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As classes begin and a new routine begins to take hold, some Tulane students are looking for ways to get more involved on campus.

More than 200 of Tulane’s numerous clubs will make an appearance on the Berger Family Lawn at the Fall Activities Expo, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. In the meantime, The Hullabaloo talked with four organizations covering a range of interests.

HYPED

HYPED, or Hallyu Youth Practicing Emotional Dance, is Tulane’s one and only non-audition K-pop dance group and Korean culture appreciation club. Founded in 2017, the club has been enriching Tulane’s campus culture and growing their social media fan base ever since.

Members learn choreography based on songs by various K-pop groups, then perform them throughout the semester at different functions and events.

According to Social Media Chair Tiffany Clark, the club brings different people and cultures together through a celebration of Korean pop culture.

“HYPED brings together undergraduates, graduate students, international students and those studying abroad,” Clark said. “This allows members to develop a broad span of knowledge on other cultures, languages and artforms.”

Tulane running and jogging club

About four times a week, a group of Tulane students meets at the iconic bell outside of McAlister Auditorium to go on a three to five mile run. Their destination varies — sometimes they run to Creole Creamery or Plumstreet Snoballs; other times they simply run through the fly and across the levy.

The only constant, according to junior Chase Stockwell, is that everyone has a fun time together.

“My favorite part is just interacting with people of all ages. Running club is a very social sport so you get to know people extremely well,” Stockwell said.

The club will be participating in several runs this semester, including the McAlister Mile, a Crescent City 5K, and a Jazz Half Marathon.

According to Stockwell, no registration and dues are required. Simply show up to the runs when you can and start running.

Young Americans for Liberty

There are many political organizations on campus, from clubs with mainstream party affiliations like College Republicans and College Democrats to groups that focus on a particular social issue, like Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Young Americans for Liberty, a non-partisan organization, is dedicated to promoting one value: liberty.

YAL informs students about the ideas of liberty and advocates for policies spanning the political spectrum, such as criminal justice reform, the national debt and overregulation.

According to YAL president Marcus Maldonado, a major focus of the club is professional development.

“YAL works with every single member that is interested in working in politics to find opportunities and future employment with organizations that partner with us,” Maldonado said.

Tulane Engineers Without Borders

Students looking to apply their engineering skills to the real world need look no further than Tulane Engineers Without Borders. This service-orientated club partners with the New Orleans professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders to come up with innovative engineering-based solutions to issues in the community.

The club is also working with a community in Ecuador to help provide a reliable source of clean water. Members of the club have the chance to travel to Ecuador next spring.

According to Mostafa Meselhe, there are many opportunities to get involved with the club.

“As much as this organization appears to be engineering-focused, we are by no means limited to only engineers,” Meselhe said. “In addition to designing the pipeline, we are budgeting the project, fundraising the costs, communicating (in Spanish) with the community, marketing our project, applying to grants and understanding Ecuadorian law.”

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