Club Night Showcases Student Initiatives
This past Thursday, the School hosted its annual Club Night from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Lavino Field House.
This past Thursday, the School hosted its annual Club Night from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Lavino Field House. New students attended from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM, and returning students attended from 7:15 PM to 8:00 PM.
History Master and Director of Student Clubs Cara Hyson P’14 ’16 ’21 described Club Night as “one of the best nights of the year because new students and even returning students get to see the incredible diversity of interests, passions, activities that Lawrenceville is involved in.” She began Club Night as an effort to allow students to see all the club offerings instead of a limited number. “Because of Club Night, everyone can see what is available [...] Students are encouraged to join a club [...] [or] even create their own club,” says Hyson.
Hyson said that clubs are a crucial aspect to the School because of their opportunity for student agency. She said, “When I look at Lawrenceville, I think there are four aspects to it. You’ve got your athletics, academics, your House, and I think clubs is the fourth pillar of Lawrenceville. You have a place where you can decide for yourself how much you're going to invest in something that is important to you, and it is all up to you.”
There are 150 total student-run clubs on campus, including both the official and provisional clubs. A provisional club must be active for one term, as verified by its faculty advisor, before it is added onto the official club list, which is sent to the Admissions Office and uploaded on the Lawrenceville website. Melting Point, created by Mac Dilatush ’21 and Jack Hallinan ’21, is one of the newest additions to the many publications on campus. According to Hallinan, the publication is “all about figuring out [different] truths about our world through other lenses.” The two students created the publication because they “wanted a place to share more original thinking [...] and think outside of the box about culture and [...] [other] things that people don’t talk enough about,” Dilatush said.
The Sports and Business Club “is one of the limited ways that students can get involved in sports on campus without having to play that sport,” said Kylan Tatum ’21, the president of the club. Tatum said that Club Night is important for the Sports and Business Club because it helps the club in achieving its goal of “getting new people excited about and interested in sports and the business behind sports.”
As a whole, Tatum believes student initiative on campus is important because “in school, we’re constantly being told that we need to be leaders, and yet we’re often not given the space to explore our leadership capacities. In a classroom, the teacher leads, and on the field, the coach or the captain leads. Clubs are really the only place where all students are able to pursue their own diverse interests and initiatives.”
Jacqueline Chen ’21 leads the Tunes for St. Jude’s Club, one of the School’s philanthropic clubs, which aims to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Jack Sansbury ’22 said that his favorite part of Club Night is “being able to experience every club first hand and really getting immersed into many different communities on campus.” He added, “It’s really cool how so many people all over campus can connect just because of one or two clubs.”