By Holly Luttrell | Reporter
Late Friday night, Baylor students flooded the walkways of campus to explore potential organizations to join. Late Night is an event designed to introduce new Baylor students to the various groups we have on campus. According to Baylor Student Activities, 225 student organizations were represented to draw in these new members.
Organizations set up booths in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center, McLane Student Life Center, Russell Gym, Moody Library and Bill Daniel Student Union Building. With groups set up all across campus, prospective new members had the opportunity to walk from place to place to meet with members from each organization.
There were no shortage of options for students looking for a new organization to join. Spiritual life, sports and recreation, health and wellness, philanthropic, Greek life, multicultural, political and special interest groups were all in attendance.
“Everyone is so welcoming, just inviting you to their group even if you don’t know what it is,” said Montgomery freshman Lacey Barnes.
Organization representatives walked the sidewalks in crazy costumes, handing out candy and t-shirts to draw the attention of students attending the event. Groups with larger props, such as the Baylor Driving Club, set up elaborate outdoor displays featuring the cars they use. Some clubs had games and activities for students to play to see if they would be interested in joining the club.
Austin freshman Elizabeth Carrasco had mixed reviews of the fast-paced nature of Late Night.
“There are so many events, it’s kind of overwhelming,” Carrasco said. “They’re all great, and I want to join all of them, but there’s only so much time.”
The Late Night event began at 9 p.m. and ended at midnight. During the busiest hours of the event, students stood shoulder to shoulder in the tight hallways of Moody Library and the Bill Daniel Student Union Building to explore the organizations stationed there.
There was a constant buzz of noise in each building as organization leaders spoke with curious new members to help them find the right fit to meet their individual wants and needs.
“Groups are generally interested in helping you get a benefit from that group, and how you can grow from it,” Carrasco said.
Late Night has been a fall tradition at Baylor since 2001. This event exists to help new Baylor students get involved on campus and transition easily into a new environment. Late Friday night, hundreds of Baylor students walked around campus to explore potential organizations, and they had no shortage of options presented to them.