02/18/16 - Photo by Carlos Ochoa - The French club had a table at Join-a-club day on Thursday, Feb. 18. Members include (left to right) Sergio Salinas, 20, industrial design major, Jomara Madigail Reyes, 19, linguistics major and Moises Murillo, 28, geography and veterinary science major.
02/18/16 – Photo by Carlos Ochoa – The French club had a table at Join-a-club day on Thursday, Feb. 18. Members include (left to right) Sergio Salinas, 20, industrial design major, Jomara Madigail Reyes, 19, linguistics major and Moises Murillo, 28, geography and veterinary science major.

Story and photo By Carlos Ochoa/Staff Writer/@CarlosOchoaLBCC

The French Club sponsored a booth on Join-a-Club Day, completed with decorations, authentic French candy and information on how to join.
Moises Murillo, 28, treasurer of the French Club and geology and veterinary science major at LBCC, said one of the goals of the club is “to make students more language appreciative … and have more cultural experiences.”
Murillo said the club, or any other cultural clubs, can help shape student identities and give them a sense of their cultural history and it opens them up to the diverseness of the world.
He said the French Club makes an effort to work with the Spanish and Visual Anthropology Club to integrate and spread their arms of influence across the campuses.
When talking about his experience joining the club, Murillo said, “It was pretty cool because you get to talk to so many people and make connections and students start to realize there are a lot of culturally interesting people to meet and learn from.”
Sergio Salinas, 20, president of the club and industrial design background major, said students who did not have a good chance to join previous years could join easier due to the club’s ability to reach out to students better.
The club had an act in the 62nd annual Spring Sing in 2013.
Marie-Laure Hinton, club adviser and French 1-3 teacher, said the group is a “great club that does all kinds of stuff.”
Hinton said the students enjoy activities that immerse students in the French culture. Some activities include watching French movies, eating at French restaurants and seeing French museums.
Students such as Murillo and Salinas said Hinton’s French background helps the authenticity of the class. Hinton said, she was born in France and moved to the U.S. from southern France 26 years ago and was a former student at the college.
Students can reach Hinton by emailing mlhinton@lbcc.edu.
Moises Murillo said the club is conducting meetings on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 in the E Building. He also encouraged students in French classes and any multicultural class to ask their teacher to see if they have information on joining the French Club. The club is available on Facebook under French Club at LBCC.
Students who seek information about traveling opportunities are encouraged by the club representatives to join the meetings to get the most up-to-date information of French Club activities.