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Club fair promotes student involvement

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Freshmen Oren Minsk and Nate Miller recruit members of the Progressives Club. The crowd around the table was unexpected, but common at the well-attended club fair.

Freshmen Oren Minsk and Nate Miller recruit members of the Progressives Club. The crowd around the table was unexpected, but common at the well-attended club fair.

photo by Sara Sporkin

photo by Sara Sporkin

Freshmen Oren Minsk and Nate Miller recruit members of the Progressives Club. The crowd around the table was unexpected, but common at the well-attended club fair.

Sara Sporkin, News Editor

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Rather than basketballs and volleyball nets, the gym was filled with tables and posters during Community Time on Wednesday as students walked around learning about club opportunities from the organizations’ leaders.

According to Dean of Students Roslyn Landy, more people wrote signed up for clubs this time than in the past. She attributes the increased interest to the club leaders’ engagement and excitement about getting other students to join their organizations.

Junior Jordan Herling created the History Club this year in order to share his passion about more obscure historical events that are not taught in history class.

Herling thought that the club fair was a good way to introduce his new club and said that more people signed up than he expected.

Many club leaders, like Herling, used posters and paper products to promote their clubs, and other students brought food to encourage people to visit their table.

Freshmen Nate Miller and Oren Minsk gave out cupcakes with blue sprinkles to people who signed up for their new Progressives Club which seeks to unite students who are passionate about liberal ideas.

“I figured if we brought cupcakes we would attract a lot more people to the club, and I was right about that because everybody really loves good food,” Miller said.

Like Herling, more people signed up for Miller and Minsk’s club than they expected. Miller realizes that some students may have only signed up in order to get a cupcake but he is optimistic about the club’s future since he will email everyone who wrote down their name about when the club will meet.

The club fair was also helpful for Miller since he got to walk around and see what other clubs were doing so that he can improve his own.

Landy thinks that the club fair is especially important for clubs that do not typically have many members. The purpose of the fair is to help students find something that they can care about so that they are not just focused on school work.

“[The club fair] gives you a taste of activities that you might not have considered and it may ignite a passion in you and get you involved in something in a very positive way,” Landy said. “That’s our hope: that you will get involved in something that excites you.”

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