The social club process began on Saturday, Aug. 28, with less regulations for COVID-19 than last year. With the 2020 fall semester being wrought with cancellations and restrictions, those who have club leadership roles continue to see the accommodations required to work around the pandemic.
Logan Light, the newly appointed director of Student Life, has set only one guideline: All food and drink must be prepackaged. This stark change in restrictions from the 2020-21 school year has offered a return to normalcy for the social clubs on campus.
“COVID hasn’t really impacted the recruitment approach,” sophomore Alayna Griffith, a recruitment officer for women’s social club Ko Jo Kai, said.
Some social clubs are taking recruitment to other stages. Senior Ty Carger, recruitment officer for men’s social club Sub-T 16 estimated that not only has potential new member attendance returned to normal, but it has also grown.
“If there are guys interested in Sub-T 16 that aren’t comfortable in big crowds, we try to take them to lunch or to play volleyball,” Carger said.
Several clubs have taken to providing a QR code at each event for students to scan and enter their name, email and box number. This QR code is sent to those currently in quarantine or isolation to give club members a way to stay connected with them.
Junior Bonnie Spann, recruiter for women’s social club Pi Theta Phi, said the year of COVID-19 related changes has provided a new perspective on the recruitment process.
“After taking different approaches to our recruitment style last year, we were able to see the most and least effective aspects of recruitment for our club,” Spann said.