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Club craze inspires new leaders, new opportunities

by Tori Martinez - Managing Editor
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 10:00 pm
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Now that Club Craze was more than a week ago, and you’re all settled into this new semester, it’s time to start thinking about which extracurricular activities you want to get involved in. Last week in The Stylus, we covered a few of The College at Brockport’s well-known clubs, organizations and associations, some that have been around for decades. But every year, new clubs are popping up around campus.

At Brockport, although we already have more than 150 organizations and clubs, individuals are encouraged to found new ones. Within the past few semesters, students like sophomores Brady Thistle and Niko Tuason, president and vice president of Golden Eagle Auto Club, have been stepping up to create new spaces for those who were previously underrepresented. 

Auto Club is a little different than your typical club. In the winter months, because of the weather and lack of car-centered events, the club does not have regular weekly meetings. Instead, similar to a forum, club members mostly communicate digitally.

“One thing unique about Auto Club is that although we may not have physical meets, every member in our club has a great bond with each other,” Tuason said. “We’re always talking through our Snapchat groups, Facebook groups, sharing pictures, sharing videos, just stuff that car enthusiasts can discuss without having to reach out to a whole bunch of strangers. We all have different views, so it leads to great conversation.”

The club does a lot of activities and goes to events that are outside of the college community. Once Auto Club picks weekly meetings back up in late March, members will attend various car shows and work on each others’ cars, among other happenings.

Another club you may have seen around campus recently is Pagan Club. The club was founded last semester by freshman Mars Lee, currently club president.

“Pagan Club is a faith-based or religious group for Paganism, which is a big umbrella term for non-Abrahamic religions, so it’s a lot of smaller, indigenous religions,” Lee said. “We make sure everyone feels included in our meetings so that we can have that space to talk about the different things we practice.”

As Lee mentioned, Pagan Club is most well-known for doing tarot card readings, which residential students will see more of in the coming weeks — club members are planning to do traveling readings in the dorm halls on campus. When the club isn’t on the move, it can be found in Seymour College Union room 114 on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Walk Your Way: Fashion Club is a bit older in comparison to the previously mention clubs, since it was formed in the spring of 2015, but the club is still up-and-coming. President Dae Bartley, also the club’s founder, explained the motto: “When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you have a good day.” And the ultimate goal of the club? Build confidence.

“You know how you see people daily and you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s a cute outfit, but on them?” I want everybody to feel like the outfit will look good on them as well,” Bartley said.

Most of the club’s big events are held in the fall, like Brockport’s Next Top Model, which was the club’s major event last semester. During the spring, when other clubs are having their bigger events, members of Fashion Club do fun activities like go thrift shopping. The club has weekly meetings on Thursdays from 8 to 9 p.m. in Union room 187. 

New to campus is the potential formation of Lambda Sigma Upsilon, a national Latino fraternity that was founded in April 1979 at Rugers University. Until Fall 2015, a moritoriam was in place, preventing the establishement of any new fraternity or sorority on campus. With the help of various leaders thorughout Greek life at Brockport, the moritoriam was lifted. Now, the vice president of the Association of Latin American Students, Matt Goris, is of the few people working to officially establish LSU as a colony, one of the first steps in becoming an official chapter of the fraternity. 

Goris says one of the reasons he wants an LSU chapter on our campus is because he recognizes the need for diversity here, which he says we currently lack. He explained that when he first became a Brockport student, he went through a culture shock because the neighborhood he lives in in New York City is predmoniantly black and Latino. He hopes that with a new frat that focuses on Latino culture will make other Latinos and people of color feel more at home at Brockport. Anyone interested in helping with the formation of this new frat can contact Goris at mgori1@u.brockport.edu.

 

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