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Organizations spread vital info through 'tabling'

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:11

Takako Okumura

Takako Okumura, Staff Photographer

Jackie Gerig, a senior setter, and Jessica Heuertz, a freshman setter, hand out flyers and candy in preperation Spike Night, Oct. 30’s game against UALR.

The student union has been a place for students to hang out, eat, do homework and relax in their free time. Many organizations take advantage of this central, high traffic location to get information out about their groups.

Meagan Paladino, a sophomore chemistry major of Cabot and director of philanthropy for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, said, “There are so many students and faculty that walk through the union so it’s a great place to get news and important information out.”

Tabling seems to be one of the most popular forms of organization advertisement in the union. However, the groups cannot pass out flyers to any students, unless approached by the student.

Paladino and other members of her sorority have ran tables for many events within her sorority, and said the flyer rule is one that’s been specifically hard to deal with.

“It makes things difficult to table because some people are afraid to approach the tables or may not know what we are tabling for, and we can’t go out there and support our cause to the fullest potential,” she said.

There are other rules put into place to ensure that students get their information out as much as possible.

Martha Spack, assistant dean and director of the leadership center, said, “Posters may be in key locations throughout the facility. The content of the marketing piece must be approved before the information may be displayed. In addition, Freedom of Speech areas are located around the campus and may be reserved by student organizations or community members.”

A complete listing of guidelines for the Freedom of Speech area is located in the Student Handbook, as well as all other Reng Student Union usage policies.


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