Inter-Club Council announces return to in-person club rush

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A light shines in the walkway in front of the Library at Moorpark College on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo credit: Rachel Franklin

By Hannah Rios

The Inter-Club Council, which consists of representatives from each of the official Moorpark College student clubs, met for the first time this year to discuss planning a year full of on-campus meetings and events.

Club leaders are looking forward to holding club meetings on campus this year and will host one of their first events, Club Rush, on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 along Raider Walk.

The ICC is chaired by the Associated Students of Moorpark College Director of Student Organizations, Ashwin Naresh Kumar. Kumar spoke about what he hopes Moorpark College students will get out of the Club Rush event.

“I’m just looking forward to meeting all the club leaders in person, stated Kumar. “It’s a great opportunity for students to come meet their club leaders face-to-face.

During the ICC meeting, ASMC Director of Budget and Finance Abbey Austin-Wood led the group through tutorials on how to start funding for a club, budget for club activities and events. Austin-Wood explained the benefits of holding events and guest speakers on campus rather than on Zoom.

“(The students) will actually see them face-to-face,” Austin-Wood elaborated. “Sometimes online, people don’t participate a lot or they blank out their screens so you don’t know if they’re actually listening.”

The ICC meeting ended with information about the upcoming Club Rush event. Club Rush will feature each officially recognized Moorpark College club and organization at individual booths showcasing what each club is about.

Moorpark College students are invited to walk amongst the booths to network and see what interests them. ASMC plans for a DJ and food truck to work the event.

After the ICC meeting’s adjournment, club leaders and representatives engaged in a flurry of networking and presented their club ideas to other leaders.

Nature’s Finest Club was especially eager to be back on campus and finally able to return to tending their garden. Brianna Fernandez, president of the NFC, shared her feelings on what she missed the most about gardening as a club.

“Working on our garden bed (during the pandemic) was difficult but we were able to send seeds to the members that we did have so they can plant at home,” Fernandez said. “Gardening at the bed when it’s harvesting time, that’s the most beautiful time. We’ve got music playing; everyone’s hands are in the soil.”

More information about Moorpark College student clubs and organizations can be found here.