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The dodgeball tournament is an annual event hosted by student government.
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The dodgeball tournament is an annual event hosted by student government.

The Student Life office, open in the Campus Center and run by Director Marjan Coester, provides opportunities for students to enjoy club life — campus club life.

 Coester has information about which clubs are currently active and when and where they meet.

“Many of the clubs are not doing a lot right now, they are having meetings but not a lot else,” Coester said. Some clubs, however, are very active this term.

ASUCC Student Government has several upcoming events for students of all personalities, starting with a dodge ball tournament March 9. In order to join, the team captain must pick up a registration form from the ASUCC office in the student lounge and return it by March 8. Teams will range from six to 10 individuals, and all participants must be 14 or older. The cost is $60 per team. Proceeds from the event will go to a local non-profit program.

ASUCC student government is also hosting a Study In. The Study In, happening March 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., invites students to come prepare for finals. ASUCC will provide food, drink and a comfortable study space at no charge.

Those suffering from the compounding stresses of winter term can find a place to relax in the Campus Center lobby on Monday and Tuesday of finals week. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., ASUCC student government will be providing healthy snacks and will also have a massage therapist to help students to relax.

The altruistic individuals on campus can assist the ASTRA Club which is currently hosting a coat drive for the needy. Receptacles for coats are located around campus and will remain through March 8. ASTRA club member Sabrina Bidwell reminisces on her favorite ASTRA act of service, the bingo event last year. The proceeds went to Heifer International, an organization that provides an animal for families in need. Another bingo event is set to occur during spring term.

Students with a love for public speaking and debate can find a home in the Debate Club which meets every Friday at noon in Snyder Hall room 18. Susie Day, a debate club member, explained the procedure of the Debate Club meetings.

 “In the beginning of each meeting, we have a mini lesson on how to debate better, how to interact with the audience or how to avoid saying words like ‘ummm’ while speaking. Every week we have a debate on a topic that the club chose the week before. That gives us time to research and prepare so we can have a really involved debate session,” Day said.

Like most debates, those involved have their side of the debate chosen for them at random, and club members from all skill levels are interspersed within each team. Day is happy that the club has been able to meet their goal of focusing their debates on more serious topics such as whether porn is harmful to society and whether first world countries should interfere with indigenous countries.

“People are welcome to come and watch; they don’t have to participate, and there are no personal attacks during the debates,” Day added.

Jessica Mixen, president of the Monster Squad, enlightens students of the upcoming horror short they are planning to film. “We are hoping to get students involved in the club. Anyone is welcome to participate,” Mixen said.

Phi Theta Kappa members can attend meetings every Monday at 11 a.m. in the library Moody Room, but the organization is currently putting effort into identifying individuals to succeed this year’s officers. Events for the future include the induction ceremony of new members in spring term.

For contact information about clubs on campus, please visit the archives on our website.