By Victoria Kernen
Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Science Council celebrated the start of Halloween on Oct. 27 during U-Hour at the University Quad with a few tricks and lots of treats as clubs under the council came together for a club fair.
CLASS Council President Paola Quezada, a fifth-year anthropology student, helped organize the club rush and noticed the unity between each of the clubs.
According to Quezada, there does not seem to be enough outreach within the college when it comes to hosting events to support the clubs. There are job fairs that are held, but Quezada believes they are “geared” towards engineering and STEM majors; therefore, helping to create this event was another way of letting students know that they are there.
Most of the clubs that attended had an array of treats ranging from caramel apples, Halloween-themed cupcakes, candy, pizza and more. Most clubs also had a pumpkin at their booth, which were showcased for a pumpkin carving contest.
The clubs, associations and societies that participated in the event were the International Honor Society in Psychology, Alpha Kappa Delta & Sociology Club, the Spanish Language Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, Nuestros Latino/a Psychological Association, the Anthropological Society, Phi Alpha Theta – the National History Honor Society and the History Club.
The Department of Music helped by having a band perform, which drew crowds to the University Quad.
A lot of NLPA’s members graduated, but its remaining members have high hopes that the event would allow them to reach out to CPP students and inform them of the work the organization conducts.
“We are trying to fundraise more for guest speakers,” said Jessica Saucedo, a second-year psychology student and the social chair to NLPA.
NLPA’s table sold pizza and horchata, and club members dressed in all black with D_Òå_a De Los Muertos-themed face paintings.
Saucedo thought that it was great that all of the clubs came together to support each other.
The Anthropological Society sold caramel apples, popcorn and Red Vines. Stephanye Alonso, president of the Anthropological Society and a fourth-year anthropology student, enjoyed that members of other clubs came to buy from the club’s booth.
“I think it helps create opportunities to host bigger fundraisers [and socials], so that way [we] get to interact with other students within the department and not within the specific major,” said Alonso.
Alonso also said that club fairs helps reach out to the students that are not majoring in anthropology but who are getting a minor in the subject.
Another club at the event the History Club, which sold drinks, treats and had non-alcoholic beer pong to engage students. The club also had a potato jack-o’-lantern instead of the traditional pumpkin jack-o’-lantern.
The club’s odd choice was actually chosen because of an old Irish tradition.
The legend of “Stinky Jack” was based off a man that was drinking with the Devil, but, like all Halloween tales, there was no happy ending for the man known as “Stinky Jack.” The original theme for jack-o’-lanterns grew from this legend in Ireland, and the Irish did not have pumpkins. They only had potatoes and turnips, which led to the club’s creation of its version of “Stinky Jack.”
The members of the History Club came to sell their treats in hopes to save for museum trips and for a banquet they plan to have at the end of every year.
Victoria Kernen / The Poly Post
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