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October means big events for these clubs

As students have adjusted to the demands of fall semester and are concentrating on doing well academically, clubs on campus are working hard on projects and events to serve and entertain both students and the community. Since Washington State University Vancouver does not have dorms and is a commuter campus, spending time with friends and establishing social connections may require more effort on behalf of the students. One thing a student can do to start new friendships, find others with common interests or get involved with life on campus is to join a club; currently active clubs that are planning upcoming events include the Cougar Pride Club and the Human Development Club.

Although the Human Development club was established primarily to benefit those with a major or interest in the study of human development, the club welcomes all students of WSU Vancouver. The club’s current president is Allegra Koupal, while the club’s advisor is Tracy Tachiera, Human Development instructor. The Human Development club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN), room 130.

The club is planning on hosting the Habitat for Humanity Day in October. On that day, students and club members will build a house for homeless people. Students do not need prior experience in construction to volunteer. This event has been regular for the Human Development Club since roughly 2012. In November, the club will bring back Project Linus, an event where students and people of the community make blankets for children in need. Like the Habitat for Humanity event, prior experience is not needed to join. The event is all about making blankets for children and socializing with fellow volunteers. Students who are studying human development or who enjoy serving their community can find opportunities for both with the Human Development Club.

The Cougar Pride Club serves to educate students about the LGBTQQIGAA community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Gender Neutral, Asexual, Ally) and gender diversity in general. The club’s president is Kelly Keniston and the club’s advisor is Bola Majekobaje, advisor to the chancellor for equity, diversity, and community engagement and assistant director for student diversity. The club meets every Wednesday, from 4:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. at the Multimedia Classroom Building Room 1.

Just in time for Halloween, the Cougar Pride Club will be back with the Monster Ball, a Halloween dance for students supporting Cougar Pride. The event will be on Friday Oct. 24, from 8-11 p.m. While the theme of the Monster Ball last year was “glitterature,” a literature-inspired theme that incorporated glitter, there will be a zombie theme this year. Monster Ball will also have tarot card readers and a costume contest. Aside from the Monster Ball, the club also hosts a drag show later in the year. Keniston stated that drag queens from Portland usually come to perform, and some students also participate. Keniston said the next date for the drag show is still undetermined.

Students interested in the Human Development Club can contact Allegra Koupal by email at allegra.blankenship@wsu.edu or Tracy Tachiera by email at ttachiera@vancouver.wsu.edu. For more information about gay/straight alliances like the Cougar Pride Club, students can contact Kelly Keniston by email at kelly.keniston38@gmail.com or Bola Majekobaje by email at majekoba@vancouver.wsu.edu.

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WSU Vancouver, Cougar Pride Club

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WSU Vancouver, Human Development Club

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