Going to college opens thousands of opportunities to meet new people and discover new things. Finding these new and interesting activities can present a challenge, unless students know where to look.
Luckily, Central Michigan University hosts an event with that in mind every year.
New and returning students are invited to get familiar with more than 300 campus clubs and local businesses at MAINstage 2013 on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Student Activity Center and Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
For the past 15 years, CMU’s Office of Student Activities and Involvement has been helping students connect with student organizations and local businesses by hosting MAINstage and bringing as many businesses and groups under one roof as possible.
“We want the students to feel connected to not only the school, but the community as a whole,” Damon Brown, director of the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, said. “MAINstage is the capstone of Welcome Week, and a great way for students to find out how to get involved in student organizations and the community.”
Various clubs ranging from volunteer groups to Greek life will be available to answer questions along with dozens of community businesses.
Brown said many students have complained in past years that the booths at the event were too tightly compacted together, making it difficult for the nearly 9,000 students in attendance to fully participate.
“Students told us they felt cramped and didn’t have a chance to talk to the groups they wanted to talk to, like they were being rushed through,” he said.
SAI heard the cries for breathing room and has purchased several more large tents for the event to make it easier for students to move around the event this year.
“With the additional space we’re adding, students shouldn’t have a problem talking to groups and mingling,” Brown said.
MAINstage isn’t just about meeting all of the clubs on campus; it’s also about having a great time. There will be live music, games, inflatables and tons of free food and beverages.
The event is free to attend and a student ID is not required for admission, but is required to win prizes.
Students participating in “Swipe for Swag” during Welcome Week can swipe their student ID at the Student Activities booth for a chance to win prizes such as bowling alley passes, movie tickets or an iPad.