Words by Hailee Carlin
Students can find more than leadership when they take on positions in the Kent Interhall Council.
Kent Interhall Council, according to its homepage, is the student government of the residence halls at Kent State.
KIC’s mission is to “promote a positive living and learning atmosphere, as well as student leadership opportunities, within the halls.”
KIC also includes the individual councils of each residence hall.
“Hall councils are comprised of members in a specific hall that are elected to their position by the residents of that hall,” says Elizabeth Reese, the assistant residence hall director for Centennial Courts E and F. “Some of these positions are KIC representatives who attend meetings regularly. The KIC board is chosen via a separate election and each hall has three votes.”
The council has various committees that meet throughout the year and every Tuesday for a general body meeting.
“At the meetings, general updates are announced and each KIC member has the opportunity to speak,” Reese says. “Representatives also have the opportunity to make a motion to discuss relevant topics.”
Kate Scaduto, a freshman exploratory major who lives in Lake Hall, serves as a KIC representative for her hall council.
“I wanted to get involved and try something that was out of my comfort zone,” Scaduto says.
With no prior experience before joining hall council, she did have some difficulties.
“For me, it was both finding and getting my voice heard in such a large group of strong-minded people,” Scaduto says.
She’s learned much about herself by joining the council.
“I’ve met so many new people … it creates a feeling of community like no other,” Scaduto says. “You have to be willing to both compromise and voice your true opinions and ideas. I think it’s important to be friendly and willing to meet new people.”
Brenden Celender, a sophomore majoring in digital media production, served as hall council president of Allyn and Clark Halls his freshman year.
“When I was in high school, I was the treasurer of the TV Club and I was responsible to help make sure things ran smoothly,” Celender says. “I’m sure it helped.”
Being the president meant Celender ran the weekly council meetings, helped plan events for the residents, finalized any group decisions and volunteered at different community events representing the hall.
Celender says there were some problems at first with getting settled into positions and trying to plan events residents would want to come to.
However, the benefits outweighed the costs.
“I got to work with such a great group of people … all of us realized what a special group of people we had,” Celender says. “It made it easy to get things done and have fun doing it.”
Joining hall council isn’t just a throwaway commitment. Both Celender and Scaduto agree it’s a lot of work, but seeing your community thrive is worth it.
“It allows you to have a say in the building you’re living in, which can really help to make everything feel more [homey] during the transition into college life,” Scaduto says.
“You need to possess dedication,” Celender says. “I know that not everything you do in hall council is going to be fun and the easy thing would be to leave, but it’s worth it in the end.”
If you’re interested in making a change in your community, join your hall council or one of KIC’s committees. KIC meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Governance Chambers on the second floor of the Student Center.
Hailee Carlin is the student life reporter for The Burr.