Spotlight on Seton Hall’s uncoventional clubs
Asian Student Association
Immersing yourself into learning more about your heritage does not have to be another drawn out history lesson, it can be fun. The Asian Student Association incorporates learning about tradition through activities, games and fundraisers. Although the group is still relatively small, it has increased membership in the past few years.
Myra Reyes, sophomore, has been a member of ASA for almost two years. “I decided to join ASA, because I have a great interest in learning about different cultures,” Reyes said.
There is always something to do as a member of the ASA. Reyes said she learned how to play mahjong and Chinese checkers at the last meeting. The group holds fundraisers throughout the year for different causes, such as selling paper cranes and wristbands to raise money for the earthquake relief in Japan. According to Reyes, the ASA has plans to sell T-shirts this year to raise money for events.
“ASA is a great club that always has a lot of activities going on. Although it is still small, the people that you meet there are amazing,” Reyes said. “We’re just a group of people who have an interest in learning Asian culture in a very related and fun atmosphere. There’s also free pizza on special nights, which is always a plus!”
The Anime Club offers Pirates with a love for Japanese animation a place to talk about their favorites, watch anime TV and practice their own artistry.
Senior Cathleen Oberholtzer said that for her, the club has done much more than allow her to watch anime.
“I met a lot of friends through it, so that’s always a bonus,” she said. “We always have a movie event and we go to Castle Point Anime Convention (at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken) every spring.”
The Anime Club meets every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Fahy 101 to watch anime and discuss it afterward. Some members draw anime or manga while they watch, or work on their “cosplay,” which are the costumes that anime enthusiasts often wear to conventions styled after their favorite characters.
One of the best aspects of campus life at Seton Hall is that anyone with a good enough idea can create a club and share their interests with others. That is the case with Mythos, the campus mythology club, and its inception by two freshmen in 2010.
Co-founder Ashley Scotto recalled first forming the idea her freshman year.
“We had a little informal meeting in our dorm, which resulted in several other little meetings with people who would be interested, and then we went in front of SGA and got approved,” she said.
What started as a small social group quickly turned into a bimonthly celebration of mythology in all of its forms.
The success of Mythos is largely attributed to its study of all forms of mythology and its influence on culture.
“Mythos is about meeting new friends, sharing ideas and simply having fun while exploring the myths, fantasy and legends behind our modern lives,” club President Angie Szani said.
The first meeting of this semester will take place next week. For further information, see club advisor Dr. Frederick Booth of the classics department.
By Christopher Spall, Patrice Kubik and Andrea Aguirre.