Clubs put their best foot forward

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By Fatima Ramsey / Staff Writer, Diana Carrillo / Staff Writer

Head of the class (Stephanie Holland / Editor in Chief)

By Fatima Ramsey / Staff Writer, Diana Carrillo / Staff Writer

It’s starting to feel a lot like fall semester.

After all the struggles of finding open classes, making sure they did not get dropped for nonpayment and overcoming parking nightmares, students are finally settling down in their classes.

On Sept. 23, Riverside City College had its annual Club Rush event held in the AG Paul Quadrangle.

Clubs set up their tables and put on their best smiles to recruit students of all ages, languages and majors.

Although it was a hot afternoon, students still attended to see what various clubs had to offer.

Some of the clubs that came out and participated in Club Rush were the International Club, Photography Club, Ujima, Puente, the Student Alliance for Education, Alpha Gamma Sigma, The National Society and new clubs like Entrepreneurship, Impact Nation and the Gay Straight Alliance.

The Entrepreneurship Club provides business ethics to formulate leaders and educate them in the business field.

The club offers many activities, including non-business related work.

Henry Aguirre, the club founder, elaborates on the goals of the Entrepreneurship Club.

“We try to reach out to the community by being involved. Doing community service is also a big part of what we do,” Aguirre said. “We try to keep our own campus clean because, in a way, it’s our home, but our main objective is just to have fun.”

The International Club booth was filled with different maps of the world and pictures of various cultures that lured students over to their table.

The International Club’s main purpose is to welcome international students and learn more about different cultures.

Maria Kobayashi, the club president, explained what her club has to offer.

“It gives the opportunity to different cultures to share where they come from and learn more about US culture,” said Kobayashi.

Students that don’t have much familiarity with the American culture get to participate in  events like Halloween Town for a new experience.

It also gives the international students something to do after school, as many of them are new to the country and aren’t familiar with what is available to them outside of school.

The Muslim Student Association is another club that was at Club Rush.

This club volunteers and aids in the local community.

The Muslim Student Association participates in events that help the club raise money, which they donate in full to orphanages.

The club members also  commit themselves to help feed the homeless.

The President of the Muslim Student Association, Whitney Ali, cleared up some stereotypes people usually associate with her club.

“Many people have a huge misconception about Muslims,” said Ali. “And we just want to clear our name and teach more about Islam. In fact most members are not even Muslim.”

Impact Nations Dance Club is a new club formed by a diverse group of dancers. The club’s goal is to overlook ethnic barriers.

Members  meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15 to 1:50 p.m. in the Huntley building dance room.

This club hopes to bring cultures together to enjoy diverse company and to learn from each other.

The club also performs to raise money for charity and do volunteer work.

Anyone who wants to learn to dance and have fun is welcomed by the Impact Nations Club.

The club strongly discourages and does not tolerate any violence, racism or discrimination.

Group members will be performing on Oct. 10, at RCC’s Homecoming.

Another new club, the Veterans’s Club, is only two weeks old.

The president of the club is Louise Daniels, who was a former sergeant in the Marines.

“Our main purpose is to help with the transitions from military to civilian life,” Daniels said.

The club helps veterans make the transition in their life from leaving a military mind state and life style to become more attune with regular civilian life.

All the clubs mentioned, and many more, attended Club Rush and were actively informing RCC students about their individual organizations. For more information about the clubs, students can visit the student activites office.


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