Club day is here to stay

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LMC student Ricardo Black taking a photo with La Raza Club during Club Day

Veronica Zesati, vzesati@lmcexperience.com

The second and final Club Day of the semester gave 21 Los Medanos College clubs one last opportunity for recruitment and fundraising last Tuesday. With plenty of food and snacks to sell, clubs had another day devoted to attracting interest in their group.

 

Clubs that celebrate heritage like La Raza Unida, is for anyone who wants to become educated on Latinx culture. On club day, they sold refreshments such as tostadas and horchata. “Raza club is about Latino culture, but you don’t have to be Latino to join.” said Raza club member William Ta. “In meetings we talk about stuff like unity, leadership and community outreach.” Raza Club participates in community service, fundraisers, and events honoring Latino culture. Their meetings are held in CC-103 on Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m.  

 

Not all clubs had food for sale. Some had crafts such as Allies club. Pins with various orientations and gender identities were sold for donations of the buyer’s choosing, and a vocabulary list was displayed for those who were interested in learning the terminology. Allies’ Fundraising Director Victoria Alexander explained, “Allies is about increasing awareness and respect for the LGBT community.” They do this through events such as the Queer Comedy Showcase or the Matthew Shepard fundraiser. They meet Thursdays at 3 p.m. over Facebook Live. More information can be found at LGBTQ@losmedanos.edu or on their Facebook page LMC Allies. 

 

In addition to returning clubs, new clubs are often formed, such as the Young Americans for Freedom: a conservative club that will be beginning their first meetings this semester. Chairperson Jessica Anderson describes the club as “A place for students with like-minded ideas about topics such as free speech and current politics.” Though the club intends to discuss conservatism, all are welcome to join. They meet Wednesdays in Music-710 at 3:30.

 

While many clubs are politically minded, some clubs are about having fun. Take Anime Club, a club devoted to Japanese animation and culture. “We start every meeting with a Japanese word of the day and a weird Japanese fact of the day, to do something fun for the club.” said Anime club president Bruno Snarr. Their meetings are Tuesdays in CC-221 and Wednesdays CC-222 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Some clubs are devoted to perfecting a craft, such as the Art Club. This club encourages all kinds of art from all kinds of artists, holding a weekly showcase over PowerPoint to display what they’ve been working on. “Most of our meetings are really just studio time for people to work on their art,” Art Club President Marisa Bebeau said. “We’re planning on starting art workshops and critique days for improving our art.” They meet Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in room CC-307. 

 

Director of Student Life, Teresea Archaga, organizes Club Day. This is her second year of organizing club days twice a semester. When asked about the experience she said, “It’s exhausting, it’s fun, it’s rewarding, and in the end it’s satisfying.” On the subject of creating a club, she said, “It’s so easy to start a club. All you need is a filled out charter packet, four officers, an advisor and you’re set.” For more information on starting a club, visit the Office of Student Life or call (925) 473-7554.

 

After starting a club, you may seek representation in LMC’s Inter-Club Council (ICC). The ICC is a body of representatives for the clubs on campus who meet Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 in CC-213.