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Clubs & Activities

Get Involved and Make the Difference!

College is about expanding one’s horizons-both in and out of the classroom. One of the most fulfilling ways to experience college life is to participate in Student Government, campus committees, intercollegiate athletics, or in one of the many clubs and organizations offered. All students are urged to get involved and make the most of the opportunities already here.

You can become an active part of the College community by participating in any of the more than 50 clubs and organizations. Membership in a campus organization enriches the educational experience, improves leadership ability, enhances academic achievement, increases career success and develops social skills. If you would like to join one of these groups, simply contact the student leader or faculty/staff advisor listed below or stop by the Student Leadership and Engagement Office for more information.

ACADEMIC GROUPS

  • Accounting Club – Open to all students interested in accounting. Contact Mr. Dave Sulzen, extension 4316.
  • Agriculture Club – Open to all students interested in agriculture, this group sponsors events each year including a number of field trips. Contact Mr. Jay Prillaman, extension 4250.
  • Art Club – Open to all students with an interest in the arts. Activities include on-campus art related programs and events and off-campus gallery and museum trips. Contact Mr. Jeff Dalton, extension 4518.
  • Chemistry Club – An organization of students, faculty, and staff interested in chemical and biological sciences. Although it is not required of Chemistry Club members, the American Chemical Society offers students a discounted student membership rate. Contact Dr. Maria Puccio, extension 4238.
  • Computer Information Systems – Serves to provide information technology and computer management to the community. It encourages high standards of competence and promotes professional attitudes among its members. Open to all students interested in computer sciences. Contact Dr. Sam Olatunbosun, extension 4582.
  • Criminal Justice Club – The goal and purpose of this club is to promote, improve, and encourage high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field and to provide a unified voice for students of criminal justice in all matters of professional concerns. Furthermore, this organization provides the foundation for the Ferrum College Chapter of The American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Contact Dr. William Osborne, extension 4283.
  • ENACTUS (formerly SIFE) – ENACTUS offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. ENACTUS teams teach important concepts through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics to better themselves and their communities. Contact Dr. Demetri Tsanacas, extension 4318.
  • English Club – An organization of students, faculty, and staff interested in literature and communication.Members go to area events of interest and sponsor a book collection project and an Amnesty International group, among other activities. Contact Ms. Allison Harl, extension 4325.
  • Minds-n-Medicine – Open to all students interested in the medical field. Contact Dr. Chris Aylesworth, extension 4542, or Dr. Katie Goff, extension 4468.
  • Philosophy Club – The Ferrum College Philosophy Club is an organization of philosophy students and students interested in philosophy, which coordinates various activities such as the Ferrum College Philosophy Journal and Ferrum College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and also allows for a student voice within the Philosophy Department as a whole.   Contact Dr. Jack Corvin, Jr., extension 4526 or Dr. Gary Angel, extension 4343.
  • Physical Activity Club (PAC) – To further the exchange of information and cooperation between members to promote health and fitness knowledge and to conduct club programs and activities to advance general interest and welfare of health and physical activity in the student body and community. Contact Mrs. Shannon Hardwicke, extension 4385.
  • Pre-Law Club – This student run organization creates a forum for Ferrum students with law school ambitions to come together and work together toward their common goal. It will assist in the law school admission process. It will seek help from outside Ferrum College from alumni, current law school students, recent law school graduates and other qualified individuals. ContactMs. Betsy Smith, extension 4270.
  • Psychology Club -- Sigma Psi Delta (ΣΨΔ)– Society for psychology. This group provides educational and service experiences for people interested in psychology. Contact Dr. Angie Dahl, extension 4404 or Dr. Megan St. Peters, extension 6947.
  • Recreation Club – For students whose major or minor is in Recreation and Leisure or those considering it along with Outdoor Recreation as a career option. This club sponsors numerous activities and assists members in attending professional conferences and workshops. Contact Mr. Dan Caston, extension 4442.
  • Russian Club – Welcomes interest and membership from any Ferrum College student. The club attends performances highlighting Russian art, song, dance, culture, and speakers. Club members also become familiar with traditional Russian songs and dances, Russian arts and crafts, present performances, and hold workshops on these topics. Contact Ms. Beth Harper, extension 4384.
  • Social Work Club – An active social and volunteer service organization designed to facilitate camaraderie and dedication to community. Social Work majors and all interested students are encouraged to join. Traditionally, elections are held in the fall semester. Contact Ms. Jennie West, extension 4406.
  • Spanish Club – To enhance and stimulate awareness of Hispanic cultures and interests. Contact Dr. Patricia Suppes, extension 4358.
  • Students Engaged in Political Action and Community – A dynamic, educational, experiential, and learning group open to Political Science majors and other interested students, faculty and staff. This group is committed to active citizenship by promoting politics, community building and outreach programs. Contact Dr. Edmond Hally, extension 4249, or Dr. Sandra Via, extension 4394.
  • Student Virginia Education Association – Gives pre-service teachers opportunities for professional involvement with other students and practicing teachers to advance the understanding and practice of public education. Contact Ms. Virginia Seale, extension 4395.

