On Sunday, Sept. 26, Student Council met to discuss updates on housing and dining, a Commencement ceremony for second-semester seniors and the approval of the new Kenyon Fiber Arts Club.
Housing and Dining Committee Chairperson Ever Croffoot-Suede ’23 discussed AVI’s new online menu, which is intended to give students easier access to nutrition and allergen information. Due to issues at the corporate AVI level, however, this transition has decreased the number of meal options available, which may lead to an increased repetition of dishes from the previous three-week dining schedule.
“We might have to deal with limited menu options for a little bit,” Croffoot-Suede said.
The Council also announced that the College will offer a December Commencement ceremony for the 37 current second-semester seniors.
“I think it’s a sign that Kenyon is adapting to confront our current present challenges,” said Senior Class President Grant Holt ’22, who led the effort to organize the Commencement ceremony. “We need to continuously adapt and evolve to make sure the student experience is preserved, that students receive the engagement they deserve, and the recognition they deserve.”
Additionally, the Council approved the formation of the Kenyon Fiber Arts Club, a new student organization which seeks to bridge the gap between Kenyon and Mount Vernon through community service in the form of knitting hats, scarves and blankets to be donated to a local women’s shelter. All levels of experience are welcome.
“We just wanted to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere where students can both learn how to knit if they want to, or crochet … that also has the community service aspect,” said Isabel Fine ’23.
The Council also discussed the First-Year Class Committee elections, which close at midnight on Oct. 3, and applications for new student organizations, which are open and being reviewed by the Office of Student Life.
Finally, Vice President for Academic Affairs Delaney Gallagher ’23 dispelled rumors that Kenyon would be offering an education major in the future. Instead, Kenyon students hoping to pursue careers in teaching have the opportunity to take classes towards an education certificate at a nearby university in addition to their degree.
“We don’t and will not be having an education major,” Gallagher said. “You can get an education certificate from Capital University in Columbus with a partnership we started last year.”
Those interested in this partnership should contact Gordon Loveland in the physics department.
The next Student Council meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m.