What do a group of unicyclists, Democrats and wrestlers have in common?
They can all be found today at the 19th annual UCSB Activities Faire, which is being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Storke Plaza. The event is organized by the Office of Student Life and is estimated by OSL adviser Miguel Moran-Lanier to include 150 student organizations. He said the event is intended to be a convenient way for students to become familiar with the diverse selection of clubs on campus.
“Here, in a single shot, you can visit close to 150 organizations, something that could normally take you an entire year to do,” Moran-Lanier said. ” It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s high-quality interaction.”
One group that will participate in the fair is Naked Voices, an a cappella singing group headed by president Brian Mahoney.
“The exposure of our group has reached levels we never imagined it would reach in the last year,” Mahoney said. “Any chance for us to be able to reach out and connect with the student body is always helpful to us.”
Alisha Dahlstrom, a second-year biology and environmental studies major and co-chair of the Environmental Affairs Board, said the fair is a good way to introduce students, especially freshmen, to on-campus student organizations.
“Freshmen are often looking for a way to get involved, and EAB offers an oasis of eco-friendly thinking amidst the plethora of fraternity and sorority tables,” she said.
Many clubs said they will hold demonstrations of club activities, such as music or dancing. Some said they will also offer extra goodies such as prizes and food.
“For this year, we’re holding a Krispy Kreme fundraiser at our table,” said Christie Trieu, a junior Asian American studies and psychology major and president of the Vietnamese Student Association. “The money will help fund our annual culture show, which promotes awareness of Vietnamese culture and issues.”
If food fails to entice potential members, activities might. Adventure Programs supervisor Rod Tucknott said the club used to provide one or two kayaks for students to paddle around in the reflecting pool in previous years.
“With the nice upgrade to the pool, we won’t be doing it this year,” he said. “Perhaps we could consider rappelling down Storke Tower like [the] military science [program] does.”