CSUN students gathered information about clubs and organizations on the first of two Meet the Clubs day.
The event, which was hosted by the Matador Involvement Center (MIC) was held at the Cleary Walk in front of Bayramian Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
“Meet the Clubs day basically is a day to introduce students to clubs and organizations on campus,” said Vanessa Rubenfield, graduate assistant for clubs and organizations for the MIC. “We are here to oversee everyone and help students if they are interested in starting a new club on campus.”
Rubenfield said Meet the Clubs day is 135 clubs and organizations coming together on campus to promote, inform and try to get students involved in their organizations.
Clubs and organizations at the event ranged from sports, politics, academics, to religious clubs. Students could find an interest and become apart of a club.
Ricardo Stewart, member of the Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN for 13 years said if students have “las ganas,” the desire to dance, they were welcome to join.
“We take anyone that is willing to sweat and is willing to shine on the stage,” Stewart said.
Rosa Chavez, 21, psychology major, said she was excited to know that campus offers ballet florklorico, since she used to dance for a group.
“I plan to join the group, I love dancing traditional Mexican dances,” Chavez said.
Ginger Burton vice president of TRENDS said TRENDS is the fashion club on campus where students can learn about the fashion industry.
“You don’t have to be majoring in fashion design, as long as you have an interest in fashion you are welcome into the club, she said.
TRENDS has a fashion show in the spring and students can help backstage, she said.
Sokari Asemebo, 18, health administration major, said she is intrigued by TRENDS.
“The club looks interesting,” Asembo said. “Fashion is everywhere and I see myself in a place where I can be creative and expand my horizon.”
Christina Moffitino member of CSUN Hip-Hop Team said the team competes in an annual showcase event that Associated Students (A.S.) puts together.
“We are a team that is all about the artistry, the music and dance,” Moffitino said. “We are also planning our 10th year anniversary annual showcase and looking for new dance crews around campus to collaborate with.”
Nadia Aleuy, 21, kinesiology major, said the event was useful and informative.
“The CSUN Hip-Hop dance team interested me, I saw their videos and they sparked my interest,” Aleuy said.
John Anderson, 22, member of Gender and Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA), said the association has many social justice activism issues going on. The biggest issues at the moment are immigration reform, healthcare and the election drive.
“You don’t have to major in women’s studies,” Anderson said. “You do not need to be any specific gender, sexual orientation, we accept all people, and we all do all sorts of social activism,” Anderson said.
Oziel Canizalez, president of the Latino Business Association (LBA) said the group offers members scholarships, networking opportunities and community involvement.
“We offer a home away from home,” Canizalez said. “Some of our students are commuters, it’s nice to have a place where students call home and connect with others in the same majors or similar backgrounds.”
Juan Preciado, 22, double major in psychology and Chicano/a studies, is a member of Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity Inc. He said freshmen are mostly party driven but his fraternity offers alternatives.
“We expose them to academic, community service and socials with other groups on campus,” Preciado said. “We stress the idea that students should explore their options.”
Mark Barela, 18, business marketing major, said he thinks the event was too crowded. Barela said tables should be spaced out, in order to differentiate the clubs and organizations, but he managed to find the Gamma Zeta Alpha table to sign up.
“It’s better to meet members and be exposed to groups, than reading about them online,” Barela said.