People's Library and Quellective tables at the MCAD Club Fair; photo by Kathy Huang.
People's Library and Quellective tables at the MCAD Club Fair; photo by Kathy Huang.
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This past Tuesday, MCAD hosted the much anticipated annual Welcome-Back BBQ and Club Fair.

With a variety of club offerings and a delicious spread of grilled food warming the sudden chill of the early September day, everyone was pumped to show up! From horror enthusiasts, movie geeks, and doll makers, to bikers, readers, and study-abroad travelers, there was a thing for everyone. Club organizers sat at tables circling MCAD’s lawn as eager students hopped from table to table chatting and signing up, ready to expand their college experience and to meet more people.

MCAD Student Club Fair

Study Abroad Club

MCAD Student Club Fair

What clubs did you join? "Food.”

MCAD Student Club Fair

Randi, Rachel, and their dolls.


Some of the clubs represented at the fair plan to venture outside the realm of MCAD's campus. Rock Climbing Club, for example, organizes a weekly trip to nearby Vertical Endeavors. Soccer Club, led this semester by junior Kassandra Ferry, plays against teams across Minneapolis every Sunday. Other clubs focus on activities on campus. Junior Nico Sardina leads a club called Kinda-Midnight Movie, which typically screens cult-classic movies an hour before midnight in Auditorium 140. Nico decided to start the club last year after their previous late-night seasons in the auditorium came to a halt when it no longer allowed students to stay after hours. 

Nico Sardina

Nico Sardina at the Kinda-Midnight Movie table.

Dance Club

Dance Club; photo by Kathy Huang


But the clubs at the fair weren’t only centered around hobbies and activities. Some of them offered a second home. A caring bubble of mutual identities. Quellective, for example, has been a platform for MCAD’s LGBTQ+ students for a couple of years now. Or Ashley Koudou’s new club which celebrates the beauty of natural curls and the nuances of styling it. “Coconut is life,” Ashley celebrated as she invited people to join Natural Hair Club.

MCAD Natural Hair Club

The Natural Hair Club


The day following the club fair, club leaders gathered in the college center with Brett Smith and members of the MCAD Student Union who voted for which club should get a fund ranging from $200 to $250 from Student affairs. The Student Affairs Department usually handles the responsibility of registering and funding clubs. And while former club organizers might already be familiar with the process, it’s not that hard for new clubs to get rolling either, like Book Club which was just started this year by Hannah Jerrie.

Student Club Fair

Hannah Jerrie started Book Club this year.

MCAD Student Club Fair

Dan Ploof, Kassandra Ferry, and Kathryn Peterson organizing Bike Club, Soccer Club, and Design Club, respectively.


In the end, whether students join clubs or not, the club fair in itself is a wonderful, celebratory experience, and an opportunity meet new people, socialize, and well . . . eat hot dogs (and/or veggie burgers).

Student Club Fair

“I wanna be in clubs but I don’t have time.”

MCAD Student Club Fair

Photo by Kathy Huang