Campus clubs on chopping block

Brianne Ries

With more than 40 successful clubs on campus, seven are feeling the pressure of being dechartered if students do not take interest in leadership positions soon.

During the last two weeks, Club Director and ASLC President-elect junior Chris Schuldt and new Club Director sophomore Ashlee Carter have compiled a list of clubs that lack leadership and may be heading for extinction.

“A lot of the ones we’ve outlined as inactive clubs are the ones that maybe haven’t had much leadership this year,” Schuldt said. “Club members have either graduated or lost interest, so they haven’t been attending Senate or doing things (and) activities around campus.”

In the case of the Asian Culture club, most members are currently abroad. Schuldt said he has been e-mailing junior Jonathan Webb in hopes of saving the club.

When Webb comes back he aims to incorporate more students and make significant changes to create a different dynamic in the club, Schuldt said. To make this possible, Schuldt suggested they put the club on the “revivable” list.

“(We can) see if anyone has interest in reviving it, but when (Webb) comes back, instead of changing the charters all around, he can start a new club that has some fresh constitutions and get some excitement about being a new club,” Schuldt said.

Schuldt and Carter said outlining the clubs that are revivable is part of a four-week process to give those that are endangered another chance. There are currently seven clubs on the revivable club list including Triathlon club, Sailing club and Rotaract club.

“If there isn’t any interest we’ll put them up to be reviewed for dechartering,” Schuldt said.

Following the decharter process, a club’s constitution and charter will remain on file, Schuldt said.

“If anyone in the future wants to come and restart that club, we’ll have the base information so they can see what the whole club did,” Schuldt said. “There will still be a record, but it won’t be costing us $100 on (each) club if there is no interest.”

Students who want to start or revive a club have two options. They can take previous ideas from the club and incorporate new ones or completely start over and redo the constitution, Carter said.

The Linfield Republicans club is one of the seven on the verge of being dechartered. Carter is the former vice president of the Linfield Republicans. She said she thinks the club can be revived under new leadership and be more motivated to be active on campus.

“The Republican club was falling apart, and we just got new leadership for it,” Carter said. “I passed on what information I had and the e-mail list I had as well.”

Schuldt and Carter are hopeful students will see the list of clubs, which will be publicized on ASLC bulletin boards around campus next week, and take interest in reviving them.

With clubs from Ceramics club to Math club currently chartered at Linfield, there is something to cater to any interest or belief. Being involved in various clubs also gives students opportunities to pursue activities they know little about.

“It allows students to test the water,” Schuldt said. “Clubs provide students a place for exploring new things in college that they may not be able to get from other classes.”

For more information about how to take on a leadership role for one of these clubs, contact Carter at acarter@linfield.edu.

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