carnival included several new clubs, including Off the Wall,
whose mission is “to allow students to experience off
the wall topics, to foster creativity, spontaneity, and innovation.” It
also featured many of the school’s favorites, including
the famous United Samoan Organization, which regularly wins
top club honors.
I think it was a success,” said Nathan Rudibaugh, office
manager for Student Life. “The fall club carnival was so
much bigger, since it was also the 40th birthday celebration,
but we had about the same number of clubs.”
Along with the clubs were a number of outside vendors offering
services to students new and old. Nelnet, a company that helps
college students with financial needs, had two representatives
at the Student Alumni Association table where students could
ask questions while filling out information cards that put their
names into a drawing, to win an IPod Shuffle.
Midway through the festivities, HPU’s national championship
winning cheerleaders and dance team performed to the music of
HPU’s band to start the semiannual pep rally, sponsored
by the Office of Student Life and the Athletics Department. Jarnett
Lono, assistant director of Student Life, introduced the spring
sports, which include tennis, softball, and basketball. As each
sport was announced, the coaches spoke briefly about themselves
and their team, and the student-athletes introduced themselves.
HPU’s baseball team wasn’t present, as its members
were preparing for a game at Han’s L’Orange Park
against California State University—Chico.
The event came to a close with Nelnet’s announcement that
Kristane Gaspar had won the IPod Shuffle.