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by Hannah Beah, staff writer

About 50 of HPU’s 62 clubs participated in the Jan. 23 bi-annual Club Carnival on Fort Street Mall. If sign-up sheets were any indication, the turnout of students was also small. One club had only six students registered.
Despite the small turnout, the participating clubs were active and innovative in their attempts to lure new members through offerings of soft drinks, candy, and pictures of events from previous semesters.
The Polygot Toastmasters club was one of the few with a high list of interested members. Toastmasters is dedicated towards helping students overcome their fear of public speaking through weekly meetings. Every Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., students meet at MP 325 to help each other practice public speaking.
“ It’s a great club, it builds communication skills and leadership skills,” said Ida Killingberg an MBA graduate student. “[Public speaking] is something that everyone needs entering business world.”
Toastmasters charges a small membership fee: $27 includes professional material from Toastmasters International for the entire semester. For more information e-mail: ida_killingberg@hotmail.com.
The International Association of Business Communication, IABC, was also well represented. IABC is an international club with a local chapter that provides a professional network for people in business and communication. The HPU chapter attended a “This Development” luncheon last semester that gave members the chance to network and build relationships that will hopefully lead to a future job or internship.
IABC members pay a $44 fee that permits access to the IABC Web site, jobs, scholarships, and articles about the communication world. Interested students should e-mail club president Natalie Lewis at nat_lewis10@hotmail.com.
While some clubs only require little to no extra fees for being a member, other clubs also require a specific major.
The Entrepreneur Club is only available to business majors and has a membership fee of $40. Club president Courtni Yagi has restarted the club this year and hopes to recruit more members. The club hosts Bar-B-Qs, fundraisers, résumé workshops, and other events throughout the semester. Anyone interested in joining can contact Yagi at hpumarketingclub@yahoo.com.
“ I thought it would be good to be involved and to put in an application,” said Carl Robertson, a member of the Entrepreneur Club.
Becoming involved in campus activities and general student life looks good to future employers, is one of the mantras of both Student Life and the College of Communication. It is also a great way to meet new people and enrich your college experience. For more information on these and more clubs visit www.hpu.edu and look under the Student Life tab.


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