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K-Fest 2016 Introduces Students to Campus Involvement

Welcomed by the smell of popcorn and a plethora of free candy, Kalamazoo College students braved the humidity and the puns at K-Fest on Wednesday, September 21. Met with nearly 100 booths, students milled around the Quad to learn about K’s Student Organizations, along with a handful of local organizations.

In case you missed out on a booth or two, here’s some more information about a few of your StuOrg options. Find out how to spend your time playing with puppies, how to reduce your carbon footprint, and how to engage with the K community, even if you can’t commit full-time.

Why join a StuOrg? When asked about their favorite aspect, students at K-Fest most frequently replied that they valued the close-knit communities made through participating in organizations.

Sarah Klepp K’19 of the Kalamazoo College Guild of Change Ringers shared this view, explaining that her favorite part about being involved with the organization is “the community that goes with it,” which “brings out a lot of different people.”

Similarly, Ani Terterian K’19 of the Model United Nations club shared that StuOrgs are “a place to make great friends.”

Students who would like to build a close-knit community of puppies can join Emerson Brown K’16 of Zookeepers, a StuOrg dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and connecting students with animals.

“Last year we did an event funded by the BISSELL Pet Foundation where all pets were free to adopt,” shared Brown. “We went in on a Saturday and adopted out nearly every animal in the shelter–between 80 and 100 animals.” Brown tells The Index that the same event is scheduled to take place on October 22.

Don’t have time to commit to a StuOrg? Not to worry! K has StuOrgs with all levels of commitment. Take the Food Recovery Network, for example, a club that aims to reduce food waste on campus and in turn reduce hunger in the surrounding community. Sam Rice K’19 explained that the organization gladly accepts all ranges of commitment–whether weekly or once in a blue moon.

With its food trucks, high level of energy, and creative recruitment methods, this year’s Student Organizations kicked off to a great start. Students can be sure to expect a flood of emails in their inboxes this coming week.

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K-Fest 2016 Introduces Students to Campus Involvement