Club Rush kicks in gear for centennial festivities

This semester, Club Rush coincided with Spirit Day as a part of a multitude of activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of City College. A majority of the clubs and organizations on campus were set up during the celebration.

Club Rush is an event where the clubs on campus advertise themselves and recruit students. This year, the three day long event took place in Gorton Quad and around the new buildings on campus. Clubs were on hand to encourage students to enlist for and gather information about existing clubs.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., student organizations set up tables to raise awareness about their clubs and recruit new members. A few clubs used persistent tactics to draft newcomers while other clubs quietly displayed information on what they do.

The French Club had a table in front of the Arts and Humanities building that displayed various picture books, French flags and handouts about their club. Their mission is to educate students about French culture. The participants were highly knowledgeable and welcomed anyone to join, not only those who are taking French courses.

Bridging the Gap displayed banners for both their club and their “Don’t Be a Bully” event. The club is a part of the Small Business Entrepreneurship Program that is lead by Dr. Leroy Brady.

Robert Crouse, Chief Operation Officer of Bridging the Gap, explained that this student lead group is a non-profit organization that works with at-risk youth in the San Diego area through educational programs and events. The club is particularly looking for students who attend City College. So far, over 50 students have joined the club.

“We wanna have all students involved. We have outside people, we got an attorney, a sheriff … a lot of people who are on our team but we want the core of it to be City College students,” Crouse said.

Club Rush was most prominent on the first day as a multitude of students, faculty and the general public watched and took part in various activities on campus. As the event carried on to the next two days, it slowly died down with less clubs looking to recruit students.

Melissa Ramirez, a psychology major, wasn’t impressed with the first day of Club Rush. She believed it wasn’t well put together and many people were waiting for Spirit Day to begin and clubs to set up.

“I got there on time when it was supposed to start and I was waiting for about 30 minutes. The clubs were barely setting up and no music was playing for anyone to enjoy … it was boring so I left right away when it started,” Ramirez said.

Student James Cloud experienced the event differently, “I believe it was a success. There were many clubs out in front that students seemed to be interested in and joining.”

Not only did clubs participate during the event, the San Diego Blood Bank had a truck set up in the quad for students, faculty and general public could donate blood.

The event wrapped up on Thursday, Sept.11 with very few clubs with tables set up in the quad.

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Club Rush kicks in gear for centennial festivities