Campus Organizations Inform Students at Resource Fair

Last Thursday members of 9 Santa Monica College clubs and twenty-four organizations participated in the Campus Resource Fair. Thirty-three tables lined the area surrounding the Clocktower at 11:15 a.m. just as students began to get together to enjoy the activity hour.

Scant light pierced through a gray mix of clouds that coated the sky that day as the event officially kicked off with an announcement made by Tasneem Noor, associated students director of student services, encouraging students to visit the many groups sprawled out on the grass.

Despite the active Walkout taking place near the library at the same time, students gradually approached tables with interest. The sun raised the temperature as streams of students continued to scour the field, especially after names were drawn from raffle boxes located at each counter. The first prize went to SMC sophomore Indico Arnell of Trio Student Support Services, a group that helps students earn federal grants.

An array of gift certificates and movies tickets were given to the lucky few who had their numbers pulled from tables they attended.

The Corsair's own Jeremy Meyer and Naïma El Mardi sat at a table, taking names of those interested in the school paper.

SMC Police Officer Willie Malone greeted students with open hands as he stood by his table distributing gun-lock kits and information regarding firearm safety.

"I think it (Resource Fair) provides a great incentive for people to learn of the resources available on campus," said a cheerful Malone.

Clubs ranged from the German Club to the African American

Collegians Center.

Transferring student Petra Meza visited a few tables and seemed quite impressed by the fair. "I went around the A.S. table, Latino Center, and the Women's College and it's very informative and useful information to all the students."

Efforts to arrange the event took roughly seven to eight weeks, and appeared to be quite a success in informing students about all the clubs and organizations they could take advantage of on campus.