Students rush to find a place

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By Tim Kimbirk / Staff Writer

By Tim Kimbirk / Staff Writer

Riverside City College students were unable to avoid the rush as many stopped by to learn more about the clubs at RCC.

The two day Academic Rush event on Feb. 28 and 29 boasted music, candy, funnel cake, and more importantly – clubs.

Between the Martin Luther King Teaching and Learning Center and the Admissions and Records building was a diverse array of both tents and purposes.

Ranging from the Karate Club to Christians on Campus, students and teachers gathered, working together to raise awareness for their organizations.

“(The event) served as a way for faculty and students to work together and bring more opportunities to students together,” said Gender and Sexuality Awareness President Stephanie Drago. “GSA has a place for anyone, regardless of gender or sexuality to come experience an open forum in a safe educational environment.”

Joey Reynoso, president of Associated Students of Riverside City College, sided with academic rush being a beneficial event.

“It helps bring in new members and raises overall awareness of clubs and events at RCC,” he said.

ASRCC advocates issues on behalf of other students at both the district and state level.

“They also help solve issues right here on RCC campus, and there is talk of an upcoming campus clean up event in lieu of the recent shortage of custodial help,” Reynoso said. “Even though times are tough, we need to be tougher.”

The Student California Teacher Association was present as well, seeking to recruit new members into its ranks.

The association helps prepare future teachers through a combination of experience and training.

“Club rush usually helps us find a core group of members. It provides an opportunity for students to unite with one another,” said Robyn Razook, Secretary and Treasurer, of Student California Teacher Association.  

“Academic rush provides an opportunity for students to get involved. Through this involvement students can get the real college experience,” said Clarence Romero, the advisor of the association. “It’s not enough to just go to class and leave, you need to establish a personal and professional network with students and the people around you.  Academic rush serves as one of many gateways to doing this.”

Despite cool temperatures, plenty of students still turned up to the Rush, where they could register for and receive information on the many club choices at their disposal.

“I think the event really helps raise awareness for all of the clubs at RCC and maybe even helps students find a cause that they can support,” said RCC student Marissa Dodge.

The event was an overall success as many of the academic services and programs of RCC had a chance to reach out to students and bolster it’s rosters with fresh recruits.

Another benefit of the event is that it both helps students network and meet new people as well as providing a more fulfilling college experience.

Anthropology Club, Creative Writing, Puente, and Transfer Readiness and Awareness are a few more of the clubs that attended the event.

Further information on programs and clubs, including how students can form their own club, can be obtained through the RCC Student Activities office.

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