Quad Day on the way

By Jonathan Jacobson

Every year, student groups on campus line the perimeter of the Quad, their members shouting amid the chaos to attract students both new and old.

Quad Day will be taking place Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Quad.

While it may be overwhelming for new students, Quad Day is also a great opportunity for them to get to know a few of the University’s nearly 1,100 Registered Student Organizations, or RSOs. The Office of RSOs, which helps to coordinate the event, expects 606 RSOs to participate.

According to Brooks Moore, RSO director, about 15,000 people assembled last year.

The day serves two purposes. New students who are unfamiliar with campus life can gain exposure to new opportunities and activities at the University, and existing RSOs can market their group or message to the student body and recruit new members for the coming school year.

Organizations set up booths where students can circulate freely among them. Those interested in a certain group can speak with members, ask questions, read displays or even join the group on the spot. Quad Day allows the clubs to showcase their contribution to the campus. Large stages near the Union and Foellinger allow groups to perform or broadcast their message.

Besides student-led organizations, departments, academic units and offices are present on Quad day as well as non-profit organizations from the local community that come to show students opportunities found off campus.

Although the deadline for RSO participation this year has passed, anyone is welcome to submit an application on the RSO website at www.iurso.uiuc.edu.

Frank Radosevich II contributed to this report.