Club Kickoff turns lunchroom into showroom

A rising cacophony drowns out the dull roar that normally permeates the PUB dining room, signaling a transformation: Once a place to eat and socialize, it is now a proving ground for clubs, new and old, to prove their worth and garner the attention of curious students.
The Club Kickoff has begun.
Numerous clubs set up booths in the PUB dining room, forming rows and aisles of stands covered with flyers, information, and displays. Set up like a convention, the Club Kickoff allows clubs to promote themselves and catch the eyes of interested students.
Japanese Club
Some clubs had minimalist displays, choosing to promote their club exclusively through flyers and talking to interested students. Others took a more bombastic approach. The Japanese club was of the latter group, covering their table with Japanese candies, foods, manga, and other forms of assorted merchandise. A laptop lay open, displaying the club’s facebook page.
The Japanese club is new this quarter and focuses both on traditional Japanese culture and Japanese pop culture. Aimed at those with an interest in Japan, the club not only discusses the cultural side of things but also studies the language. Field trips are planned in the future, including a sakura (cherry blossom) viewing event in Seattle.
The club meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, in room 1101. Students interested in joining can get in contact with the club through their facebook group, “Shoreline Community College Japanese Club,” or by contacting Natasha Sidik at [email protected].
Draeger’s Trick
It would have been difficult to miss Draeger’s Trick, the board game club, with a huge stack of assorted board games forming a small mountain on top of their table. The purpose of the club is simple : get together once a week and play board games.
Parker Xing, the president and founder of the club, said he feels people need to spend more time talking face-to-face. “I think a lot of people just stuck with their cell phones or internet, laptops, and I’ve seen people who need more talking, more human talking between each other,” he says. With this in mind, he created Draeger’s Trick as a way for people to gather around to talk and play board games.
The club meets from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Friday in room 1550. Students interested in joining should contact Xing at [email protected].
Just Dance
The Just Dance club has name that perfectly describes what it is they do: dance. Just Dance is a drop-in dance instruction club focusing on teaching different styles of dance, swapping out dance instructors every meeting.
“We understand that it takes a lot to put your craft out there and really put yourself out there and dance,” says Quang Ngo, who manned the club’s booth. “We just really want people to not be shy about wanting to do what they want to do.”
The club is designed to be casual and friendly, with an emphasis on letting everyone practice and learn at their own pace. Just Dance meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays in room 3011. Those interested should contact Nadia Wang at [email protected].
Muslim Student Association
Established after the September 11 attacks, the Muslim Student Association acts as a place for Muslims and non-Muslims to meet and talk, and for those curious about Islam to learn about it directly from Muslim students.
“I think it’s not really about joining, but again just going back to if they have any questions or misconceptions that they hear on the news,” says Saddiqullah Faizi, a member of the Muslim Student Association. “They have a place they can come and ask these questions and, further, become a learned person.”
The MSA holds various events, such as interfaith dialogues, and also organizes charity events to give back to the community. They did a clothing drive last november, and are planning to hold a gift drive this quarter for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The club meets from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. every Wednesday in room 1504. Those curious should contact Mariama Jawara at [email protected].

_Eva Guarnero

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