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Clubapalooza: Almost a Blast

Clubapalooza: Almost a Blast

By Klaudia Jablonska

On Friday, Sept. 28, Northside held Clubapalooza, an annual event where clubs are able to recruit new members and students get to learn about Northside’s various clubs. Many students were happy to hear the restoration of the old name after last year’s unsuccessful attempt to rebrand the event to ClubHub. The upperclassmen weren’t the only students at Northside pleased to see the original name restored. Isabel Hopson, Adv. 105, said, “I’m glad it is not called ClubHub because Clubapalooza seems like a better fit. Clubapalooza is a welcoming opportunity for freshman, and it allows them to see what clubs do.”

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Clubapalooza took place in the second and third floor atria, with students crowding the area just minutes after the music started playing. With over 80 clubs at the event, students were able to explore the large variety of opportunities available to them. This year, Clubapalooza also featured several new clubs, such as Simply Sustainable and Bosnian Club. Club members walked around the atria promoting their clubs and passing out treats as incentive for students to sign up. Zainab Umardeen, Adv. 909,  Captain of Belly Dance, said, “Belly Dance is looking for girls who love to express themselves with Mediterranean music and who enjoy looking beautiful doing so.”

Clubapalooza also hosted Latin dance groups that will be performing later this month on Oct. 12 at Latino Fest. Groups like Baile Sorpresa, Folklore Rico, and Tango Nuevo Estilo will be ready to amaze the students and invite them to tryout for their groups. Mariana Rosas, Captain of Baile Sorpresa, Adv. 903, encouraged students to come out and try out for her group. “Baile Sorpresa is a Mexican dance that focuses on Cumbia with a partner dance and a girls solo,” said Rosas. “Tryouts are the week after Latino Fest, so if students like what they see at Latino Fest I urge them to come and tryout.”

In the third floor atrium, various academic, political, and service clubs were looking for students to join their cause. Service clubs such as Key Club pointed students in the way of their table with a key. Many clubs were looking for students to join them in volunteering, helping people, doing good deeds, and getting service hours in the process. Northside students can be a part of the change if they choose to. Jonathan Lee, Adv. 911, president of Habitat for Humanity, said, “How many people get to say that they got to build a house for someone?”

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Unfortunately, at about four o’clock, Clubapalooza came to an abrupt stop as all clubs had to evacuate the second and third floor atria after administration reported the smell of gas. Not wanting the excitement to end, clubs relocated to the cafeteria and adjacent hallway. After about 10 minutes, all students were told to evacuate the building, but this did not stop Clubapalooza. Spirits and signs were still high as students gathered outside of the main entrance waiting for the weather to clear before they went home. The Chicago Fire Department arrived at Northside shortly afterwards, giving administration the all clear. Students were allowed to resume their activities, but Clubapalooza was over. Despite being cut short, this will definitely be a Clubapalooza to remember.

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