SAIL club showdown returns for second year

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The Student Activity Leadership and Involvement office (SAIL) will host its second annual club showdown on Jan. 22, where the university’s clubs will come together to compete in a week-long lineup of games and activities.

The kickoff on Sunday night begins with club mural painting. The mural painting competition will take place on the second floor of the Student Center and will include music and Pittsburgh Popcorn. On Monday, Jan. 23, clubs will compete in the Family Feud Game Show, and on Tuesday, Jan. 24, there will be the Life-Sized Game Night. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, SAIL will have Cocoa in the Park, where clubs will pass out hot chocolate in Village Park. Finally, the showdown will conclude with a closing celebration on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The closing celebration will be a party for club members and students to mingle. There will be a demonstration from the Martial Arts and Self-Defense Club and a performance by the IMPULSE dance group.

“It’s really just kind of a hodgepodge of all the fun things that we think people might like to do,” Kate Shipley, assistant coordinator of student involvement, said. “We’ll have food, a DJ and a photo booth, and people can just come and hang out.”

At the celebration, the winners of the showdown will receive their prizes. The club that has the most points overall will win the showdown, while other prizes will be awarded to the most involved club member, the most enthusiastic club member and to the club that posts the most on social media about the showdown. The prizes include gift baskets and donations from the United Student Government.

Shipley said the overall goal of the showdown is to advertise Point Park’s clubs and to bring these different organizations together.

“We started the program last year to really try and build up the club community on campus and to advertise what the clubs do,” Shipley said. “We learned last year that a lot of club members didn’t know what each other was doing on campus or what the purpose of the clubs were.”

Last year’s competition proved to be successful in that manner. The Pre-Medical Club, a club new to campus last year, snagged first place in last year’s showdown. Its victory came as a surprise to Megan Law, the founder and president of the club.

“I just was stunned and couldn’t speak,” Law said, “I was very surprised.”

Because it was Pre-Medical Club’s first year on campus, Law believes that their win was especially beneficial, “not just someone buried in the background.”

“I think it made everyone see that we’re not someone to be trifled with,” Law said. “That we are going to be significant on this campus.”

This year, the showdown will be similar to last year’s, with a couple of adjustments. SAIL did away with last year’s Mark a Member event due to its unpopularity, which involved club members going around to gather signatures on a t-shirt from people who weren’t in their club.

SAIL has also added new events such as Family Feud Night and Life-Sized Game Night. Some of the favorite events of last year, such as Club Mural Painting and Cocoa in the Park are also returning in this year’s showdown.

According to SAIL Coordinator Brad Kovalcik, the event takes quite a bit of planning. The SAIL office began planning the showdown around mid-November.

“We wanted to find some ways to create a more tangible student organization community on campus, so we’ve been putting a lot of effort into it to really make it something that stands out for students,” Kovalcik explained.

The window for clubs to RSVP to the showdown is closed, but students are encouraged to stop by the events.

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