This semester’s Campus Activities Day went a little differently. Rather than occurring at the Quad, it was held in the Ballroom due to weather conditions. Despite this, student organizations set up their tables, WXIN provided the music and students were able to see the clubs RIC has to offer.
A number of organizations had the chance to recruit students to join their club and the energy matched last semester’s.
“It’s nice seeing everyone back on campus. And we’re really just trying to move from the virtual events to in person where we can. And get that experience actually within our community. So it’s nice to see everyone come together,” Miranda DiCenzo, the Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement, told The Anchor.
Every organization The Anchor spoke to were asked to rate the event on a scale of one to 10. DiCenzo rates it “an 11.”
The clubs bring a sense of community, comfort and a chance for students to enjoy their RIC experience. If a student loves to play video games, they could join G.A.M.E.R.
“G.A.M.E.R. is a club that we host every Thursday, typically in Gaige 200. The entire point of the club is just for people to come, play video games and just have an overall good time. We usually host mini-events every so often. Overall, our goal is to make a safe space where people can come play video games, hang out and have a good time after classes,” said Casey Williams, president of G.A.M.E.R.
Video games might not be everybody’s thing. If that’s the case, RIC also has a Chess club.
“The Chess club is kind of like this underground ring of [people] who just want to play Chess. It’s really fun. It’s very [laid back]. It’s not organized to be too intimidating or whatnot, it’s [a] very good [experience],” Daniel Tanguay, a member of the club told The Anchor. The club meets from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Student Union, room 434.
Having the sense of community and the chance to make connections can come from many of the student organizations. Case and point, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO).
Lorraine Quinterno, a member of LASO said their mission “is to provide a community for other Latinx students that are at RIC. Providing them with resources and a community where they're just able to feel welcomed. Hang out with us if they need. We just want to be that middle man for anyone who needs resources on campus. We also are interested in sharing our culture with others. Even if you’re not Latinx and you want to join LASO, we welcome you with open arms.”
Upcoming events LASO are holding can be seen on their Instagram page.
Any students interested in learning more about the organizations RIC has to offer and couldn’t attend the event can visit https://www.ric.edu/student-experience/student-activities-and-organizations.