Cabrini’s involvement fair a success

By Jeny Varughese
September 15, 2010

Cabrini College held its annual Involvement fair on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. along residential Blvd. between Xavier and East Residential Hall in the scorching heat.

The event was kicked off with live music by Matt Santry as well as free food and drinks.

Many different clubs and organizations came out looking to get new members to join as well as new ideas for this school year.

“The SEaL office is in charge of organizing the different groups, campus events, leadership training and student organization and we are here monitoring the fair,” Amber LaJeunesse, assistant director, said.

Several students came out to the fair just to see what clubs and organizations are available.

“I’m not sure which organizations I would like to join” Chelsea Gotshall, a freshman math major, said. “I came out hoping to make friends and to be social.”

A spokesperson for The Philadelphia Orchestra, an off-campus organization, was among one of the many attendees present.

“I am here on behalf of the Philadelphia Orchestra to promote eZseatU, which is our college ticket program,” Jessica Clough, marketing fellow, said “We are hosting a massive free concert for all college students on Sept. 8, and to kick off this event there will be an after party with free food and drinks, as well as live music from local bands.”

Some of the on-campus clubs present were different sports clubs, dance teams, stage crew/ theater among others.

“I signed up for student diversity and step team just to test it out,” Janki Amin, freshman business major, said.

“It is our first year on campus for the Cabrini steppers,” Megan Allen, co-captain of step team, said “We are trying to incorporate old school stepping and choreography. Some of the things we would like to do this year include performing at sports events, self fundraisers as well as other events and collaborate with other groups.”

“We are the student diversity department and not a club, ” Felicia Melvin, student leader, said. “We have La Raza which is a Hispanic group, Black student Union, International club and Sanctuary, gay/straight alliance.”

“We hold events on campus such as speaker spotlight and promote diversity on campus,” Melvin said.

“Black Student Union is based on the Black heritage,” Melissa Webb, president of BSU, said. “The club is open for anyone to join, not just for blacks.”

“We joined Sanctuary, Graphic Design and colleges against cancer,” Jake Gaspari, freshman, said. “The clubs seemed interesting so we wanted to try them out.”

Colleges Against Cancer raises awareness for different types of cancer through the American Cancer Society.

“Each month we have fundraising and mission events. Our big event for the year is Relay for Life,” Danielle DiBartolo, co-president of CAC and co-chair of Relay for life, said. “Relay is a 16-hour walk against cancer where we raise money, eat food, listen to music, walk the track, and participate in activities.”

“Our goal for this year is campus awareness about the different types of cancer. We want our peers to take measure to fight back and live healthier lives. Our first event is Relay for Life Kick-Off on Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the commons. Our next few events will pertain to National Child Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer month,” DiBartolo said.

Cabrini’s theater program performs two shows per year, a drama/comedy in the fall and a musical in the spring with the direction of Dr. Thomas Stretton.

“Stage crew, part of the theater program, is moderated by Mr. Robert Iodice, chief engineer, at Cabrini.” Stephanie Iaccarino, co-director of stage crew, said. “Crew is open to all students who wish to join.”

“We are currently trying to create a stage crew/theater club which would allow for the theater students as well as crew students to engage with the college community by sponsoring fun events and increasing knowledge about the theater program. From the interest expressed I anticipate a great year for the Cabrini College theater program,” Iaccarino said.

“The involvement fair went very well and was successful considering it was really hot,” LaJeunesse said

Stop by the SEaL office to get more information on different clubs or to get in touch with group leaders.

Jeny Varughese

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