Scene: Club hosts run to raise money for Portland Conference

BY CHELSEA ALEAGAStaff Reporter

It might confuse students that the Psychology Club is telling everyone to ‘get outta yo’ mind,’ but don’t worry – the club only wants people to go crazy in a fun and healthy way by throwing its first 5k fundraiser.

The “Get Outta Yo’ Mind” 5k is a fundraiser for Central’s Psychology Club, which aims to send its members to the 2015 annual Western Psychology Association Conference.

Next year, the conference will be held in Portland, and the trip is estimated to cost $3,000 for 15 students to attend.

The club usually raises money with bake sales, but with expenses for the conference rising, they felt it necessary to throw a big event to raise as much money as possible.

“$25 sounds like a lot of money, but it’s worth it,” Toni Caldwell, Psychology Club secretary and host of the 5K, said. “Participants get a T-shirt to tie-dye after the run and a color changing water bottle.”

Alex Kim, junior clinical-physiology major, also known as DJ Rex Ruthor, will be the entertainment during the 5k. He’ll be playing Electronic Dance Music of Progressive and Electro-House.

“My friend asked me if I wanted to DJ a 5k, and it sounded fun. Plus it helps out a campus club,” DJ Rex Ruthor said. “To get a preview of what I’ll be playing, check out my SoundCloud and search my name Rex Ruthor.”

Having heavy high-energy music playing during the 5k should keep runners motivated.

Rockstar will also sponsor the event, and Rockstar energy drinks will be available during the event.

The inspiration of the ‘Get Outta Yo’ Mind’ theme came from Caldwell. She wanted attendees to be able to let loose and have fun in a healthy way.

“I was trying to think of ways of how people could get out of their minds without drugs or alcohol,” Caldwell said. “A runners high is the healthiest and most natural way to get out of your mind.”

The theme has a play on words for the Psychology Club. The club is full of Psychology majors, who study human behavior. They just want participants to have a good run/walk while enjoying great entertainment.

The Western Psychology Association conference hosts the most prestigious psychologists and educators in the nation.

“The conference allows us the opportunity to form relationships with these knowledgeable people and make connections,” Whitney Biehl, junior psychology major and treasurer of the Psychology Club, said.

Professors and researchers alike get together to share and educate each other on different psychological findings throughout the year. Attending this conference looks outstanding on resumes and will help club members become a part of the professional psychologist working world.

“It’s going to be an awesome event; you won’t want to miss out!” Biehl said.