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A Taste Of Forest City

Kaila Jackson, Mackenzie Thill, Hallie Erdhal, Savanna Cordle posed in front of the SWAT booth at Taste of Forest City.

By: Lili Flores

A Taste of Forest City is the perfect way to give the new faces on campus insight into what businesses and clubs can be found in the surrounding community. Forest City is a small town, but still has a lot to offer. Not only does the town have a large selection of local businesses, but it also has Waldorf University. Waldorf is extremely diverse and has a club for just about everyone.

Hallie Erdhal is the woman in charge of the event. “This event is good for clubs. It gives students an opportunity to see what clubs are on campus and see who else is in the club,” Hallie said of the event’s positive impact. This event takes about two months to plan. Local businesses are notified in June, and clubs are alerted as soon as school starts. There are about 20 to 25 booths available with almost half being filled by local business.

There are a wide variety of clubs to join on campus. There are clubs designed to induce creativity. Art Club meets Fridays at 6 p.m. in the art room, and the Knitwits meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Luise V. Hanson library lounge.

There are also clubs that will get you involved in the school. The Social Warriors Activity Team (SWAT) plans tons of events throughout the year. Another major organization on campus is Student Senate. They ensure that the voice of the student body is heard, and also plan great events. Student Senate meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Breen Hall classroom.

If you’re a sports lover, then Intramurals is the activity for you. There are fun and competitive sports put on throughout the year. Currently knockerball is being offered, along with rock climbing. The most popular intramurals are bowling, basketball, and scheduled trips to sporting events like Minnesota Timberwolves games. If sports aren’t your thing, Waldorf even has a gaming club. The Waldorf Gaming Experience (WGE) meets Sundays at 6 p.m.

There are some clubs that feel more like a family than a regular club. The Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) aims to make individuals feel safe and comfortable on campus and meet periodically throughout the year. Like Fire, the Lutheran campus ministry group, plans great trips throughout the year. They meet at 5:30 p.m. every Sunday in Gatsby’s Bar and Grill. If you’re international or are interested in learning more about life outside the United States, then World Student Association (WSA) is the club for you. They plan events that exhibit the diversity present on Waldorf’s campus.

One thing students love about a Taste of Forest City is the free food. Mackenzie Thill said, “ I wish there was pizza. I heard there was pizza and when I got here there was none.” Not only is there free food, there’re also endless prizes all throughout the booths.  A Taste of Forest City gets sweeter with every passing year!