Pi Gamma Mu, an international social science honor society, has begun meeting at the University of La Verne, with a new structure and new president.
The purpose of the society is to expand knowledge base by introducing members to new intellectual thoughts and scholars, to support critical thinking, to establish a social network and to have fun.
“Students should come to this forum to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life scenarios,” said Ryan Taketomo, president of Pi Gamma Mu and sophomore political science major.
The club is open to anyone, but geared toward the social sciences, including psychology, sociology, geography, history, political science and economics.
“It’s good to be able to talk to people in your major, and also other majors,” said Melissa Bustos, activities director for the society and a sophomore political science major. “It helps with skills and networking.”
Pi Gamma Mu meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays in the Campus Center, room 207.
During the meetings, Taketomo will show a video highlighting a problem in society today. Then members of the club are split into teams and participate in a debate.
“This is an educational based honors society where people with similar ideas can discuss them,” said Benny Balderrama, treasurer of Pi Gamma Mu and junior social science major.
Pi Gamma Mu was a society on campus before, but had vanished until Taketomo resumed the club this semester, he said.
One of the society’s main goals within this semester is to raise awareness of the club and to expand membership.
“We want to get people involved, and have some activities to make sure everyone is having fun,” Bustos said.
Pi Gamma Mu is also planning activities outside of the weekly meetings, such as going to the Huntington Library, Taketomo said.
“We need to expand membership and get a lot of people excited and interested,” Taketomo said, who is also senator at large in ASULV.
The society also offers the opportunity to become a lifetime member of Pi Gamma Mu. The requirement is 20 units of social science classes. Although Taketomo is the only official lifetime member of the chapter, he hopes more will soon follow.
“This group is a great way to get involved,” said Nicole Delgado, secretary of Pi Gamma Mu and freshman political science major. “We broaden our ideas on important things.”
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