Clubs promote, gain members
District Governing Board Student Trustee Ivan De Los Santos (right) serenades students to promote the Guitar Club at the Inter-Club Council’s Club Rush event behind the Health Sciences Building on March 12. George Morin / The Advocate
Students were given a chance to see what clubs are offered on campus and what extra-curricular activates are available to them at the Inter-Club Council's semi-annual Club Rush.
Club Rush is an event that allows students an opportunity to know what clubs are offered on campus and encourages them to sign up for extra-curricular activities, Inter-Club Council president Zi Lian said.
Club Rush took place on March 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a new location on the walkway behind the Heath Sciences Building.
"Timing for the event really helped us be effective with getting the attention of students just as they are getting out of class," Lian said. "Having food, especially, brings students."
Many of the festivities included music, food and games.
Booths were set up on the walkway between the HS and Liberal Arts buildings. The different clubs encouraged students to sign up in order to receive information for future events for their clubs.
"Club Rush gives (clubs) a chance to put ourselves out there to the (student) body," La Raza President Esmeralda Frias said. "We can talk to people about what our clubs do and hopefully get some new members."
Middle College High School student Robert Ford enjoyed Club Rush in its new location, made necessary by construction happening on campus.
"I'm glad that Club Rush happened. I was able to join the Puente Club," Ford said. "It's great that we can still have a pretty good event, even with construction taking place where this would normally be."
Some of the clubs presented activities for students as well.
The Gaming and Graphics Guild presented Oculus Rift goggles, which put viewers in a 3-D gaming world where they can move around and explore a video game.
"The goggles are top-of-the-line - they aren't even available to consumers yet," GGG member Eric Gambetta-Guglielmana said. "We want members of our club to have an edge on the competition out there when they graduate. By using the latest technology, they will be familiar with what's new in the gaming world."
The Business Club set up cut up pieces of wood to play a larger version of Jenga.
"The game (Jenga) was fun to play," journalism major Roxana Amparo said. "I think a lot of people stopped by just to watch (students) play Jenga."
The ASU provided donuts and Little Caesar's Pizza for students who participated in Club Rush by signing up for a club.
The Abilities Club, Alpha Gamma Sigma Club, Business Club, Computational Math and Engineering Club, Guitar Club, Health and Human Services Club, International Students Club, La Raza Student Union, Parallel Programming Club, Puente Club and the Associated Students Union all participated in the event.
Originally the ICC had plans for the event to take place on the tennis courts adjacent to Lot 2, but with the suggestion from ASU adviser Kelly Ramos, the ICC decided to move Club Rush to the new location.
"The location really helped with the turnout for the event," ICC Lian said. "Especially with classrooms being right next to the event, people stopped by between classes. I'm sure we will use this location again while construction is still going on."
Ford said, "Club Rush gives students a chance to get involved in something that's not just academic. We need to have more of these events."
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