It seems as if we’re only
a few weeks into the semester, but here it is midterm time
already. And teachers are slamming insane reading assignments,
topic proposals, research papers, and group projects at us.
It’s a miracle that we made it this far, and yet we have
how many more weeks to go before Christmas vacation? Exactly.
But hold on. Don’t freak out over all the work. Remember
all the ways HPU offers to ease the pain.
For one, recognize that you are not alone. There are plenty of
clubs here that focus on specific interests. You feel a game
of volleyball would relieve the nervous tensions before the day
a major project is due, try joining the Beach Volleyball Club.
Or if you prefer to catch a wave in the morning before performing
for your public speaking class, perhaps you belong in the Surf
And of course, if you are—I can hear it already—“not
a very active person,” or you “just want to find
a group where I can hang out and meet people,” or if “socializing
is my stress relief,” there are a variety of clubs for
Take the Norway Club, for example. (You don’t have to be
a Norwegian to join.) Liss Maria Myrvang who watched the Norwegian
Club booth at Club Carnival, said, “We try to do things
with the other Scandinavian clubs,” referring to a joint
barbecue, picnic, and a planned paintball game with the Danish
Many of the HPU clubs are culture specific and take pride in
sharing themselves with the rest of the HPU populace. Other such
clubs include the Japanese Association, Latinos Unidos, the Malaysian
Student Organization, the P2B (Proud to be) Pinoy (Filipino)
Club, the Chinese Student Friendship Alliance, and so many more.
The Black Student Union is yet another culturally specific club
open to students of other cultures. Jade Smith, treasurer of
BSU, said, “Its a nonexclusive club and a cultural learning
experience. The club welcomes students of all types, she said.
Their meetings are always fun, and the people are very social.”
Athletic and social groups still not to your liking? Perhaps
you’re looking for something more spiritual. Clubs such
as the Catholic Campus Ministries (CCM) and Every Nation Campus
Ministries (ENCM) may be to your liking. Both of these clubs
try to meet the needs of the students on campus.
It definitely takes away stress,” said Smith, who is also
a member of ENCM, “Everyone is helpful, and its great to
know that other people care. I believe in the power of prayer,
and when I need help, I know where to go.”
ENCM is a nondenominational Christian-based club that offers
weekly Bible studies on Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in MP 100.
It offers weekly worship service on the windward side at 7 p.m.
on Sundays in the Student Center where it also hosts a Grey’s
Anatomy night on Thursdays at 8.
CCM has been around a little longer than ENCM and is headed by
University Chaplain Rev. Dale Burke. CCM offers weekly Bible
studies on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the cathedral chancery, and
a chapel service on Wednesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Warmer
According to club representatives Dustin Downing and Laura Chance,
CCM is planning a pilgrimage to Molokai to visit sites special
to Father Damien, Hawai‘i’s best-known Catholic priest.
So don’t sweat the small stuff when it comes to your classes.
Know that there are outlets for your pent-up energy. Of course,
there are many more clubs and options available here at HPU,
but to feature them all would mean a heavier newspaper for you
to carry (and we wouldn’t want that to stress you out).
To find out more about HPU clubs go to www.hpu.edu, under the
Student Life heading. Click on Clubs and Organizations.