All The Hubbub About ClubHub
by Israel Gomez
On Friday Sept. 29, Northside held its annual club event, where all of Northside’s clubs pitch themselves to students. Whether you were there for the classic clubs, such Best Buddies and Isang Hakbang, or to check out new clubs like ARK, ClubHub had something for everyone - as long as you got over the loss of the “Clubapalooza” title.
ClubHub took place on the second and third floor atria right after school, and it didn’t take all of five seconds before students were facing a Google form signup sheet. One club that immediately stood out was Best Buddies - a club focused on organizing events for handicapped awareness - who were set up on the third floor and were using a very vocal advertisement. Although the atria were very hot and claustrophobic, student still had a great time talking with club leaders from clubs such as Red Cross Club and ROSE (Remember, Love, and Serve the Elderly) Club. Helping Hand for Relief and Development is led by Asna Tauseef, Adv. 907, and Ayesha Mahmood, Adv. 900, and raises money for people affected by natural disasters or living below the poverty line. According to Tauseef, “It’s really important to show support for people all over the world and to pay special attention to places that were hit recently, especially relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, places facing drought, and things like that.”
The rest of the third floor housed a large variety of clubs, from front and center clubs like Stage Crew, to sleeper hits tucked away in corners, such as NASA Club. Robotics Club brought themselves some attention by displaying one of their robots.
Some new clubs popped up this year as well. Acts of Random Kindness, also known as ARK, was founded this year and is run by Sabah Nanlawala, Adv. 906, and Assma Ali, Adv. 904. The club organizes campaigns, activities, and projects that aim to uplift spirit. Along with school projects they have currently in the works, they also hope to donate some of the produce from the hoop house to a homeless shelter.
Down on the second floor, ClubHub had a much more energetic vibe, as it hosted most of the dance clubs, such as Ohana Hawaiian Dance Club and Sabor Latino. Isang Hakbang, led by Primlouise Duragos, Adv. 809, and Cyan Balantac, Adv. 805, showed off their first place trophy from last year’s Battle of the Bamboo, an annual cultural dance competition. Many clubs, such as Jewish Student Connection, led by Jacob Yosowitz, Adv. 803, took a smart approach to their advertising and handed out candy at their tables.
However, no amount of candy could quell a very sore spot for many upperclassmen: the senseless renaming of Clubapalooza. The frustration over the name change was apparent on many student’s faces. It was as if part of Northside’s history had been painted over. However, Clubapalooza will not go down unforgotten. I think Myles Friedman, Adv. 800, put it best: “Just as the Willis Tower to Chicagoans is the Sears Tower, ClubHub will always be Clubapalooza to Northsiders.” ClubHub may have been the name of the game this year, but Clubapalooza’s legacy is not over with yet.