Club fair attracts new members
Posted Feb. 23, 2007

Valentine’s Day at the University of La Verne would not be complete without candy, cards and clubs.

The Spring Club and Organization Fair took place on the day of romance at the University Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event didn’t just bring couples together but all students who were interested in becoming active in extracurricular activities on campus took part in the festivities of the fair.

Club and Organization Coordinator Elizabeth Canales put the event on which included 32 clubs, ranging from the women’s golf club to the Hawaiian Club.

Four vendors including the Los Angeles Times and Bank of America also participated in the fair.

“It usually takes one month in advance for publicity, finding tables and chairs and getting in contact with the clubs so they can have time to prepare,” Canales said about the process of coordinating the event.

Students gathered around the tables to find out more about the clubs and organizations.

“I just wanted to be more involved with the University of La Verne and I think a club fair is a great way to find out more information,” freshman English and philosophy major Tatiana Del Toro said.

“We’re hoping to attract just a different student body,” said junior psychology major and African American Student Alliance member Ashley Joseph. “We usually get the same people over and over but it’s nice to have different people come over.”

“Hopefully we can attract some future writers who are interested in broadening their knowledge in their local community as well as the world," Darren Bailey from the promoting department of the Los Angeles Times said.

James Ridings, a sophomore Business Management major and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity was hoping to attract new members.

“We want to break the stereotypes associated with fraternities and attract good guys,” Ridings said.

Many clubs got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day by offering free candy and also fundraising items like valentine grams attached to Crush bottles from AASA.

“Purple means friendship, red means love and orange means I like you,” said Joseph on the bottles offered through her organization.

The Associated Students of the University of La Verne passed out surveys on the students’ thoughts on having the weight training room hours extended throughout the duration of the day.

“We want to make sure that athletes, as well as commuters and residents, have a place to workout as opposed to going off campus and getting a gym membership,” said sophomore Economics and Spanish major and ASULV member Chanel Kaufman.

“It’s a good turnout,” Canales said of her successful event. “We had some unforeseen changes with the set up but we worked with it.”

Katarina Woloschuk can be reached at kwoloschuk@ulv.edu.

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