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Today the student body of Kenyon College was informed via an e-mail from Tacci Smith that this Saturday, normally known as day 2 of Summer Sendoff, that no Kenyon students would be allowed to register any events on the South Quad. The e-mail from Tacci seems to be an effort on behalf of the College to quickly and quietly bring an end to Summer Sendoff.
Kenyon has already made drastic changes to its famed Summer Sendoff party. Prior to last year, Sendoff had been an all-day party occurring on Saturday. In the interest of student safety and compliance with various Ohio liquor laws, last year Sendoff was broken up over the course of 2 days: 4-7PM on Friday, and then a central event on Saturday sponsored by the college with individual parties registered and going on around the central event.
It would appear that the administration has worked to keep this Saturday concert under wraps for as long as possible. If this truly was a regular action of campus programming, wouldn’t groups on campus work to promote the event? Why were we only informed about this today, just a day and a half prior to the event?
It is a questionable decision not only for the organization hosting the event, but for Kenyon as well – they announced a 4 hour party that takes place on the second day of Sendoff and precludes any other events from taking place on South Quad just 2 days before the event was to take place. The student body was neither consulted nor properly informed of this decision.
Given that the college has claimed to prioritize student safety (as evidenced by the prior changes made to Sendoff), this decision makes even less sense. The college is actively forcing students indoors, which is generally accepted to be a drinking environment that is less safe than outside, in public, and under the supervision of the College. Why was this not ever discussed with the student body?
This also runs the risk of having Saturday become rather chaotic, to say the least. The college has suddenly and unexpectedly made drastic changes to how Saturday’s schedule functions. There will be outdoor parties going on in a variety of new locations, in addition to the party being thrown on South Quad. How will Campus Safety handle this? There are now going to be 10-12 moderately sized Sendoff parties occurring simultaneously South, not to mention all of the students who live North who will now most likely be partying there instead.