Members from various different clubs, fraternities and sororities at Pacific set up tables covered in candy, pamphlets and sign-up sheets at the annual Club and Organization Fair last Thursday. Tables were set up around the volleyball court, while music played, and returning club members gave information to prospective newcomers.
A good portion of the tables surrounding the patio of the U.C. housed the different chapters of Greek Life at Pacific. Rush Week, the week in which newcomers are brought into the different chapters, will begin on Sept. 18. Fraternity and sorority members used the fair as an opportunity to promote some of the activities that will take place during Rush Week, as well as what they will be looking for in new members.
A new addition to the range of clubs at Pacific this year is the Racquetball Club, coached by Sociology Professor Adam Rafalovich. The new club’s table was fairly popular at the fair with several e-mails on their sign-up sheet and multiple students stopping to introduce themselves to Rafalovich and ask questions. The team will be having practices twice a week and upcoming tournaments are to be announced.
Another newer club hoping to expand is the Pre-Med Club. Even though they were around last year, club member Michelle Sconce said that there will be a lot more activities and events to come. The club is “hoping to have Free Vitals Thursdays for Pacific students starting this year,” Sconce said and event planning and approval are still in process. Sconce added that participation in the club would look great on a pre-med student’s resume.
Although clubs were in attendance at the fair mainly to explain their mission to students, Hillary Kirk, senior and member of the Social Work Club, stressed that community outreach is good for anyone and not just those majoring in social work. The Biology club added that they welcome students majoring in Biology, but it is not required. They are currently planning events like viewings of Discovery Channel specials and zoo trips.
Older clubs that have been on campus for more than five years. The Drama club, the Rainbow Coalition and English club have several events and activities planned for this year. Announcements for these events are mostly distributed by e-mail and will be posted around campus for those who are interested and were not able to put their name on sign-up lists.