Saddleback College students exploring the many clubs Saddleback has to offer. Club rush is a great way to promote clubs as well as getting students to participate in the community. (Lariat/Austin Weatherman)
Saddleback College Associated Student Government hosted the 2016 spring semester club rush on Thursday, Feb. 11. The event took place in the Quad between the Business/General Studies and Student Services building, targeting any cross-campus travelers. Over 15 clubs participated in the event, attracting 200 plus students interested in joining.
“Our purpose is to intrigue the students here on campus and make them more aware of the clubs here at Saddleback,” said ASG member Karla Avila. “We want them to have an experience they’ll remember.”
Some of the clubs that attended were the California Student Nurses Association, Pre-law club, Anime club, Alcamo and the Lending Love club.
Having the clubs set up tents in the Quad introduces face-to-face contact with members of the club and outside students, sharing their feelings about why people should join their clubs
Sabrina German, member of the Anime club, was ecstatic with how club rush was unfolding.
“We have already gotten a few emails. People have genuinely been interested and coming up and talking to us,” German said. “It is nice just to see people come out of their shells.”
Pre-law member, Pontus Goerensson, attended the event, trying to sell his club’s mission statement to any students who plan on taking the lawyer path.
“We do everything from inviting lawyers to judges to come speak to us, to inform students about different issues with law, and teach them the different ways they can go about learning law,” Goerensson said. “A judge invited us to his courthouse and sat in the jury box, witnessing several trials.”
The clubs that had participated in club rush saw an enormous amount of interest from the students in the quantity of sign ups they had received.
President of the Alcamo club, a club based on breaking education barriers for latino students, Kenneth Hernandez had seen a great improvement in their numbers.
“We have gotten around 60 sign ups since last semester,” Hernandez said. “We try to create friendships, help with school work and help financially. We have a lot of immigrants in the club, but we are very diverse now including latinos, asians and middle easterners.”
To find more information on clubs and their meeting days, visiting saddlebackstudentlife-edu.org/student-clubs-home/.