Does Club Day serve its purpose?
The Current reached out to the Club and Events Board President, but he did not respond. It’s certainly a fun time. Music blares in Rose Marks Pavilion, food is brought to share and there is a big sense of togetherness. Then there’s the open mic, which always provides plenty of entertainment. Fun, however, doesn’t mean effective.
Looking online, we couldn’t find any online presence for the Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) save for the one on the ARC landing page that included nothing but a few phone numbers to contact club members. CAEB has a Facebook page, but it wasn’t easily found, nor was it linked to on the ARC website.
ARC is a commuter campus. Some students travel from Davis to Auburn to partake in the diverse amount of courses offered here. Club Day is held at set times every month, so only a few of these commuters are able to participate.
What about students that attend night school? There’s a fair chance that if you only take night classes, you don’t even know ARC has CAEB offered. Some might look at clubs and events as afterthoughts, but they’re an integral part of higher education. You’re not only on campus to gain knowledge and job skills, you’re also here to broaden perspectives and share ideas with the diverse community that attends ARC.
CAEB hasn’t failed us. The clubs offered at ARC are many, ranging from Amtgard to the Theater Arts Club. The turnout to Club Day is self-evident by all the enthusiastic crowds that flood Rose Marks Pavilion twice a month, but outreach could be better served by a stronger web presence.
A more robust Facebook page, with outreach to commuters and night school students would be a good first step. A dedicated CAEB website would be even better, hopefully one that would be easy to find to new and continuing students, with information on clubs, how to join them and when Club Day is being held. Another step would be to perhaps change up when Club Day is held. If it’s held at the same time on the same days of every month, there’s a good chunk of students who could fall through the cracks and miss out on the entire college experience.