The Hottest Clubs on Campus
Become Part of Worcester State Clubs
College life is regarded as a time for finding friends, interests, and most importantly, yourself, and joining clubs is one of the best ways to accomplish it all. Worcester State has more than 35 different organizations on its campus, from major-specific clubs to sports teams to community service organizations. To give you a sense of the plentiful opportunities, the New Worcester Spy looked into a few of the most active and inclusive clubs of the 2019 academic year. These student groups were selected not only for their diverse subjects, but also for their inclusivity, convenient meeting times, and numerous events, making them interesting for practically any student. In no particular order, here are the communities that made the list of Worcester State’s hottest clubs on campus.
The Dance Company
The Dance Company is an organization of about 70 Worcester State University students with varying levels of dance experience, from beginner to advanced. This is one of the clubs on campus that has grown significantly in recent years. Choreographers train the dancers at frequent rehearsals that run like a dance studio so that each student can learn new skills and prepare for the recital at the end of the semester. The purpose of the club is for students to come together and make long-lasting friendships with people that share a passion for dance while continuously improving their dance skills in a positive and supportive environment.
How Do I Get Involved?
There is a trial week at the beginning of each semester, and from there, interested students can sign up for as many dance classes as they would like for each week in preparation for the recital. The studio-style classes take place in dance rooms within the Worcester State Wellness Center and classes are offered at various times five days a week during the fall and spring semesters. At the end of the semester, all of the dances are displayed at the recital.
This year’s recitals will be on May 3 at 7:00 p.m. and May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium. The Dance Company is always looking for students to join, so anyone who is interested can contact the Dance Company president Makayla McShane at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Instagram page at wsu_dancecompany for more information.
The Commuter Activities Board
The Commuter Activities Board (CAB) is an organization of approximately 20 Worcester State students, ranging from freshmen to seniors. After years of being on campus, the club has grown to become one of the most recognizable student-led groups, encouraging everyone to join and contribute to the close-knit WSU community.
CAB ultimately wants to bring access to events that the majority population of commuters at Worcester State can take part in, giving them a reason to stay on campus and enhancing the college experience. However, this group is not the average event-planning committee, but rather their own community of diverse individuals.
Marissa Gauthier, a history major and senior, has been with the club for five years, and finds that it is the perfect place to establish a group of friends. Emily Hastings, treasurer of the club and freshman, supports this idea.
“The club has been a huge asset to me in the way where I’ve met a lot of new people and got the chance to really get involved in school,” said Hastings. “We’re a very small, major organization, and in that way we are a very close, tight-knit group of people.”
How Do I Get Involved?
By being a part of CAB, members hold the sway on what activities will be brought to campus and work with fellow students to make them a reality.
One of the most popular projects of the club is the Commuter Appreciation Week (CAW), three days of energetic, admission-for-all events geared towards offering relaxation and enjoyment for commuter students (but residents can join in just as easily!). Things kicked off on April 23 for an outdoor movie night. April 24 was their giant spree day where students played games, ate food, and watched the annual car bash (co-sponsored by Worcester State Radio). Finally, the club ended on a ping-pong and pool tournament, an event that has shown great success in the last few years.
As fall 2019 quickly approaches, CAB aims to keep making inclusive activities, like their famous Bingo Nights and monthly free breakfasts. Just as much as they aspire to follow tradition, they are always finding new ideas to bring to campus, and a larger range of people in the organization ensures that this can happen. If you are interested in becoming a member or simply attending a meeting for CAB, email email@example.com to ensure the time and location, or stop by the Living Room on the Student Center second floor during office hours to find out more information.
The Pride Alliance
The Pride Alliance serves a small organization representing the LGBTQ+ community on campus at Worcester State University. They stand as a family and accept anyone with open arms and without judgement.
If you ask members of the Pride Alliance why they joined the club, most of their responses follow a similar pattern.
“Because I’m queer!,” Isabelle Fox, a 29-year-old history major and senior from Webster, Mass. exclaimed with jazz hands. “But we would love to welcome allies as well as fellow queers.”
The president of Pride Alliance, 20-year-old sophomore Leo DeCosta from Grafton, Mass., said the club has had a strong and positive impact on her life. Making it to the executive board of the Pride Alliance has also introduced DeCosta to a lot more opportunities.
“It has helped me make friends with people I wouldn’t normally be friends with,” said DeCosta.
Members agree that the club has a great range of variety in its members. The club’s treasurer, 30-year-old business major Stephen Herriage from Sutton, supported Fox’s claims about the club’s inclusiveness.
“We accept people for who they are—their differences and their uniqueness,” said Herriage.
How Do I Get Involved?
If you would like to get involved with Pride Alliance at Worcester State, meetings are held on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Organization Room located on the third floor of the Student Center. The club is always looking for new members with no requirements for entry.
“Absolutely do it; come join us and expand the family,” said Fox. “We’ll love and accept you no matter what.”
Of their recent events, the most popular was their annual Break the Binary Week, two days for members and event attendees to open up about gender and sexuality through movies, poetry, and discussions. For more information on other activities or how to be a part of this organization, you can email DeCosta at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the club’s faculty advisors, Dr. Tim Murphy and Dr. Jeremy Andretta.
The Cheer Team
WSU’s cheer team began as little more than an idea three years ago. When Captain Olivia Petrucci was just a freshman back in 2016, she identified a way to make WSU more like home.
“I started the club here ... when I realized that something I loved was missing from the WSU community,” said the junior occupational therapy major.
So she took action, starting a cheer team with just four members, to begin with. Since that time, the squad has grown exponentially, and now it has sixteen committed and talented women.
The team is all-around active having completed various competitions this past semester. They started at Nationals in Maryland, earning an impressive third place. Following this, they performed at Marlborough high school on March 31 and their final competition of the year took place at the University of New Hampshire on April 14. To finish the spring semester, the team hopes to put on a performance at the end-of-the-year cookout.
How Do I Get Involved?
Petrucci is always on the lookout for new members to join, and she’s adamant about the benefits.
“Students can get an opportunity to be a part of something different that will take them out of their comfort zones,” she said. “Cheerleading also teaches discipline and improves collaboration as a team.”
For anyone interested in joining or simply finding out more about the club, Petrucci is more than willing to chat. Feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
“Anyone can participate, we are open to anyone who has an open mind and is ready to try new things,” she explained. “Any interested student can either reach out to me or send a message through our social media pages.”
The Third World Alliance
The Third World Alliance (TWA) is a student-led organization here at Worcester State, dedicated to bringing multiculturalism, inclusion, and pluralism on campus and in the greater Worcester Community.
TWA Started in the 1970s as a black student union. The organization at the time saw room for much growth and expansion and soon decided to represent all students of different backgrounds. TWA has two types of programming they use to help members get involved, one academic and the other social.
The academic programs are where TWA works with the community at Worcester State to bring in guest speakers, like Dr. Robert Bullard of Southern Texas University, an advocate for environmental justice. One social event that TWA has had as of late was its Multicultural Show, held on April 6, 2019. The event’s main goal was to present the different cultural communities in Worcester through assortments of different food and performances, topped off by a cultural fashion show.
Responsibility, distinctiveness, and enjoyment for all are the common themes amongst this bunch of clubs that make them so admirable, but this list only represents a small percentage of the groups at Worcester State University. If these picks did not fit your interests, there are many more that can be joined! Some of the honorable mentions were Active Minds, Almost Off Book, Campus Ambassadors, Enactus, Lacrosse, and Surreal Games, which can be found alongside the entire list of clubs on WSU’s Student Organizations page. To find out more about these student groups, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go directly to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development located on the 2nd floor of WSU’s Student Center.