outside of Gambier.

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Local Area: The village of Gambier is incredibly small and quaint. There really isn't too much to it. Mt. Vernon is kind of hickish with a lot of Mennonites and `middle-America' restaurants and stores. Kenyon's location is very isolated, but that's what I like about it. It's a break from reality. Plus, Columbus is only 50 minutes away.

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Local Area: Gambier is very picturesque and quiet. Mt. Vernon is a good place to get away. Mt. Vernon has all the staples like McDonald's and a Wal-Mart, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, plus a pretty, historical section of town. I think Kenyon's location is a positive. If you're from a big city, it takes a little adjusting (my best friend said that there are more people in two blocks in Chicago than in the entire town of Gambier including students), but there's always Columbus if you love crowds and traffic. The quietness of Gambier is conducive to studying-there aren't a whole lot of procrastinating excuses in the town itself.

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Local Area: Gambier and Knox County are what make Kenyon what it is, plain and simple, and for better and for worse. Don't come here if you're looking for great nightlife opportunities, world-class theaters or art, or hustle and bustle. That said, there are incredible opportunities here that you won't get in a larger campus setting-the chance to spend a lot of time with a small group of people in a beautiful rural environment.

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Local Area: Growing up in Long Island, I was able to enjoy the mixture of both the city and country lifestyle. The village of Gambier is definitely not a metropolis, and that's what makes Kenyon so incredible. The students and faculty at Kenyon make up a large percentage of the residents in Gambier.

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Health & Safety: Safety and security seem to be sort of malicious. They don't act like they're here for our safety. They act like they're bitter and want to get people in trouble because they can.

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Health & Safety: I started out as a freshman feeling as if security was always out to get me. Whether or not I was throwing a party in my room or going to a party, I always felt as if they were the enemy. As I have gone on and now am a senior, I appreciate their role; I realize they are not out to get us. They have done a lot for the school, and at least 90 percent of the time, they care about the good of the students.

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Health & Safety: Safety and security's role is to hassle students and to occasionally provide a helpful service. They are a presence.

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Health & Safety: Safety and security crack down a lot on parties, but I don't think they're too strict. You can always call them for a ride home, and people take advantage of that, which is good. (They don't always do that at other schools.)

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Health & Safety: I'm not too familiar with the safety and security department, but I do know they've always been there whenever our fire alarm has gone off (around 15 times in two months), and they are always efficient with towing cars when you leave your car alone for too long. Fortunately, I'm not too familiar with the safety and security personnel, but I did go on the campus lighting walk, which I think is an incredible idea. An electrician, a couple security officers, and students walked around the campus finding areas that were too dark. So far, I'm satisfied, and from what I've heard from the lighting walk, there are plenty of safety projects that will make the students feel even more comfortable, which is never a concern anyway.

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Health & Safety: The campus at large is very safe, and although lighting is a concern, most girls, I believe, feel comfortable walking alone at night.

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Technology: The campus computers are fine, although I barely ever use them. One should definitely bring his or her own computer. If everybody relied on the campus labs, all hell would break loose.

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Technology: The campus' computers are top-of-the-line. There are more than enough computers on campus to satisfy the student body, because enough students bring their own computers. I brought my computer, and it's really been helpful, but in case my laptop crashed, I would never have a problem finding another computer to use, even if it's a fellow dormmate's. I think it would be beneficial for any student to have a computer because it would make your life a lot easier since it's so convenient to setup a computer in your dorm and just work from home instead of walking a couple minutes away. I don't know, you can definitely survive without a computer, but if you're attached to the Internet, go ahead and bring one.

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Technology: While there are computers available all over campus, it's best to bring one for personal use as things can get crowded, especially around finals. The connections are fast, wireless is coming into certain campus buildings, and the support is available and thorough.

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Technology: There are a ton of computers. I think it is nice to have a computer. I don't think it is absolutely necessary. If you are going to bring a computer, it is nice to have a laptop because it gives you the flexibility of going to the library with it-it also gives you the flexibility of finding an empty classroom or study room where you can use it. I don't think it is absolutely necessary, but I think that it may be in the future. I think that Kenyon has done a pretty good job of trying to supply 24-hour computer access to students, and I have had very little trouble finding a free computer at pretty much every hour during the day.

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Technology: The computing system at Kenyon has strengths and pitfalls. On the plus side, there is Internet access for every student in his/her room, and 100-MB on the school server for each student to store files. The downside is reliability. The student drives on the server are often difficult to access from computer labs, and the e-mail server is faulty a couple of times a week.

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Technology: With the exception of exam time, Kenyon has ample computer lab space. While the computers on the main floor of the library may be difficult to snag in evening hours, the computer labs in the basement of buildings are generally available. Exam time, however, is a different animal.

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Technology: For the majority of the year, it is possible to survive without one, however, most students prefer to have the regular access to e-mail and IM that a PC allows.

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Campus Quality: With the exception of the science quad, the school buildings are, for the most part, beautiful from the outside, and in need of a major overhaul on the inside, especially the historic South dorms, and especially of those three, Leonard.

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Campus Quality: The architecture is amazing, but the insides of the buildings aren't all that great. I am a little bit afraid of the athetic center. I am afraid that it might take away from the role that the town now plays as a sort of student union, as a meeting place for the students. I think that is a real problem.

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Campus Quality: We don't necessarily need a student union because I think that the library, Pierce, Town, and Gund Commons in any season is a fine and a good meeting point. It also adds to the uniqueness of the campus.

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Kenyon College is a small school in rural Ohio. Located in the middle of cornfields, "remote" doesn't even begin to describe its location. Gambier consists of one block with a convenience store, bookstore, and two restaurants; the nearest Walmart is 15 minutes away by bus, and the local movie theater has only two screens. For all of its location flaws, the College has a certain charm. Kenyon wasn't named the "most beautiful college campus in the world" for nothing. Those who step onto the campus are immediately awed by the Gothic architecture, landscaped lawns, and inviting atmosphere.

Part of Kenyon's charm is that it attracts students who really want to be there, rather than those who want the location or name. Students bond over the remote location as much as they do over living in the dorms for four years or dining in the only dining hall on campus. This leads to a cohesive student body that's willing to shape the College it attends. Student groups on campus are very active in the life of the College, and many decisions are put to an all-campus vote.

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