By Sean Harris ’11
The whole Brophy student body was herded into the Great Hall after fourth period Sept. 2, and greeted to the sight of colorful poster boards, boisterous campaigning and sign-up sheets with scrawled e-mail addresses.
Amid the shoving and the loud thumping of techo coming from the Techno Tuesday stand, one could hear the beat of drums being played by Nicolas Espinosa ’11 coming from the center of the Great Hall. Espinosa was there promoting his own first year club called the Brophy Drum Circle.
“Music has always been an activity I enjoyed, so I thought I’d bring it to the Brophy community,” Espinosa said.
This is the club fair, an annual event that celebrates every single club at Brophy. It by default becomes extensive, with about 60 clubs returning and 20 new clubs, ranging from the expected, such as Key Club, to the strangely specific.
These are the clubs that gain some notoriety around Brophy for their wacky names and interests, and there is an audience for every one of them.
“I think it all depends on interest,” said Assistant Principal for Student Activities Mr. Jeff Glosser. “It’s all set up to give yourself the chance to meet other students that have a similar interest or background as yourself to then build a friendship with.”
The club fair this year certainly played to the interest level of the students by separating into different sections.
If students were looking for their favorite sport, they would go outside to view the booths set up around the Great Hall, whereas if they were looking for more interest based clubs, they would venture to the south side of the Great Hall.
“It seemed more organized and I actually got to see more of the clubs,” said Isaac Nieblas ’13. “I joined more clubs this year, and I hope to be involved with them more often.”
The process through which a club is formed takes place well in advance of the club fair. Club presidents first have to fill out a form found in the Student Activity Center, which needs the approval of prospective club members as well as a faculty moderator. Then the form is sent to Mr. Glosser, who reviews all of them with a few student council members, to see if there is a need. Once the club is approved, the presidents prepare for the club fair.
Once the club fair is over, club presidents sort through all the possible club members, and send out mass e-mails welcoming them to the club. Every single club is also complied on Blackboard, which becomes the communication hub for all groups.