Let’s go clubbing on the Mall

Sheyla Alexia, Kiana Gutierrez, Charlie Stein and Rebecca Orellana represent the Cheerleading Team at Club Rush on the Pierce College Mall on Feb. 28, 2018, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Photo by Natalie Miranda.

Each semester, Associated Student Organization (ASO) hosts Club Rush, an event that provides a space for groups on campus to recruit new members and make connections. The event took place Wednesday and Thursday on the Mall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ASO President Efren Lopez said clubs are essential to the Pierce community and it strengthens student engagement.

“Seeing the students be motivated enough to create diverse clubs just makes this campus more unique, special and stronger,” Lopez said.

Some of the clubs seeking recruitment were the Student Business Entrepreneurs and Investors Group, Love is for Everyone (L.I.F.E.) and Young Americans for Liberty.

First-year student and volleyball player Steven Bulgrind said Club Rush serves as a catalyst to form strong and potentially lifelong bonds.

“This event is a great way to socialize and meet new people,” Blugrind said. “Sometimes I feel meeting new people can be more important than success.”

Ambrose Ngo, the president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), said the club looks good for students applying to universities.

“You get unlimited scholarship opportunities as well as automatic transcript recognition,” Ngo said. “You can get a lifetime membership which means you can get scholarship opportunities for your undergraduate, doctorate and master’s endeavors.”

Joey Glasser, the vice president of the Young Americans for Liberty said that people should try to see another person’s political perspective.

“We go out and promote all forms of liberty,” Glasser said. “Regarding this climate, I don’t think people should be so polarized. We should try understanding each other and reach a level ground. If we don’t, we won’t make any progress.”

ASO Club Council President Kosar Afsari said the next Club Rush will be hosted in fall.

“You’re here to learn, but you also come to college to really just celebrate with people, and how you do that is by really just engaging, talking to them, seeing what interests them and working together as friends, as peers, to grow and have fun.

“Honestly, this is why we have Club Rush. We want students to come here, join a group of people with similar interests and enjoy themselves,” Lopez said.

Dashing down the Mall