Story by Brian Woods
Victor Valley College’s Associated Student Body (ASB) Council recently hosted its biannual “Club Rush,” a three-day long event symbolizing the start of the Spring semester.
Club Rush showcases the active clubs, diverse cultures and limitless opportunities on campus.
This semester it was held outside the Student Services Center (Bldg 23) on Feb. 24 and 25 and the Student Activities Center (Bldg 44) on Feb. 26. Hundreds of students crowded both locations to engage with like-minded Rams and share similar interests.
Various clubs set up booths, tables, and decorative displays to promote their missions and recruit students to join. Food, games, giveaways and prizes were available for those interested in stopping by.
The ASB Council officers were on location, answering questions students had regarding life as a Ram and ASB benefits. A free pizza luncheon was also provided on Wednesday, courtesy of ASB.
“Knowing the excitement that the new Student Services Center created, we thought Club Rush would continue that excitement,” ASB Inter Club Council Senator Jacob Nobles said. “Its purpose was to highlight, demonstrate and encourage clubs on campus.”
The American Sign Language Club participated, with department faculty and students teaching common signs and phrases. The Art Club also had a booth to showcase their many artistic endeavours, including the upcoming Spring Art Show.
Departments related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) had various booths on site for students to explore the exciting career paths possible. This included the Math Club, Physics Club and the Women in STEM Club.
Physics Club representative Elisa Paloma said the club has many positive events planned, including an upcoming STEM competition its members would be judges for.
“We’ll get to test the operation standards, travel capability and velocity of machines built by students,” Paloma said.
Activism and sustainability were focal points of the Biology Club, who promoted their waste management research project and upcoming diabetes awareness 5K walk.
“By hosting events like research projects and our 5K, we’re trying to spread the word of VVC’s Biology Department,” Biology Club President Ivonne Rogriguez said. “We also want to travel to local high schools and really get our community involved with STEM.”
The VVC Christian Club made a lasting impact on those who passed by. A large white door acted as a blank canvas which prompted students to write down their “dreams for 2020” and questions they would like to ask God.
The Model United Nations (MUN) also attended the event, advertising their upcoming conference in Universal City and recruiting future diplomats.
Students could “spin to win” at a prize wheel put together by the Off-Broadway Performing Arts Club, which asked students to play charades through a random improv generator.
VVC’s Ready Rams Club emphasized the importance of community involvement and volunteer work, seeking new faces to join their ongoing efforts.
The Respiratory Therapy Club asked students to ditch tobacco in the new year, with large posters available to join the pledge and read similar journeys. The club also reminded students of the fast-approaching deadline to apply for the Conni Ernst Memorial Scholarship, available through the VVC Foundation.
The VVC Foundation itself was also present, hosting an informational booth on the 2020-2021 Scholarship Drive and other outreach initiatives.
“The Peak,” VVC’s on-campus food pantry, also provided healthy snacks, MRE packages and nutritional assistance resources.
To find a chartered club that’s best suited for you, visit the ASB Office in the SAC (Bldg. 44), where you can find information on how to join or start a club, existing club meeting times and any upcoming campus events.