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Editor’s note: Beginning HPU journalism students covered the fall Club Carnival and birthday jam. Here are some of their articles. More will follow in later editions.

 

by Rebekah Ernst, JOUR 3000


On Sept. 16, HPU’s downtown campus on Fort Street Mall was bustling with activity from the bi-annual Club Carnival. So many clubs were competing for students’ attention, it was hard to know where to commit one’s time and effort. It’s hard enough, many students were heard to remark, to juggle classes, internships, jobs, and have a life without adding “club participation” to the list. For all of the public relations enthusiasts, though, HPU offers an academic club whose membership makes life easier, not more complicated.

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is an organization that serves to provide it’s members with a host of benefits, including networking and professional and leadership development, all for a mere $46 annual fee. These opportunities are optional and beneficial to your career goals, but they also connect you with people that share common interests.

Take Brianna Kaya, a senior public relations major and PRSSA member for the past two years: “Though PRSSA is beneficial in so many ways professionally—our etiquette dinners and luncheons—it is the bonding between our members that makes it worthwhile; we help each other in classes, and just have fun hanging out,” Kaya said.

Like most other clubs, members gain as much as they invest into PRSAA, so the more activities participated in, the greater the benefits of membership. For Shea Crawford, a senior public relations major, PRSAA member, and assistant cheerleading coach, participation has been a challenge.
“ I want to participate, but it seems like I always have something else to do.” Fortunately for Crawford, the lowest level of involvement is enough to have PRSAA on her resume.

According to its official Web site, PRSAA is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, and the chapter at HPU is successful at accomplishing its goal of fostering professionalism at all levels.

“ I think what sets us apart is our relationship with our advisors, as well as professionals in the public relations community,” said Earlene Dowell, founding president of PRSSA at HPU. Dowell has seen the club develop over the years, and expects it to continue with a growing membership base and increasing community involvement.

For more information, or to join PRSSA, visit the College of Communication Office for an application or call 544-0825.

 

 
by Melissa Mejia, JOUR 3000

One is the magic number. One club, Latinos Unidos (Latins United), represents more than 20 Latin American countries, and it spices things up around HPU.

At Club Carnival Sept. 16, Latinos Unidos joined other clubs in setting up a booth along upper Fort Street Mall to recruit new members for the fall. It featured the club banner, cultural pieces, photos from club events, and native clothing.

“ I was impressed with the number of people who came to sign up this semester,” said Nicole Pinketti, club president from Philadelphia, Pa.

Since Latinos Unidos represents multiple countries, its “mission is to unite people from all different cultures who want to learn more about the Latin community,” said Pinketti, who is Italian.

“ I joined the club this year to get more involved,” said Melanie Haynes, sophomore from North Carolina. “I went to some of the club events like salsa dancing, and Fiesta Latina and thought, why not join?”

In addition to its welcome back picnic held Oct. 8 at Kapiolani Park, the club plans a number of activities for the near future, including participation in Halloween Hoopla, and a Latino Festival on Oct. 15.

Orlando Perez, senior from San Francisco, said that his favorite club activity is the picnic because it allows people to get together out of school. “A whole variety of people go to the picnic to have fun with some music and good food from different Latino cultures,” he added.

But, the club isn’t exclusive to only Latin students. “I feel it [the club] is very diverse,” Pinketti stated. “There is a good blend of Latin cultures represented by the members as well as non-Latin members.”
Taking a risk last year, the club hosted a Fiesta Latina at Che Pasta to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. “Fiesta Latina was fun,” Haynes said. “It was great seeing so many people from HPU supporting the group and the cause.” The group was able to raise $1,500 for donation.

Anticipation this year has already started. “I’m excited for this year because it seems like Latinos Unidos stepped it up with not only hosting Fiesta Latina,” Haynes added, “but putting on a really good performance for Intercultural Day.”

Any student can join the club. “At Latinos Unidos, we are very open to other cultures, and we don’t discriminate against anyone who wants to join,” Perez said. “We welcome all with open arms and give them a sense of aloha with a Latino twist.”

For information or to join, e-mail latinos_unidos7@hotmail.com.
 
 
by Christina Failma, JOUR 3000

Usually heard as a unified voice at athletic games, and often seen waving banners and giant fingers, the Spirit Club is also actively and regularly involved in support of other University activities and events. Thus despite an overcast sky, they were ready for the first big fall 2005 event—the HPU Club Carnival.

