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Before break, Student Council discusses raising activity fee

On Oct. 2, Student Council met to discuss post-October break events on campus, Business and Finance Committee (BFC) funding and the North Campus parking pilot program.

Vice President of Business and Finance Melissa Nixon ’23 stated that the committee is reaching out about a potential Student Activity Fee increase following the depletion of the current fund. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fee was higher, but it was lowered during the 2020-21 school year due to the limited number of on-campus activities. The BFC is planning to send a poll to students in late October regarding the fee increase. 

Senior Class President Prince Adablah ’23 announced that Senior Soiree is scheduled for Nov. 11. He sent out a now-closed poll for seniors to vote on potential themes, which included 1920s, Las Vegas and Y2K. The committee met with Peirce Dining Hall staff last week to get confirmation on location and catering options. The Council also discussed athletes’ ability to attend, as they may be barred from attending the event by coaches if they have a game the following day.  Adablah also asked seniors to follow the senior class Instagram page @kenyonclassof2023. 

The First-Year Class Committee met last week to talk about Founders’ Day, the class tree planting and the lack of working washing machines in the first-year quad. “There’s just one washing machine working between Gund, Lewis and Norton,” commented First-Year Class President Christiane Betfarhad ’26. Multiple members noted that friends are having to walk long, inconvenient distances in order to do their laundry.

The Buildings, Grounds and Sustainability Committee, headed by Sally Smith ’23, had its first meeting of the semester. The committee is attempting to respond to complaints about Wi-Fi on campus and asked students to report any Wi-Fi issues via a work order on 

Kenyon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (KSAAC) representative Jake Davidson ’23 said that KSAAC met to discuss fundraisers and the possibility of setting up a committee focused on important events, including D3 Week, community service and a partnership with the Special Olympics. They also discussed potential promotions and events coinciding with home sporting events.

Student Council President Ubongabasi Asuquo ’23 announced that starting Oct. 7, all students with Kenyon-registered vehicles will be allowed to park in the new parking garage from Friday evenings at 7 p.m. to Monday mornings at 2 a.m.  

Asuquo asked that students please take down the posters for their events once their events are finished to make room for new posters for upcoming events, especially if the posters are not on poster boards. “It looks like a ravine of paper,” she said of Peirce. 

Student Council Administrative Advisor Brian Janssen announced that Kenyon will be relaunching the North campus parking pilot program, which will allow students to park in certain lots on North campus overnight until 6 a.m. Applications have closed, so those accepted can park in the two designated North campus faculty lots by Sparrow House and Eaton Center from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.


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