Clubs night a qualified success
April 12, 2011 by Matthew DiMera
More than a dozen clubs filled the Grassroots cafe in Surrey, recruiting new members at the KSA’s inaugural clubs night on March 3.
Thirteen out of the 33 clubs and recognized groups listed on the KSA website signed up to be part of the initiative to generate more interest in student clubs.
Laura Anderson, acting clubs and event coordinator for the KSA, has been frustrated by the lack of campus life at Kwantlen for years. Now studying at Simon Fraser University, she thought more could be done to emulate the success of clubs at UBC and SFU.
“The whole thing was to try and get clubs more active on campus and increase not only their activity, but their membership and student activity,” said Anderson.
Before becoming a staff member, Anderson held various elected positions in the KSA, including stints as director of external affairs and chairperson.
Sociology club member Faith Chern attended the event and was optimistic about its success.
“I thought it was good, better than what I expected,” said Chern. “We’re just starting up trying to become an established club.”
Although it’s just getting off the ground, the sociology club eventually hopes to host events, guest speakers and a lecture series. The club had 11 members, but managed to sign up 15 interested students over the evening.
“I personally hope it becomes a regular event, because students should be more involved in clubs on campus,” said Anderson. “It’s an important part of student life.”