Abelina J. Nuñez
The University of La Verne hosted the Student Involvement Fair at Sneaky Park on Wednesday where hundreds of ULV students socialized with the different clubs and organizations on campus.
There were over 20 clubs and organizations varying from housing to sports to Greek life to health to psychology. Students could get a free lunch provided by The Habit food truck while listening to the DJ play music ranging from pop to Spanish music.
“I love this new Involvement Fair. I do feel like people do come and show up and talk to people,” Elizabeth De La Cruz, Sigma Kappa member and sophomore psychology major, said. “I liked the theme this year with the music because it’s great today, and I think it’s impactful for all organizations, even small clubs, to get their foot out there.”
De La Cruz said she joined Sigma Kappa her first spring semester and enjoyed it as she met new people and found a home within the whole school.
“I learned a lot of social skills, and that helped me learn some organization skills,” she said.
While students were interacting with friends or getting to know the different clubs and organizations on campus, the ULV Pep Band did a small performance and a few moments later the Sanctioned Step Team came out and did a performance.
Mariana Hernandez, ULV Film Society treasurer and junior digital media major, said she and her friends created a film club to get more people involved with film and show a more significant appreciation for cinema on campus. Hernandez said anyone could join, and it does not matter if they are not a film major. The club started in the fall of 2022.
“Our goal for the club is just to make it bigger, include more people; that’s why we’re still kind of figuring out the schedule because we want more people to join,” she said. “We want it not only to be a place where you watch movies, but we’re also thinking about doing Q&A, bringing in directors, bringing in people from the industry for screenings and share their journey with us to connect others who like movies.”
Toward the end of the fair, Associate Director and Student Life Cindy Vallejo announced the winner based on who matched this year’s theme, Music Through The Generations, and who had the best interactive game. The first place winner was the Film Society, which won $300, and the second place winner was the Tikkun Olam International Club, which won $200. The third place winner was Psi Chi La Verne, who won $100.
“We formed this club with the intention of bringing a laugh to campus, everybody that is interested in comedy,” Andrew Morris, vice president of ULV Sketch Comedy and junior digital media major, said. “We want to provide the student body with an opportunity and a community to develop their craft and to learn more about the art of comedy.”
Morris said this semester would be the first time this club will be up and running due to being a new club on campus. With the help of the involvement fair, about 20 people have signed up, and they have a lot of traction, and people are excited.
“Me and the president, Amnaa, started this club because we realized that there wasn’t a club or a student within the student body on campus that is designed just for making video content,” he said. “For this specific niche of comedy that doesn’t exist anywhere, this is the first time it’s gonna be done, and we want to bring all those things together into a club where we can all get along and (be) around creative minds and make friends that are interested in similar arts.”
Liyah Ferris, vice president and treasurer of the Pre-Health Club and sophomore biology major, said the club has been around since 2016, and was more directed towards medicine. Now, they have opened up to various fields like dentistry, pharmacy and physical therapy throughout the years.
“(Joining a club) has helped me learn what classes to take, how to manage my time, what to start preparing for, what to look for, and good ways, at least for me, because as I’m trying to aim towards medical school, good ways to build my application and start building those hours that I need,” she said.
Ferris said the Student Involvement Fair is handy for sign ups so students can branch out and learn new things.
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