Need something to do? Join the club
Organizations around campus showed new students what they had to offer at this year’s Student Activities Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Oval.
About 50 of the school’s organizations manned booths to show students how they can get involved on campus.
The clubs ranged from Gay-Straight Alliance to diversity organizations such as Black Students Association (BSA), Hispanics of Today (HOT) and the Native American Students Association (NASA).
“The greatest way to get to know people on campus is to get involved,” read a press release advertising the event from Student Activities Council.
Kristina Adams says that the event presents a unique opportunity to publicize the Student Government Association.
“It feels great to get the word out about SGA,” the student senator said. “We want students to know that their opinion does matter because this is their campus.”
Many of the booths, such as the one run by Campus Crusader, provided free items such as water bottles, books and candy.
At one booth, students could make their own signs. Other booths provided games for students or a chance to buy things such as T-shirts.
The Office of Student Diversity cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for students as they explored the fair.
Alyssa Marsh, Fashion and Merchandising Entrepreneurs (FAME) club president, said it is exciting to meet new people, including incoming freshmen and to mingle with other campus groups.
Marsh says that one of the highlights of FAME is a campus-run fashion show and the possibility of members of the organization going on a trip to either New York or Las Vegas if they raise enough funds.
Josie Berry, president of the Early Childhood Student Organization, says she saw a lot of students asking for information about her club.
“It’s great to be involved because it gives you a feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself and you gain a lot of learning experience about the organization and the campus,” she said.