Checking in on Club and Levy Groups on Campus

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This article was written by Rebecca Martin

The University of Lethbridge has over 70 clubs on campus. These clubs cover a diverse range of topics including, athletics, travel, volunteering, and social activities. Joining a club isn’t just for first-year students; returning students are encouraged to join clubs as well.

The Students Union website has an up-to-date list of all clubs. Club Rush happens September 13-19th in the UHall Atrium.

Circle K International (CKI) is one of the newer clubs at the UofL and is service-based. CKI is the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization. Giulia Cocco, co-president of CKI, said, “although our club is focused on helping others, we are trying to build a family at the university by celebrating each individual that joins our club. We want the CKI experience to be one of enjoyment rather than labour.” CKI’s general meetings and events are free, but if students want access to resources, there is a $5 fee.

The G.E.E.K. Club centers around celebrating geek entertainment and culture. It holds events throughout the year and hopes to provide both online and in-person events this semester. It also has a Discord for anyone who wants to join (https://discord.gg/Q7TF8uwNQu). Julie Wojtiw-Quo,  the G.E.E.K. Club President said, “you can come to our game nights whenever you want to socialize, de-stress, meet some new people, or just have fun.” The G.E.E.K. Club is also looking for a treasurer and social media manager. For more information, email geek.club@uleth.ca. They are on Instagram: @geek_uleth.

The UofL is also home to five levy groups. These groups are funded through small fees (levies) that most students pay as part of their tuition.

Campus Collective Centre (formerly the Campus Women’s Centre) offers a wide range of services, resources, and events. “Our volunteers are there to listen to students, make space for them and validate their feelings, as well as potentially help them find campus or community resources that can further help them,” said Katie DeLucia, Campus Collective Centre Co-coordinator. The centre has a bulletin board found in SP150. It contains various sexual and menstrual health products that are available to all students. The centre also sponsors a scholarship for students who engage in activism and advocacy in their communities. The fee is $3 (included in tuition) and pays for all the centre’s resources, student staff, event planning, and programs. Students can get involved by volunteering with the peer support programs (email: collective.centre@uleth.ca), or checking out their Facebook (facebook.com/UlethCollective), and Instagram: @UlethCollective.

The Lethbridge Public Interest Group (LPIRG) is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources to undergraduates who want to engage with environmental and social justice issues. LPIRG also provides funding, admin assistance, and meeting space. The fee is $3 a semester and is included in tuition costs. The LPIRG Board of Directors election is held in March. Interested students can check out their website (www.lpirg.org), Instagram (@ l.pirg), or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lpirg.org).

The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) runs in conjunction with the Student Refugee Program (SRP) to promote global cooperation. The WUSC works to increase understanding of international development issues on campus. SRP annually brings students to campus as permanent residents. When students arrive at the UofL, SRP supports them financially and socially for at least one year. The $2 fee (included in tuition) goes towards housing, tuition, monthly allowance, and other support. Another way to get involved is through event and fundraising initiatives, as well as joining the SRP club. They are on Instagram (@wusc.uleth), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/wusculeth/).

CKXU Radio Society is a CRTC-licensed FM radio station. CKXU broadcasts at 88.3 FM and online (www.ckxu.com). CKXU is a non-profit, non-corporate radio station that offers quality creative content 24/7, 365 days a year. It focuses on Canadian musicians, emerging genres, and underrepresented identities. 75% of CKXU’s schedule is produced locally. The fee is $8.84 a semester and covers overhead, staff salaries and broadcast-related expenses. Students are encouraged to get involved by listening and volunteering with the station. For more information,check out their website (https://ckxu.com).
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