While a Capoeira group played and danced from 11:30 to 1:30 last Wednesday afternoon, students dotted Toyon Meadow, clustering around the tables where Mills clubs were actively recruiting new members.
The students were participating in the annual ASMC Explosion, an event designed to provide information to students, and encourage campus involvement in clubs and events. This year, ASMC Explosion was combined with the majors fair to attract maximum exposure in one event.
Among the clubs present were the Phi Alpha Delta, a new pre-law club, the Archery club, the Black Women’s Collective, Mouthing Off, the Mills queer alliance, as well as Organizing Mills, an activism/peace alliance.
Liza Kuney, dean of students, said about 300 students came and went during the lunchtime event. ASMC president senior Michele Roberts found this year’s Explosion to be very successful.
“It is always a nice event for clubs and academic departments to come together and make connections,” she said.
Club leaders also found ASMC Explosion to be a positive experience. Pre-law club founder sophomore Erika Rickard said it was very encouraging. She said the event helped gain publicity for the club, and a lot of students asked about it, giving Erika the opportunity to inform students that the club provides connections not previously available to Mills students through the reputable Phi Alpha Delta fraternity.
Freshman Anke Davern, part of Organizing Mills, estimated that during the ASMC Explosion, their club grew from around 30 to 50 members. According to Davern, Organizing Mills is a forum for the sharing of organizational and political information to strengthen the activist community at Mills College.
“As women, we are raising our voices against U.S. war and oppression on all fronts, in community with those already resisting around the world,” she said. “It is our global responsibility to hold our government responsible for its every action and to defend the rights of every person on earth.”
The archery club, which had a loud throng around its table, reportedly found enough interest this year to revive itself. It had not been active for some 48 years. Freshman Nikki Fitzgibbon said the reasoning behind the sudden revival was primarily due to interest from the freshman class as well the nonexclusive nature of the sport.
“It’s a sport that anyone can participate in-kids, disabled, and adults,” she said.