Thousands of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s undergraduate students flooded the Joyce Center Tuesday at the annual Activities Night, sponsored by the Student Activities Office (SAO). “I visited the booths for Student Union Board (SUB), Habitat for Humanity and even the Hawaii Club,” she said. “I love being able to come out and see so many different options.” Teamwork for Tomorrow, a community outreach program designed to improve the literacy and teamwork skills of underprivileged children in South Bend, also sees a huge membership boost because of Activities Night, president and senior Elizabeth Dieckman said. “We had about 4,100 total attendees, which is great for our groups,” Havlick said. “As a business major, I know I’d definitely like to get started with the Student International Business Council (SIBC),” he said. “I’m excited to see all of the other possibilities that exist for involvement on campus.” “I think many new students are surprised to see how large our club is because Notre Dame is often stereotyped as being so conservative,” she said. “Ultimately, we’re hoping to attract all interested freshmen and get our message out there.” Freshman Will Cronin said he thought Activities Night was a great way for first-year students to get involved in the Notre Dame community and see what opportunities are available to them. “We see a big surge during election years, which will be especially important as we campaign for Congressman Joe Donnelly’s reelection in November,” she said. Flanagan said the 2009-10 Club of the Year will also continue its service events with the Center for the Homeless. Students visited the booths of over 270 campus clubs and organizations, along with a variety of local groups and agencies, Mary Kate Havlik, Student Programs Coordinator, said. Cronin said he was also hoping to become an active member of the College Republicans. College Democrats co-president Eileen Flanagan said her club is expecting a large increase in membership this year. Dieckman said about 30 students signed up to volunteer as tutors this year. Sophomore Kat Chew said she was looking for a way to get more directly involved in student life, as well as an opportunity to volunteer in the local community. “We have a record number of kids signed up this year and this our most important night to make connections and recruit tutors for them,” she said.
Calling all Charlottesvillians! We’ve finally made it to home base #1 for the 2018 season. We’ve spent the last few days sorting, packing, unpacking, and then repacking gear for the tour. We’ve been working on the van a lot too. Roxy finished our backsplash while I organized our gear drawers and made sure that we have all of the toys that we might want this spring. We also had the pleasure of taking part in our first two events of the season. Tom Tom Founders Festival 2018 and our annual Saturday morning group bike ride.Tom Tom Fest (for those unfamiliar) is an annual festival-style celebration that plays out right in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, VA. TTFF is a weeklong event that seems to take over the whole city. Celebrating local entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation the week-long event culminates in a giant block party on Friday and Saturday.As usual, you could find us under the Blue Ridge Outdoors tent in Emancipation Park talking with people about their favorite hikes in the area and giving out some of our favorite backpacking tips. We were lucky enough to have some incredible weather the entire weekend. Saturday morning was sunny and 70 degrees with a cool spring breeze. The Blue Ridge Outdoors crew teamed up with Blue Ridge Cyclery to host a family-friendly group bike ride along the Rivanna Trail from Darden Towe Memorial park to Riverview Park and back. For some of us looking to stretch their legs a little more, we had the option to ride the dirt path on the opposite side of the river as well. We had a great turn-out and Blue Ridge Cyclery even brought a fleet of mountain bikes for riders to ride.TTFF weekend is always a blast here in Charlottesville. This year seemed a little different. People seemed to have a little more appreciation for the humans around them. The vibe was excellent and a good time was had by all.Next up, we have our first water event of the year. Tuck Fest in Charlotte, NC! Come paddle your hearts out and listen to some free jams from The Wood Brothers, the Infamous String Dusters, Shaky Graves and more.If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.