Over 200 registered student organizations, or RSOs, gathered into the Duffy Daugherty Football Building on Jan. 19 to advertise the benefits of their respective memberships at Michigan State Universityâ€™s annual Springticipation.
This semester was an in-person return for the event, as 2020â€™s Springticipation was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being in-person, social distancing and face covering were still mandatory due to MSUâ€™s current policies.
Being in-person allowed a return to the infamous freebies students often look forward to at Sparticipation and Springticipation, with tote bags, water bottles and other items being given out by various organizations.
Outside of freebies, the main draw of the event was the opportunity to browse the numerous student-led clubs, fraternities and groups. University Activities Board, or UAB, assembly member Emma Nicolaysen said that Springiticipation is one of the best opportunities for RSOs to show students what they can offer them.
â€śWhat I personally want to do here tonight is just talk to as many people as I can, and let them know what events are going on around campus,â€ť Nicolaysen said. â€śAnd how great so many of these organizations are.â€ť
For relatively niche RSOs, the event was the perfect place to grow their member base. MSU Bug Club founder and president Osten Eschedor said that they were hoping to attract majors outside of entomologyâ€” the clubâ€™s primary focus.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping to expand our outreach,â€ť Eschedor said. â€śWe have a lot of humanities and business majors who are associated with our club. So our target demographic are people who wouldnâ€™t otherwise be appreciative of bugs.â€ť
Meanwhile, the Thai Student Association, or TSA, hoped to offer a â€śhome away from homeâ€ť for Thai students at MSU. TSA Vice President Apichaya Thaneerat said she hoped to simply show students that they were on-campus.
â€śJust make sure we let everyone know we are here,â€ť Thaneerat said. â€śAnd then if there are other people interested in Thai culture, so we have events to enjoy and we have a place for them to learn our culture.â€ť
Many students took Springticipation as an opportunity to get more involved on campus than they had in previous semesters. Mechanical engineering preference freshman Alex Le said he hoped to utilize MSUâ€™s RSOs to socialize more this semester.
â€śLast semester, I felt like I was in my room a lot,â€ť Le said. â€śSo I just wanted to get out more and try to find some things to do on campus and with student life.â€ť
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