By Samantha Morris / Staff Writer
By Samantha Morris / Staff Writer
On March 2 and 3 students active in on-campus clubs gathered in the Arthur G. Paul Quadrangle to recruit new members and bring awareness to their fellow peers.
RCC offers over 40 clubs to suit most students’ interests.
“Club Rush is an important event for clubs and students alike. It allows people to browse prospective clubs and get students involved,” Hana Greenwood said.
Although the event was held in a location in high use by students, many say they didn’t know about it.
“I believe that Club Rush was badly advertised,” said Chelsea Roberts, RCC student.
“I only knew about it because I stumbled into it randomly. It really wasn’t advertised very well,” said Seth Hayhurst.
Yet some are still eager to get involved.
“I’m actually interested in joining Club Muse,” said Cory Lallier, a student and prospective club member.
Despite the small numbers of student turn out, people were still pleased that some students were interested.
“Students should be more involved in on-campus clubs. It helps you develop and become a better person, this is our time to grow,” said Sharon Garrett, a member of the Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA).
Joan Lopez a member of the Photo Club agrees and affirms that he’s benefited from the experience.
“I didn’t know very much about photography, but everyone was really nice, laid back and chill and showed me a lot of stuff. Now I love it,” she said.
Clubs such as The H.O.M.E. Room and the Ujima Project offers mentors and tutors for the students.
“We conduct meetings a few times a month to inform students what is going on around campus, with the hot topics of the community college,” said Latanya Hulon, a member of both the Ujima Project and The H.O.M.E Room.
Impacts Nations Dance Club aims to be a club for pure enjoyment. It’s a place to “come and dance without ridicule,” Cindy Rodas, a member of Impacts Nations Dance Club, said.
“Clubs are great extracurricular activities, they look great on college applications,” Rodas said.
Many clubs advocate proceeding to a four year university.
Michael Nearing, vice president of the Art Club, says that his club helps the members in understanding their career.
“The speakers that we pull in, a lot of time it will shed light on the lessons that we learn, and the speakers will reinforce what we are taught and they give us a few points in holding a career in art,” he said.
The process of joining a club is dependent on the club itself.
Some require you to pay dues such as the Karate Club which goes directly to helping the members pay for competitions.
Other groups including The Ujima Project require you to fill out an application.
“We prefer that you’re dedicated to the club, it’s something we put a lot of work into,” said Karryn Callier, a member of The Ujima Project warning students who wish to join a club.
A universal rule however is that all potential members must be an active student whilst participating in club activities. For those students who don’t find a club that peeks their interest, the option to create a new organization is always open.
Chelsea Roberts who is attending RCC, said she wouldn’t mind having a “Medical Marijuana Club” on campus.
There are a few simple steps in place which students must follow in order to have their organization/ club verified as an RCC on-campus club. Prospective students must first find a faculty member whom is willing to sponsor the organization which entails attending every meeting and event the club is involved in.
The second step is presenting the Coordinator of Student Activities with an “Agreement of Sponsor Form.”
The agreement, equipped with the sponsor’s name, is then transferred to the President of the college to be approved.
From there it is reviewed by either the president or his designee.
Once the sponsor is approved, the student organizers must write a club constitution and submit two copies of their decree to the Coordinator of Student Activities.
The constitution is then passed along and submitted to the Dean of Student Services along with the ASRCC Riverside Campus Senate whom then ultimately decides on approval for the organization.
For more information on joining any of the aforementioned clubs, viewing what is offered at RCC, or creating a campus club/ organization, visit http://www.rcc.edu, click on student services, and clubs for further information.