Students scout out more than 200 clubs at spring ClubFest


Anthony Smith

Cardinal Eats President Avery Staker explains the organization to Lauren Mikkelsen at spring ClubFest Jan. 25, 2023.

Colorful flyers, candy and pens were passed around left and right, at the 2023 spring semester spring ClubFest where there were a little over 200 clubs Wednesday afternoon.

Members from the Iowa State Furry Club wore a gigantic wolf head, and people in karate uniforms from the Karate Club spoke to potential members about all the different ways of self defense.

Tables with poster boards and sign-up sheets winded all around the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, like a pathway for students to find their next adventure of their college career.

“The main goal is for students to get more involved, to help students find their community and also help them get connected with other communities that can help them develop their own skill sets when they go into the world,” said Tim Reuter, service learning and student organization coordinator.

Numerous songs played in the background, from Taylor Swift and High School Musical to Kim Wilde’s song “Kids in America,” each one booming from the speakers and filling the room with enthusiasm.

There were many visuals to observe on each table to show students what each club is really about.

“I’m interested in seeing what other options there are so I can get more involved,” said Isabella Herdliska, a junior in communication studies, said. “I’ve been really interested in learning more about the best buddies club.”

This semester, ClubFest ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a convenient time for students to pop into the Great Hall and take a look and see what they might be interested in joining.

Kacey Davis, a sophomore in kinesiology and member of the Water Ski Club, mentioned even though they can only ski in the fall and toward the end of the spring semester, the ski club wanted to participate in ClubFest “to get people together and keep the energy and spirit of water ski at Iowa State.”

Evan Smith, a junior in management information systems and cyber security engineering from the fraternity Delta Chi, said that their main goal in attending ClubFest is to recruit more members for their fraternity.

“Our goal is to lead our guys on a good path during their college career, help them out academically, socially and give them a place to go to and people to turn to when they are in need,” Smith said.

Crowds of people were coming and going throughout the event. Each person left with several pieces of paper while others were gathering at the entrance to get a taste of ClubFest.