More than just fundraising

Club rush uses food to promote various clubs around campus


Kevin Gutierrez

Senior Nadia Dutra prepares cotton candy to sell at Club Rush to fundraise money for the Korean Club. As founder and president for the new club, she used this as an opportunity to recruit new members.

Club Rush: an annual event where students gather around the quad to purchase their favorite foods. Students like Joseph Higareda, a freshman, see this as an opportunity to have a longer lunch and purchase food.

“It was a good experience where everyone was coming together to eat food,” Higareda said. He took advantage of the hour long lunch to “chill,” but was actually surprised by the sights of it. “It kinda shocked me seeing how a lot of people like to interact with clubs and the school.”

However, from a club officer’s perspective, there’s more to the event than just selling food to students. French Club and National Honors Society president Mario Albert, a junior, experienced first-hand what it was like for students to focus more on the food aspect.

“This year a lot of people actually did not sign up, they just came for Jamba Juice.’’ Though they made profit, he had wished more people would have taken the chance to give his clubs a chance.
Nadia Dutra, a senior, participated with her Korean Club for the first time. Especially since she only founded the club last year, this promotion is able to draw in students to join.

English teacher Mary Stoner, Video Game Club adviser, hoped they would be able to welcome students and explain their purpose of giving video game fanatics a place to come together and find people like themselves.

Polynesian Club president and founder Belinda Sauaso, a senior, wants students to really get in touch with the club’s significance. “It’s basically about cherishing the culture and getting people to understand what we really do. Also how we celebrate the different dances that we do and just learn what Polynesian is about.”

Freshman Diamonique Alicea was one of the students who were able to view the clubs more in depth. Out of them, she enjoyed Spanish Club for their way of presentation. “They seemed interesting and they were also kind when I went,” Alicea said. “They weren’t just like ‘What do you want?’”

In order to even have these booths out and running, there is a huge amount of setting up and planning involved. ASB senior class president Tenyiah Washington was very involved in the process and realized how much work it takes.

“Thank God that we had help from clubs to set up their own booths because we had a lot of tables to set up,” Washington said.

For many clubs, this year was a great success. Spanish Club made a profit of $400, making more than they had in the past 11 years.

The Senior Class sold pizza and saw great results. “We were so successful. The pizza sold out pretty fast,” Washington said. Their profit was around $700.

All of the profit earned serve for greater things. Korean Club plans on taking a visit to a Korean Museum in Los Angeles. French Club holds the tradition of visiting a corn maze every October. The Video Game Club plans on purchasing a Playstation and Nintendo Switch along the way.