Students crush for Club Rush

By Jeremy Fuerte / News Editor

By Jeremy Fuerte / News Editor

Another Club Rush event hit Riverside City College on Sept. 18 and 19 as clubs continue to seek new members.

“This is the livelihood of students experience on campus,” said Doug Figueroa, president of Associated Students of RCC. “Statistics show that the more that students are engaged in anything in college the more successful they are so it’s important for us to really build up clubs. Not only for student engagement but it also provides an outlet for students to be involved in.”

Students aren’t the only demographic who are impacted by Club Rush. Clubs ranging from the Well Christian Club to Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club are given the opportunity to have their biggest recruitment drive of the year.

“I think it’s very important,” said Chandra Taylor, vice president of the Well Christian Club. “It helps us get our club out there and let the students know we’re here on campus.”

Claudie Marin, president of the Student Sustainibility Collective, recognizes Club Rush as their biggest opportunity to recruit of the semester.

“I think it’s our biggest membership pull of the semester,” Marin said. “Students want to join a club at the beginning of the semester so it’s nice seeing all of the clubs being presented.”

Club Rush helps to spread the word about clubs on campus and Associated Students of RCC hopes there is a club for everyone.

“When we think about 100 percent of the student body here on campus we need to think about the different cultures about the different passions that students have,” Figueroa said. “The student that is involved in biology; we have a club for that. We have a club that represents nearly everything on campus.”

In order to get more students involved in Club Rush, Associated Students of RCC changed the location of the event from the Martin Luther King Teaching and Learning Center last semester to the blocked off street just north of the Quadrangle.

Both club members and students were pleased with the choices Associated Students of RCC made when putting on this event.

“I like the location much better because at MLK it was a little crowded and students were usually rushing through there to get to class or lunch,” Marin said. “This area is more relaxed and students can come as they please or rush through to class without any struggle.”

Taylor is also pleased with the increased flow of student traffic and believes that this event is much better than it has been in the past.

“I like how we’re on the street rather than on the MLK steps,” Taylor said. “I think last semester we were sort of annoying people because we were on the walkway and its better for foot traffic here. We also have the vendors here so it’s definitely a lot better from last semester.”

Student approval pleases Associated Students of RCC, but their main goal moving forward includes getting as much of the student population as possible to be involved on campus.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s such a small percent of our campus that’s involved,” Figueroa said. “We want to impact 100 percent of the student population here on campus and when we provide avenues like this for them I think we’re doing our part as students for them to be able to do that.”