By Edward Hewitt|Staff Writer|
“Music is universal. You cannot name one person that has not been affected by music,” said Emanuel Rodriguez the lead entrepreneur of the Underground Music Society Club.
“The Underground Music Society Club is a newly chartered entrepreneur club on campus whose members are passionate about music and the impact it has on our lives and ideals,” said Rodriguez.
The UMS have been working closely with the Entrepreneur Club on campus, which have been helping with their strategies for this year. For next quarter, UMS plan to sell T-shirts; they also have big events coming up later on the year that will draw in more numbers and make them grow as a club.
The UMS’ mission statement states that the club is dedicated to creating positive and organized events that impact students’ lives.
“The universe is something that can be better understood through music,” said Rodriguez. He feels that through music many things can be expressed, explained and addressed.
“Whether it be dealing with personal problems or world issues, music is universal to all. We all can create a common ground through music and that is something this club is trying to bring to this campus community,” said Rodriguez.
The club plans to host a variety of events over the course of its existence. Most recently they hosted their first annual local band spotlight music showcase entitled “Rock-A-Holics Happy Hour” where they invited three local bands to campus to perform a few songs for the campus community. For more on “Rock-A-Holics Happy Hour” check out coyotechronicle.net/bands-bring-a-local-flavor-to-the-smsu.
“We plan to host the local band spotlight once a month with bands and artists from every genre of music. This event is just the first of many to come,” said Rodriguez.
Along with the band spotlight, the UMS plans on hosting other events including an art show and exhibit, disc jockey battles and a campus concert, just to name a few.
Along with promoting the best in local music, the club also strives to create a more open-minded and conscious way of thinking on campus and expose its people to different music genres.
The UMS is also a technology savvy club that uses the Internet to its advantage by promoting its events and also keeping its members updated on new information as needed.
“The Internet is a place full of untapped potential. We can promote, network, inform others and expand through social networks like Facebook and Twitter,” said Rodriguez.
The club has minimal requirements to join; its potential members have to be CSUSB students and attend their weekly meetings on Tuesdays at noon in the SMSU’s Cross Cultural Center. Looking to expand, the new club welcomes anyone who has an interest in becoming a member.
“Overall, the Underground Music Society wants to build a sophisticated culture on campus and believes music is a key component of that because of its universal connectivity between people of all ages, races and gender,” said Rodriguez.