Inactive clubs in danger of becoming unrecognized

October 5, 2009 — by Olivia Chock and Kim Tsai

Club Day took place in the quad on Sept. 23, as students browsed and signed up for some of the 57 clubs on campus. The event passed by with few troubles considering the addition of seven clubs to the multitude of groups already available. However, this year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) will be taking more measures to ensure the validity of the new clubs.

ASB president Haley Zarrin thought that Club Day went “smoothly.” She said that this year, the setup of the tables was different to accommodate for the growing number of clubs. Last year, the tables were set up to form a rectangle, in contrast to the two separate rectangles the tables formed this year.

As the result of a large number of registered clubs under the ASB, the officers will be checking up on the new clubs to make sure they are holding meetings with enough participants.

“[The clubs] have to have a teacher, enough people and approval of the student council,” said assistant principal Karen Hyde. “It’s always been like this, but now, we’re going to make sure that they’re actually functioning.”

Hyde said the school will not be cutting back on the number of clubs but will be “making sure that they’re working.” She also says that there shouldn’t be any new clubs until second semester, which is when they can determine how many clubs are actually active.

Among others, the newly minted “Glee” Club has successfully passed the requirements, having been approved in late September. Senior Natalie Tkalcevic, a “Glee” Club officer, said, “I think it’s actually a great idea for staff members to be checking in on clubs. I feel like clubs can sometimes be taken advantage of and the administration keeping all of us in check is a great idea.”

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