El Estoque

Some just aren’t clubbin’ anymore

Tiffany Lau

Two MVHS clubs, Hip Hop Kru and Comickers club, no longer exist

Music, dancing and drawing, all typically popular among students. Diverse and unique clubs on campus like Hip Hop Kru and Comickers provided all the necessities needed for students to express their passion for their special one-of-a-kind hobbies. Hip Hop Kru at MVHS Diversity Day 2009, where they performed for the last time to the student body. Photo courtesy of Lynn Chiao.

But there’s one catch: they no longer exist.

As many students love to dance or draw, the clubs themselves expected that the two clubs would have flourished with immense popularity. The Hip Hop Kru had been popular since 1998, but this year they faced the unfortunate reality that there was no new members.

Senior Lynn Chiao, former Vice President of Hip Hop Kru, felt that the decline of the club was due to the differences in attitude in classes.

"The recent classes don’t really dance or they don’t want to join Hip Hop Kru," Chiao said. But this wasn’t the first cue to her that the club was dying.

 
During Chiao’s freshmen year, the senior officers had already foreseen the club’s decline in popularity. But it wasn’t until recently that Chiao finally realized the Hip Hop Kru would no longer exist.

"We did see the club dying and thought last year was Hip Hop Kru’s last year," Chiao said. "[During] my freshmen year, so many people tried out. [Then] Sophomore year we had a few new members try out, and last year [only] returning members [tried out]."

As for the future, there are no plans to revive the club. Hip Hop Kru officer positions are time-consuming and difficult, requiring the ability to choreograph, memorize and teach routines to the members. Looking at the low member turn out, Chiao didn’t feel that anyone would want to take on such a demanding job for a small club.
 
However, former Hip Hop Kru member sophomore Norie Omiya thought the club wasn’t able to flourish for a different reason.
 
"The club isn’t really known for it’s great dancing skill, and no one really wanted to be part of it [this] year," Omiya said.
 
Many would think that the end of a club is sad for its members, especially a well-known club like Hip Hop Kru, but Omiya doesn’t feel that way.
 
"I’m not sad at all, but not happy either. I guess I just really don’t care.  People thought Hip Hop Kru was like a joke and stuff, so being part of that kind of got me embarrassed, in a way," Omiya said.

Another MVHS club, Comickers, shared the same unfortunate fate as Hip Hop Kru. Like Chiao, former Comickers club officer senior Lulu Liu, lacked the motivation to keep Comickers up and running. The problem was not the number of members, which they had plenty of, but time.

"Last year there were three seniors and me who were officers, so I know what it’s like to be an officer," Liu said. "[Now] there’s not enough motivation on my part to continue the club because doing a club takes a lot of effort and I’m busy with college applications."

Comickers club served as a place for students to draw comics. However, drawing a comic takes longer than one lunch-time meeting, so members were not motivated to finish their comics, especially when there is an overwhelming amount of other commitments like homework to finish. In the end, Comickers became more of a "hanging out" club.

Hip Hop Kru and Comickers just don’t have any more love in their clubs.
 

 

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