Club rush invites City to join new groups

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Students from the Spanish Club recruit a new member at Club Rush on Feb. 12.- J. Rae Chipera

Mariel Mostacero

School groups gathered from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 at Gorton Quad for Club Rush, an event held every semester for club promotion and encourage student participation.

This semester, clubs including the French Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and Uprising Club set up booths in front of the cafeteria, with information on their goals, mission statement, and group activities or trips.

“People come by, and we tell them about the club. We have pamphlets on our desk and we tell them about what it is. People often, with the French Club, assume they have to know French, but you don’t have to know French. We can all teach each other,” said Charlene Daniel, member of the French Club.

Attendance was consistent, but slow for students manning the booths.

“It’s all right. I guess most people are in class or doing work, so it’s been kind of slow,” Jose Luis Orozco, member of the Robotics club.

The club uses hands-on work with technology and other mechanical tools to create robotic figures. They have competed in the past and are aiming for a higher membership this year.

“This (club) will enhance your resume and will open up doors if you don’t already have a degree,” Orozco said.

Other clubs emphasized the benefits of joining, including financial assistance and better chance of getting into a four-year university for transfer students.

“We do some financial support, provide extra tutoring support … and if they continue to SDSU as a liberal arts major, they receive guaranteed admission to the school,” Kelly Randall said, a case manager for a YMCA program that assists students at City.

Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society on campus has used club rush and other promotional events to gain members. Their membership in the past year has swelled from three members to 38 this semester.

“Basically, it’s a network that gives students access to scholarships and helps them for the application process,” said Celia Jimenez, member of the honor society.

Club Rush is not only about letting students know about groups on campus, but is also a way for the clubs to gain recognition and raise membership every semester.

“Our main goal is to recruit for the fall and make sure students are aware of the program. It’s definitely a great opportunity for new students and students already in the program and we just try to support them and keep them on track to go to a four-year university,” Randall said.

To learn more about clubs on campus, contact the Office of student Affairs at (619) 388-3498 or visit the City College website.