Clubs gather to recruit

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ident of the Ballroom Dance club show students new dance moves. ” src=”×225.jpg” width=”300″ height=”225″ /> Madison Stratton, president of the Ballroom Dance Club, shows students new dance moves.

Students play a game of "Bra Pong" at Clubs and Orgs. Day held in the Shepherd Union building.
Students play a game of “bra pong” at Clubs & Orgs Day, held in the Shepherd Union Building.

The Shepherd Union Atrium this Wednesday, Clubs & Orgs Day, was host to various clubs as an opportunity for recruiting. At the event, students had their futures read by the Spiritual Science Club, grabbed free condoms from the Weber State University Voices for Planned Parenthood, or simply chatted with organizations of their interests.

The largest active club on campus is the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship with 130 members.

“We aim to create a space on campus for students to explore their faith,” said Michael Vazquez, a political science major and a member of the organization. “We do that through small-group Bible studies from Monday and Wednesday evenings, and we have a large group event every Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at the Wildcat Theater.”

Walter Taylor, a student who attended the fair, said he didn’t belong to any club or organization.

“I was in the Army,” he said. “I just medically retired, and we are just living here in South Ogden right now. A sniper shot me in the chest. It was just two years ago, but it took me a year to recover. Not quite like Rambo, but yeah, I shot him back.”

Taylor, a freshman who wants to major in electronic arts and engineering and minor in theater arts, said he is interested in joining the Film Club.

There was also an organization present sponsoring Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser which takes place April 5-6. The women running the booth took different sizes of bras, stapled them to a board and invented the game “bra pong.” To win this game, a player had to throw a ping pong ball and try to make it into the bra. This gave students a chance to win apparel that advertised the fundraiser.

Chandra Muhlestein, who has participated in Relay for Life for the last 10 years, helped run the booth. The organization’s faculty adviser was also there to sponsor Relay for Life. Jeannie Gamble, who serves as the marketing director for housing, is a cancer survivor herself.

“I’m a two-time survivor of breast cancer,” Gamble said. “It first happened when I was 22 and a student in college. I think it is important to support an organization like this, because it can strike any student at any time.”

Gamble and Muhlestein said they are trying to get more students involved so their organization can be turned into an official WSU club.

The Ballroom Dance Club made its first official appearance in the club scene at the event. The group has been around since October of last year, but has become official this semester. The group was practicing at University Village, but, as it has grown in popularity, it should be moving to the Shepherd Union Ballrooms within a few weeks.

Nick Phinney, who serves as vice president of the club and also an instructor, was in the Atrium showing a few dance moves to students willing to sign up.

“Weber State Ballroom Club is here to offer quality ballroom instruction to beginners and experts,” Phinney said. “We’re here to diversify you in the art of dance.”

Phinney helps teach all kinds of ballroom dance, from salsa to samba.

Former student Gabriel Trisher and WSU professor Melissa Pitman created the Chinese Club, also represented on Wednesday, four years ago.

“The goal of the Chinese Club,” said Thomas Ferris, the vice president, “is to introduce Chinese people to American culture and American people to Chinese culture.”

The Chinese Club’s biggest event is the Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 15 this year, held in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. The event attracted a turnout of 115 people last year.

“We are in the Year of the Dragon,” Pittman said. “It is very special, because the dragon is considered son of God. Chinese parents love to have dragon babies. That’s why the birthrate, always, every 12 years, boom, doubles.”

With 126 clubs and organizations at WSU, most students can find their niche. For students who can’t, they can always create their own clubs by having at least eight members, a president and a WSU faculty member for club adviser, and turning in the required forms to the Student Involvement and Leadership Office in room 326 of the Shepherd Union Building.