By Deontae Burse
I took the time to find out about the Stimulus club and what’s it’s all about. I met with the Primary Student Contact, Brian Honness, who leads the meetings when they occur. The Stimulus Club meets here at UWS, in Erlanson 306, and the main topics discussed include their future events, trips that they will be taking, and also a little more about the club and how it focuses on engaging and involving the UWS campus and the community in exploring various economic current events that span from regional events to world-wide events.
The Stimulus Club engages students and community members in a variety of ways, including: attendance at economic research conferences (ex: Wisconsin Economic Association Conference, Midwest Economic Association Conference, and American Economic Association Conference), on-campus speakers from UWS and other universities, and club meetings where these current events are discussed.
Some ways that students can benefit from the Stimulus Club is that they have the chance to show their hard work in research at conferences with other students. When they the Stimulus Club take trips, they take ten students out to show their work and they go stay for a weekend and watch professors show their work, and then the students show theirs at smaller events. They take about two to three trips in the school year.
“The trips that we take have a great balance between education and entertainment," said Honness Generally, we will attend the conference from the time that sessions begin to when they end in a day (usually 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) and any time after that is reserved for students to explore the city that the conference is held in. The trip would be unenjoyable without time for entertainment and it would not be educational if students did not attend sessions.”
Another person that I talked to was Ethan Wood, and for him this was a first time doing this club. He thought it was a good idea for him to do so because he is a student that would like to go on to graduate school. He has learned a lot, like Honness said, going to the events that sometimes can be in Chicago or other areas. Wood said that it’s good to sometimes get out of Wisconsin and learn from others.