By Brittany Meister
January 15 2016 30 Lakota East Mu Alpha Theta members met at the East varsity boys basketball game against Sycamore for activity hours. This event is known as the first “Mu Night.” Mu Alpha Theta, known throughout the school as “Mu” for short, is an honorary mathematical high school organization that promotes competitions, scholarships and involvement within East.
Each member is required to have a total of 20 hours of volunteering before the end of the year. These hours are made up of seven service hours within the community, seven activity hours, and then six from either service or activity. Activity hours are given when a majority of the club attends an event like “Mu Night.”
The officers decided that it would be great for Mu to support the Hawks and attend a school event,” East senior and Mu President Chris Schorr said. “This was a great opportunity to possibly try something new, meet new friends, and have fun while getting hours.”
All members who attended the basketball game had to confirm with either East junior and Mu activity coordinator Hayden Hoogerhyde or Katie Bresnen, East Spanish teacher and Mu Alpha Theta Sponsor.
“We have a lot of activities after school, but lots of students can’t make those because they are immediately after school,” Bresnen said. “This may give them another opportunity by giving them different availability.”
According to Schorr, the members that attended the basketball game seemed to have a good time and the Mu officers plan on having more group activities during the second semester such as ice skating and laser tag.
“Trying something new is difficult for any club, but I believe that we have started a tradition for the following years at East,” Schorr said. “I hope events like these prompt more students interested in math and science to apply to be in Mu Alpha Theta.”
East senior and second year member, Kate Zenz believes that activity hours are relatively easy to obtain considering the amount of opportunities like “Mu Night” presented to the club members.
“My night was good but it wasn’t super focused on the members of Mu so much as it was just getting an hour of activity,” Zenz said.
“Mu Night” was a successful turnout for the club and the officers saw it as a great way to combine academics with school spirit; one of the many opportunities that Mu has offered to it’s members.