By Jessica Johnson
This semester, there are five new clubs that students at the University of Dallas can participate in: American Enterprise Institute Executive Council, Paws of Love, Dungeons and Dragons and Swim Club. The UD Sailing Club will also be revived after many years of remaining a Rec Sport.
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council at UD is part of the national AEI Campus Program, which seeks to promote campus dialogue surrounding free enterprise and American leadership. Being connected to a national organization will give UD’s AEI Executive Council the resources to host high-quality events, including a leadership dinner and a lecture or debate on public policy. Dominic Dougherty, a member of the Executive Council, wants students to know that there are two officer positions still available. The online application deadline for being an officer is Oct. 5.
The Sailing Club is also able to provide UD students with unique resources and opportunities due to its partnership with the American Airlines Sailing Club (AASC). Although lack of student participation has made it difficult for UD to maintain the boats in the past, new student leadership has stepped up to keep the club going.
Club president Kathleen Ramirez,wants students to know how rare of an opportunity is to receive crew and skipper training. “Sailing school typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and UD students have the chance to sail on four different kinds of boats and get certification in sailing for little or no cost whatsoever. Once you experience the magic of sailing, there’s no going back,” said Ramirez.
Paws of Love is a new outreach club dedicated to the well-being of animals. The club plans to work with the Allie Smiles Foundation, a fundraising and awareness program that supports animal well-being, canine cancer research, therapy/service dogs for wounded soldiers and the disabled, and pets that are displaced by catastrophes or neglect.
In the UD Dungeons and Dragons club, each member creates a fictional character, and the Dungeon Master (club leader) creates fictional situations in which the character determines the outcome. The club aims to encourage creativity and friendship.
The UD Swim Club seeks to give former swimmers the opportunity to continue participating in the sport they love while being full-time UD students. Swimmers practice on a weekly basis at minimum, while club officials are more involved in fundraising and arranging competitions. The eventual goal of the club is to become an NCAA official sport, competitively representing UD.
If any of these clubs spark your interest, log on to Crusader Connect to find meeting times, club constitutions and contact information. Also, look for these clubs at the Student Activities Fair this week and keep an eye out for banners in Haggar that advertise major events. Student Activities at UD offers countless opportunities for students to fulfill their varied interests, whether service-oriented, academic or special interest. Taking advantage of these opportunities to explore your interests can greatly enrich your undergraduate experience.