The Drama, French, and Math is Tough (M.I.T.) clubs have recently been created on campus.
“We started the Drama Club to better show people that the theater is here,” said Drama Club President Tavis Williams, “Our shows have had so few people lately that it just wasn’t as fun as it would be if we had more.”
According to Williams, the club focuses on culturing and educating people to help them better understand the theater arts, and how to perform and audition for roles.
The Drama Club also plays an improve game at the end of every meeting. Voting members get to decide which game will be played. Anyone can join, but a student only becomes a voting member once they have attended at least three meetings. “We do that so someone can’t bring in a bunch of people to sway votes in their favor,” said Williams.
“We’re a very democratic group,” said Williams. “Everything is voted on, from what we’re doing for fundraising to what game we’re going to play that day.”
The Drama Club meets at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 12 p.m. on Thursdays in the Black Box Theater of Building 21. If the Black Box Theater is occupied, the meeting will take place on the main stage of the Minnaert Center.
SPSCC French Professor Alexandra Gouirand said the French Club was founded to be a place to practice the language in a low-pressure kind of atmosphere, but it is not a requirement to know any French in order to join the club.
“It’s a club where people get together to discover the cultures of French-speaking countries, not just France,” said Gouirand.
The club plans to host game nights to play the French versions of board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly, and to show movies that come from places where French is spoken.
“I’m really excited, I think this has been needing to happen for years now…” said Gouirand.
The French Club meets at 1:15 p.m on Mondays in Room 222 of Building 23.
The M.I.T. Club has two main purposes: to help students prepare for the Student Mathematics League Competitions and to focus more on fun activities about math such as celebrating pi day, learning about different math cultures from different countries, and playing games.
“We want to bring fun math games to the campus because some people think that math is boring, we want to make math fun by doing different games,” said Wei Wei Shi, M.I.T. Club vice president.
The club also does volunteer tutoring at the Math Center on campus. The club will also be volunteering at Chinook and Washington Middle Schools through the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). It is not required to be an M.I.T. Club member in order to volunteer as a math tutor for the YWCA, but anyone interested in volunteering will have to fill out an application and attend an orientation at the YWCA. The M.I.T. Club plans to volunteer at Chinook Middle School from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at Washington Middle School from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“We’re not only looking for some outstanding students, we are also looking for some people who are interested in math,” said M.I.T. Club President Francis Ng, “As long as they’re interested in math, I think they could just come and join us, we’ll be very happy about it.”
The M.I.T. Club currently meets at 10 a.m. every second and fourth Friday on the second floor of Building 27. They plan on being able to move into a classroom after they are officially chartered.