Gambier is Talking About...
Voting. A perennial debate broke out during election season. While Kenyon students have the right to vote in Knox County, some members of the community believe students should not vote on local issues since most do not own property or have children in school. Others argue that many students spend more time in Gambier than their hometowns and have a responsibility to be invested in the local community.
Fighting Fires. A committee was formed to investigate the needs of the College Township Fire Department. Kenyon students have served as volunteers since the early 1970s, but the overall number of volunteers has begun to dwindle. According to the Mount Vernon News, options the committee could consider include joint services with the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District, contracting with the Mount Vernon Fire Department, or adding paid firefighters.
A New Health Center. The Board of Trustees approved plans for Kenyon's new student health and counseling center, to be built on Scott Lane behind the Gambier post office.
Sidewalks. A new sidewalk along Brooklyn Street, from Acland Street all the way to East Woodside Drive, is part of the village's multi-year plan to bring back sidewalks throughout Gambier.
Democracy. Kenyon's Center for the Study of American Democracy hosted a debate between U.S. congressional candidates Bob Gibbs, the Republican incumbent in Ohio's Seventh District, and Joyce Healy-Abrams, the Democratic challenger.