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NLC Spirit Week showcases clubs

Joanna Mikolajczak
PTK club making students aware of their program.

On Nov. 7, Dallas College North Lake Campus kicked off its Spirit Week with a Carnival event from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in building H, in front of the Student Life Center.

Jesus Torres, president of the Student Government Association, volunteered at the carnival. He said the purpose of the carnival was to have school clubs, societies and organizations interact with students on campus by introducing them to different college clubs and joining their club to learn more about it.

“Show them what they are about, what they offer and how they can help your success and how to grow as leaders,” Torres said. The Carnival had little foot traffic. Torres said they could have done a better job of hanging up Flyers or advertising in public and going into classes to announce this event with students.

Habiba Kouadio and Sanou Csy had a booth for the SGA club. Kouadio said, “I love SGA, it’s not like other clubs … everyone is welcome!”

Kauadio said SGA meetings are a safe place for students to bring up issues they have. “I feel like in other clubs, it’s very taboo because there’s like a power struggle between the officers and students, but I feel there is not that in SGA, it’s really free,” she said.

Nomvuyo Makhathini guides students how to sign up for PTK club. (Joanna Mikolajczak)

Darlene Ramirez is one of the Vice-President of the honor’s society, Phi Theta Kappa. She had a booth at the Carnival representing PTK and said it is based on five hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service, fellowship, and homework.

They give students service, leadership and research opportunities, and student scholarships. Ramirez said they have helped local communities in Irving, by volunteering in the food pantry at Irving Cares and book readings for children.

Trio students Nieves Turcios played the card game “spoons” with students during Carnival event. (Joanna Mikolajczak)

Trinity Conober’s booth was representing TRIO Student Support Services.

TRIO SSS is a school organization that is funded by the federal government to help students who have low income, disabilities, and are first generation to college.

Conober said they provide a wide range of activities for students, such as financial aid workshops, tutoring, and extracurricular activities.

There have been fewer students participating in TRIO SSS ever since after COVID.

Conober said they need more students for the program because right now there are not enough students applying to join or students aren’t aware of their services.

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