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Student Council discusses book buyback program, new club

On Sunday, Student Council met to discuss the approval of the Kenyon Anthropological Society, plans for a new textbook-buyback program and more. 

Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Chevaugn Campbell ’24 announced that the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is designing a program that will allow students to directly sell textbooks to others who will need them next semester. “The Book Buyback program at the bookstore does not strongly incentivize students to bring their books for sale at the end of the semester, so we plan to make a system where folks can list what books they have, and their respective classes, and people can contact them directly to obtain them,” Campbell said. 

Campbell also reminded students staying on campus over Thanksgiving break to sign up for a Nov. 19 trip to Easton and Saranga sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Campus Senate co-Chair Cooper Bertschi ’26 reported that Student Council recently met with the Board of Trustees to discuss the student body’s needs and the state of campus. Bertschi will soon provide updates on the Campus Senate’s plans to address issues such as AI usage and “signage.” He also reminded students to bring their IDs to vote at the Gambier Community Center on Tuesday. 

Safety and Wellness Committee Chairperson Madelin Vandeberg ’25 reminded students to submit an individual’s altruistic acts to “Caught You In the Act (of Kindness)” before the program closes on Sunday at noon. Vandeberg also asked students to fill out patient feedback forms following Cox Health and Counseling Center visits and to suggest Health Center finals week programming to her via email. 

Student Council President Marissa Sun ’25 advised students to receive both the COVID-19 bivalent booster and flu vaccines before Jan. 1, 2024, as both shots are required by the College. She also reminded students to sign up for rides to the airport for Thanksgiving break by this Sunday. 

Housing and Dining Committee Chair Aakash Gunturu ’26 notified students that Peircegiving will occur Thursday from 5-8 p.m., and reminded students to look out for the Winter Break Housing form, which will be sent out via email and will be due on Nov. 28. 

Following updates from members, the Council voted to approve a new student organization: Kenyon Anthropological Society, a club for all students to learn about anthropology in a relaxed environment. While not sponsored by the Anthropology Department, the club will be enrolled in a national honor society, which will provide a potential avenue for members of the club to network, build connections and receive scholarships. 

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

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