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Poll shows students support raising Student Activity Fee

On Sunday, Student Council met to go over officer reports, BFC funding requests and the results of the Student Activity Fee poll, which leaned toward raising the amount. The Council also voted to approve the formation of two new organizations — Disabled Chronically Ill Student Community Organization (DISCO) and Birding Club. 

One of the main items on the agenda was the outcome of the Student Activity Fee poll sent out the week prior. Student Council Administrative Advisor Brian Janssen said that the poll garnered 304 total votes, with the largest portion of the votes (42.76%) going to the reinstatement of the $150 amount. The $175 inflation-adjusted amount received 37.17% of the votes, while the current $125 amount received 20.07%. “Moving forward, Student Council executives and others will continue to discuss what the recommendation will be,” Janssen said. Ultimately, it is up to the Board of Trustees to determine the fee. 

The Council also heard proposals from DISCO and Birding Club. Hannah Sussman ’25 founded DISCO to create a community space for students dealing with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Sussman pitched DISCO as an organization that can work alongside the Cox Health and Counseling Center, Student Support Services and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to provide assistance where needed and facilitate relationships between disabled and chronically ill students. “Our goal is to envision and build paths toward a more inclusive and accessible Kenyon College,” Sussman said. 

Following the unanimous approval of DISCO, the Council heard from Birding Club leaders Adrian Lee ’25, Isoo O’Brien ’25 and Aidan Cullen ’26. The group has already amassed an impressive distribution list of over 50 interested birders. The club will be open to birders of all skills and is looking to host events with the Brown Family Environmental Center. “Birdwatching has this weird connotation as being not serious,” said Lee. “Birding is stepping it up a notch.”The Council also took some time to discuss a few of the week’s accomplishments. Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Khue Tran ’25 praised the success of the Source’s winter clothing drive, and Student Council President Ubongabasi Asuquo ’23 gave a shout out to the cast and crew of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many officers highlighted upcoming events in the semester, such as Senior Soiree on Nov. 11 and the vaccine clinic on Nov. 3.


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