Members from over 200 Brandeis clubs and organizations tried to attract new members in the Levin Ballroom on Sept. 3 for the Fall Involvement Fair.
Brandeis boasts over 250 clubs and involvement fairs are hosted each semester by the Department of Student Activities. The event, held at the start of every semester, enables new students to connect with clubs on campus. It is also a way for upperclassmen to get more involved in new clubs.
In the past, involvement fairs have been located on the Great Lawn outside of the Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) or in the ground floor area of the SCC. This semester’s fair was moved to Levin Ballroom due to rain.
Members of the Archery Club walked around with bows, prompting curious students to stop and ask about their group. Other organizations handed out pamphlets, copies of their recent publications or slips of paper leading interested students to club meetings.
The ballroom was full of club leaders, signs promoting their clubs and new students signing onto listservs, often with the promise of a free t-shirt or sticker. Clubs could only fit two to three members into the cramped space behind their assigned table. It was difficult for other club members to walk around the ballroom because of the amount of people.
Though it was raining and in the low 60s outside, the ballroom was hot and humid. Groups were spread between the main ballroom and the balcony above it. They were divided into sections of tables based on general themes.
Some students expressed concern over how crowded the ballroom had become. Others were just happy to be able to sign up for a new club.