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Lunch on the Lawn lets organizations table in wake of Mainstage cancellation


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For the beginning of the semester, Lunch on the Lawn will give registered student organizations and businesses the opportunity to table in front of the Bovee University Center in the wake of Mainstage being cancelled on Saturday.

Lunch on the Lawn will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday for the next four weeks by the walkway in front of the Bovee University Center entrance. About 15 organizations are scheduled to table at those times, giving students the opportunity to sign up for more information on different events on campus.

This year was the first time Mainstage was cancelled. The Office of Student Activities and Involvement contacted a member from every organization and business scheduled to be at Mainstage by phone or email, notifying them of the cancellation, said Damon Brown, director of the Office of Student Activities and Involvement. Brown said the office is still in the process of scheduling when organizations can table at Lunch on the Lawn.

"I feel like Mainstage being cancelled hasn't really effected us that much in terms of letting people know we're on campus," said Jacquelyn Taylor, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Mainstage was expected to bring 8,000 students to the parking lot near Kelly-Shorts Stadium. About 300 RSOS and nearly 100 businesses were scheduled to be at the annual event.

"Unfortunately, there is no one good time to reschedule (Mainstage) because of Labor Day weekend being (this) weekend, and when (Mainstage) falls," Brown said. "This way, we still have a great opportunity for students to come by and meet specific organizations." 

Taylor said with Get Acquainted Day and the new Impact leadership program that took place this year before Leadership Safari, she felt a lot of students learned about multicultural Greek organizations on campus.

"We're looking to enhance what we already planned on doing, which will be a great opportunity for students to come out and see what our university has to offer," Brown said.

Student Engagement Expo

A Student Engagement Expo hosting different student organizations, academic colleges and businesses will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 11. The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center will also be distributing Ribbons to Remember in Memory of Sept. 11 at this event.

The expo "won't be as big as Mainstage," Brown said, but it offers students another opportunity to get involved with different organizations on campus.

Meet the Greeks

For students interested in learning about the 32 social fraternities and sororities at Central Michigan University, Meet the Greeks will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Bovee University Center Rotunda.

Lunch on the Lawn schedule:

Sept. 7 - Education and Business organizations

Sept. 13 - Philanthropy and Service organizations
Sept. 15 - Political organizations

Sept. 21 - Cultural and Diversity organizations
Sept. 27 - Religion and Philosophy organizations

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