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Lavernapalooza: Fun in the sun

Shane Rodrigues, radio-TV operations manager, tests his aim at the dunk tank with Chris Weedon, OWL coordinator, inside. Sponsored by the OWLS, Campus Activities and Student Life, the Laverna­palooza Club Fair and All-La Verne Picnic was a hot spot for students on Sept. 2. The event included free food, music and carnival games. / photo by Cindy Harder

Shane Rodrigues, radio-TV operations manager, tests his aim at the dunk tank with Chris Weedon, OWL coordinator, inside. Sponsored by the OWLS, Campus Activities and Student Life, the Laverna­palooza Club Fair and All-La Verne Picnic was a hot spot for students on Sept. 2. The event included free food, music and carnival games. / photo by Cindy Harder

Angie Marcos
LV Life Editor

The Associated Students of the University of La Verne hosted the Lavernapalooza Club Fair and All-La Verne Picnic Sept. 2 for students, faculty, staff and parents of the University.

“We want to get people involved on campus,” Ryan Taketomo, sophomore political science major and senator-at-large, said.
The annual club fair is held the first week of classes in the semester.

The main focus of the event is to gather all of the students together and the food offered is meant to unite everyone at the University, Take­tomo said.

The All-La Verne Picnic started immediately following the University Convocation and had upbeat hip-hop music playing during the event.

All who attended the Convocation were invited to stay for the picnic for a free lunch to enjoy.

“I like the University a lot. Actually, I love it,” freshman Alyssa Contreras said.

After reviewing many of the available clubs to join on campus, Contreras said the debate team seemed the most appealing to her.

“The fair is really laid back and the food is great,” Contreras said of the club fair and All-La Verne Picnic.

“Even though there was a long line for food, I only had to wait for about five minutes,” Contreras said.

Clubs and groups who had booths set up for the Lavernapalooza Club Fair included Athletic Training Student Club, Debate Team, fraternities, sororities, Resi­dence Hall Association, Inter­national Student Organiza­tion, Society of Profes­sional Journalists, Latino Student Forum, as well as many others.

The Athletic Training Student Club focuses on encouraging athletic training as a career and also spreading awareness on health. The Athletic Training Student Club is not limited to only athletic and sports medicine students, it is open to all students in learning and becoming involved in athletic training.

A club also in attendance of the fair was the Order of Omega Honors Society.

This club in particular is only available by application of the top three percent of Greeks.

“We review all of the applications once a year for membership,” said Ann Marie Francis, senior business administration major and president of the society.

Angie Marcos can be reached at angie.marcos@laverne.edu.

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