RIP Playpen (via kenyon.edu)
Update: The Thrill is conducting a survey to gauge opinions on these changes. Check it out here. (Alums, feel free to email us thekenyonthrill @ gmail.com with opinions.)
In an email sent to students this morning, the College announced a new date for the annual Summer Sendoff Concert as well as new rules that will apply this year. Of note, the new date coincides with the weekend before finals, meaning the usual Saturday-after-Sendoff festivities (aka “Extendoff”) cannot take place as 24-hour quiet hours will be in effect. Additionally, the pre-concert South Quad gathering (read: playpen) will no longer take place. (Though this part wasn’t explicit in the email, the Thrill has confirmed this with the Student Activities Office.) Instead, third-party vendor(s) will be situated on Ransom Lawn and, “Students of age can purchase wristbands with tabs for up to five drinks,” the announcement reads. It also states that “no other alcohol will be permitted.”
Check out the full announcement here:
Signaling the end of the academic year, Summer Sendoff will take place on Friday, May 6, beginning at 4 p.m. on Ransom Lawn.This year’s celebration includes food from AVI as well as food trucks, alcohol for purchase by students who are 21 or older and a concert that begins at 7 p.m. The Social Board will select the band.“It is the thing people talk about of being a Kenyon student,” said Phoebe Roe ’16, a psychology major and Student Council president. “It’s one of the most important days. It’s a really celebratory time. We come together, go outside, have good food, celebrate music.”“Summer Sendoff has been an important tradition at Kenyon for many years,” said Meredith Harper Bohnam ’92, vice president for student affairs. “We want students to mark the end of classes in a festive but responsible way.”This year, the College will work with a third-party provider to sell alcohol on site during the festivities. Students of age can purchase wristbands with tabs for up to five drinks. Underage students will be given wristbands of another color. No other alcohol will be permitted.Student Affairs will launch surveys in February to get recommendations from students for food trucks and other activities.With the exception of alcohol purchases, all Summer Sendoff activities, including food, will be provided free of charge to the Kenyon community.
Prepared by the Office of CommunicationsFebruary 2, 2016