CSUN held Meet the Clubs day in front of Bayramian Hall yesterday giving students the opportunity to meet new people, start networks and express themselves to the campus and surrounding community.
Fraternities such as Lambda Chi Alpha were out to promote their organization to help build a positive image towards student life, said Neil Sanchez, 22, re-elected president of the fraternity.
‘One thing we stress is academics,’ said Sanchez, philosophy major. ‘The better you do in school the more you’ll evolve personally and professionally.’
Sanchez is also trying to mitigate the stereotype against fraternities while expanding the basis of their membership recruitment program.
‘We want to introduce and interact with students through our membership recruitment program,’ he added.
Many sororities were at the event as well such as Alpha Omicron Pi who promised everyone who goes through new member period will find lasting friendships, learn great communication skills and most importantly promote good or improve human quality of life through philanthropy.
‘One of the things we are doing right now is research for juvenile arteries,’ said Justin Pugliese, the 21-year-old vice president.
Pugliese said joining the sorority really helped her move from New York go more smoothly.
‘I made lot of friends through this,’ said Pugliese. ‘Definitely found people who will be at my bridal shower,’ she added.
Different clubs such as the CSUN Ceramics Guild were out promoting their art and gallery show that is being held from February 20 through the 26 in the West Gallery on campus as well as looking for new members who are interested in ceramics.
Arlene Monzon, 25, president of the ceramics guild, said the their club is generally for people who want a career in ceramics and looking for a jump start on networking, building contacts and meeting schools which offer Masters of Arts (MA) or masters in fine arts (MFA) degrees.
Students interested in arts outside of ceramics have the opportunity to join the new Public Arts Club, which was started less than a year ago.’ The public arts club lets members exchange information and ideas about the creation of public art and encourage professional development in a social and academic atmosphere.
‘Public art is anything that the public can view,’ said Michelle Kim, 27, president and graduate student. ‘It can be a sculpture in a museum to graffiti art on a wall. For our members the sky is the limit.’
Other clubs or societies, such as the Medieval and Renaissance Society at CSUN is an educational organization dedicated to the research and re-creation of medieval and renaissance culture.
Chris Taylor said people could expect anything when attending one of their fairs.
‘You’ll see anything from the making of brewery, root beer of course, to great medieval costume to large combat fights and tournaments,’ said Taylor a.k.a. Greylonde who is double majoring in computer science and astrophysics.’ ‘You can make it out to what you want it to be.’
Robinson Abraham, a 22-year-old media management major, had a great time looking at the various clubs and signing up for one that will actually teach him how to shake his grove on the dance floor.
‘I just joined the ballroom dancing club because I have friends who are getting married this summer and I’ll probably need to know how to dance for that and I’m hoping it helps me meet some girls,’ he said.