Students Take Their Pick of Clubs and Organizations at Activities Fair


The Sweeney Student Center terrace was filled with students, balloons, treats and the insistent beat of dance music Thursday for the Student Government Association's Activities Fair.

Organizations devoted to dance, politics, art, and academics, set up booths from noon to 2 p.m. seeking like-minded students to join their ranks.

Just thirty minutes into the fair, the Blue Angels Cheerleaders said they already had handful of students interested in joining the squad. Samantha Sanchez SAS'14 touted the team's new coach, Christina Farina, who was experienced with other college programs.

The next step is to set up practices, currently two hours once a week but ramping up as the semester progresses. The squad cheers at every home basketball game.

Also seeking recruits was campus newspaper Tatler, led by Editor-in-Chief Genevieve Fleckenstein SAS'13. Interest in Tatler had ebbed and flowed over the years, until an editorial board of four students and about a dozen staffers resurrected the publication with six issues during the 2011-2012 academic year.

"We really worked to get everyone on board and start building it up again, generating interest," said Fleckstein. The team won the Club of the Year Award from the Student Government Association this past spring.

Fleckenstein, who was joined at the booth by staffer Sibby Bonilla SAS'14, said Tatler now has 20 or so consistent members, "and is still growing, which is impressive for a small school."

At the booth next door to Tatler, Jessica Foster SN'13 was encouraging membership in the Student Nurses Association. The group's first vice president said she had plenty of interest from students who were still working on the prerequisites to entering the nursing program.

The club's activities include blood drives, forums with the School of Nursing's Dean and programs for freshman students. She said the fair was a good way to reach nursing students, many of whom might not know about the organization.

Other clubs and organizations taking part in the fair were:

  • Model United Nations Club
  • CNR Drama
  • Annales, the yearbook club
  • Psyche
  • Fly Angels Dance Team
  • Student Government Association
  • Active Minds
  • Black Student Union
  • Gospel Choir
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Latin American Women's Society
  • Black Ice Step Team
  • Science and Math Society
  • Women in Lasting Defense of the Environment
  • Phoenix, the campus literary and art magazine
  • Spectrum, the club for diversity and LGBT awareness

(Photo: From left, Blue Angels Cheerleaders Crystal Cortes SN'13, Monica Abosta SAS'14, Melody Rodriguez SAS'13, and Samantha Sanchez SAS'14 at their activities fair booth.)