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Students looking for involvement go ‘clubbing’ AMANDA STOUTENBURGH email@example.com
Students who were involved in clubs and organizations in high school have many opportunities to become involved in a variety of groups during their time in college. There are 105 chartered clubs and organizations at UNC, including clubs pertaining to sports, religion, professional, academic and miscellaneous interests. Students who want to join a club are required to contact the president of the club or a mem-
ber. This information is accessible on the UNC website. If there is not a club established that offers what a student wants, they can start their own. To start a club, three students need to sign onto it for one year and fill out the charter packet. Then, after the year is up, the students will need 10 signatures to make it an official club. There are requirements for obtaining funding (student fees)through the school. The club must be in good financial standing with the Student Senate and make an appointment to meet with Katelyn Elliot,
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the director of Student Organizations. They will meet with Senate members to find out what the board deems appropriate to give the organization. Also, the group must be chartered. There are multiple benefits to joining a club or organization. Elliot said they give students a support system on campus. She also said involved students tend to perform better academically. Some of the many clubs and organizations on campus include the American Meteorological Society, UNSEA Scuba Diving Club and Navigators. All of these clubs and organizations have been running for at least a year. The American Meteorological Society has approximately 50 members and about 25 active members who regularly participate said Rebecca Elliott, the AMS student chapter president. Club members participate in a wide variety of activities, such as weekly bowling, endof-the-year barbeques, corn mazes and an outreach program for students and adults, as well as visits to educational facilities. Lindsey Passantino, a junior earth science major, is the president of UNSEA Scuba Diving Club. The club was popular at UNC in the past, and Passantino helped revive it and
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Christi Knapp, left, a senior geography major, and Michelle Low, a professor of modern languages, write calligraphy last semester at the Kohl House as part of the Chinese Cultural Club. reintroduce UNC students to scuba diving about a year ago. The organization now has about 60 members. Kristina Vossler, a sophomore elementary education major, is a member of UNSEA. Vossler said last weekend, the club traveled to Utah for scuba training. The club meets at 5 p.m every Monday in the University Center conference room. The club allows students who are involved in scuba diving or who just want to get certified an opportunity to pursue their interests.
Eric Bloom, a sophomore communications major, is the co-president of Navigators, a religious group on campus. “This club was formed to give students a chance to know God in a more relational way, not so much in a religious way,” Bloom said. “It allows students to give religion another chance in a less formal way, especially if they have been turned off by a church.” Navigators has about 160 members, and meetings consist of Bible studies that are separated by year and gender. Navigators meet at 7 p.m. every Thursday in McKee Hall.
More information on clubs •Three students must sign onto a club for one year and fill out a charter packet, including a clear mission statement, parameters of membership and club constitution, to begin a newclub application. •After one year, the signatures of ten students must be collected to be made an official club. •All clubs must be comprised of a majority of UNC students. •Ten students must be members of the club at all times. •For funding, groups must meet with Student Senate and Katelyn Elliott, the director of Student Organizations, at 970-351-2582.