Clubs chaos

Pierce College Puyallup is forced to get creative in the face of little room for a lot more clubs.

Hannah Pederson, Senior Online Reporter

Pierce College Puyallup has seen a boom in student population in recent years, and while that can mean good things for the college, it also means more students using the resources allocated to a much smaller school.

This problem manifests itself in many ways around campus, overcrowded parking lots, limited class availability and most recently limited space for clubs to meet.

Eighteen new clubs were approved for fall quarter, according to Vice President of Clubs and Organizations Yisha Ma.

Ma and her team have been working to find ways for clubs to meet outside of classrooms and the restrictions that they carry.

“I just came up with the idea last week to let clubs meet in public spaces,” Ma said. “My French professor inspired me, we wanted to start a French club and she said we should meet in the cafeteria.”

Ma said the office of student life will offer clubs the choice of public rooms like the Connection Café or the private rooms they had been meeting in previously.

“Meeting publically is a good idea because it can show people on campus that the club exists, it could really help with promotion,” Ma said. “I think a lot of club leaders would be interested in meeting in a public space, it would really help us with classroom availability.”

Brianna Leaitu is one of two clubs coordinators working in the OSL, and she’s been working for days to find spaces for every club on campus to meet once or twice a week.

“It’s not us (the clubs coordinators) personally that book the rooms, that seems to be a miscommunication,” Leaitu said. “All we do really is act as liaisons between clubs and Linda Gulbransen.”

When a club requests a room from the OSL, it’s handed to Student Engagement Specialist Kelsie Nabass who checks with Gulbransen, program coordinator for Puyallup administration, to see if the room is already booked for a class and see if other spaces are available.

“Unfortunately right now with all the classes we have to offer for students the college is pretty booked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., which leaves limited spaces for clubs to meet,” Gulbransen said. “We can’t create space where there isn’t any, so we have to figure out how we can best utilize the spaces we do have.”


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Hannah Pederson

Hannah Pederson

Online Managing Editor at The Puyallup Post
The Post has been a big part of my life for over a year now, taking up weekends, stressing me out beyond my wildest dreams and making me grow in every imaginable way. In June I’ll graduate with my AA and move on to a four year university to study communications and political science. Political science was my gateway drug to journalism. I realized not so long ago that the only way democracy can work is if the public is well informed and someone is out there holding public officials accountable. As a reporter, I’m in the perfect position to do this. I’m here to be your advocate, to make sure that your rights are protected. I want to spend my last year here providing you with fair and unbiased coverage of Pierce College Puyallup, whatever that may mean to you.
Hannah Pederson

Clubs chaos

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