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Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs twice a month to Columbus-for those who need a taste of the city.

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Transportation: In terms of public transportation out of Gambier, there is a shuttle that drops students off in different points in Mt. Vernon. It runs hourly in the afternoons and evenings on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. It is no cost to students, and is a perfect way to escape the hill for a bit, either for a meal, some shopping, or to see a movie.

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Athletics: Football's not too big here. IM sports are a popular way to have fun and carry on playing sports if you're not too serious about them.

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Athletics: Kenyon is definitely not a jock school. The typical Kenyon student is very intellectual and very interested in classes; a lot of people talk about their classes outside of the classroom. Everyone seems to think pretty strongly about everything that goes on at Kenyon. They are very conscious of the community around them, and athletics are important, but there is definitely not that much of an emphasis put on them.

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Athletics: We excel at geeky, patrician sports like swimming, and are laughably bad at jock sports like football. With that said, a huge number of people here are active and athletic without being jocks. Intramural sports are popular and a lot of fun.

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Athletics: IM sports are a presence at Kenyon, drawing perhaps an additional 20 percent of students to athletics, primarily through soccer, football, and basketball leagues.

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Athletics: In terms of quantity of sports, Kenyon matches up well with any other Division III, liberal-arts school. Quality, however, is at best another matter entirely. While there are some successful programs, the majority of Kenyon teams are mediocre.

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Athletics: As to the athletic scene, intramural women's rugby is decidedly the optimal sport on campus. Anyone can play; the captains are willing to teach you. There are no coaches, just other girls. It's a great way to stay in shape, get out aggression, and feel unconventional. It also guarantees you a safe and song-filled social life-c'mon now!

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Athletics: Kenyon is not a jock school, although I see it rapidly getting there, with the addition of FRA. At the same time, we needed a new facility desperately, and this will most definitely attract student athletes. I don't want to see it move towards a division in the student body as a cross-country runner. I enjoy the fact that I can be a student, a singer, a writer, and an athlete without feeling the need to restrict myself. Sports are moderately important to students, and not so much to the community, with the exception of swimming, which I wouldn't consider a jock sport. I think swimming and football get the most attention, for opposite reasons. In addition, the `game-oriented' sports, such as soccer and field hockey, get the most attention. Due to the nature of the sport, XC is overlooked, and golf is nonexistent, but understandably so.

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Athletics: I feel like a majority of the students do play sports here, but I don't get the sense that it's a jock school. And if you don't play a sport, you're definitely not looked down upon.

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Athletics: The two highest profile sports are football and men's basketball. Football, which has heightened importance because of Kenyon's location in Ohio, and men's basketball has had three coaches in the past six years, regularly only draw 300 to 400 people to a weekend game. Those numbers put us near the bottom of our conference.

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Off-Campus Housing: An increasingly popular trend for those left in the cold by the lottery is to find an underclassman willing to pay both shares in a double in exchange for the senior living in a vacancy in an off-campus apartment.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is decidedly inconvenient, since almost all activities are based on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: In order to live off campus, you can enter the housing lottery, be assigned to a room, and then choose to live in an apartment and pay both the Kenyon boarding fee and the apartment rent, or you can be approved for off-campus housing by the Office of Residential Life, have your Kenyon boarding fee waived, and pay rent for an apartment. Either way, it's much more expensive than living on campus (rent is more than the Kenyon boarding fee), and the few off-campus options that exist aren't terribly different from many of the Kenyon housing options. Despite all this, it's tempting to live off campus just to know a bit more responsibility and freedom.

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Parking: It is terrible parking, especially for underclassmen. You don't need a car, but it's nice to have a friend who has one.

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Parking: There are far too many cars on this campus, which makes it hard to park.

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Parking: South lot is the hardest place to park.

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Parking: Parking is not a problem if you don't mind a five-minute walk to the freshman lot. I need a car because I couldn't stay in Gambier for the entire year, and I don't like to depend on other people. Don't let other people use you, though, but having a car is definitely a huge benefit.

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Parking: It's annoying. They make the freshmen park really far away from the freshman dorms when there are perfectly good and open spaces right outside the door. You don't need a car, but it's really nice to have one if you want to get off campus and not just take the shuttle to Mt. Vernon. Chances are you'll definitely have more than one friend who has a car.

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Parking: Upperclassmen are given stickers (either North or South) based on their housing assignment. About one-fourth to one-third of the students bring cars, and there is a minor parking crunch because while there are enough spaces to accommodate the drivers, good spaces (closest to the dorms or other popular locations) are hot commodities.

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Parking: Parking is awful. At the same time, I wouldn't want to see parking lots take over Kenyon's greenery, so I guess we have to deal with it. Surprisingly, parking was easiest my sophomore year when I lived in Mather. We had access to Bexleys and Caples lot and Bexley Hall, and I usually got a spot. Freshman year, prepare to hike, junior and senior year, good luck getting a spot at Leonard or Manning-you probably won't. You don't need a car, unless you have an off-campus job, but it is handy. However, enough people have cars (judging from the crowded parking lots), that one is not necessary.

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Parking: Many similarly small schools do not allow freshmen to bring cars. Kenyon places no such restrictions on its newcomers. However, there is a built in deterrent, as freshmen are required to park on the south end of campus, which is at the opposite end from their dorms.

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Parking: A wrinkle in the parking situation is that because the College and the Village of Gambier are literally intertwined, student drivers are subject to both the school's parking regulations and those of Gambier. The spaces on the main roads are governed by the Gambier sheriff.

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Weather: Bring some cool clothes for when you first get here. Remember, it's not cold in August, but bring your warmer clothes, and don't forget your raincoat or your umbrella.

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Weather: I made the mistake of bringing about 10 tank tops, only one of which I used, and I used it as fabric for my quilt-making class. Bring sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters, along with a light, medium, and heavy jacket. I would strongly suggest getting a pair of UGG boots. Don't bring just heavy clothes, though. The weather can be spastic, and you'll find yourself taking off your winter coat and putting on a short sleeve shirt and shorts all within the same day.

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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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