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Student Council discusses Bexley Hall housing, Bicentennial

Student Council discusses Bexley Hall housing, Bicentennial

Bertschi announced potential events to celebrate the College’s bicentennial. | COURTESY OF KENYON COMMUNICATIONS

On Sunday, Student Council met to discuss Bexley Hall housing availability, the upcoming Bicentennial Celebration and the flu vaccine clinic, which was held on Wednesday. 

Housing and Dining Committee Chair Aakash Gunturu ’26 updated Student Council on Bexley Hall, which opened its housing lottery for spring 2024 on Monday. Open house tours of the residence hall were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a video showcasing the interior of the hall was released in an email sent to the student body on Monday. Dean of Students Brian Janssen added that the form for the Bexley housing lottery will close on Tuesday. 

Gunturu also reminded students to return any dishes or silverware they have taken from Peirce Dining Hall. During room inspections, which will be conducted over Thanksgiving Break. Every Peirce item found will result in a $15 dollar fine. 

Campus Senate co-chair Cooper Bertschi ’26 updated the Council on Campus Senate’s meeting with the Bicentennial Committee, where members conferred about upcoming events for Kenyon’s bicentennial celebration. Bertschi discussed potential events, including the revitalization of Sunset Trail, a revision of the Kenyon Songbook and expansions of Reunion and Founders’ Day celebrations. These potential events may join the first round of Bicentennial grants, which awarded funding to three projects submitted by professors, alumni and administrative offices. 

Bertschi added that there are other milestone events that may be part of the Bicentennial, such as Kenyon Hillel’s 10th anniversary, which coincides with the College’s Bicentennial. He encouraged students to reach out to the Bicentennial Committee or fill out a Google Form with  ideas for the Bicentennial that they hope to see on campus. 

Safety and Wellness Committee Chairperson Madelin Vandeberg ’25 reminded students to attend the flu vaccine clinic, which was held Wednesday. She added that the Safety and Wellness Committee has solidified certain details regarding a trial run of an unspecified program that the Committee hopes to happen in November. She also encouraged students to attend upcoming intramural programming, including a basketball and dodgeball tournament in later months. 

Sophomore Class President Christiane Betfarhad ’26 advised sophomore students to attend Sophomore Day, which was held on Tuesday in Chalmers Library. The event featured popcorn for students entering and leaving  the library, and had tables in the Carver Reading Room for sophomores to learn about declaring their majors and studying abroad. 

Student Council President Marissa Sun ’25 reminded students that Student Council Sundays will begin that Sunday, and will be hosted in the Chalmers Library Technological Center after Student Council meetings are finished. All students are welcome to attend, and Student Council members will have snacks available throughout for attendees. Sun also asked students to be mindful of other people’s cultures and identities when choosing a Halloween costume and to demonstrate cultural sensitivity. 

Student Council will next meet on Sunday in Chalmers Library room 302 at 7 p.m. All students are welcome to attend either in person or remotely.


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