Get a Clue

Pirate students visiting the various tables at Get a Clue.

East Carolina University’s annual merchant fair Get a Clue took place yesterday afternoon and, despite unanticipated rain showers, the event went on as planned and allowed for hundreds of students to learn more about opportunities available to them.

Get a Clue was held on ECU’s Main Campus Mall yesterday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and over 100 organizations had tables set up with free items for attendees, information pamphlets, opportunities to win prizes.

During the first hour of the event, unexpected rain showers slowed down productivity, and many found themselves standing under tents waiting for the weather to clear up. However, according to ECU’s Student Body President, Colin Johnson, the rain did not discourage him from keeping the SGA tent and table up for the event’s duration.

“We have a tent here for SGA so we were able to fit some people under here so that they didn’t get too wet,” Johnson said. “So, yeah, I kept all of our stuff dry so we (SGA) were able to stick around.”

Johnson said the event had been “great,” despite the rain, and he said it was nice to see the majority of organizations wait out the bad weather and stick around for the outdoor tabling event.

Johnson said he attended past Get a Clue events before stepping into his position as student body president saying that he’s always enjoyed attending the fair. He said the event has always been fun when he’s attended.

“I’ve always described my role as student body president as just making sure that the student experience is the best that it possibly can be, and student orgs are an essential part of the student experience, so it gives students chances to get connected and get invested in their time here at ECU,” Johnson said.

Justin Janak, the director of Student Activities and Organizations (SAO), said the turnout at Get a Clue yesterday was phenomenal, and following the rain showers around the beginning of the event people were walking onto ECU’s Mall “smiling and laughing.”

Janak said he loves having the Get a Clue event at the beginning of the semester because there are higher levels of energy on campus and people are excited to be back at ECU. He said there is a multitude of benefits for those who attend the tabling event.

“Research all across the country, even on our campus, shows that students that get involved early on in their college career are more likely to stay in college and also to graduate in four years,” Janak said.

Janak said he loves having the Get a Clue event at the beginning of the semester because there are higher levels of energy on campus and people are excited to be back at ECU. He said there is a multitude of benefits for those who attend the tabling event.

Janak said getting engaged on campus, whether it’s going to programs, finding an interest or passion or working with community partners, aids in making sure students graduate. He said students can make lifelong friends when getting involved on campus or in the community.

“My favorite part is just the amount of students who come out. We have almost 130 student organizations who showed up today, we have over 500 on our campus, and they’re just really excited,” Janak said. “Even though it’s the first week and it’s somewhat tough getting our student leaders back, they really made an effort to be out here (at Get a Clue yesterday).”

Initially, it wasn’t expected for the Get a Clue event to be rescheduled even though the first hour was affected by rain. He said it was a common situation in eastern North Carolina to never be able to make “the right rain call.”

Cory Miracle tabled during the Get a Clue event for the Interfraternity Council’s returning fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. He said it was his first time overseeing a table for the Get a Clue event.

“This (Get a Clue) is a great opportunity for people to find what fits into their values and really aligns with them as a person,” Miracle said. “And it’s kind of the most convenient way because we have who knows how many organizations. You’re (students) bound to find one you fit in with.”

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