by Julia Waldow
Rent a popcorn machine from the Student Activities Office (SAO) to fundraise for a cause, host a carnival or make snacks while having friends over to watch the game or the latest episode of Girls.
To use the machine, renters must log onto their OrgSync page and fill out the Student Activities Rental Form. The popcorn machine itself is free to rent, but renters must pay $2.50 for every bag of popcorn they purchase with the device. The bags serve eight to 10 people.
Acquire a propane barbeque grill from the SAO to host a cook-off, prepare to become the next Bobby Flay or serve hot dogs, hamburgers or s’mores at an outdoor summer picnic. Renters must log onto their OrgSync page and fill out the Student Activities Rental Form to use the grill. Each propane barbeque grill costs $10 to rent and comes with a supply of propane.
Get a button maker from the SAO to replace the one that fell off a cardigan or make fun accessories for a new backpack, purse or messenger bag. Try hosting a button-making party with friends and see who can create the most interesting ones. To use the button maker, renters should log onto their OrgSync page and fill out the Student Activities Rental Form. The button machine is free to rent, but buttons themselves cost 25 cents each.
Rent a mountain bike from the Kenyon Bookstore to make it to class on those mornings when your alarm doesn’t go off, or you just want to avoid schlepping through the snow. Students can also rent bikes when their parents visit to give them a campus tour or ride along the Gap Trail for some added exercise. Students can rent a K-Bike, a helmet and a lock for 24 hours at a time. Non-students must pay $20, while Kenyon students pay $10.
Rent a chocolate fountain from the SAO to dip cookies, fruit and pretzels into a cascading wave of melted white, milk or dark chocolate. Eat the foods with friends, or freeze the treats for a midnight study snack or as a reward for finishing that paper that should have been done an hour ago. To acquire the fountain, renters must log onto their OrgSync page and fill out the Student Activities Rental Form. The fountain is free to rent.
Register for a spin bike at the Kenyon Athletic Center to burn calories, build muscle tone, increase endurance and relieve stress. KenyonFit maintains five spin bikes, and users must register for a class if a spin bike is necessary. Only employees can take Tuesday and Friday classes, but all are welcome to take Wednesday and Sunday classes. Classes run for six weeks at a time.
Acquire a projector from the Circulation Desk at Olin Library to host private movie nights or give a presentation. The library offers seven projectors for use, including five data/video projectors, one overhead transparency projector and one Kodak slide projector. Projector rentals are free, but those who do not return projectors by the due dates are subject to a fine.
Rent a digital camera from the Circulation Desk at Olin Library to take high-quality photos for an assignment, capture nostalgic moments on campus or stage a photoshoot with friends. The library offers two types of video cameras (a HD video camcorder and Panasonic MiniDV) and two types of still cameras (Canon PowerShot Digital and Sony FD Mavica Digital) for rent. Camera rentals are free, but those who do not return cameras by the due dates are subject to a fine.