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CAMPUS MEDIA

  • Chrysalis – A literary and graphic arts magazine produced by students using desktop publishing programs including PageMaker and Photoshop. Chrysalis sponsors monthly Coffee Houses for students, faculty and staff to perform poetry and music. If you enjoy creating poetry, short stories, photography, or artwork then this is for you. Contact Dr. Katherine Grimes, extension 4264.
  • Iron Blade – The student-run newspaper gives students practical experience in all aspects of newspaper journalism, including digital photography and desktop publishing. Academic credit available and editors gets stipends. Contact Dr. Karl Roeper, extension 4238.
  • FerrumRadio.com – This webcast station broadcasts daily from its Fitness Center studio and is managed and staffed by students. Membership is by interview and training is provided to new personnel. Contact Dr. Karl Roeper, extension 4238.

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HONORARY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Alpha Chi (ΑΧ) – National Honor Society for juniors and seniors. Membership by invitation. Alpha Chi also works with students as they apply for prestigious scholarships and fellowships. Contact Dr. Katherine Grimes, extension 4264.
  • Alpha Delta Mu (ΑΔΜ) – National Honor Society for undergraduate Social Work majors who qualify academically. Membership by invitation in April. Contact Ms. Jennie West, extension 4406.
  • Alpha Mu Gamma (ΑΜΓ)– National Honor Society for foreign languages. The society serves to recognize outstanding achievement in foreign language study and is represented on campus by the Gamma Omicron Chapter. Membership by invitation. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) – National Theatre Honor Society. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (ΑΦΣ) – The National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, was established in January 1942 at Washington State University. Its mission is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life-long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. 
    Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs of regionally accredited institutions, have a declared major or minor in criminal justice or a related field, completed three full-time semesters or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA or 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and rank in the top 35% of their class. Members must have a minimum of four courses in criminal justice. Contact Dr. William Long, extension 4392.
  • Delta Tau Alpha (ΔΤΑ) – National Honor Society for agricultural majors and minors. The purpose of the society is to provide and recognize high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character among agriculture students. The society encourages and fosters high ethical standards in agriculture and professional positions held by agriculture students. Membership is by invitation only and potential members usually have junior or senior standing and must be in the top third of their academic class.   Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Kappa Delta Pi (ΚΔΠ) – Alpha Epsilon Phi Chapter – Kappa Delta Pi is an International Honor Society in Education. The society was founded to recognize those individuals who excel in the field of education. Members range from students in an educational program of study to educators in a professional setting. The Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter at Ferrum College is a 2010 charter member of Kappa Delta Pi. The chapter is student led and student driven. Our motto is "So to teach that our words inspire a will to learn; so to serve that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds; so to live that we may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right." Contact Dr. MaryAnn Norman, extension 4605 or Ms. Virginia Seale, extension 4395.
  • Kappa Pi International (ΚΠ) – International Art Honor Society. The purpose of this organization is to raise the standards of productive artistic work among students in colleges and universities. Membership has minimum requirements. Contact Mr. Jeff Dalton, extension 4518.
  • Lambda Sigma (ΛΣ) – National Honor Society for sophomores which promotes educational experiences through service projects. Students are selected spring semester of their freshman year. Contact Mr. Jason Sharp, extension 4386.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ) – Alpha Beta Pi Chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) – International Honor Society in History. Membership by invitation. Contact Dr. Milton Rowan, extension 4405.
  • Psi Chi (ΨΧ) – National Honor Society for Psychology. Pre-professional experiences and service opportunities for outstanding students in psychology. Contact Dr. Sharon Stein, extension 4393.
  • Tri Beta (ΒΒΒ) (Beta Iota Omega) – Biological National Honor Society shall function as an honor and professional society of students of the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences, promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences. Contact Dr. Michaela Gazdik, extension 4369.

