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New organizations surface at CSUN

With the hope of new experiences at CSUN, this fall semester is ushering in about 20 to 25 new clubs and organizations in addition to the existing 240.

“People need more clubs (to build) a community ? we have such a diverse campus, (so) clubs bring people together,” said Yeprem Davoodian, activities assistant for clubs and organizations at the Matador Involvement Center.

Bienvenue to the French club that is quickly on its way to becoming a recognized organization. The members of the French club say they hope to increase French awareness in terms of the language and culture.

In addition, glee clubs have existed all over the United States for more than 100 years, and now one is making its debut at CSUN.

“It’s about the thrill of the performance and the family that gets created,” said Chase DeLuca, co-founder of the new pop/rock a cappella club.

The a cappella club will consist of eight to 16 members who will be chosen through an audition process, which will be held Wednesday through Friday of this week. The selected group will serenade their audiences with only their voices to imitate instruments and create contemporary music pieces.

CSUN is clearing the way for the Hip Hop Think Tank club, which will provide a forum open to discussions regarding hip hop issues and culture.

Anyone interested in the advancement of science and technology is encouraged to join a club called Team Able. It is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Members will work with intelligent ground vehicles and discover ways to move forward in science and technology realms.

“Team Able sounds interesting because it not only can benefit its members but nonmembers alike (or) the society,” said deaf studies junior Edward Teves.

Another new club on its way is called JAM, which stands for Jewish Awareness Movement. Their goal is to learn what it means to be Jewish and what it means to live a Jewish life.

A ski and snowboarding club is another up-and-coming organization. The future club plans to sponsor special events on campus and encourage students to participate in snow activities, specifically skiing and snowboarding.

The skateboarding club will also join the clubs list this fall. It will supply skateboarders or anyone interested in the sport with an opportunity to discuss safe environments for skateboarding. They will hold frequent skating events as well.

Other clubs and organizations that will most likely make an appearance on campus are the chess club, salsa club, swing (dancing) club and even a juggling club, Davoodian said.

These clubs and more totaling to about 25 are currently recruiting members. They’re making their mark at CSUN.

“I’m fascinated that there is such an array of clubs that touch from people’s hobbies such as dancing and art to appreciating your religion and culture,” said junior liberal studies major Thanha Nguyen.

“It’s weird because in high school, I was so involved, but not in college,” Teves said. “There’s no time between work and school to join any clubs and organizations.”

Time constraints usually come into play when the opportunity of committing to a club or organization arises, especially during college, he said.

“(But) if you want to stand out and get involved in your campus, joining a club is the best way,” said Davoodian. “It’s definitely a good way to (obtain) real world trades on a little bit of a smaller scale to move on after the academic field.”

“I would definitely consider joining a club that I can identify with,” Nguyen said.

Those interested in starting a club or organization still have time. Feel free to stop by the MIC, located in the University Student Union behind Freudian Sip, to obtain further information on the procedures for recognizing clubs and organizations. The person to contact is Davoodian.

There will be a meeting Saturday, Oct. 7 regarding club and organization guidelines, which will allow CSUN’s Associated Students to charter the particular club or organization.

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