Free Candy and Books Abound at Club Introduction

By Nellie Ferguson

Clubs at SCC reflect the diversity of students: from the Disability Awareness Society to the African Student Club — each contain students with a story to tell.

On Jan. 12, students gathered in the PUB to navigate through a maze of cardboard stands exhibiting the accomplishments and goals of dozens of clubs and societies at Shoreline.

Free editions of Spindrift, SCC’s art and literary journal, from 2007, 2008, and other years were distributed. “Octavia’s Brood”, the subject of SCC’s 2016-17 community read, was also given out, and copies are still available upstairs in the PUB. For more on Octavia’s Brood, see Social Justice Sci Fi.

Even clubs not centered around reading or literature had various freebies at their stands: some were interactive, most had free candy and many had buttons or bracelets, like the African Student Club’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ bands.

The Ukulele Club stand, headed by the club adviser, Cory Anthony, had two ukuleles ready for passing students to try out.

Anthony stated, “It was students that started the club two years ago, but I enthusiastically
supported it.”

Anthony greeted nearly every student that passed, inviting them to strum a couple chords.
Megan Lo, president of the Ukulele Club and a business major, has been playing for one year.

“Studying is stressful,” Megan said, as the club adviser strummed. “Ukulele is a good stress reliever.”

According to Anthony and Lo, the easiest song for beginners to learn is Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, but the one Anthony taught to students who approached his booth was “The F.U.N. Song”, from SpongeBob. Lo said it generally takes a week to learn to play the ukulele if you practice once a day for 30 minutes.

The Engineering and Technology Society has a competitive component — several of its members are building a remote control car, said Haoran Zhou, who ran the society’s booth. He estimated their entry is 60 percent done. The society, 30 or 40 students strong, uses 3D printing to make some of their parts and is gearing up for the RC Baja competition. Their other projects include marshmallow towers which, unfortunately, were not included in the array of free food at the PUB’s club event.

Audrey Djunaedi, a graduate of the University of Washington, now a volunteer at Shoreline’s Acroyoga Club, defined acroyoga as “combining exercise, community, social connection and healthy touch.” For Djunaedi, acroyoga “connects people from disparate backgrounds.”

Each club’s stand housed a student, adviser, volunteer or a combination of the three, all eager to answer prospective club members’ questions, toting sign-up sheets and recruiting new members. All clubs will continue to welcome new members throughout the year.