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Campus Quality: The bookstore is amazing. The buildings are beautiful. I love Ascension. The state-of-the-art fitness facility is by far the nicest building we have on campus. I know people who go there two or three times a day.

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Campus Quality: The village is a part of the college, and only time will tell how much the village will play a part in my Kenyon experience. Basically, you will become familiar with all the faces in town, and there will be an understood unity that is found in any small town.

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Campus Quality: The bookstore is a great place to study, hang out, and it has anything and everything you would ever want or need. It has everything and a wonderful staff. Some of the school buildings may have been built close to two centuries ago, but you wouldn't notice it. Every building is comfortable and well furnished. I lived in a dorm with carpeting and air-conditioning as a freshman! What more can I ask for. The classrooms are wonderful, and the buildings some of your lectures are in were once homes, and it's just awesome at times when you realize how special of a place Kenyon is. Round-table discussions in almost every class and plenty of opinions to share make up good times!

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Campus Quality: The academic facilities, particularly in the sciences, are excellent. We have some beautiful classrooms, more historic buildings than you can shake a stick at, and several good performance spaces. The art facilities could use some work, and while there are a few exceptional residences, student housing is fairly primitive. The lack of a student union is not a problem. Gambier's various gathering spaces serve the purpose more than adequately.

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Campus Quality: The back of the bookstore is an excellent study area. It's also one of the few places you'll find cute guys on this campus-I'm serious.

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Campus Quality: At first, I thought it was kind of weird that we didn't have a student union, but now I can't picture Kenyon with one. We interact so much in our dorms and classes that you don't really need a student union. The buildings are beautiful, clean, and pretty modern.

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Campus Quality: The village is pretty much the equivalent of a student union. Also, the new gym facility has helped. The bookstore is a great place to hang out and study. The dorms are very `70s-ish, which I don't like so much. The academic buildings are nice, and Ascension is very classic.

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Campus Quality: Is Kenyon's lack of a student union a good thing?-No. Gund Commons is close, although nowhere near adequate. It's fantastic, although I have a hard time believing the average student goes there seven times a day.

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Campus Food: It's a typical college dining service. Not great, but not disgusting. As far as AVI Foodsystems goes, it was good for the first few weeks, but then it got old.

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Campus Food: Quality of campus dining? Ha-right! Good joke. It could be worse, I suppose, but for how much we pay in tuition, it could be a hell of a lot better. There is a consistent lack of options. I don't think too many students will fight over that one. As far as AVI, more like Acid Vicious Indigestion. With the exception of the meat carving station, it's Avi Foodsystems with a daily helping of hamburgers.

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Campus Food: Surprisingly, I really do love the food here. I think most college students expect to go out to eat when they go to the dining hall or something. Kenyon doesn't have tons of options sometimes, but for the most part, it's all really good.

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Campus Food: Dining has really improved. The `scramble system' is great if you're not scared of `cutting' people in line. The pub downstairs offers subs, pizza, and pasta. The all-you- can-eat and extended hours are very convenient.

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Campus Food: Gambier itself offers a precious few alternatives to the blandness of Avi Foodsystems. The Gambier Deli makes a pretty good sandwich, but its prices, ($7-$10), make it impossible for them to be a regular part of a student's diet. The Gambier Grill, whose primary function is the campus's only real bar, makes decent grill-type food at an affordable price. There is also the Kenyon Inn, which serves legitimate three-star gourmet food, but prices ($40-$50 a head) generally make it an option only when one's parents are in town.

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Campus Food: I think that students are always going to complain about food. I think that they are doing a lot to change the food at Kenyon. They are doing a good job; it is improving. It is tough because it is such a social point of the day where everyone wants to go to Pierce, but I think that at the same time, for Kenyon, dinner has always been really important. The longer students feel comfortable going into Pierce, and finding food that they like and that they can eat, the better. I see it as a great time during the day where I can catch up with my friends that I wouldn't necessarily see elsewhere. You really realize how small and comfortable the size of the student body is when you walk into Pierce, and you can pretty much know you are going to bump into one of your friends.

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Campus Food: The 21 meal plan courtesy of Avi Foodsystems is automatically a part of the Kenyon education. The general consensus of the student body is that the quality of the food leaves much to be desired. It is possible to sustain oneself on the food, but gaining the Freshman 15 from the dining hall food is not a concern.

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Campus Food: Occasionally, a meal, such as chicken patties, will entice the general population's appetites, but those are rare. Attempts to add flavor to a generally plain menu are often overdone, and leave it nearing the inedible threshold.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are not so many off-campus dining options close to campus. You either need to have a car or have a friend who has a car to get to any good restaurants. Anything at Easton is good.

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Off-Campus Dining: There aren't an awful lot of off-campus dining options after 10 or 11 at night. However, there are a few options in Mt. Vernon and, in those cases, you really do need a car. For dinner, you might be able to pick up a sandwich at the deli, but other than that, it is a little bit harder to find food after 11 o'clock.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus options, with a few notable exceptions (the Kenyon Inn, Middle Ground, Deli), are slim-mediocre Mexican, soupy Chinese, fast food, and enough diners to harden the arteries of the whole student body with grease left over for the faculty and administration. Fortunately, Kroger is open all night.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty limited to crappy food like Friendly's and McDonald's. The deli on campus is good.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you go into town, there are enough off-campus dining opportunities, especially if you are married to your favorite fast food chain. If not, it's basically Ruby Tuesday, Jake's, the Alcove, and Fiesta. Jake's and the Alcove are the best. Jake's is like Applebee's (or a similar chain), whereas the Alcove probably touches $20/meal including drinks, excluding dessert.

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Off-Campus Dining: Mt. Vernon has several options for food, and there are some relative roses among the thorns of fast food. The most popular is a restaurant called Jake's, which serves quality American-style food, with a pleasant atmosphere for a very reasonable price.

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Off-Campus Dining: About a 20-minute drive from Gambier is Peggy Sue's, which is a little known but very good home-style restaurant where one can get a big meal for $10.

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Campus Housing: Housing is okay. Bexley, New Apartments, and Aclands, which are upperclass housing, are a lot nicer than the dorms, which are very antiquated.

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Campus Housing: I've never been unhappy with anywhere I've lived at Kenyon. Every year, I feel like I've always been given a good room, and I think that, for the most part, all of the dorms are pretty nice. Obviously, some are nicer than others, but we don't have any real high rises, we have one high rise building on campus, but I think we are lucky that the majority of our dorms are not more than two stories high.

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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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