Political Science Club returns to CMU after four-year absence

After being inactive for four years, the Political Science Club is entering its second year of offering opportunities to students.
The club, which was inactive due to lack of interest, offers several benefits to political science majors, minors and those interested in the subject, said Jared Reed, club president and Freemont sophomore.
The club began to gain student interest last year, said Orlando Perez, club co-advisor and assistant professor of political science.
Several faculty members also showed an interest in participating in the club again, realizing it was a good way to get students involved in the life of the department, Perez said.
The club aims to increase interaction between faculty and students and promotes the political science department, he said.
"The purpose is to bring together majors and minors and anyone that is interested in political science issues," Perez said.
Last year, the club participated in activities including sponsoring speakers, planning a trip to Lansing and a conference in Illinois, Perez said.
Activities the club is planning this year include participating in a model United Nations conference at Harvard University and attending the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago at the end of April, said Sarah Holbrook, club secretary and Owosso sophomore.
There are many benefits to joining the club, Perez said. There are opportunities to make friends, go to interesting places, to learn about political science, express opinions and build up a resume.
"I believe that politics affects all our daily lives, even if we don't see it," Perez said.
Holbrook also believes it's important to be involved in the club because of the impact of politics on life.
"No matter where you are in life, the government and politics affect your life," she said. "It's important for people to be a part of the political cycle."
Melissa Gill, club vice president and Sterling Heights sophomore, said joining the club is important for building connections.
"If it's your major, there's interaction with other people in your major," Gill said. "We plan on doing some fun and educational stuff this year to help with your major and hopefully build connections."
Because the club is relatively new, the officers have hopes to improve it and increase membership.
"It's difficult. It's a lot of work, but we don't mind doing it," Holbrook said. "We want to bring politics and a free forum to campus." The members have a lot of ideas and plans for the club, Reed said.
"Because we are so new, we do want to become more involved in the community and do volunteer work," Reed said. "We want to set an example for other Registered Student Organizations on campus. We want to have learning and leadership opportunities. We want to build up our club and membership to where we have more opportunities for students to participate."
The club is always looking for new members, Holbrook said.
"We didn't have very many members last year. We hope to change that this year," she said.
The club will meet at 5 p.m. every other Thursday in Anspach Hall. The next meeting will take place Sept. 30.
For more information on the club, contact Perez at 774-3430.


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