The multitude of clubs raised awareness, answered questions, and persuaded students to join on Thursday at lunch. On Friday, many of them sold food in order to raise money for funding.
Community service-based clubs include National Honor Society, Make-A-Wish Club, and Key Club. Last year, NHS volunteered at the Blind Children's Learning Center, and will work with the organization Krochet Kids this year. The Make A Wish Club fundraises to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Key Cub does an array of community service projects. "I like the experience of helping others, and it's good to get a lot of hours for college applications," said Emily Ly, Key Club member.
Many cultural clubs, like Asian Club, Pacific Islander Club, and Black Student Union were at Club Rush. Asian club, which sells the repeatedly crowd-pleasing Panda Express at Club Rush, stated that the money they make goes to the production of Asian Club T-shirts and their banquet at the end of the year. They also stated they were looking into donating some of the money as well.
EMA, or the Environmental Marine Academy Club is open to all students both in the academic class and to those who can't fit it into their schedules. The club recycles as well as promotes learning about the environment and taking care if it. EMA plans on taking many field trips throughout the year, including camping on the beach in Santa Barbara, Catalina Island in the Spring, and Costa Rica in the summer. The club is supported through a grant.
The Choir Club is made up of choir members who raise money in order to support the class and maintain the uniforms worn for concerts. The Madrigal Choir hopes to travel to New York to perform, and the club will assist in raising money if the plan goes through. They also plan on caroling during the holidays.
Among some of the newer clubs are Black Student Union, which was started last year, and Medical Academy, which was was founded this year by freshman Alyah Kanemoto for the purpose of exploring the medical field.
On Friday, many of these clubs sold food at lunch. However, the Varsity Club, which is for scholar athletes who are on Varsity teams and also have at least a 3.0 GPA took a different approach and let students "pie" Mr. Postiff or Dr. D'Agostino for $2.
Some clubs such as Latino Culture Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Black Student Union didn't sell food on Friday due to the fact that they didn't turn in the required paperwork on time. Others, like EMA, said that they actually lose money by participating. On the other hand, the SNAC club, who promotes healthy eating, did not sell food on Friday because selling unhealthy food would contradict their goals.
While a large amount of students purchased food on Friday, the event raised some criticism as well. "I hate the lines," said Hayley Petersen, in reference to Asian Club's line. "They should have more than one booth." Melissa Folkerts also stated, "They should have multiple lines."
Recalling last year's skateboard ramp, handstand contests, and dance battles, sophomores Teresa Ford, Lauren Smith, and Hayley Petersen all agreed, "Last year was better."
Overall, however, the food was enjoyed by many students and the event was once again successful in terms of student involvement, and awareness of the many opportunities available on campus.
Photos By: Serena Ozonur
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Written By: Natalie Tetreault