On Sunday, Sept. 11, Student Council met to discuss the upcoming Nerf war; hear a proposal for a disc golf club and review new COVID-19 instructions, party culture and the drafted Environmental Literacy Statement.
The Nerf war is approaching, and Vice President of Student Life Bijan Khaghani ’23 couldn’t be more excited. The all-campus event will be this Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All of the groups participating will pay a fee that will go to organizations including New Directions, the domestic abuse crisis center located in Mount Vernon, and national gun violence prevention programs across the country.
Khaghani also provided details about the establishment of a new disc golf organization at Kenyon. The leaders of the disc golf club, Drew Albrecht ’23 and Omar Morosse ’23, noted that disc golf is increasing in popularity and that there are courses in Mount Vernon. “I am proud to have helped them in this process and it’s groups like disc golf that make me love what I do every day,” Khaghani wrote in an email to the Collegian. The organization was unanimously approved.
The Council also discussed current actions against the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Safety and Wellness Committee Chairperson Madelin Vandeberg ’25 shared that the Cox Health and Counseling Center is updating its webpage to include clarifying guidelines on handling the virus and continuing vaccine clinics as new boosters come out this year. Vandeberg also reported that the Health Center will be working to help students with particular pre-existing conditions to get access to other rooms if their roommate has COVID-19.
Additionally, Student Council President Ubongabasi Asuquo ’23 addressed the negative aspects of party culture on campus after last weekend’s incidents at the North Campus Apartments and other locations. Asuquo condemned the bottle-throwing incident and the use of the n-word at these parties. “I believe that good party culture is at bare minimum ensuring that everyone is having fun in a safe and respectful way. Being able to attend a party without fear of being groped, drugged or experiencing any form of cultural insensitivity should be front and center as we proceed this year,” she wrote in an email to the Collegian. “Two of the surest ways to ensure these behaviors do not continue is collective responsibility and improving bystander culture.”
Lastly, the Council conversed about the new Environmental Literacy Statement, which Kenyon plans to produce later this year. The statement noted how students can be better members of the academic community and better citizens based on values. Council members discussed ways students can take action to be more proactive in their environmental friendliness. More information about green resources will be released once the statement is published.