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by Kenyelle Walker, staff writer

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 Club.

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 these, too.

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 Club.

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 Auditorium.

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.




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