Clubs offer service outlet for students

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    By KRIS BOYLE

    Students interested in ways to be more involved on campus have a chance to take a look at different organizations during Club Involvement Week.

    Nearly 70 clubs and service groups have set up booths along the sidewalk outside the Wilkinson Student Center. The booths will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week.

    Club Involvement Week is set up to boost membership in the different clubs and service groups, said Brian Heaps, vice-president of campus organizations.

    “We want to see students become involved in the BYU experience,” Heaps said.

    Heaps also said another reason for Club Involvement Week is to create an awareness among the students that there is a tremendous amount to be involved in.

    Around 200 clubs and service organizations are in operation during the school year. Each club is required to register with BYUSA to receive benefits, like setting up a booth during Club Involvement Week.

    Some of the bigger clubs include the Acappella club and the Swing Kids club. Other groups, like the Vietnamese club, cater to a smaller group of students, but have a big involvement among the members, Heaps said.

    David Stevens, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz., majoring in computer science, is the vice-president of the Intercollegiate Knights club. Stevens said he became interested in the club two years ago during Club Involvement Week.

    Stevens said he likes the feeling of being involved.

    “Service not only helps others but helps you too,” he said.

    Carl Baldwin, a senior from Orem, majoring in computer science,is the vice-president of the BYU ARC Ham Radio club. He has been involved with the club since high school.

    He said he feels that clubs can be a source of enjoyment.

    “Our club and others give students the chance to serve and to have fun,” Baldwin said.

    Adam Miller, a sophomore from Palmdale, Calif., majoring in accounting, is in his second year of being involved with Impact, a service group that works with high school age teens. Miller said he wanted to help kids, so he joined the organization.

    Miller said he loves working with kids because it makes a difference.

    Lindsey Reynolds a freshman from Tel Aviv, Israel, majoring in general studies, participates in the Grameen Support club. She became involved through her sister who is a member.

    Reynolds said she feels it’s important for students to be involved to stay active and be aware of what’s happening on campus.

    Every Thursday night is club night in the Wilkinson Student Center. A booth is set up for students to find out about the different clubs.

    Students who want to know more can stop in at the BYUSA offices, located in WSC 3400. Information can also be found on the BYUSA homepage at www.byusa.stlife.byu.edu.

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