The AS is kicking off winter quarter with the Campus Activities Showcase at noon Jan. 23 in the Viking Union.

Representatives from some of the nearly 200 AS clubs at Western will be providing demonstrations to show students what their clubs are all about, student activities adviser Casey Hayden said. Mallard Ice Cream will be available, and KUGS DJ's will be playing music throughout the event. Some clubs, such as the WWU Mariachi Club, will also provide live music.

The Mariachi Club is a 10-person band of trumpets, violins, guitars and upright bass that plays traditional Mexican folk music.

“It's always very happy and very jubilant,” said Maritza Soto, who plays violin and sings in the band. “It makes everyone happy.”

The band is planning on playing at Mexican restaurants around Bellingham to raise money to buy charros, Soto said. Charros are traditional outfits for Mariachi musicians, consisting of sequined jackets and sombreros.

The showcase will also include demonstrations by Western's many dance clubs. Students can learn about step dancing, break dancing, salsa, tango and swing dancing, as well as Irish Ceili dancing.

A ceili is a group dance accompanied by violin music, Ceili Dance Club member Laura Gorrin said. The footwork is not very complicated, but everyone on the dance floor coordinates to make patterns with each other by constantly switching places.

“It's a social thing versus a performance thing,” Gorrin said.

Gorrin added that the club is currently seeking musicians.

The Ceili Dance Club is not to be confused with the Scottish Country Dance Club, Gorrin said. While there are Scottish ceilis, a ceili is more complicated and high-energy then a country dance.

However, the Campus Activities Showcase isn't just singing and dancing. The Northwest Grappling Association will give a demonstration on wrestling and judo, Hayden said. Other activities will include video games like Guitar Hero, Super Smash Brothers, and Dance Dance Revolution in VU 567, as well as tabletop games in the Underground Coffeehouse. Some of the social awareness clubs will be doing small marches, or “awareness walks,” outside the VU. Hayden said he also hopes to bring the Vehicle Research Institute to the event to show some of the cars and vehicles they are researching and designing.

Besides clubs, AS offices and service offices will be represented at the event. Western Athletics, University Admissions, ResTek, and the Student Recreation Center will all have displays. The AS Board will also hold a town hall meeting for students to ask questions or address concerns to board members, Hayden said.

“It'll be a great place for students to come find out about employment for next year,” Hayden said. Many campus employers will be looking for applicants at the event, such as Lifestyle Advisors, Academic Student Advisors and Orientation Student Advisors.

Students will have a chance to win prizes by going around to different tables and displays and answering trivia questions in a sort of scavenger hunt.

“It should be a pretty awesome show,” Hayden said