“It’s really cool to see the Pep
Rally, Club Carnival, First Friday, and Chinese New Year celebrations
all in one day,” said Chris Day, leadership and development
coordinator from Student Life. The Center for Student Life
and First-Year Programs sponsored the Club Carnival on the
Fort Street Mall on Feb. 1.
Club Carnival is always the second Friday of each new semester.
It is an opportunity for all of the student organizations on
campus, as well as the cheerleaders, dancers, the band, Spirit
Club, and athletes, to show what they do and recruit new members.
We do this primarily for students who are ready to or want to
participate in the spring, and also for the new students,” said
Marites Fiesta, dean of Student Life and First-Year Programs.
This is our HPU tradition; it’s part of who we are,” said
We have more than 50 clubs participating, roughly four independent
vendors, and opportunities for students to get involved with
volunteering,” said Day.
Students walked along the mall with its decorated tables to see
if anything interested them. Rena Wiethaupt, an exchange student
from Germany, said all of the organizations were different from
We elect representatives, and they organize parties, and they
represent students and fight for their rights,” she said.
However, Wiethaupt was interested in joining a club at HPU. “It’s
very new,” she said. “I would love to join a club.”
Lasse Mortensen, a junior travel industry management major and
member of Danish Dynamite, was trying to recruit new members.
He was excited that the club had more than 100 members with those
who signed up at Club Carnival.
In addition to the clubs that hosted tables on the mall, Club
Carnival also included a pep rally with the cheerleaders, dancers,
athletes, the Sea Warrior band, and the Spirit Club.
We can’t do without the four entities,” said Fiesta.
Keo-Jang Jeong, an exchange student from Korea was excited about
The carnival is different than Korea’s carnivals. I saw
the cheerleaders perform, and they were good,” he said.