As any sociology, psychology, or anth major will tell you (and might explain to you ad nauseum), people and their interactions are fascinating. As Admissions will tell you, people at Kenyon are “quirky.” What admissions won’t tell you, however, is that with roughly 1,600 students, this campus is a bizarre social experiment. Like trashy daytime TV, sometimes you just can’t look away, no matter how hard you try. Here is a list of five places on campus where you can post up with your textbook and a snack so you can quietly observe in a purely non-creepy way.
- Middle Path Benches — Middle Path is the main artery of campus. So take a seat on any one of the benches from Bexley to Old Kenyon, and watch all those little red blood cells walk by and interact with each other. I recommend Saturday, Sunday, or Thursday after Halloween from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. if you’re interested in seeing Little Bo Peep, Wonder Woman and a Chilean Miner make the walk of shame back to their dorm (Ed.: I prefer “Stride of Pride”).
- Gund Gallery/Gund Ballroom –– Basically, any building associated with the Gund family is prime for people watching because of their glass walls. But keep in mind that there’s a reason the Gund Ballroom is nicknamed “the fishbowl.” While you’re in there watching people on the outside, they can most definitely see you watching them. (Ed.: New News have the same problem.)
- Third floor library by the windows — The chairs and cubbies that look out onto the atrium in Olin are simultaneously the best and worst thing that ever happened to people watching. While these seats are prime for watching people walk in and out of the library, you always feel kind of shady when you sneak a glance at people walking down to the first floor.
- Peirce couches — Especially at 12:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., the Peirce couches are a comfortable and out-of-the-way place to watch one of the most high-anxiety areas of Kenyon, where people are reduced to animals as they hunt and gather their food.
- WiggleGround — WiggleGround has people watching from both inside and outside. Inside, you can see lots of people wired on caffeine. Outside, there are people walking by all the time. Way to go, Wiggle! This one is a win-win.
Honorable mention goes to that hole next to the Gates of Hell. This is potentially a GREAT place to see and not be seen: