Find your niche on campus; new clubs and organizations

October 6, 2015

By Natalie Rodriguez

As the new semester unfurls, students are looking to see where they can find their niche on campus. Dominican is filled with a variety of student organizations but there are, however, a few relatively new ones that are worth considering.

Secular Student Organization is a club that seeks to provide students with a safe environment to discuss different secular and religious views. They are part of a national organization with branches in other universities such as Loyola and DePaul.

“We want to create a space where students can explore their beliefs,” said Nora Marren, club president. “This is especially great for students away from home for the first time. We want students to engage in a discussion to get rid of the stigma of not being religious.”

Although the organization is currently on hiatus this semester, they do have several officer positions open for when they meet again. For more information contact Nora Marren at marrnora@my.dom.edu.

Workout Crew is a club that promotes a networking system for people interested in working out. Individuals can meet for as long as they like and members have access to each other. According to president Joseph Lis, the club’s healthy advocacy has several benefits.

“I was very introverted,” said Lis. “ It was through lifting that I became confident about my body which helped me gain the confidence to pursue my own career and make new friends.”

Their first official meeting will be in two weeks and if you have any questions contact Joseph Lis at lisjose@my.dom.edu.

The Creative Writing Club offers students the ability to share and improve their writing skills. According to the club’s president, Jerrid Young, the goal of the organization is to unite artists at Dominican.

The club plans on doing writing workshops to help its members with personal and prompted writing. The club is in the process of getting approved this semester so officer positions are available. For more information contact Jerrid Young at younjerr@my.dom.edu.

The Accounting and Business Club is a great opportunity for students to create a networking system and engage in real life experiences within their majors. The organization is divided into three sections: accounting, finance, and economics. According to President Charles Spry, club meetings will teach students the ins and outs of their major in addition to developing connections with professionals.

“Having the ability to meet people in the field that I’m interested in is invaluable to me,” said Spry. “The business world has a lot to do with who you know, so I think that the more people you connect with and the more opportunities you take will help you develop a presence.”

The club meets monthly and has their first guest speaker David Nissen, a managing partner from Mueller & Co., coming to Dominican on Oct. 21. For more information contact Charles Spry at sprychar@my.dom.edu.

Cell 91 is a club for individuals that hold traditional views on love and relationships. It promotes discussion on topics such as chastity, family values, marriage, and relationships. According to co-president Emilia Walasik, the club wants to provide students with a comfortable space to share their ideas.

“Cell 91 aims to break the taboo that surrounds the topic of premarital chastity,” said Walasik. “We will examine what love truly is, how love has been degraded in our current culture, and what we can do to promote God’s original plan for love, marriage, and family.”

For any questions contact President Emilia Walasik at walaemil@my.dom.edu

The Saudi Club is an organization that provides an active support system for Saudi students as they transition into college. According to President Muteb Alrimali, many of these students struggle to adjust to the culture on campus.

“We want to help new students who might be struggling with things like language and adjusting to college life,” said Alrimali.

The Saudi club has frequent outings that involve going bowling as well as hosting religious celebrations. If you have any questions contact Muteb Alrimali at alrimute@my.dom.edu.

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