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UCC packs 'em in for Clubs week

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

Those passing through the University Community Centre atrium may have noticed there were more booths than usual, as Clubs Week has finally hit Western.

"Every single University Students' Council-ratified club is there,” said USC clubs officer Reema Ibdah, adding Clubs Week is the primary method of getting new members for the more than 150 clubs ratified by the USC.

According to Ibdah, Western's club system is the best way for any student to get involved because there is something for everyone such as sports, hobbies and culture.

USC VP-student affairs Matt Huether pointed out there are many new clubs that have recently been ratified by the USC which will be soliciting new student members this week and during the next Clubs Week next semester.

The double cohort has been shown to have a dramatic effect on the clubs, Huether commented. "Extra students mean club numbers [have] increased,” he added.

According to Huether, the double cohort will also have a snowball effect within the USC clubs system, meaning three to four years later there will be more club executives running the clubs than ever before.

Among the club executives present at the UCC was Shawn Gibson, co-president of Purple Spur, who noted the Spurs attract approximately 1,300 members every year and are expecting as many as 1,500 to join their ranks this year due to the double cohort.

Ian Anderson, director of public affairs for the Western Mustang band, noted that despite its lack of association with the faculty of music at Western, the club has had over 700 alumni pass through the band in its 65-year history.

Even the Women's Issues Network was present at Clubs Week, offering free condoms and a draw for a brand new vibrator while selling memberships for all students - including males - according to Karla Baker, coordinator for WIN.

-with files from
Laura Katsirdakis and Chris Sinal



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