Welcome to Belphegor University!
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Nestled in the forests at the edge of the town of Lemure, Kansas, at the world-famous geodimensional rift, Belphegor University spans 151 acres of woods and lawns interspersed with its architecturally-diverse facilities.
Belphegor University is of course best known for its research and development of the arcane arts and sciences -- including its renowned preparatory school for mages, Belphegor Academy -- but also offers a wide variety of scholarly disciplines and research centers, as well as other opportunities for its students. From leading dimensional physics researchers, to a major herpetological research center, to one of the premiere quidditch teams in the entire world, Belphegor University has something for everyone.
The unique location of Belphegor University also offers close connections and convenience to major population centers and other destinations. Due to its dimensional properties, the university and its accompanying town are just 60 minutes from Portland, Oregon, 80 minutes from Salem, Massachusetts, and less than 2 hours from Las Vegas, Nevada. Most notably, Belphegor University's main campus is separated from its satellite campus in Manes, Oklahoma by only a ten-minute walk.
While the campus sits on 151 acres of land surface, the buildings that contain its facilities actually consist of a highly interconnected set of buildings with a number of experimental architectural features. Skyways and tunnels enable the indoor travel between all buildings, including dormitories and academic buildings, with the exception of some (though not all) small outposts. The tunnels and basements also serve as shelter during hazardous surface weather conditions, or other disaster events.
The most notable architectural and planning innovation for the students, however, is that the students have nearly full access to the structural and mechanical workings of the campus. This degree of access, virtually unprecedented anywhere else, has led to a number of student-directed engineering projects that have given the campus's facilities a particular distinction to them -- for example, the slope leading upward from the west campus parking lot to the Central Plaza have been outfitted with a series of adjustably porous concrete steps that can be converted into pools of water of various depths, and the surrounding buildings have been outfitted with water channels to redirect their water to these pools, allowing for a rainstorm to produce a series of pools for swimming and lounging.
The relatively liberal building codes have also allowed the students to experiment with striking designs, such as the 50-foot-deep gap between the literature and geography departments.
Even where students have largely left the existing landscaping in place, the atmosphere is still distinctive -- such as the Southern Quad where the brick paths and walls are punctuated by impressively large, gnarled and knotted trunks of old, petrified trees.
But by far the most distinctive feature on the campus is The Crater. Overlooked by the Central Plaza, The Crater, a roughly circular and very large bowl-shaped crater originally created by a magical accident during the initial construction of the campus. Planners decided to leave it as is, and it has since been used to do everything from illustrating bedrock to geology students to hosting many creative decorations on the annual Samhain/Halloween holiday -- such as, once, an alien crash site complete with thick black smoke and shards of a mysterious craft.
Student dining at Belphegor is noticeably more affordable than dining plans at most universities, because Belphegor does not contract out dining services to a caterer. Instead, all the dining facilities are student-run operations, and the vast majority of students cook for themselves and each other in either household-like small-scale settings or cafeteria scale operations. Belphegor does employ nutritionists and food safety professionals to ensure the quality and safety of the food served, though the quality of Belphegor's on-campus medical facilities mean that even occasional mistakes can be easily corrected.
A number of students grow food consumed on the campus, using patches of the landscaping of the campus as well as its buildings' rooftops and even artificially-managed facilities indoors, but raw food materials are never in short supply due to the university's location near agricultural resources.
The university's proximity to the town of Lemure also means that students, staff, and faculty frequently patronize restaurants and other vendors in the town -- be it for a quick bite, a working or socializing session in a coffee shop, or a fancy night out. Lemure, which has grown with the university, caters closely to the tastes of the university community, offering everything from fast greasy-spoon fare, health- and ethics-conscious options, eateries that serve as hangout spots, and even a handful of businesses that offer upscale dining experiences.