Making club unity a priority

Written by: Caleb Eggleston

 

It’s that time of year again. Spring Sing is almost over and intramurals are coming to a close. As I look back on the school year, I have come to notice one thing in particular that has bothered me: the separation of clubs. But before I go on, let me give my disclaimer: I love the social service clubs at Oklahoma Christian University. I am an active member of a club, and am very proud to be a part of intramurals and Spring Sing. The one problem I have with club, and many would agree with me, is that clubs separate the student body.

If you went to any of the Oklahoma Christian home basketball games,  you may have noticed there wasn’t a huge student section as there has been in past years. There was a great turnout for the homecoming game, but after that there was a drastic drop in the Oklahoma Christian student section participation. But during the season, there became several “club” sections all over the gym. So the problem was not that there were no students at the basketball games. It was that they defined themselves as a club instead of a whole school. Rather than a bunch of Eagles cheering for the team, we had Panthers, Scotsmen (rampant lions), Bulls, Doves, Rainbows and so on. For one game, people could not put aside their differences and come together to cheer our girls and guys on.

I will give it to those people that did show up — yes, they were cheering for the Eagles. But there was no unity between the clubs. Why would there be unity between groups if all they do is compete with each other? Clubs do not facilitate unity between each other. I am a sophomore, and the only time that we as a club have participated with other clubs is if we had an event with a girls club during “rush” week and the occasional visit during Spring Sing practice from a girls club (shout out to Lambda for three or four unity visits. Good for you girls).

Aside from those rare occasions, everything has been a competition between all the clubs. So I guess I shouldn’t expect unity when there is no facilitation of unity. But it has gotten to the point where it is almost intolerable. We compete day after day in intramurals and in Spring Sing, so all we know is competition between clubs, and we have forgotten how to be one student body and close to one body in Christ.

I walk into chapel, and I don’t see a student body; I see several different sections of clubs. I am not trying to be a hypocrite, though. I will go and sit with my club and not do anything about it. The point I want to make, though, is that in the future, I hope that clubs can come together as one student body and not be defined by the club we rushed.

Instead of constant competition between the clubs, there will be some collaboration and unity and, above all else, be one collective group of Christians that represent Oklahoma Christian instead of several groups of Christians representing their club.

 

Caleb Eggleston  is a sophomore at Oklahoma Christian University

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