Armani Jackson, Managing Editor
Nine clubs with representatives gathered on Oct. 13-14 to advertise their clubs and recruit new members at Clubs Fest.
This event provided club representatives a time and place to demonstrate what they can offer students, according to Andrew Punchak, clubs coordinator.
“Students (are) able to directly ask questions, get information and sign up,” Punchak said. “It’s an outlet for clubs to grow and have the spotlight for two days instead of students having to hunt down them on their own time.”
These clubs included Black Student Union, Choir Club, Engineering Society, Historical European Martial Arts, Mario Kart Club, Super Smash Bros. Club, Wrecked, Drama Club and Gay Straight Alliance.
Club representatives were given the opportunity to get the word out there about both their club’s atmosphere and purpose.
“I hope to get the word out there that there is a choir club,” Molly Bridges, president of choir club, said. “In the past, (we) weren’t well represented.”
Clubs Fest happens once every quarter, with two occurring during winter and spring. Punchak expects a higher turnout in the following quarters because more clubs will be started.
The Black Student Union is a club with the mission of aiding and growing all Pierce students but focuses mostly on the African American perspective.
“Black Student Union has been alive (nationally) for more than 50 plus years,” Christina Langley, a Black Student Union member, said. “The minority group need to know what’s happening.”
On the second day, the Mario Kart club and Super Smash Bros. Club brought in televisions, consoles and controllers so up to four students at a time could play Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros.
Music was played using modern top hit songs from the past few years. Colton Droubli, interactive media and gaming coordinator, selected more of a modern rock on the second day to keep up a “nice energy,” according to Punchak.
Along with music, food was ordered for lingering students. This included lemonade, water, chips, cookies, vegetarian sandwich platter and pulled chicken sandwiches.
“On the second day clubs actually came in about an hour early to set up and had an awesome poster making session together,” Punchak said. “Drama Club, GSA and HEMA Club each painted their own posters which made their tables look fantastic.”
This event inspired the creation of another club. A new one, called the Star Gazing Club is now an official club.
“I’ll be improving it (Clubs Fest) in the next two quarters by helping the clubs to be better prepared with awesome table designs, flyers to hand out with their information and enable them to promote some of their events coming up,” Punchak said. “I also would love to see the Choir Club, Drama Club, and HEMA Club do some performances/demonstrations. I want Clubs Fest to be as big as possible.”
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