As the end of winter quarter approaches, students can take a second from study sessions and group projects to check out the Associated Students Club Showcase, currently in its second week.
The showcase, taking place in Carver Gym this week, is a time where the AS "Club Hub" is showing students the clubs that are featured at Western, said Jarred Tyson, AS Club coordinator.
This event used to be a one-day help in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room, cramming all the clubs in at once. This year, the Club Hub is changing things up and expanding the event, making it more attainable for students, Tyson said,
"This year we decided, instead of having people come to the clubs, we’re bringing the clubs to the students," Tyson said. "So we’re set up in high-traffic areas this year over a two-week period, where every day we’re switching up what clubs are tabling. It’s essentially 10 clubs a day for two weeks."
Tyson’s office, located on the fourth floor of the VU, deals with anything club related. This can range from a random student curious about what clubs are offered on campus, to anything club related like developing events, finding funds and knowledge of AS policies, Tyson said.
The organization of the AS Club Showcase was based on clubs’ interest in tabling at the event. All the clubs were mass-messaged regarding the opportunity and there was a GoogleDoc created for signing up on a first come, first serve basis, Tyson explained. Therefore, not every club participates; there are between 70 and 80 clubs signed up to table over the two-week period.
"Those clubs [that signed up] have a better chance at recruiting because there isn’t a many clubs at once," Tyson said, contrasting the event with the Fall Info Fair.
McKensie Westfall tabled for the Cuong Nho Martial Arts Club during the showcase last week as a first-year member of the club.
Clubs get exposure during the event, and students can gain a pick-me-up while walking through the showcase. We are calling it "100 donuts a day," Tyson said.
"Whenever a student comes and talks to a club, they’ll get a sticker," Tyson said. "The sticker can essentially be traded in for a donut. The thing is they have to ask about clubs, probably join a couple sign-up lists and then they’ll get the sticker, and then they’ll get a donut. Who doesn’t like donuts?"
Participating students also get entered into a raffle where they can win one of the donated $50-value bookstore donations.
The clubs themselves also have a chance to win money for participating in the showcase, based off of two contests, Tyson said. One contest is for the most attractive display, and other is for the club with the most signups.
"It’s fun," said Anna Coyle, representing Alpha Kappa Psi, Western’s professional business fraternity, at the showcase. "It’s good to see a lot of new people and find potential members."
With well over 200 clubs at Western, there is essentially a club for any interest. There are special-interest clubs, departmental clubs and recreational clubs just to name a few. Tyson describes their clubs as anything from A to Z, from Acapella to Zombies.
"People don’t know [that] the potential of your college experience can be multiplied from joining a club because it’s literally something that you’re interested in, and if you’re in a club with the same interests, it’s just going to be a great time," Tyson said.