The USF Dons Marching Band will be performing in Las Vegas in March to support the men’s basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Binh Tran-Tu)

Students and Clubs Plan for Something New at the Involvement Fair

Looking for a way to get more involved on campus this semester?  You’re not the only one. The University Center flooded with students of all grade levels and interests, searching for new clubs and organizations to join, last Thursday.  The variety of student organizations spanned all throughout the building, from cultural clubs to academic honor societies, to Greek life and performance-based organizations.

This year, the Arab Student Association made its first appearance as a new club on UC fourth floor, with other cultural groups.

Branden Sun, a sophomore and Publicity Chair for the Hui’ O Hawaii, advertised the group’s annual Luau that will be happening later on in this semester.  “This year will be our 42nd Luau. It is a dinner and a show that is put on by the Hawaii club and its members,” Sun said.  Students who will be attending get to try Hawaiian food and watch cultural performances by other students in the organization.

In addition to the variety of cultural groups, there are also academic honor societies and organizations that are tailored for specific majors.  Some of which include the Pre-Dental Society and the Nursing Student Association.  Tri Gamma, a sorority that services to nursing students.  Senior Emily Trapnell, last year’s new member coordinator said, “Right now, we’re working for our fashion show in May, which will help in [fundraising] for homeless prenatal care.”  Aside from working to help the larger community, the society serves mainly as a support group where members can relieve stress and take a break from their studies.

For the environmentalists on campus, there is a group called the Environmental Justice and Outdoors Club, which is currently working on a Fossil Free campaign to prevent the rise of fossil fuels. While actively being involved in environmental justice, the group also does outdoor activities, such as hiking and a camping trip near the end of the semester.

At the bottom floor of the UC, the performance and media-based groups, and some Greek life organizations thrived in attracting a lot of students.  The USF Dons Marching Band manager, Molly Smith, encouraged passing students to join the band.  “This semester, we have the Vegas trip coming up, where we go to support the basketball team at the [West Coast Conference].” The Marching Band continuously recruit throughout the year, as many organizations do.  So if you want to get involved, contact any club or organization you’re interested in for more information.

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