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Puente performs a line dance routine during Club Day.

Puente performs a line dance routine during Club Day.

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Puente performs a line dance routine during Club Day.

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A steady stream of students flocked to the outdoor quad Tuesday, Sept. 19 for Club Day. 14 of the 26 active clubs were present on hand to provide information to students in joining a student-run club on campus — including AGS, Anime, Honors and UMOJA.

Director of Student Life Teresa Archaga, who also advices The Inter-Club Council, said the main objective of club day is to raise students awareness of clubs they don’t know about and may possibly want to join. New members also help clubs fill the void left by members who transferred

Archaga said joining a club is key to student engagement on campus and gives students more to do than sitting in a classroom.

 “Club Day is a fun atmosphere to be around,” she said adding that she would like to see more diversity in club offerings on campus and encourages interested students to start new clubs.

“I would love to see more clubs being developed from our Muslim community as well as different cultural events,” she said. “The clubs not only give students an opportunity to showcase their talents but things you normally wouldn’t expose yourself to.”

Puente Club President Briana Orozco, who has been a member for a year, said the club is all about celebrating Hispanic culture. On Club Day they raised funds by selling food.

“We’ve had a lot of people come up to our table,” said Orozco. “Part of why may be since we have bright decorations, food and we have music. It’s just a fun day to be a part of.”

Art Club Vice President Jennifer Ramos has been in the club for a year and saw a lot of students interested in art. Her main objective for participating in Club Day is recruiting a community of new artists to come together and showcase their work.

“I feel like club day is a great way to make friends on campus,” said Ramos. “A student doesn’t have to know how to draw to join art club. They can come and discuss the art and how it makes them feel. Artists are always looking for feedback.”

Many of the clubs on campus also encourage their student members to reach for academic success. That is definitely La Raza’s goal.

Kenneth Prado also said La Raza was originally a club for the Latinx community, but now that they no longer do that they’re all about academic success.

“La Raza is all about reaching personal growth,” he said. “They can achieve what they want whether they’re planning on being a lawyer, doctor or whatever their major is. It’s exciting to see new members want to chase the same success.”

If you missed out on Club Day and would love to join a club, or even create one go to losmedanos.edu or contact Teresa Archaga at tarchaga@losmedanos.edu.

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