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The Citizen

    Club Rush shakes up Student Center

    Emcee Sheon Slaughter, DJ Turbo Flash bring energy to semi-annual event

    by Jordan Hankston/Tower Writer

    An ariel drone from the Laney drone club flys overhead at Club Rush. The Drone Club helps students who are interested in drone technology network with one another. Photos by Tiehui Fan.

    Drones buzzed overhead while Laney College’s own Sheon Slaughter shook his hips and paced the Student Center’s tile floor on Feb. 5 as he MC’d the semi-annual Club Rush.

    Between introductions and interviews, DJ Turbo Flash (also known as Soccer Club President Pedro Ramos) pumped the jams. The lively event featured 13 student clubs, each with its own table.

    Faculty, club members and students flocked to the scene. Worren Alston, the chairman and president of the Inter Club Council (ICC), helped organize the event.

    Members of the newly established Journalism Club smile and celebrate their first tabling at Club Rush. The Journalism Department at Laney has been pumping out stories since the college’s founding and has won many awards in the process.

    “These clubs represent some of the various demographics of Laney’s student population and function, and serve as way for students to meet other people who share their interests,” she said.

    Joining clubs can also give students a chance to interact with professionals in their career path, and sometimes these interactions can lead to internships.

    “Having been a member of a club also looks good on your transfer applications,” Alston said. “It shows that you are not scared to take the initiative or to take on leadership positions.”

    Some of the participating clubs included the Laney Ceramics Club, the Laney Physics Club and the Peralta Journalism Club as well.


    (Left) President of the Ceramics Club Spring Montes smiles as she displays a ceramic art piece. Her club seeks to help students learn more about ceramics and provide opportunities for students to sell their artwork. (Right) Black Student Union members display a poster detailing the accomplishments of various Black writers.

    Also present was the Peralta Engineering Club, who are focusing on getting groups of engineering students together to work on design projects, organizing lectures and working with counselors to create intern opportunities for club members.

    Some clubs function more as support groups for students from coming from challenging demographics or life circumstances. The Social Justice Club, which strives to create supportive and resource-filled space for disenfranchised students, is one such group.

    “The Social Justice Cohort is meant to be an intersectional space for all different kinds of students who are either of undocumented status or of mixed family status or allies to those students,” said club member Ingrid Morales.

    The club also tries to expose students to resources available in the community and to make sure they know their rights, she said.

    Kenia Alfaro, a new Laney student, said Club Rush gave her a chance to engage with her favorite sport: soccer.

    “I came here because it looks interesting, and I heard about the Laney Soccer Club,” she said. “It’s cool because at the last school I attended, they didn’t have a soccer club, which is unfortunate because it’s a big interest of mine. So it’ll be great to connect with other people who like what I do.”

    Miss out on the action? For more information about clubs at Laney, contact the Inter-Club Council or visit the ASLC on the 4th Floor of the Student Center.

    Student and event Emcee Sheon Slaughter moves across the floor introducing clubs and attendees.
    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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