Esmeralda M. Cardenas
Several clubs gathered in the University Quad on Feb. 9 during the Campus Activities Board club fair to inform their fellow students about opportunities in clubs and organizations on campus. Andrea Campbell and Caitlin Mattias explain to Riddhi Dhrur that the organization “I Will Ride” is pushing to complete the Foothill extension of the Metro Gold Line light rail.
One of the main events at the start of every semester is the club fair, and this semester the theme was black politicians.
“It’s a good idea to highlight people who have made an impact and it’s great to just enjoy club fair. It’s a great way to get to know other clubs and organizations,” said Emily Romo, a junior and vice president of the Green Institute for Village Empowerment organization on campus.
Clubs set up booths in the quad between Miller Hall and Founders Hall on Feb. 11 during the afternoon.
The booths were decorated to attract the attention of people who could potentially join a club, and to compete in a contest to see who was the most creative using the theme that was presented by the African American Student Alliance.
Byron Howlett, director of housing and residential life, helped to judge the entries for the club fair competition, along with two other judges, Daniel Loera, director of multicultural affairs, and Issam Ghazzawi, associate professor of management.
“The entries are judged on how well they were researched. It must show history and be creative in its presentation,” Howlett said.
There were only a handful of entries that were presented during the fair but most of them were well thought out.
The winner of the competition was the Iota Delta sorority, winning $100, while the runners up, the Residential Housing Association, won second and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity won third place.
Iota Delta themed their booth “Delta Love,” featuring Tom Bradley, the 38th mayor of Los Angeles.
The Iota Deltas gave out treats in honor of Bradley and listed his history under a picture of him.
Among other entries, the Campus Activities Board was able to integrate Oprah as a fresh political figure to promote their events that will help in uniting the campus.
Alongside CAB was the Associated Students of the University of La Verne, an on-campus organization that funds many of the student events, that arranged for Leo and Lea to make an appearance at club fair.
“It’s going well, and it’s a great way for students to take ?part in the organizations on campus. People need to take advantage of all these opportunities,” said Ryan Taketomo, freshman political science major, and senator for ASULV.
Other clubs who made an appearance at club fair were a Christian organization called Working On Not Disappointing our God, the Latino Student Forum, GIVE, LeoFM and all of the fraternities and sororities on campus.
Club fair was helpful for students who were looking to join clubs and were looking for entertainment.
The turnout for club fair was about 70 people attended.
“I think there weren’t too many people who were unattached,” Toya Johnson-Moore, a senior criminology major and president of AASA said. “It was mainly people who were active and already involved. I think people liked the club fair, it was more to come together.”
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