More than 50 clubs and organizations kicked
off HPU’s 2007 spring semester with Club Carnival, Feb.
2 on Fort Street Mall. Hundreds of students were able to sign
up with campus professional, recreational, and cultural clubs.
HPU diversity was prominent on campus as numerous ethnic clubs
recruited new members who wanted to get to know different cultures
and meet new people.
William Kittredge, secretary of the United Samoan Organization,
said, “I’m not Samoan, but I dove into the culture
when I saw how much fun these guys were having. I wanted to be
a part of the fun and participate in the community service they
Justin Smith, president of the Black Student Union, gave out
candy with flyers about the organization’s upcoming events.
Smith said, “The mission of the BSU is to bring people
of various backgrounds together to work within the community
and enhance their college experience.”
Club Hafa Adai, a new organization that promotes the culture
of Guam through food and entertainment, displayed the flag of
Guam and photos of things to do and places to visit in Guam.
Derrick Solidum, club vice president said, “[O‘ahu]
is a small island, and we want to try to spread Guam’s
culture throughout the island.”
Also a new organization on campus, the Apple Club, had a table
and recruited its members by using a Macintosh Ibook instead
of the traditional pen and paper. People who signed up for the
club could win a free Ipod, President and Apple campus representative
Abe Gruber said, “I chose to sign people up this way.” Grueber
added, “Because I already have them in my address book
and I can send them an e-mail instantly. “Each club”,
he further explained, “is given a certain amount of money
to spend on Club Carnival, and I chose to do a free giveaway.”
Several professional clubs also had tables on campus: Public
Relations Student Society of America, or PRSSA, is “a premier
pre-professional organization” according to its President
Brandi Boatner, who believes the club offers students the opportunity
to expand their networks within the professional community.
Club Carnival is an excellent recruiting opportunity,” Boatner
said, “because even though this is a PR organization we
like to see more communications majors.”
Various community organizations offered discounted services to
students. 24-Hour Fitness offered cheaper gym memberships with
no start up fees. Nelnet offered counseling and advice about
consolidating student loans postgraduation. Café 1132
offered students quick snacks and lattes for reasonable prices.
Jared Thompson, a junior and business major, said, “Club
Carnival is a great idea because it opens students’ eyes
to all the opportunities that we wouldn’t know about otherwise,
and it is a great way to meet people who like the same things.”