Construction on campus has been continuing at an impressive, though not overly frenetic pace. Slowly but surely, the most rundown buildings are being converted to state-of-the-art facilities. The Athletics and Wellness Center opened its doors in 1999, welcoming students to swim, work out, run, and shoot hoops. The Landrum Bolling Center (LBC) doesn't have the charming woodwork and windows of Carpenter Hall, but the classrooms have more than their fair share of high-tech everything. Meanwhile, plans are underway for a much-needed fine arts building, and the rumor mill is whispering about a new concert venue. If you're the equestrian type, you're in luck, as a new riding arena was opened in 2003. All said, if we don't have it yet, it's sure to be in the works. However, the lack of fine arts facilities on campus for the foreseeable future is a much-felt absence.
With a few exceptions, anything you can't locate on campus you should be able to find in Richmond. It can be scary, however, to realize how long some students can go without leaving campus except to visit LoBill's (a grocery store a couple blocks away). The Earlham Film Series shows movies in Dennis every weekend, and the school does a good job bringing interesting acts to campus, from mentalists to Ursula Rucker to Hasidic reggae superstar Matisyahu. For the campus's small student population, Earlham has high standards for facility maintenance and construction, providing students with a great environment for learning, socializing, and recreating.