Events enrich the student experience

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By Zachary Nelson
When students at the University of Washington Bothell want a break from their studies, they have a lot of choices. And the growing number of events offered by student clubs and other offices and organizations on campus benefit students both academically and socially. Many events are also open to alumni and people in the local community.

This past school year alone, the number of clubs has increased by almost 50 percent, to a total of almost 100. New clubs that host events cover everything from yoga to drone building.

Walking through campus, it's hard not to see the sandwich boards and posters announcing upcoming events.

“It’s really cool to see how clubs work together to create awesome events on campus,” said Francine Jordan, a dual major in Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior and Global Studies. “With the high amount of support the clubs receive at UW Bothell, it’s easy to see why there’s so much interest from students to form organizations.”

Intercultural Night Market, for example, is an event co-sponsored by the Taiwanese Student Association, the UW Bothell Campus Events Board and the Intercultural Coordinators. The spring quarter event featured a diverse range of food, performers and games from across the world.

Dine and Dialogue is a new event on campus, organized by student staff who are UW Bothell Social Justice Organizers. This lunch series focuses on bringing students together over food to build bridges. Topics have included gun control, redlining and gender pronouns.

Another new series of events launched in summer 2017 — Pub Night Talks — is a monthly program that features an eclectic array of topics presented by UW Bothell professors and other notable experts from the region.

“Pub Night Talks provides an opportunity for students, alumni and people in the community to come together in a fun and informative way,” said Marie Blakey, assistant vice chancellor for marketing and communications. Recent talks, which are co-sponsored by McMenamins Anderson School in downtown Bothell, have explored black hole collisions, greenhouse gasses, ecotourism and foreign policy.

“I can’t help but notice all the activity going on — and there’s more participation than ever before from students who are engaged with the different events,” said Brianna Mueller, a Marketing major. “Increasingly, people are hanging out because there are always interesting events happening.”

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