Monday, October 02, 2006

Welcome Kenyon Students!

Over the last week or so, we've had another (it happened a month or so ago, also) series of individual hits from good ol' Gambier, O., home of Kenyon College (which is not near Uganda).

Kenyon College is easily, and by far, the most beautiful college campus you will ever see. Middle Path, which supposedly is exactly one mile running due North and South, cuts through the middle of the campus and the town.

It is an enthralling site any time of year (and regardless whether your senses are artificially enhanced), but right about now it is beginning to show its fall colors. Once you've walked down Middle Path in late fall, with the colors swirling about you, and dry leaves crunching beneath your feet, fall experienced any other place is only a disappointing reminder.

Kenyon is the perfect place to devote four years of a young life to study for education's sake. The faculty and facilities are top-drawer and the community -- residents, students, faculty, staff -- is welcoming. Kenyon and Gambier were founded simultaneously when, back in 1841, Philander Chase, "the first of Kenyon's goodly race", climbed that hill, "said a prayer, and founded Kenyon College there."

If you are of high school age and thinking about colleges, if you have what it takes (and it is one of the toughest to get into), Kenyon College should be on your short list. I visited there in about 1970-something and put it on my short list - which had but that one entry after I stepped on campus.

And, if you, dear reader, are passing thought central O., anytime of year, detour to Gambier. Spend some time in the marvelous bookstore (named best college campus bookstore by Rolling Stone), which is open every single day of the year from 7:30am to 11pm. (The bookstore is the oldest continuously operating college campus bookstore in the United States.) Then grab a sandwich and a perfect cup of coffee at one of the two exceptional options on Middle Path, and regret that you aren't 19 with four years of this in front of you.

For you regular readers (I use the plural simply to flatter myself), this is not the first time we have featured Kenyon in this spot. Kenyon College was all over the place in the news during the last Presidential election, when Ohio helped Bush steal, uh, get re-elected. Students from the College stood in line for unbelievable hours simply to dip their fingers in the ink. John Kerry spoke at the College commencement last year, which we featured here.

Welcome, Kenyon students. Please, poke around all you like, and feel free to leave a comment or two behind.

3 comments:

R Moshki said...

How can anyone top Muhlenberg's campus---at a new bldg. per year?

Now, that the American Campus way.

A Big Fat Slob said...

I once came upon a man with a tiger on his back.

I addressed him, "Excuse me, sir, but you have a Tiger on your back!"

Said he, "I don't . . . . awww . . ., G-G-G-GET OFF!!"

LVDem said...

Small college campuses are incredible. I love going to my alma mater, although far an away my favorite college campus to visit is Brown.