By Alex Baldino
Clubs and student organizations set up their tables in hopes of attracting new members at the Student Involvement Fair on Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. in the Brower Student Center.
The fair hosted an assortment of organizations, ranging from club sports like men’s and women’s rugby to the Italian Club to fraternities and sororities. While the Involvement Fair is not as large in the spring compared to the fall, many clubs still made an attempt to recruit new members.
“If someone’s looking for us, they’ll find us,” said Mike Nolan junior criminology major who was representing men’s rugby at the fair.
Over by the Italian Club table, sophomore marketing and world languages double major Sarah Riso and sophomore international studies major Alessia Piccitto were aiming to represent the Italian community on campus.
They said that the club has an upcoming pizza-making event, and in the fall, they plan on attending the San Gennaro festival in New York City. The festival, which was once a one-day religious commemoration to celebrate Saint Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples, is now a celebration of Italian culture.
Around the bend was the College’s improv club, The Mixed Signals.
Dylan Sepulveda, a junior English major and member of the troupe, said that the club usually has one show each month, which are free to attend and usually held in the library auditorium.
Vincent Terraneo, a junior interactive multimedia major at the College, said that he’s not sure which clubs he’ll devote himself to because there were too many that caught his eye. The top three organizations on his list were Lions TV, WTSR and Lions Gaming, but he signed up for many more.
In a separate room on the second floor of the Brower Student Center, students could find a selection of fraternities and sororities.
Representing her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, junior business major Caitlyn Laryen said that the sorority focuses on four things: “Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Womanhood.”
Laryen also said that while the spring fair is smaller, it does allow fraternities and sororities to recruit freshmen, as they now have a GPA at the college. “We won’t take anything less than a 2.5,” she said.
Zach Sperling, a sophomore economics major and the secretary of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Phi, said that they focus mainly on philanthropic ventures. Although the organization is historically Jewish, they are welcoming and inclusive of people of all backgrounds.
Michael Trerotola, a junior political science major at the College, said that the involvement fair was “calm and friendly” and that atmosphere would make him more likely to join one of the many clubs the College has to offer.