The Quad filled with students for three days in late April as Merced College celebrated Culture Shock Week with food, music and information about active clubs on campus. Members of groups such as the Black Student Union, Guardian Scholars and MEChA Club ran booths offering culturally diverse foods and general club information.

Associated Students of Merced College President Cody Camacho, who helped set up the event, explained that this was an opportunity to expose the student base to the various cultures represented on campus.

“This is a huge part of their fundraising,” Camacho said. “While it helps expose some of the cultures on campus, it also allows some of these clubs that have big goals, to show what their club does for our diverse student body as well as the community.”

Community service is one of the more prominent goals of the Merced College Guardian Scholars Club, a group focused on assisting and supporting the foster youth enrolled on campus and in the city at large. The Guardian Scholars spent the week cooking up hot links and talking to students about the benefits of the club and its goals for the future.

“We’re out here to show students that they have a support system on campus,” Scholar member Barminder Singh said.

The Guardian Scholars were raising money for a trip to a legislative conference on passing laws for foster youth and the system in which children are placed in California. Singh said that having events like this shows students there is help available, and provides information they might not have been aware of previously.

-- Alessandria Pedretti