By Harsh Godhani
Social Media Editor
Russian Club is looking to continue its growth and gain new members with its first meeting on Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. in College Center, Room 312.
Students, alumni and faculty are not required to know or speak Russian, they are welcomed to join and learn through meetings and events.
New students coming in will complete a survey, allowing them to have a deciding factor on which day and time the meetings will take place.
The current options are for Monday or Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., or Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Alexander Lewis, vice president of Russian Club, said, “Last semester, Russian Club met bi-weekly, but we’re thinking of making this either a weekly meeting or alternating days for those who cannot make it the previous week. We will probably meet in College Center, Room 334, like last semester.”
Lewis said, “The Russian Club was started by MCC student Vitaley Shaulov, who graduated last semester.”
This semester, Zukhra Sakhobiyen, will be the president of the club, the vice president is Alexander Lewis, the treasurer is Jenifer Olvera, and the secretary position is currently open.
Russian Club runs a variety of events on and off campus.
Some of their larger events which Lewis said were, “…participating in the MCC International Fair and taking field trips to museums, Brooklyn or Brighton Beach.”
Lewis also said, “Last semester we got together with members of the club and played the classic Russian card game. We also watched some classic Russian cartoons. My favorite part of Russian Club last semester was teaching the other members the Russian language, starting with the alphabet and some common, useful phrases. It was extremely rewarding to see how well the members were pronouncing the words.”
Referring to one of the main goals of the club for the spring, Lewis said, “We would like to be more active in campus events, like the International Fair, by getting more members and taking more field trips. And we would love for more people to be a part of our growing community. Our missions is to share the Russian culture with the Middlesex County College community through organizing on and off campus events like movie nights, symphony, ballet, cooking traditional Russian cuisine or celebrating Russian holidays, etc.”