News: Club Rush Hour- Fall 2013
It is finally here, M-A. The long awaited club recruitment season has begun. This past Friday, M-A students participated in the frenzy that is Club Rush. In an effort to gain new members, each club employed various persuasive tactics. While some clubs engaged in forms of entertainment and interactive activities, such as the Photography Club, the majority resorted to the age-old tradition of shoving fliers and candy in the faces of prospective members.
Twice the size of last year’s event, the clubs of the 2013-2014 season overflowed from the PAC Patio out to the Green. With almost 70 separate organizations, M-A’s club collection caters to our diverse student populous. This wide variety not only includes clubs for the academically and artistically inclined students, but also for the philanthropic, athletic, and hungry students.
Recognizing the need for more space to accommodate the increasing club population, the head of Leadership’s Club Committee, junior Paige Muschott, reported, “In years past we have done Club Rush in a box formation and it led to a lot of congestion. This year, we decided to create an ‘S’ formation so that people could really open up and see all the clubs.” The new arrangement of Club Rush provided for a means to direct traffic. Instead of a closed off circle that made for a chaotic concentration of students, students this year were able to walk down the line of tables in a more orderly manner.
As confirmed by multiple students and club leaders, the set up met with booming success. Seniors Royce Branning and Markus Geugler provided their insight: “You know, we think that the movement towards incorporating both the Green and the PAC Patio was really beneficial. We feel like it was more spaced out, allowing us to find out about a bunch of new clubs.”
Another popular topic of discussion amongst the student body was the scantily clad Habitat for Humanity presidents (see photo). When asked about the reasoning behind their interesting attire, junior Gabe Cohen responded, “In the past the Habitat for Humanity Club has not generated so much buzz during Club Rush. So, we thought, as a marketing technique, we could dress up to spark excitement and increase sign-ups. It appears to be working.”
All in all, this year’s event was by far one of the most heavily attended Club Rushes yet, indicating a hearty participation of club activity this year.