Expect Red Square to be full of more people than usual September 22 and 23, as Western hosts Info Fair. Info Fair is a yearly event that showcases the different organizations, clubs, activities and teams that Western offers to students.
Representatives from 42 separate University departments and programs will be present and ready to offer information about pursuing most degrees.
125 of the 231 AS clubs will be there to lure students with groups ranging from political to religious to recreational. Students are given the opportunity to speak with members of each club in a public setting and learn how they can get involved in topics as lighthearted as the Disc Golf club, or more serious such as the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, with plenty of choices in between.
Keeping with the spirit of the election season, there will be members of the College Republicans and Western Democrats pushing for each candidate.
If you are not yet registered to vote or need to change your address, look for members in the crowd wearing “Western Votes” shirts. They offer voting advice and information, and provide the registration paperwork to fill out and return to VU 554 by Oct. 4.
A month later when the time to vote is approaching, the only thing you'll have to worry about is showing up to cast a ballot or mailing it in on time (whichever option fits your fancy).
Local businesses and non-profit organizations will have over 60 booths to promote themselves and hand out free materials such as pins, frisbees, water bottles and more for as long as supplies last. The $1 ice cream booth will be back, among other favorites.
Nicole Brown, Info Fair coordinator, is adamant about getting freshman and returning students involved in Western clubs during this year's event. While she feels that a lot of students are caught up in the giveaways and free food, Brown also believes that many are exploring their interests when they stop by.
“I'd say most people are interested in the free stuff, but it's a great place to get information about the campus and the community,” Brown said.
Brown also hopes to get “a ton” of people to register with Western Votes.
Food and music will be provided free of charge. According to KUGS promoter Casey Nolan, the DJ booth will be playing both days.
“We want it to be a party atmosphere, not just a chill place,” she said.
Whatever the outcome, expect Red Square to be a busy place in the days before school starts.