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by Alan Chang and Jermel Quillopo, News Writing


Despite the early morning rain Sept 15, or the scorching heat that followed, more than 20 clubs were out recruiting members. The president of the Latinos Unidos Club, Melissa Mejia, said the rain was a setback, but people wiped down the wet tables and continued to set up their booths.

Many ethnic clubs were represented, including one that is trying to make a comeback: the Proud to Be Filipino Club is especially appropriate in this year of the Hawai‘i-Filipino centennial. Julie Rubi Fernandez said that she chose HPU to continue her education, but was puzzled why HPU did not have a Filipino Club.

“ There are so many Filipinos attending HPU, yet there is no Filipino Club,” Fernandez said. The Filipino Club was last active in 2001, and Fernandez was stopping every Filipino she saw and encouraging them to sign up.

People at the Taiwanese Students Association table said that most of their members are Taiwanese students, but that students don’t have to be Taiwanese to join. They also hinted that for students who are learning Chinese, the club is a good place to practice.

Borealis, HPU’s Norwegian Student Association is for those interested in European cultures. Hans Petter, the club treasurer said: “We want to unite students from all countries.” He added that a lot of Americans have Norwegian ancestors, and many of them join this club in order to connect with their cultural heritage. “It’s also a good way to meet Swedish and Danish students,” said Petter. The club Web site, boredis.priv.no/ lists activities planned this semester, including a BBQ, a social cruise, community service, and fundraising.

For those students who like to hike, there’s the Hiking Aloha Aina Club. President Blade Shephard-Jones described it as a fun-filled activity with hikes around the island. Shepard-Jones said: “It’s a good way to meet new friends and to see O‘ahu. It’s a good outdoor activity, and when you spend a lot of time indoors and taking tests, hiking is a good way to relive stress.”

For students interested in an academic type of club, Toastmasters might be a good choice. This club is for developing public speaking skills, overcoming nervousness, and building self-confidence. Club president, Jeffery Sunato said that if students lack self-confidence, the club can teach them how to speak in public so that they can get used to it. Toastmaster activities include weekly meetings, conferences, and a regional speech contest.

HPU’s Club Carnival also offered opportunities to spread the news about good causes. Alumnus Jonathan Riel, with a B.S. in biology, was at the Pre-Med Club table to help sign members to the Colleges against Cancer Association, an affiliate with the American Cancer Association. Riel caught many people’s attention by yelling, “Come and get some free protection,” while handing out packets of sunscreen.

The Carnival included booths for organizations providing services to HPU students, such as the clothing company, Hollister, which was recruiting employees.

Other booths represented political parties for the upcoming primary election, and GT Wireless partnered with Rick Rock Productions to display the new Helio phone and promote upcoming club events.

The Club Carnival ended with performances by HPU’s band, dancers, and cheerleaders.

Leanna Overstreet, a third-year advertising major who was roaming Fort Street Mall with friends, said: “I love Club Carnival because this is where we get to see the diversity that HPU has to offer.” First-year engineering student Natasha Anatalio called the Club Carnival “a great opportunity to get involved.” Students who missed event but still want to get involved can check out Student Life on the HPU Web site.


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