Student clubs bring in new members at fair

| Michael Bauer sports editor |

There was plenty to show off for campus organizations at this year’s Student Activities Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Oval.
Almost 50 of the school’s organizations manned booths to show students how they can get involved at Pitt State.
The clubs ranged from Gorilla Radio to ROTC, from Student Government Association to Panhellenic.
Each club had a different booth set up, and every organization had a different way of getting students’ attention.
Gorillas in Your Midst offered a wheel that students spun to win a prize, ranging from water bottles to thermoses to T-shirts.
ROTC advertised its Gorilla Warfare T-shirts for this week’s PSU home football opener against Northeastern State.
“We also have the old jerseys that the players wore from last year that we’re auctioning off, and we’ll start the bid and go until the second quarter,” said Mikaila Barbour, gold bar recruiter for the ROTC.
Some organizations said they were a bit more prepared for the activities fair than in prior years.
“This year, our booth is a little different,” said Darryl Holland, senior in fashion and merchandising and member of the Fashion and Merchandising Entrepreneurs (FAME) club. “It’s more organized.
“Right now, we’re trying to reach out to students from different majors so they can gain more experience and knowledge about the fashion world.”
There seemed to be essentially one goal in mind for every club: bring in new recruits.
“We’re hoping to get more people,” Holland said.
For some clubs, just getting their name out was crucial.
“A lot of people don’t know we have a horror club, so being out here and being visible really helps,” said Elizabeth Banks, junior in creative writing.
Banks says the Horror Club – an organization where members meet and watch horror movies – has about 90 people on its canvas group but currently has no more than six active members as the club enters its third semester of existence.
Other clubs had other goals besides just gaining interest.
The Gay-Straight Alliance not only gave out beads to passers-by, but also had a voter registration table set up.
“We’ve had between 10 and 15 people register to vote, and we’ve had over 20 people sign up for our mailing list for GSA,” said Ryann Wiseman, sophomore in advertising.
This was the second year that GSA had a voter-registration set up at its table.
“We brought it back this year because we had a lot of people who didn’t realize how quick and easy it was to register to vote,” Wiseman said.
Wiseman said having a voter registration set up makes it easier to get the club’s name out to students.
“We’ve had a couple of people come up and say, ‘I’ve been looking for this table.’ And it’s really exciting to hear that,” Wiseman said. “People come by and don’t know who we are, so it’s good to get that starting basic information out to them.”

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