Council budgets club’s agendas

Inter-Club Council talks upcoming events, allowance for groups


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Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks talks to club representatives during the Inter-Club Council (ICC) meeting in the SA-100 on Sept. 27. The ICC meets every Tuesday to discuss club activities and other agenda items.

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff

The Inter-Club Council held a meeting where attendees covered much ground about funding events for the year, Club Rush, which will be on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, and a few different clubs gave a glimpse into what is on their agendas.

The Inter-Club Council meetings provide a chance for all clubs to communicate with each other and be supportive of each clubs ideas for the year.

“It’s important that clubs speak up and advocate for each other,” Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks said.

Last year, Club Rush was held on the Tennis Courts, but since the Campus Center Plaza is finished, they will be holding it there right next to the Fireside Hall, which is more conveniently located for students.

During the meeting the committee came to the decision to allot $2,500 per semester to be spent on all events including Club Rush.

“In order for a club to stay active, you must not miss more than three meetings, or else you’re suspended, and you must hold events that benefit the Contra Costa College campus,” Vice President of Club Affairs Jose Arebalo said.

Multiple club presidents agreed that last spring semester had too many inflatable kids’ jumpers and that’s not the demographic that they want to be reaching out to and it wasn’t beneficial.

So this year Club Rush will only have one jumper and they decided to stick with the theme of Halloween.

Clubs have to follow the theme of the event and decorate their booths accordingly.

This year during Club Rush they are going to give away three prizes in amounts of $300, $150 and $75, to be awarded to the tables that have the best displays, which will be judged by which receive the most signatures from visitors.

A viewing party for the presidential debate will happen on Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

The Community Organizing Political Action club (COPA) as well as the debate team will be there, and during the commercial breaks the debate team will give two members approximately one minute each to debate about the issues brought up between Clinton and Trump.

President of the Armed Forces and Service Support Group club Ron Huntington said they are focused on student veterans connecting with one another.

“We build reliable veteran camaraderie and comprehensive platforms, while providing strong community resources,” Huntington said.

Their mission is to foster veteran aid, veteran’s resources, to provide guest speakers, schedule community events and do a lot of fundraising.

Nonveterans are also allowed to be in the club and attend the weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Monthly meetings for all members are on the first Thursday of every month.

“We plan on having a couple of fundraisers with vendors, and we are still waiting to get our food licenses, so we’re contacting people for that. It’s only been two weeks since we’ve started organizing everything,” Huntington said.

“We’re working on getting food cards for people with no money and clipper cards for veterans in need of public transportation.

One issue is that there are a lot of homeless veterans in this area, so we help with what we can,” Huntington said.

He said that the Student Dining Hall and Bookstore give a 5 percent discount to veterans on various items.

Although the ICC does print out a catalog for people to read, they rely heavily on word of mouth to get help with putting on events and organizing fundraisers.

“This semester our catalogs are advertised a lot more than previous semesters,” Arebalo said.

Nickelson-Shanks said that there are a few clubs that are planning on organizing field trips off campus, and ICC wants to make sure there is enough money to help out this cause.

Furthermore, taking field trips is something he’d like clubs to do more of because, he said, it will expand students’ horizons and motivate them to want to transfer to universities that they may not have believed they could get into before.