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Club Rush or Trick or Treating?

Noelle Adler

We’ve all done our fair share of Club Rush trick-or-treating.

I’m talking about when students amble from table to table, scribbling down their e-mails with the promise of being an active club member in return for a handful of candy.

“There are definitely a bunch of people who join just for the candy, including me,” said Abby Lustig ‘15. “But, I also know that a lot of people are genuinely interested.”

For instance, after attending Club Rush freshman year, Jessica Shaw ‘15 was inspired to found a club of her own: SHS Save the Children.

One of the ways Shaw gathered members was by setting up a booth at Club Rush. The stacks of Dunkin Donuts boxes drew many students in, and while some were just in it for the snack, a significant amount have been regularly attending the monthly meetings and participating in events.

“Giving out candy is really beneficial because it introduces people to the club,” said Siobhan O’Loughlin ‘15. “Even though some people will literally just take the candy, others may actually end up finding the club interesting.”

While it seems as if half of those who sign up usually don’t end up being active members, the numbers balance out after a few weeks and show who is really willing to contribute to the club’s goal.

I admit, I have signed up for several clubs, many of which I have neglected to attend. However, I have participated in two and hope to continue doing so this year.

So, maybe candy at Club Rush isn’t a waste of time, but instead an efficient way to attract new members.

In the end, it’s up to the student to decide if they genuinely want to join and become involved, or instead grab a delicious dessert during Club Rush trick-or-treating.

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Daniela Karpenos
Daniela Karpenos, Web News Editor
Daniela Karpenos ’15, a dedicated member to Inklings, is not just an important part of the paper, but she is also very educated in the field of psychology. When Karpenos isn’t playing Tennis for Trumbull or the Wreckers, or organizing charity events for her temple youth board, or speaking Russian with her twin, or fulfilling her duties as Web News Editor of Inklings, she is working hard to become a well-studied psychology student. Karpenos has worked on Inklings for three years, and her senior year marks her first position on the paper. She took the Intro to Journalism class in freshman year and has been on the paper from sophomore all the way to senior year. She has progressively gotten more involved, as she started taking photos freshman year and worked her way up to a News Editor position this year. Karpenos is also passionate about psychology. She plans to major in Clinical Psychology when she goes to college. In the summer of 2014 she interned at the Yale Child Studies Center where she was entering and validating data. She also participated in an ongoing study about A.D.D. where Yale is attempting to develop a game that would help kids with A.D.D. focus better. In the summer of 2013, she went to the Yale Explo -- where she worked on her creative writing and studied psychology. It is clear that Karpenos is a dedicated learner and when asked about her career choices she said she wanted to pursue psychology and, “Although I don’t see myself in a journalism career I definitely will use skills I’ve developed here.”

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