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Club fair kicks off spring semester

Lauren Creiman
Staff Writer

As part of a week of activities planned to kick off the spring semester, the University of La Verne hosted a club fair Feb. 2.

The club fair took place in the Campus Center Ballroom from and offered students an opportunity to learn about the various clubs on campus while enjoying free food, gifts and music.

“All of the club booths really opened my eyes to the number of different ways there are to get involved,” freshman Caitlin Bingham said. “There is something for everyone.”

LeoFM provided music to set the mood as students milled around and learned about the various clubs on campus.

Among those present were the most recognizable organizations, ASULV and the Campus Activities Board.

“We’re here to raise awareness about CAB and let students know about our monthly events through our promo items,” said CAB Vice Chairwoman Jamie Ondatje.

The free promotional items handed out by CAB included bags of Swedish Fish candy and bags of Red Hots candy with tags to remind students about events that happened later in the week.

Next to CAB was the ASULV booth, where members encouraged students to fill out surveys and handed out free USB drives.

“What ASULV does is try to advocate for the students,” ASULV President Nicholas Sloot said.

“That’s why we ask them to fill out surveys; we want to know how we can improve student life.”

There was also a variety of unique clubs that some students felt had much to offer.

“My favorite booth was the Entrepreneurship Club booth,” freshman business administration major Rebecca Ayala said.

“They explained to me how it suited my major and would boost my creativity in the business world.”

“I plan on joining the Lordsburg Debate Union because I want to be a lawyer and debating is a good skill to hone for my career,” freshman legal studies major Monique Osorio said.

The Office of Student Life gave away four monetary prizes to the clubs who incorporated this year’s theme of “Art of the Harlem Renaissance” into their booths.

The Saudi Students Association took first place and won $125.

Lordsburg Debate Union came in second and won $100, followed by Psi Chi in third place for $75 and the Muslim Students Association in fourth for $50.

Club and Organization Co­ordinator Nicee Gonzalez, who organized the club fair, was also there to represent the College Panhellenic Association.

“The reason we are here is to try and get the word out about formal recruitment, which is this spring,” Gonzalez said.

Paolo Kespradit, chorister of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, encouraged anyone interested in music to join.

“We deal with every aspect of music: singing, writing, and even just listening and appreciating music,” Kespradit said.

Other clubs present included the International Student Organ­ization, Sociology Anthro­pol­ogy Criminology Club, Black Student Union, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Model United Nations, Working On Not Disappointing Our God, Rainbow Alliance, Phi Delta Theta and Christ’s X Factor.

Lauren Creiman can be reached at lauren.creiman@laverne.edu.

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