Clubs recruit at the Student Involvement Fair

Faith Williams – Contributor

The Adanti Student Center Ballroom was filled with students, talking, dancing, filling out papers and connecting with each other to get involved with clubs on campus.

The Student Involvement Fair was held on Wednesday Jan. 22, and the 170 clubs on campus were all recruiting new members to get involved. Ranging from club sports like rugby and Southern’s dance team to different ethnic clubs like African Student Association and Chinese Student Association, all were in attendance to share information with new and current students.

The Student Involvement Fair was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ballroom and is one way to give students the opportunity to see what the campus offers so that students can get involved.

Club leaders promoted their clubs to those walking by and made sign-up sheets to contact students for upcoming meetings and events.

“We share background information on the organization and upcoming events we have coming up,” Walcott said. “We have ‘Meet the Greeks’ on Jan. 23 and ‘Meet the Sisters’ on Jan. 22.”

The 11 fraternities and sororities were in attendance, sharing pictures, principles and memorabilia of their organizations to encourage students to join.

Social work major Shakaya Walcott, a senior, and the president of Sigma Gamma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., said she had several students come to her table.

Not only was the Student Involvement Fair a chance for students to sign up for clubs, but it was also going to be announced who the performer for the spring concert would be.

The students’ attention was turned toward a projector screen when a video began to play. “Lotus Flower Bomb” music video began playing, but because there are two artists in the video, it was unclear if it would be Wale or Miguel. Finally, it was confirmed that Wale, a hip-hop artist, will be the performer.

Wale is famous for being on the record label Maybach Music Group with other notable artists like Rick Ross and Meek Mill. According to All Music’s website, the D.C artist gained fame from songs like “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “On Chill”. The show is scheduled for April 19 in the Lyman Center and tickets will be on sale the week of Jan. 26.

Club sports also showcased pictures and videos from past performances or games. Hopeful for students to try out for their teams, each club sport had a sign-up sheet for students to leave their name, email and phone number for later contact about tryout dates and times.

Southern’s dance team members practiced choreography while waiting for students to approach. The team currently has 14 members but is looking to expand.

“We’d like to have as many people as possible, it just depends on how many people come to the tryouts,” said psychology major Jelise Nimons, a sophomore, and one of the captains of the dance team.

The African Student Association is a club that spreads awareness of African heritage to the Southern community. Exercise science major Letitia Adumoah, a junior, and the club’s community chair, said in the meetings students discuss growing up in America versus their home countries. They also sometimes collaborate with other clubs on campus during their weekly meetings.

“We have students from other clubs that come to our meetings like BSU and OLAS,” Adumoah said. “It’s very diverse. We talk about the similarities we have, even though we come from other countries, but all the differences we have. Also, the adversity we face coming from foreign countries.”

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