Alma Mater: A College Homecomingby P. F. Kluge
“I love islands. Micronesia — Saipan, Palau, Pohnpei
An alumnus of Kenyon College as well as a faculty member, Kluge presents a knowledgeable examination of the dynamics, character, traditions, tensions, and pretensions of the small, private, and costly school. Famous teachers include John Crowe Ransom, and famous students include E.L. Doctorow.
“I love islands. Micronesia — Saipan, Palau, Pohnpei — is full of them. Gambier, Ohio is another kind of island, a small, surrounded place where I live and teach. My alma mater, my current employer. If you live in a place, you write about it. Alma Mater is a loving, scathing, funny account of a year in the life of Kenyon College. No names have been changed. And I put myself in the way of as much experience as I could bear: trustees, hiring searches, fraternity life, dormitory grotesquerie, departmental meetings — I even moved back into the same dorm I’d occupied as a college freshman in 1960-61. For that alone I deserve Nobel Prize consideration.”
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First off....it's sooo outdated had I known it was written 16 years ago I would of Never bought this book! Examples.... Kenyon is not 20K a year it's closer to 50K! Rates for ACT and SAT are SO WRONG! Obviously Kenyon has really moved up in the world. People with the 1993 Fiske guide ACT SAT scores that they state in the first pages of the book...would Not even be considered now! The acceptance rate in this book shows 68% ah NO try the Low 30 percentile. Now lets get to the writer....BORING....NEGATIVE and CHOPPY!!! This book has no flow.... to it.... it's just so out-dated... and has very little value to anyone whose son or daughter my be considering Kenyon College!
I read Alma Mater becaue my son was considering Kenyon College. What I found, in addition to some critical info about Kenyon, was a writer's return to his youth, replete with memories and a comic encounter with the present. I liked it.