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RSO fair encourages student involvement

Students check out the Pre-Chiropractic table at the Winter RSO Fair. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

Student Life helped students engage with clubs and activities on campus during its annual Winter RSO Fair.

The Jan. 22 fair saw over 50 RSOs in attendance, including Cardinal Radio, Active Minds, Hip Hop Club, Michigan Education Association, Cat Club, Forever Red and Disney Alumni Association.

Tony Cianciolo, the assistant dean of students, said the point of RSO fairs is to help students find an RSO they want to join.

“[The goal] is to give (RSOs) an opportunity to promote to students and for students to find an organization that they really want to join,” he said.

He said he hopes students find a mix of RSOs to join.

“I’m always encouraging students to find at least one academic RSO that fits within their program but also find a social one that they just enjoy,” he said.

Ethan Ludwig, a Spanish education freshman and member of Cardinal Radio, said Cardinal Radio came to find new members.

“We’re hoping to get new members because we are losing almost the entire e-board … this year,” Ludwig said. “We want to get the new members actually learning more about the different things, how to work it, how to pay for things and what rates we typically charge – and just sort of get people involved.”

Ludwig said Cardinal Radio DJs events, hosts podcasts and runs its station 24 hours a day.

Oscar Cruz, a communication and theatre education freshman, founded Hip Hop Club and came to represent the club at the fair.

“When I first got to SVSU, I was really uninspired and was having a hard time,” Cruz said. “The club has made me feel more comfortable and has given me inspiration.”

Hip Hop Club is an inclusive place for everyone, he said.

“The other co-founder of the club and I had both been rejected from other dance teams, and we were uncomfortable around people who might judge us,” Cruz said.

Cruz said no prior dance experience is needed.

“We’re OK with no dance experience,” he said. “We just want people to come dance, have fun and be able to learn.”

Breann Marsh, a psychology junior, represented the mental health organization Active Minds.

“Our goal is to spread awareness about mental health disorders to kind of make the stigma around it go away,” she said. “People are more open to talk about these issues because it affects so many people, especially college students.”

Cianciolo said students who missed the RSO fair can still learn about and join RSOs through SVSU Engage.

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