By Jillian Mehta
The Newman Club is holding a Thanksgiving food drive on campus from Nov. 1-24. Students can bring nonperishable food items to bins around campus that the club will donate to a local food pantry in St. Patrick’s Church and to Project HOPE, a nonprofit international healthcare organization.
Newman club allows students to be involved in their faith as well as connect with other students who share the same beliefs. The group believes in three main ideas, “ faith, fun and service,” according to Michaela Fox, senior musical theatre major and president of the Newman Club.
The group does a lot of fellowship and religious activities. They also do service for their community including donations to the Don Monti Memorial Service and St. Jude’s Children’s hospital. However, they also like to have fun and have club events like movie nights and volleyball games with other Newman clubs around the area.
Newman Club has been around for awhile but is gaining more recognition on campus. With the large incoming freshman class, Newman Club gained several new members for the 2019-20 academic year. “Freshman have come in who are enthusiastic and excited to build something,” Govinda Bullard, campus minister, said. “We are in the beginning stages, there is a lot of potential for growth and a lot of potential for ownership.” Through word of mouth and invitations from friends, Newman Club continues to grow into a community of people striving to make a difference on campus and connect with their faith.
This year Newman Club will have a presence at Casino Night on Nov. 14 in the Tilles Center and will also be hosting a Christmas Formal alongside BASIC on Friday, Dec. 6 in the Inter-faith Center. Tickets for the formal are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.