Extracurricular opportunities increase with new club additions

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Slacklining, watching movies, partying, making friends—there’s a club for that.

The number of clubs on campus has been increasing over the past year. Eight new clubs were added to the already existing 66 this past semester. 

Greg Noel, a senior psychology major from Las Vegas and vice president of clubs and organizations, said his main goal is to help the clubs succeed by giving them publicity and funding through activities such as Club Rush.

Even though there are more clubs, funding has not increased.

“Our budget goes to making clubs succeed,” Noel said.

The clubs that were created last semester were formed on the basis of bringing people together and making their college experience the best it could be.

The Project Z club focuses on creating a sisterhood among females on campus and making new students feel welcome.

Club co-founder Briahna Jones, a sophomore nursing major from Las Vegas, said she came to this school without knowing anyone.

Jones said it is important during this time of students’ lives, while they may be away from family, to know they have a good, strong support system. She said the main goal is to make every female on campus feel more welcome.

Another club founded on the principle of a good support system is the High on Life club. The club’s founder, Ryan Wisdom, a sophomore psychology major from Salt Lake City, said he wanted to create a club that allowed for having a good time without the use of drugs or alcohol.

Wisdom, a recovering addict himself, said there were not enough solutions to the college party style. He said there are parties that do not involve drugs or alcohol, but he just did not see an easy way to meet students who attend them. He said the vision of his club is to change people’s view of the college party life.

“We can have fun without being high or drunk,” Wisdom said.  

The love of science fiction and fantasy is what brings the Sci-Fi club together.

“Anyone who is interested is more than welcome,” said Andrew Asher, a sophomore IT  major from Lehi.

As the club’s founder, Asher said it would be a great opportunity to gather like-minded people and have a good time.

“We mostly just watch movies and play games, especially ‘Tetris,’” Asher said.   

Eric Gish, a junior computer science major from St. George, created the Slackline club because it is a great activity that people can do together.

Slacklining is a sport where people attach a thick flat rope from one tree to another and walk across it using balance and coordination.

“I knew a lot of people that slacklined, and we wanted to get the people of the city more involved,” Gish said.

There are seven members in the club right now, but Gish would like to see the club expand.

Gish said: “I would love to get competitions going. I want high schoolers to be involved as well.”

No matter what you’re interested in, there is a club and people waiting to include you.

For more information about clubs offered at Dixie State College, head to the Diagonal for Club Rush, which takes place on Jan. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.