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PERFORMING ARTS

  • Classical Ensemble – Prepares classical and chamber music for performances on and off campus. All students with instrumental experience are encouraged to participate. Develop your musicality, learn new material, show off your talent and earn college credit. Open to students and staff. Contact Ms. Susan Spataro, extension 4351.
  • Collegiates – An auditioned, 12-member, mixed ensemble and swing choir that performs a varied musical repertoire of sacred, spiritual, show tunes, and contemporary music for churches, high schools, and civic groups throughout Virginia. Contact Ms. Susan Spataro, extension 4351.
  • Concert Choir – A large mixed chorus that performs choral literature from all periods of music history, both on and off campus. Among the highlights of the year are the annual Christmas concert and a spring tour throughout Virginia and adjoining states. Contact Ms. Susan Spataro, extension 4351.
  • Gospel Choir – Brings you songs of joy to uplift your spirit. All students are encouraged to participate and lift their voices through song. Open to all students and staff. Contact Mr. Michael Ferguson, extension 4604.
  • Handbells – Presents sacred handbell music, as well as easy listening contemporary music with performances on and off campus. Membership is by audition. Contact Ms. Susan Spataro, extension 4351.
  • Improv – Provides an opportunity for students to perform improvisational comedy, enjoyable entertainment, and to promote social interactions with audience participation while fostering leadership skills and teaching members to work with others as a team.   Work in cooperation with Panther Productions and the Student Activities Committee to reach out to all members of the Ferrum community. We are based on two hit TV shows: ABC's "Who's Line is it Anyway?" and MTV's "Wild 'N' Out."   Contact Dr. Wayne Bowman, extension 4338.
  • Jazz Ensemble – Develops jazz music for performances on and off campus. All students with instrumental experience are encouraged to participate, have fun performing, and earn college credit at the same time. This group enjoys playing at various venues, showing off their talent, and representing Ferrum College. Open to students and staff. Contact Dr. Dayl Burnett, extension 4341.

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RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

  • Anointed & Unashamed Praise & Mime Ministry – Offers an alternative worship experience for the student body. Through the art of expressive dance it ushers in an avenue of spiritual awareness for students to better understand their "spirit man". Contact Mr. Cleive Adams, extension 4332.
  • Catholic Campus Ministry – Ministers to the needs of the Roman Catholic community on campus. The advisor is available for pastoral counseling, marriage, and other sacrament preparation, and sponsors activities with the Chaplain's Office and other religious groups. Transportation to church services is available. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes - A non-denominational organization that presents to athletes, coaches, and all students whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. All Ferrum students are welcome. Contact Mrs. T.J. Agee, extension 5573.
  • Ferrum Christian Fellowship – Non-denominational organization open to all students. Our goal is to reach out to the community to help those who are struggling in faith, school, and personal affairs with our prayers, Monday Night Praise (in association with the Chaplain and Rescue Mission), and many other exciting events throughout the year. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Mu Sigma Chi (ΜΕΧ) - Mu Sigma Chi Fraternity promotes the interest and welfare of the College campus and instills in its members the desire to achieve academic success, leadership skills, and to develop in both the spiritual and physical realms of everyday life. We believe that in order to grow closer to God we must be a group of men that serves others without desire of personal recognition. All men who seek to grow in their own spiritual lives and live out their faith are welcome and encouraged to become a part of this brotherhood. Contact Dr. Jennifer Braaten, extension 4202.

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SERVICE, SOCIAL AND OTHER CAMPUS GROUPS

