ACC Bison Brings Artistic Focus to Campus


One of the newest clubs on campus is the Arts, Creativity, and Culture Club—also known as ACC Bison. The group was formed to involve the campus community in more artistic and cultural events.

Sophomore Lauren Candia, president of ACC Bison and a hospitality management major, explained her vision for the club.

“There wasn’t enough art exposure on campus,” she said. “We want to show that creativity is an important aspect of education in business.”

So far, the club has collaborated with many other organizations on campus and held numerous events. Most recently, Halloween Haunt was held in the chapel to show off black light art made by students. Members of The Poetry Club read some of their fright-inspired poems, and a few singers and actors performed. Earlier in the semester, ACC Bison organized a glow-in-the-dark rock-climbing event.

In October, the club held a headshot campaign to self promote and attract new members. Ten students signed up to receive a free, high-quality photo session for professional headshots to put on their LinkedIn profile pages.

Lauren is planning an extravagant event for the spring semester; she’s trying to recruit every club to join an outdoor Art Showcase Festival on the Nichols campus. This event will show off student art, talent, and cultural activities and feature meditation sessions, yoga, rock climbing, jewelry making, and more. Participating organizations so far include Caribbean Club, Meditation Club, Performing Arts Club, and the Cheer Team, to name a few. Any other clubs are welcome to join in the event simply by contacting Lauren.

ACC Bison is in the process of planning a mural to be painted in Dudley. The mural will display the history of Dudley and Webster and other aspects of the two towns. The club has been working hard to make this mural happen; Mauri Pelto has been working with the club to gain permission from President Engelkemeyer. From there they’ll work with the town. They intend to paint it after spring break on the side of Twin City Cleaners on 147 West Main Street.

Lauren, a native of Anaheim, Calif., believes that ACC Bison will continue making an impact on campus. Brainstorming events well in advance keeps the club together and focused on goals.

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