In a room filled with faces, laughter and an odd display of blocks arranged on the floor, TJC students gathered for the first Art Club meeting for the fall semester in the lobby of the Art Department in Jenkins Hall.

“Art Club is cool because we get together and have activities, but we get to be ourselves and have fun too,” said Art Club Secretary Sydney Lindamood.

The students arranged themselves on the couches, tables, in doorways and on the floor to hear the announcements and interjections of their instructors and peers.

After, they were split into groups by birthdates and crowded on hands and knees around the blocks to compete with each other building shaky 5-feet-tall odd wooden block towers.

Art Club meetings will be held every Wednesday noon to 1 p.m. in TJC’s Art Department lobby in Jenkins Hall and are open to all TJC’s students’ art or non-art majors.

Art Club offers a variety of activities and community service projects and welcomes all TJC students to participate.

Among the topics discussed were the elections for Art Club officers. Elections were held on Sept. 17.

The Art Club will be having Game Day for its second year and it will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Art Department lobby in Jenkins.

The Art Club is welcoming students to bring video games, board games or any other games they want to this event. Game day will be open to anyone who wants to come.

The Art Club is also kicking off its annual canned food drive benefiting the Tyler AIDS Services.

“In 2006 the canned food drive was a competition between UT-Tyler, Texas College and TJC. TJC beat the other schools by 1,500 cans. Can food drives have been held ever since, for the spring and fall semesters,” said Derrick White, art instructor and art club sponsor.

The cans are being collected through Friday, Nov. 7 in the Art Department lobby in Jenkins. TJC Art Club Free Films & Discussions are commencing for the fall semester and will be held 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. every Thursday in the Art Department lobby. Any movie suggestions should be submitted to Derrick White. The Art Club has also set up a drop-off point for recyclables in the Art Department lobby in Jenkins Hall.

“It would make recycling available to students and a habit in their everyday lives,” said student and art club member Jessica Hall, who is heading the project. They are currently collecting paper, cans and plastic bottles to be recycled.

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