UCC packs 'em in for
By Marshall Bellamy
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