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Party Scene: There's enough to do if you're ready to go and find it. There are always coffeehouses with musicians on the weekends, along with movies that some people like to go to. And of course, there are your frat parties, which are more like dances in the lounges, and then there are the nights where you just hang out with your friends in your dorm.

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Greek Life: I think there's more of an emphasis on Greek life than there really is. It really can play as much of a role in your time at Kenyon as you want it to.

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Greek Life: Greek life is not what it is on bigger campuses. Most of the big parties are thrown by frats, and that seems to be their primary contribution to campus life, apart from the occasional blood drive or fundraiser. The only real tension between Greeks and independents comes when housing rears its ugly head. Fraternities do get a sort of housing advantage in campus residences, but it wouldn't be a problem if good housing weren't already in such short supply.

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Greek Life: They exist to throw parties, take up tables in the dining hall, make dirty jokes, and gawk at girls. The Greeks also screw up the housing lottery, make freshmen pledges puke, and sing songs about their fraternity. Come to think of it, I'm sure glad we have them on campus.

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Greek Life: It's definitely there, but not overwhelming at all. It's also not Greek life as you would think of when you think of Animal House. There's definitely always alcohol served, but I've felt that it's not the overwhelming facet of a frat party.

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Greek Life: The admissions office downplays the prevalence of Greek life on campus. Most parties on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are Greek-sponsored. However, there are many alternatives-coffeehouses and concerts. Fewer people take advantage of these, but they are usually really amazing, and I haven't regretted going to any of them.

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Greek Life: Fraternities do not live in houses, but rather have sections of the dorms at one end of campus-although, their allotted housing is among the most desired.

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Greek Life: One's social life is not defined by their affiliation, or non-affiliation, with a certain fraternity.

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Greek Life: When my class came in, half of the males pledged; however, the average is closer to one third. In recent years, that number has dropped because of housing restrictions placed on sophomores in fraternities.'

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Greek Life: Sororities play less of a role on campus because there are fewer of them (four as opposed seven fraternities), and they lack the housing and lounges that fraternities have. About 15 percent of the most recent class of females are active in sororities.

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Greek Life: Even for fraternity-run parties, while there is an invite list sent out, most anybody who comes down will be let in. Fraternities at Kenyon are not exclusive.

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Drug Safety: Kenyon's drugs of choice are cheap beer and Camel Lights. There's a fair amount of pot kicking around, some hallucinogens, a spot of E here and there. It's not really a big scene at all.

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Drug Safety: I'm not a drug user, but there are plenty of people who smoke marijuana. I'm sure that there are plenty of drugs, but if you don't have any interest in drugs, they might as well be nonexistent. There are plenty of stupid decisions people make, but as long as you make the right decisions, you shouldn't have a problem.

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Drug Safety: There is more cocaine than I thought there would be. I never expected it, but people say it's easier to find cocaine than marijuana.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene has a presence if you are looking for it. Most people aren't blatantly smoking pot at parties. They go in small groups to someone's room or somewhere outside. Marijuana is definitely the drug of choice here. I've heard some people do harder drugs, but I haven't seen or heard about that yet. It is not obvious at all, if it exists.

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Drug Safety: It is evident that pot has its place at Kenyon. It is difficult to gauge the percentage of active smokers, however, it is strong enough that it necessitates acknowledgment. However, it is also very possible to avoid it entirely without shutting oneself off from campus activities.

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Drug Safety: For those into harder drugs, the search is a little more difficult. There is isolated use of cocaine and ecstasy.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are there for those who choose to indulge, however, they do not impinge on the lives of those who would rather not partake.

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Administration: They are not strict, no matter whether you're talking about drinking, parking, academics, or just about anything. This is both a good and bad thing.

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Administration: Legal policies are very strict, as well as the academic policies.

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Administration: Security has a hard line to walk and balances it pretty well.

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Administration: Bringing kegs on campus requires registering them with security. Security is a presence at the parties where the beer is distributed. They check to make sure that no one underage is served.

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Administration: Security will only bust someone when there is obvious evidence that they are drinking underage, and the same goes for the dorms. While security makes regular rounds to make sure college policies are being adhered to, they will rarely intercede, unless there is clear cut evidence of a violation.

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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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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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