By Tess Koman
On Fri., Sept. 10 Student Activities hosted its annual Club Expo on the Rugby Field. Lasting from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Expo hosted about 80 clubs, 20 on-campus organizations, and 20 off-campus organizations, welcoming approximately 800 students.
The Annual Club Expo is the best way to showcase Union’s wide array of activities for the student body. A widely anticipated event on campus, the Expo provides each club on campus an opportunity to expand its membership, explain its purpose, and gain momentum at the beginning of the year.
This year, the Club Expo was quite an affair with plenty of entertainment and new clubs on display. However, it is a tedious process to put together such an appealing event.
Each year, the Student Activities office and the Committee on Committees seek to improve the quality and popularity of the Club Expo. With such a diverse student body, it is necessary to represent each club and organization that is on campus. Both offices have to ensure that each club is practicing according to its individual constitution. Clubs must report to the Committee about all events, elections, position changes, and club statuses. If any club operates outside of its Constitution, the Committee on Committees must review the case.
Part of the excitement the Committee experiences is when students form a new club. Bessena Cabe ‘13, VP of Administration, explains that there are several new organizations trying to reach club status on campus. They are in the process of establishing a Classics Club, an Italian Club, uBreak (a break dancing club), and Alpha Delta Lambda, a new community service oriented sorority with no national affiliation.
It is also an opportunity to show freshmen how terrific the clubs are. The Dutch Pipers, Garnet Mistrelles, Bhangra, Plastic Music, and Mike Corti’s band all performed.
Cabe worked hard all summer to put the Club Expo together. “Because I am new to this position, it was a tough situation,” Cabe said. “I was contacting people all summer letting them know that they hadn’t submitted certain constitutions or forms. It is difficult trying to get a club together. I am even still waiting on a few. We also had to get in contact with the Finance Committee. The Club Expo is for everyone. We try to bring as many people as we can to it by spreading out the tables and providing entertainment.” One of the challenges, he explains, is trying to top the previous year’s event. That is why it is so crucial that the Club Expo appeals to students of all years.
The entertainment proved to be a success. There was face painting, balloons, blow up activities, and sign making available, all of which attracted plenty of students. A barbeque and chocolate covered treats were served too. Each club and club-to-be had the opportunity to recruit new members and build its foundation. The annual Club Expo was packed from beginning to end.