Volume 48, Number 1 - August 16, 2010

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Kathryn Sotolongo
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Clubs offer students respite from work

By Kathryn Sotolongo

A new academic year at Miami Dade College brings students the opportunity to get involved with various organizations and clubs.

“[Being part of a student organization] challenges a student as an individual; he or she works with other students for a greater cause,” said Evelyn Rodriguez, the organization coordinator at MDC North Campus.

“It gives students the opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom and experience it in a student organization. Many students leave with profound memories and with feelings of self-growth.”

The North Campus has more than 30 organizations, Rodriguez said.

They include the Haitian Boukan Club, the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa and The Falcon Times, the student newspaper at the North Campus.

And if the current existing organizations don’t meet your needs, you can create a new one.

Starting Monday, Aug. 30, students can enroll new organization or clubs into the registry in the Student Life Department in Room 4208— already existing organizations must also re-register.

Requirements include: The club must have at least six members who meet the criteria— currently taking six credits and have a 2.0 grade point average— have a part-time or full-time faculty or staff member as the club adviser, and create a constitution, among other things.

In addition, the president, vice president and the adviser must attend two mandatory workshops. The training is offered through the Student Life Department.

Registration packets must be submitted to the Student Life Department by Friday, Sept.10.

"I think joining an organization would advance my knowledge,” said Stevan Gonzalez, a 19-year-old civil engineering major at the North Campus.

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