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SLI Holds Winter Involvement Fair

2013-01-24_13-20-57_548Students took refuge from the freezing temperatures in Boston Thursday to attend the university’s annual Winter Involvement Fair, indulging in free food, prizes and enjoying music played by Suffolk Free Radio.

Dozens of clubs and organizations set up their booths on the 9th floor of 73 Tremont, an indoor version of the fall’s Temple Street Fair, as students trickled into the large L-shaped room, decked in blue and gold decorations. The winter fair also provides a chance for students to explore new clubs and organizations they may not have been able to become involved with last semester.

“I like it a lot. To be able to talk to people; it’s really important for us,” said Rebecca Havu, president of the Rainbow Alliance.

Clubs and organizations also benefit, as the fairs provide a forum to attract new members in the spring semester. New clubs such as To Write Love on Her Arms, the Sports Club, and The French Club had a chance to establish and gain awareness in the Suffolk community at the fair. The French Club, for example, is currently planning a trip to Montréal in late-April, something students had a chance to sign up for at the fair.

“We just started our club last semester, it’s exciting being able to promote ourselves here,” said Rachel Allen, Event Coordinator of To Write Love on Her Arms. According to the organization’s national website, To Write Love on Her Arms’ mission is “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide…It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.”

The event attracted many students, including transfer students like Jordan Steele, who told the Voice that he came to the event because he wanted “to get involved.”

2013-01-24_13-27-43_586“We’re a new club this year,” said Alyssa Bromley, a member of the Student Alumni Association. “It’s really exciting for us.” The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a new organization on campus that looks to create a unified school, instead of one divided by classes. Their goal to create unity is based off of four pillars: School Spirit and Pride, Class Unity, Career and Professional Support, and Philanthropy.

To learn more about these groups or other organizations on campus, visit the Student Leadership and Involvement office in Donahue 430.

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