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Flourishing New Clubs

By Ruby Churchill

Photo by Brady Sandes

There are many new, exciting clubs to join on campus.

If you are looking to make your year at Simpson University truly memorable, consider diving into student involvement. There are many vibrant clubs on campus you can join. If none of them seem to align with your interests, creating a brand-new club is always an option.

Among the latest additions is the Simpson Pickleball Club, which was launched this year. For those unfamiliar, Pickleball is a sport played with a ball and paddles, like tennis. As a member of the Pickleball Club, you can anticipate playing numerous games at Enterprise Park with some skilled teammates.

Club President Brady Sandes explains that Pickleball is simple to learn and enjoy.

“Pickleball’s a pretty low impact and easy sport to get the hang of…it’s super easy to fall in love with, everybody that I’ve played with is just now completely addicted, including myself,” Sandes said.

Sandes also mentioned that they are in the process of designing club shirts. To get involved and enjoy some friendly competition, reach out to Sandes via email.

If you have a penchant for games and competition, the Game Club is your haven. Whether you relish board games, card games, or video games, you are always welcome to join the fun in the game room.

“The gaming club is supposed to be an environment where people can come, meet up with people, and just hang out…it’s more of a community and less of a club,” Club President Bobby Rutledge said.

Rutledge also assures that the club is very flexible: “It’s not a very strict club. If you come and then realize oh, in a month I won’t be able to come, just come when you can and we’ll have fun and hang out.”

As a member, you can expect to forge connections with a diverse group of people. You will also enjoy playing many different games. The club even acquires new games for its members' enjoyment. To get involved, come to a meeting. The Game Club meets in Owen Center at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. You can also contact Rutledge directly via email for more information.

Lastly, Simpson University has a new spirit club. It is aptly named Red Sea. Members of this club demonstrate Simpson's school spirit at sports events. They are responsible for making games fun for spectators while encouraging athletes to do their best.

“We go to events, we go to sports, and our job literally is just to have fun and create community because our school is based around sports for the most part and we wanted to bring the fun, bring the energy and the excitement to those sports,” Club President Kaitlyn Frederick said.

“With both of our high schools, they were both very spirited and so basically that’s what we’re trying to do, is to just get a really fun student section to bring the hype,” Vice President Bella Balsano added.

To get involved in the excitement, join in at sports events or email Frederick or Balsano.

While these represent some of the newer clubs on campus, there is a plethora of others awaiting your participation. The following is a list of more established clubs at Simpson University:

  • SU Vida

  • Black Student Union

  • Asian American Fellowship and Experience

  • Engineering alliance

  • Political Science Club

  • Adventure club

  • Fishing Club

  • Sustainability Club

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

  • Game Club

  • Nursing Club

As a final option, consider joining the school newspaper. If you have aspirations of writing for The Slate, a journalism class is available. You can contribute to a reputable news source on campus, get your articles published, and interview a variety of interesting people. For more information, feel free to reach out to Jacob Greene.

Clubs are a great way to get involved. You can make connections and enrich your university experience.

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