  • Admissions Ambassadors – Student volunteers who assist in new student recruitment by providing tours to prospective students, helping with Open House events, and occasionally hosting overnight visitors. Membership by invitation. Contact Mr. Jason Byrd, extension 4295.
  • African American Student Association – Seeks to serve the community by promoting unity and cultural awareness among students, faculty, and staff. Open to all students. Contact Mr. Justin Muse, extension 4501.
  • Alpha Phi Omega (ΑΦΩ) – National co-ed service fraternity that is based on the principles of leadership, friendship, and service to humanity and is open to all students. Originally formed in the 1970's, APO was restarted again in 2000. This group assists in a variety of community service projects. Contact Mr. Justin Muse, extension 4501.
  • Anointed & Unashamed Praise & Mime Ministry – Offers an alternative worship experience for the student body. Through the art of expressive dance it ushers in an avenue of spiritual awareness for students to better understand their "spirit man". Contact Mr. Cleive Adams, extension 4332.
  • BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) – Encourages responsible decisions about drinking within the campus community and increases awareness concerning healthy alternatives to alcohol use and abuse through programs and activities such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Contact Ms. Jill Adams, extension 4224.
  • Colleges Against Cancer – Open to all students, this group works in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and assists in organizing the annual Relay for Life. Contact Ms. Jill Adams, extension 4224.
  • Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ) – A national sorority that develops women in social consciousness and a commitment to think and act for the greater good. They assure continuous development and achievement for women through individual attention and smart strategic growth. Contact Ms. Jill Adams, extension 4224.
  • Environmental Action Coalition – Promotes environmental awareness through activities such as recycling, hiking, speakers, and special events. Contact Dr. Glen Stevens, extension 4554.
  • Femphasis – Open to all students, faculty, and staff who see the need for women to be empowered to define themselves in our society. Regular meetings and potlucks give members opportunities to share views. Contact Dr. Carolyn Thomas, extension 4368.
  • Ferrum Dance Team – Our goal is to help elevate school pride through dance at athletic events and other social events on and off campus. Open to all students. Contact Ms. Jill Adams, extension 4224.
  • Ferrum College Democratic Club - Students who support the Democratic Party and Candidate. Contact Dr. Sandra Via, extension 4394.
  • Ferrum College Lion's Branch Club - The Ferrum College Lion's Branch Club is sponsored by the Ferrum Lion's Club; which is part of Lion's International; one of the largest service organizations in the World. All Ferrum College students interested in serving the world through service are welcome. The Lion's Club International mission statement is: To Create and Foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community and international cooperation. Contact Dr. Katie Goff, extension 4468.
  • Ferrum College Republicans – Students who support the Republican Party and Candidate. Contact Dr. Michael Trochim, extension 4403.
  • Ferrum Disc Club – To provide leisure activities around campus and encourage good spirit and fellowship among all who play disc golf. Contact Mr. Dan Caston, extension 4442.
  • Ferrum Freaks – A spirit club that promotes spirit, encouragement, sportsmanship in the school and community. Contact Mr. Michael Ferguson, extension 4604.
  • Ferrum Greek Council – A council that oversees, guides, and joins together the fraternities and sororities of Ferrum College in order to enforce policies as mutually agreed upon by all organizations. The council is established as a governing body of these organizations. Contact Mr. Travis Fields, extension 4258.
  • Ferrum Running Club – Ferrum College Running Club is a student-organized group that provides Ferrum College students and faculty with an easy way to improve healthy lifestyles while also providing opportunities to assist with other Ferrum College hosted events. Ferrum College Running Club will encourage and support many different levels of running abilities. Contact Mr. Jason Sharp, extension 4386.
  • Ferrum Step Team – Formally represents Ferrum College with pride by creative stepping with combinations of stumps, clamps, body language and dance/step transition moves while delivering a message of commitment and teamwork to the audience. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Intramural Programs – The Student Leadership & Engagement Team offers a variety of activities through Intramural and Wellness Program while making available general recreation equipment for all students. Registration forms for all intramural activities are available in the Intramural Office in the Career & Student Leadership Center in Franklin Hall. Rules for each intramural activity are provided on the entry forms. Contact Mr. Richard "Travis" Fields, extension 4258.
  • Kappa Alpha Sigma (ΚΑΣ) – Open to all female Ferrum College students. Our goal is to improve ourselves, our community, our school, and our student body through educational, recreational, and cultural activities. Contact Mr. Jason Sharp, extension 4386.
  • Mu Sigma Chi (ΜΣΧ) - Mu Sigma Chi Fraternity promotes the interest and welfare of the College campus and instills in its members the desire to achieve academic success, leadership skills, and to develop in both the spiritual and physical realms of everyday life. We believe that in order to grow closer to God we must be a group of men that serves others without desire of personal recognition. All men who seek to grow in their own spiritual lives and live out their faith are welcome and encouraged to become a part of this brotherhood. Contact Dr. Jennifer Braaten, extension 4202.
  • National Frat Interest Group – This is an interest group of men who are looking to start a national fraternity on campus open to all eligible male College students. Contact Ms. Peggy Wimmer, extension 4315.
  • Orientation Team – The "O" Team is one of the most popular groups on campus. Orientation team leaders work together to help new students feel comfortable and at home at Ferrum College. Contact Mr. Justin Muse, extension 4501.
  • Residence Hall Association – A campus-wide organization established to promote communication between residence halls and to develop a sense of unity and cooperative spirit. Students can become a Resident Advisor as well and help to maintain order and create programming in the residence halls. Contact Mr. Aaron Riggleman, extension 6920.
  • Rotaract – Provides an opportunity for young men and women to enhance their knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations among all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. Contact Mr. Rol Walters, extension 4267.
  • Sigma Alpha Kappa (ΣΑΚ) – Open to all male Ferrum College students. The purpose of the organization is to provide an added service experience, while contributing to the social aspect of our school and community by following our credo of honor, loyalty, prestige, and sophistication. Contact Mr. Gary Holden, extension 4306.
  • Spectrum – An organization for Ferrum students, faculty, and staff who are interested in issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and diversity. The group often sponsors programs on campus to promote gender diversity. Contact Mr. John Carey, extension 4356.
  • Theta Chi Epsilon (QXE) – Open to all male students at Ferrum College, the purpose of QXE is to promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of its members, to encourage honorable achievements in every field of human endeavor, to inspire service in the public interest through community service, and to unite college men of culture, patriotism, and honor in a bond of fraternity. Contact Dr. John Kitterman, extension 4326.
  • Traditional Karate Club - Non-competitive and open to all students. Training consists of a survey of Okinawan and Japanese karate (Goju NRyu and Shotokan) to develop the skills needed to manage conflict: striking, throwing, grappling, restraints, evasion and body conditioning. An understanding of the history,   philosophy and development of the art is pursued through readings and special training seminars with internationally recognized guest instructors. The club is affiliated with the Traditional Karate Research Institute and the Seijinkai Karate-do Association. Fees are $25 per semester. Contact Mr. Randy Simpson, extension 4274.
  • Theta Gamma Omega (ΘΓΩ) – Open to all female students at Ferrum College, "OGO" welcomes all females to unite for a common purpose. Contact Ms. Leslie Holden, extension 4460.
  • Wildlife Club – Open to all students who have an interest in the outdoors. The Wildlife Club has traditional events such as barbeques and fishing tournaments. Contact Dr. Todd Fredericksen, extension 4360.
  • Zeta Chi Epsilon (ΖΧΕ) - Open to all female students. The purpose of Zeta Chi Epsilon is to promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of its members. To encourage honorable achievements in every field of human endeavor, to inspire service in the public interest through community service and to unite college women of culture, patriotism and honor in the bond of sorority. Contact Mr. Jeff Dalton, extension 4518.

