(left to right) Kyle Groben and Austin Prieto check out the SAFE ( Student Association for Fire Ecology) table with member and firefighter Tenaya Wood. | Photo by Ian Benjamin Finnegan Thompson

Clubbin’ at the quad

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By | Ian Benjamin Finnegan Thompson

Sword fighting, physics demonstrations, acro yoga, Folklorico dancing and more were on display at the annual Clubs Fair at the UC Quad last Wednesday.

Dozens of clubs ranging from an anime fan club to the Society of Women in Math and Science were reaching out to students and informing them about the ideas behind their communities during the lunch hours of 10-2pm.

Jordi Koopman of the Humboldt Circus said it’s a great way to meet people and play games with others.

“Being able to co-create with people in a whimsical way is great,” said Koopman.

According to the Clubs and Activities page on the Humboldt State University website, the goal of the clubs fair is to “Support safe and inclusive opportunities for student involvement and engagement.”

Many of the clubs are simply safe spaces for students to meet peers and have weekly gatherings to socialize.

The HSU Browncoats is a fan club of the Joss Whedon single season cult classic tv show Firefly (and spin off movie Serenity) who meet up once a week for Firefly trivia, games, and events.

“It’s a safe space for nerds to hang out at,” said Kelsey Vaughan, a member of the HSU Browncoats.

The clubs fair can also be a place to receive much needed scholarly or emotional support for students who may feel isolated or not included in the communities found on the HSU campus.

Carla Quintero is the president of the Society of Women in Math and Science (SWIM) whose goal is to help women on campus as well as other minority groups succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering mathematics) majors.

“Our goal is to encourage other underrepresented groups to become science majors,” said Quintero.

If you missed the clubs fair there are still plenty of ways to reach out and join clubs on campus. Check out the Clubs and Activities page on the HSU website for a full listing of available clubs. And if you don’t find a club you like, sign up and make your own.

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