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Making it Our Merrimack

James Sardella ‘15, Staff Writer

There are many student organizations here at Merrimack College. There are clubs ranging from sororities and fraternities to multicultural experience groups. Some of the clubs and organizations have been around for quite some time while others did not exist until a short time ago.

One organization that has been here at Merrimack for quite some time is the Merrimack Programming Board, or MPB for short. First Years may not be too familiar with this organization yet, but the upperclassmen have definitely been exposed to this group because they put on events such as karaoke in Augie’s Pub and the Spring Concert. To learn more about the Merrimack Programming Board this writer went to speak with MPB Advisor, Rose Dolan, who oversees the executive board and chair members of the organization while assisting in the planning and implementation of the events hosted. Rose mentioned that MPB plans to host a series of events such as a late night movie the third Thursday of every month or having a coffee house once a month.

Rose says she believes joining MPB “…is a great way to get involved on campus. The best part is when people come to the meetings, they are bringing their friends so it is always better to have a suite of people come and be interested in planning the events instead of just one person.”

In order to join MPB, students must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA. Anyone looking to join can check in with Rose Dolan in the Office of Student Involvement on the 3rd floor of the Sakowich Campus Center or attend an MPB meeting Thursdays at 7pm in Meeting Room B on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center.

Now let’s take a look at one that was founded recently by a student. The Art Warriors is a student art gallery club created last year by Paulina Amato. Current President of the club, Molly Canyes, noted that the art and photos hung up on the walls at Augie’s Pub are the works of the Art Warriors. Molly also stated that the club is open to all students and faculty who wish to submit their pieces of work to a small committee of other students who will decide what will get displayed.

When asked about why this group was created, Molly replied, “There are already a lot of groups focused on academics and sports so we wanted to create something for people interested in the visual and performing arts to help instill a sense of campus pride. It also gives members of the college to get their work noticed and express themselves in their own way. ”

The group is also currently looking for members willing to join. If any students are interested, the Art Warriors hold meetings in Mondays at 3pm in the Media Center in the basement of McQuade Library. Please try and check out the art show hosted by The Art Warriors during Homecoming weekend.

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