MainStage connects incoming students with organizations and activities


Crowds of people explore the offerings of MainStage on Aug. 26, 2018 at CMU. 

With students returning to campus for fall semester, it's time for them to try and scrounge up as much free stuff at MainStage as they can.

Free pizza, pancakes, shirts and a rock climbing wall have all been staples of the MainStage experience in years past. It's doubtful that this year should be any different.

The annual recruiting event takes place 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Finch Fieldhouse and allows students to find their place on campus. It acts as a way for students to learn about what other students are doing around campus and how to get involved. 

Students can learn how to join intramural sports teams and on-campus organizations. MainStage also provides a venue for local business to feature their goods and services, usually in the form of free food or merchandise.

Those looking to go Greek can also talk to fraternities and sororities about Greek Life.

Danielle Rossman, assistant director for student organizations, said there are around 400 student organizations on campus, with 240 of them participating in MainStage. 

She said that the event was moved to Finch Fieldhouse from the grassy area near the Student Activity Center to better accommodate students with disabilities and mobility concerns.