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

  • Freshman Class Officers – Each September members of the class elect officers who plan events for their class. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement, ext. 4441.
  • Sophomore Class Officers – Each spring, members of the class elect officers who plan class- related events during the following year. Contact Student Leadership & Engagement Team, extension 4441.
  • Junior Class Officers – Each spring, members of the class elect officers who plan class-related events during the following year. Contact Ms. Betsy Smith, extension 4270.
  • Senior Class Officers – Each spring, members of the class elect officers who plan class-related events for the following year, including a semi-formal dinner dance at the end of the year. The officers work closely with the Alumni Office in selecting an appropriate class gift to be presented during commencement. Contact Ms. Tracy Holley, extension 4216 or Dr. John Kitterman, extension 4326.
  • Panther Productions – Your ticket to campus entertainment. This club selects concerts, dances, movies, comedians, and other special events. It also doubles as a club on campus. Volunteers learn the ins and outs of campus programming and publicity techniques, and develop strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Contact Mr. Justin Muse, extension 4501.
  • Student Government Association (SGA) – Consists of all students enrolled at Ferrum College. The purpose of the SGA is to "promote the general welfare of the students; to encourage personal responsibility, loyalty, and a high sense of honor; and to further the principles upon which our College was founded and continues to operate." We are always looking for students to serve as SGA senators and on the Senate committees. Contact Mr. Dave Newcombe, extension 4463.
  • Student Activities Committee – A student advisory board that surveys students to identify their interests with respect to all forms of campus activities. They also sponsor campus forums to discuss student issues. Contact Mr. Justin Muse, extension 4501.
  • SGA Cabinet – The group of elected officers who represent the Ferrum College student body. The cabinet runs for election as a group or slate of officers and is comprised of the following: President, Vice President for Legislation, and Vice President for Student Activities, Secretary and Treasurer. Contact Mr. Dave Newcombe, extension 4463.
  • SGA Executive Committee - The Executive Committee of the SGA is composed of the SGA Cabinet, the presidents of the senior, junior, sophomore and freshmen classes and the Chairpersons of the Standing Committees of SGA. This is one of the 3 branches of the SGA (the Senate and Cabinet are the other 2). Contact Mr. Dave Newcombe, extension 4463.
  • SGA Senate – Made up of students representing both the commuter and residential populations, this group establishes legislation regarding student concerns, approves the SGA budget, facilitates the election process, and serves as a voice for students. Contact Mr. Justin Muse, extension 4501.

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