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  • Sydney Burgbacher

Coastal clubs and organizations participate in the first ever 'Shark Tank'

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Coastal Carolina students gathered in the Student Union theater as Coastal Student Government Association hosted its first ever “Shark Tank”. Students and faculty listened to what many organizations had planned.

Many students thought the event was a great idea for CCU clubs and organizations.

“I would say this was a success, and I really hope this becomes an annual event for organizations to take part in,” Sarah McHale said.

The Shark Tank panel was a panel of five judges that included the Dean of Science, the Vice President of Student Life and Engagement as well as three students from SGA. Clubs and organizations that participated spoke in front of the panel and gave a proposal of an event to be held for CCU students.

The winner with the best proposal could be given up to eight thousand dollars to make their event happen. There was a total of twelve organizations that gave a proposal on what they thought could make a day of fun for Coastal students.

The proposal of events ranged from walks and runs, festivals, fun on the courts and more. Each organization had to have a name for their event, a budgeting plan, a list of everything that would be needed, and the approximate number of students that would be participating.

Organizations like Chant Nation, Delta Sigma Theta, Pre-Vet club, Psychology club and many others came prepared to speak in front of the judges with their best plan. All of the proposals were great and gave opportunity for all students to have fun and relax before the end of the semester.

All of the judges asked tough questions in order to ensure the organization had everything prepared. Michael Roberts, the dean of science, always asked about the organizations’ rain plan in case weather became an issue for the event that the organization proposed.

The judges worked together and concluded that many of the organizations had similar ideas and decided to group those of the similar ideas together.

At the end of the proposals, the judges discussed all the ideas and chose three separate groups that would be in the top choices, and the winner would be up to the audience. Nearly a hundred students got to vote for the winner, and they chose the combined ideas of Delta Sigma Theta, the Track and Field team and Alpha Delta Pi.

Both organizations had a proposal for a walk/run, one being awareness for ovarian cancer and the other being glow in the dark. Now with both groups winning they can combine the ideas and make it an even bigger event with the eight thousand dollars that they are given.

Mikayla Morris, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, talked about the planning her organization put into this proposal.

“Our organization has had this in the works for a while now and I am very excited to make it happen,” said Morris. “It is going to be fun for our CCU students along with the community who will be allowed to attend.”

The Track and Field team lost their coach in December of 2018 to ovarian cancer and are very excited to bring more awareness to this silent disease.

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