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Student Council discusses availability of summer housing

Student Council met on Sunday to discuss this week’s Love Project, the most recent Business and Finance Committee (BFC) supplemental hearing and logistical announcements related to summer housing availability and application deadlines. 

Student Council President Ubongabasi Asuquo ’23 announced that this week the Council will organize the annual Love Project, which shows appreciation for staff members (see more coverage here).

Vice President for Student Life Bijan Khaghani ’23 announced that Student Council applications are due on March 26. Students must complete these in order to be eligible to run for office. The application is linked on the organization’s Instagram page @kenyonstuco and in the all-student email sent from the Student Life Committee. Khaghani also noted that new student organization applications will close at the end of this week so that all potential clubs can be approved by the end of the semester.

Vice President of Business and Finance Melissa Nixon ’23 shared the report from the BFC’s supplemental hearing on Feb. 20. The organizations that received the most money were the men’s ultimate frisbee team and Theta Delta Phi (Thetas). The frisbee team received $1,500 for additional hotel costs for their spring break trip under the condition that they communicate with the Office of Student Engagement to ensure that they buy the cheapest rooms possible. Theta was granted $1,187.50 for 250 nightcaps, which are multi-purpose scrunchies that are used to cover alcoholic drinks to prevent spiking. Nixon said that the sorority is planning to distribute these nightcaps in Peirce Dining Hall sometime in the near future. 

Madelin Vandeberg ’25 announced that the Office of Campus Safety recently created a new Facebook page and will hopefully create an Instagram account soon as well. “The benefit to having a Facebook page is it’s a good way for parents to get in touch with Campus Safety and for them to hear about what’s going on on campus,” she said. “But we are trying to work on more social media that is more attractive to students as a way to connect.”

Dean of Students Brian Janssen shared that many of the College’s residential spaces will not be in use this summer, which will affect how many students will be able to stay on campus. “We need to let some of our campus areas breathe a little bit and rest and get some well-deserved maintenance,” he said. “If you are planning or hoping to stay over the summer, stay tuned for that information because we’re going to have limited availability for summer housing.”

As the last week before spring break draws to a close, Vandeberg reminded meeting attendees of the recent student-info email from Assistant Director of Campus Safety Todd Bell, which included a number of recommended safety protocols for students to keep in mind as they prepare to leave for break, such as to bring bikes inside and to lock all doors and windows.


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