Club rush hosts, recruits students at ELAC

By Jing Ye

East Los Angeles College hosted Club Rush on March 5, and drew crowds of students to explore the array of clubs on campus.

Vice president of the Associate Students Union Alicia Garcia said the event was organized by ASU, sponsored by the professional development office and the ELAC president’s office.

Garcia said the event’s central theme is to foster inclusivity and community among students.

The event had participation from 47 student clubs and programs.

From the main quad to surrounding areas, each club set up a unique tent manned by club members and faculty advisors.

Students were treated to live music by a band, performances by cheerleaders and cuisine served by food trucks.

The food trucks served complimentary tacos, beans and rice.

Interclub council advisor Frank Lozano helped ASU set up the event.

He said if students wanted to, they could even create their own club.

Lozano said the highest number of student clubs in ELAC history was 78.

Lozano said they are working hard to reach that number again by encouraging more involvement of the students.

Kelly Velasquez, professor of Political Science, is the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations student club.

The club simulates United Nation’s functions.

Model UN periodically goes to other campuses to compete.

During competitions, each team is assigned a country to represent. The teams then research their assigned country.

After the preparation is complete, the team presents the result for discussion.

Velasquez said the Model UN Club meets every Thursday.

She said the club currently has approximately 15 members with mixed ethnicities.

The Performance East Student Club displayed a costume in front of its booth. The costume had a crafted mixed texture design.

“This is all our student’s work,” club member Dominick Jaramillo, said.

He also talked about one of the classes that are offered by the Theater Department.

“The Scenery Design class teaches students how to build props for movie sets. Just like in Hollywood movies… The class will be helpful for my dream to become a performer,” Jaramillo said.

The club holds meetings each month. They also hold movie nights at the P2 building, sometimes in or outside the theater.

“It’s a lot of fun.” Jaramillo said.

The Respiratory program concentrates on the health of the heart and lungs. This is technically not a student club but rather an academic program.

Student Emie Beltran is one of their members.

Beltran said the program is popular among students because of its short duration and practicality.

Students spend the second year of the program working at hospitals, which makes it a lot easier to transfer to the professional world.

“We get out in two years, unlike the nursing department which takes way longer,” Beltran said. Oriana Sigcha was a student who visited the booth and inquired about the program.

“I am majoring in accounting right now, but it takes way too long to graduate. I would totally switch just for the shorter program,” Sigcha said.

Andres Garcia is the president of the Engineering Technologies club.

“We work on team projects. We have designed an unmanned aerial vehicle drone… One of our projects, the Hydroponic Tower, has won first place award at the Fullerton Renewable Energy competition,” Garcia said.

Garcia emphasized that students don’t need to major in engineering to join the club.

“Anyone can join. (Even) physics majors, art majors or journalism majors can join. Everyone is united and connected in work. Even NASA needs artists to design their stuff,” Garcia said.

The Geology club explores everything related to earth. Maria Tharpe is the president of the club.

She said the club is 15 years old.

The club mainly goes out and explores the outdoors.

The next outing is April 1. They club will venture into the Mojave Nature Reserve.

“There are Native American petroglyphs to see, and lava tube caves to explore,” Tharpe said.

Tharpe said there is plenty of gear from the Geology department storage for student use such as camping tents, sleeping bags and propane stoves.

The Physics and Astronomy club displayed and demonstrated its star orbiting system, illusion circle and the hand cranked generator.

The club’s president Jonathan Diaz said they have fun activities and field trips.

The next field trip is to visit the Loma Linda Medical Center.

The center has a proton x-ray machine which concentrates on proton cancer treatment.

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