Stu­dents packed Cen­ten­nial Common on Thursday after­noon for the annual Stu­dent Involve­ment Fair, where rep­re­sen­ta­tives from many of Northeastern’s student-​​run clubs and orga­ni­za­tions set up shop to high­light their groups and engage poten­tial newcomers.

Many group mem­bers shouted out to passersby urging them to check out their clubs. In addi­tion to their vocal pitches, many groups used cre­ative ways to attract atten­tion. A member of the Korean Amer­ican Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion banged a drum, the stu­dent radio sta­tion blasted music, and the Chess Club set up three chess­boards to entice play.

The Center for Stu­dent Involve­ment spon­sors the annual fair, which is a pop­ular event during the university’s Wel­come Week activ­i­ties and pre­dom­i­nantly attracts freshmen looking to get involved. North­eastern boasts more than 325 student-​​run clubs and orga­ni­za­tions ranging from cul­tural and reli­gious groups to Greek Life and club sports teams.

It seems everyone wants to at least give it a try, which is great,” noted Chess Club member Ashley Calderon, a third-​​year math and busi­ness student.

Downbeats a cappella group members Banji Laki, left, and Elise Robinson talked with a prospective member at the Student Involvement Fair. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Down­beats a cap­pella group mem­bers Banji Laki, left, and Elise Robinson dis­cussed their group with prospec­tive mem­bers at the Stu­dent Involve­ment Fair. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

First-​​year behav­ioral neu­ro­science stu­dent Katie Lev­itsky arrived to the fair eager to sign up for the NEURONS Club, which is geared toward stu­dents inter­ested in studying the brain. She joined first-​​year chem­istry stu­dent Melanie Fritsche and first-​​year inter­na­tional affairs stu­dent Joey Schenosky in vis­iting numerous tables at the fair, including the Ski Club, the Council for Uni­ver­sity Pro­grams, and Stu­dents for Sen­sible Drug Policy.

We’re excited to look around and see what was here,” Fristche said.

The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Finance and Invest­ment Club, whose mem­bers were dressed in busi­ness attire, were there to pro­mote their new mis­sion to prospec­tive members.

Club Pres­i­dent Alex Sobrado, a third-​​year finance and accounting stu­dent, noted that the club will bring in more industry pro­fes­sionals and co-​​op employers to speak with stu­dents this year. There will also be case com­pe­ti­tions and a chance for mem­bers to have lunch with a CEO.

We are pretty much starting from scratch,” Sobrado said as stu­dents signed up for the club. “We are just trying to increase stu­dent mem­ber­ship and inform kids about what finance is.”