“ The weather isn’t really cooperating with us,” said sophomore Spirit Club member Joanne Corpuz from O‘ahu, but she added that the carnival was a good cause.

Held every semester, the event offers various clubs and organizations an opportunity to inform the public and the HPU community about who they are and what they do as well as a chance to recruit new members.

This year’s Club Carnival was also a special time of celebration, as HPU celebrated its 40th birthday with a bang-up pep rally and a cake-cutting ceremony officiated by University President Chatt G. Wright, Fort Street Mall was mobbed with excited students, faculty, and members of the surrounding community and the HPU Spirit Club.

There were no booths for them to stand by or printed fliers for them to pass out, but they offered their time and services to all the other clubs. Thirty of them were on Fort Street Mall at 8 a.m. to set up the tables and chairs for the various clubs and organizations.

“ I think it’s great that we are participating for a good cause,” said sophomore Spirit Club member Karen Gaspar from the Big Island, Hawai‘i.

All Spirit Club members were present at the pep rally for crowd control. Some of them created a barrier between the audience and the cheerleaders, dancers, and athletes who were either performing or being introduced. Others were setting up the 30 half-sheets of cakes that spelled out “Happy 40th Anniversary Hawai‘i Pacific.”

And they helped serve the cake, too, another big challenge seeing that everyone (not just HPU students and faculty) was invited to the celebration.

“ I thought the Spirit Club members did really well working with each other, especially since this was their first time being a group since school started,” said club coordinator Chanelle Opulento from O‘ahu. “It was a very stressful situation, but everyone kept his or her cool. Without them, I don’t think this event would have been as successful,” she added.

At 5 p.m., several Spirit Club members were seen to stay behind to clean up by putting tables and chairs away as well as picking up garbage that littered the once busy street.

“ It was a great event that took a lot of our time and hard work,” Gaspar said with a smile. “But at the same time, I’m glad that the University and community appreciate it,” he added.

For more information on the Spirit Club, call the Student Life Office at 544-9365 or the Scholarships and Grants Office at 566-2430.
 
 
by Nicha Srinakarin, JOUR 3000

HPU students gathered on upper Fort Street Mall Sept. 16 for Club Carnival, a colorful fair with student booths and activities which took up nearly the whole day. The Thai Student Association booth was crowded with students from all over the world talking to the three students representing the club and giving out information to those who passed by.

The booth was filled with postcards and pictures that seemed to lure many students in. Surasak Chanaudompassorn, a native of Bangkok and president of the Thai Club for many years, told visitors: “By joining Thai Club, you’ll get to learn more about Thai culture.” He added, with a smile, “You’ll find that our culture is very unique and different.”

Club vice president, Suthichiri Amatiyakun, is familiar to most HPU students; hers is the face on all the HPU Intercultural Day posters, smiling, and wearing elegant Thai dress. She explained the theme and concepts of this year’s event by showing four photos that represented four distinctive parts of Thailand. “This year,” she said, “the club is planning to share Thai culture as well as the different lifestyle in different parts of Thailand.”

Those who join the club not only get a chance to learn some Thai language as well as experiencing Thai culture, but every month the club members get together for a traditional Thai dinner.

Chanaudompassorn is head chef due to his cooking skills, and everyone shares the cost of the meal.
The Thai Club also offers Thai dance lessons for those who are interested. At the first practice, members get to find out which dance they would like to learn, by watching the show performed by Amatiyakun and Chanaudompassorn and other seniors. The four unique dances represent the northern, central, northeastern, and southern part of Thailand. The practice takes place three times a month from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Marco Polo. Chanaudompassorn provides the actual Thai costumes, which he brought from Thailand.

Another benefit of joining the club is the chance to learn how to carve fruit. Phumnat Julnipitawong, who has been learning fruit carving from Thailand for many years, said it “takes patience and a lot of practice, but once you know how to do it, you want to keep doing it.” Watermelon is his specialty. Last Intercultural Day, he carved a few watermelons into the shape of a fruit bowl and a flower. His display of them at the Thai booth impressed many people who walked by.

The Thai club is free and open to all HPU students. For contact information, visit schanauo@campus.hpu.edu or call 808-561-8388.
 
 

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