Club Rush, more like club hush

Brittany Johnson

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Club Rush, which took place Sept. 8 through 10 at Gorton Quad, was more like a Club Hush this semester at City College.

Club Rush is an information fair set out for campus organizations to recruit students to their clubs. The clubs had displays, some performed skits, and others had musicians drawing the crowds to their tables.

There were around six booths a day covering anything from defending human rights with the Amnesty International Club, raising awareness about racism, feminism, and domestic violence with Visionaries, and encouraging the co-mingling of outside organizations looking towards a more resource based economy with the Promethean Workers Association.

The goal for many of the clubs was more than just filling up their roster. Rene Moraida, co-coordinator from the Amnesty International Club said, “Club Rush raises awareness about different issues on campus.”

Moraida also commented on the hardships of this year’s Club Rush. “The biggest challenge is getting new students to sign up because this fall semester there is an increase in the student population and a lot of new faces,” he said.

“We’ve already done a lot (in the first week) to help students, and show who we are and by the time it’s the third week it’s hard,” added Anna Chang, an Intervarsity Christian Club member.

Community members Gustaf Cuevas and Jonathan Poehner provided some inspirational music at The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Club table. Their soulful acoustic guitar and soft trumpet tunes drew attention and encouraged a smile on the students passing.

According to Chang, the Christian club wanted students that stepped up to their table “to feel loved.”

A fairly new club to the scene was B.E.A.T. (Bringing Education and Activism Together). Inspired by the ideas of their Political Science Professor L. Dorman, students are raising awareness and promoting
activism through education. On Sept. 8, a member of the club preformed a skit as Bobby Seale, American Civil Rights Activist.

On Sept. 10, Sophie @ 103.7, a San Diego radio station, played live streaming radio broadcast and handed out vitamin sodas. The radio booth and music drew a larger crowd in the afternoon.

Other Clubs representing included: IDEAS Club, Fellowship of Associated Gay Students, M.E.Ch.A., 9/11 Truth Club, Spanish Club and Visionaries.

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