Zooming in to Big Red Club Night Series!

This past Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Lawrenceville hosted its first three virtual club nights, with affinity group clubs presenting on Tuesday, philanthropic clubs presenting on Wednesday, and academic and environmental clubs presenting on Thursday.

This past Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Lawrenceville hosted its first three virtual club nights, with affinity group clubs presenting on Tuesday, philanthropic clubs presenting on Wednesday, and academic and environmental clubs presenting on Thursday.Club leaders first met with Director of Student Clubs Cara Hyson P’14 ’16 and Inter-library Loan and Outreach Assistant Ian August on Monday night to debrief and prepare for the series of virtual Club Nights. During the Club Nights, each club leader had the chance to give a 30 second pitch about their club.

On the challenges of setting up virtual Club Nights, Hyson said, “We had to coordinate everything...when you have over 200 club leaders and about 150 clubs and you have to add something or if something’s incorrect, it’s very time consuming to make changes.” Overall, Hyson was happy with the way things went. “All the students spoke with enthusiasm and interest, and the virtual substitutes were successful,” she said.

Compared to previous Club Nights, Co-President of the Caribbean Students Association Courtney Abbot ’21 noted that while Monday’s virtual Club Webinar “lacked the buzz of energy when everyone’s gathered together in the field house, it was the next best thing considering [Covid-19].”

Beads for Bags club Co-President Jessica Fernandez ’22 also noted the challenge of attendance for virtual club nights: “It was difficult to accommodate students who are interested but unable to make it to the Club Nights, so it was harder to reach out and find interested students.”

While students who are used to going to the in-person Club Nights might have originally doubted this new format, Manoc Joa-Griffith ’22 was surprised at how club leaders were able to remain creative despite limitations. “I was worried how an event as large and interactive as Club Night could be shifted into a virtual webinar, but after attending, I felt like I didn’t miss out on anything,” he said.

As clubs begin to plan meetings for the fall, Fernandez also spoke on the challenges of leading a club virtually. “Before, a lot of our fundraising proceeds that go to the Beads for Bags project would come from Parents Weekend and other big events. Now, we need to shift our thinking into considering how we can adjust to members who might not be able to come to campus,” she said.

To finish off the Club Night series, current events, political, and business clubs will present next Tuesday night; publications clubs will present next Thursday night; and the performing arts, sports, and games clubs will present on Friday.

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