ASET Club holds catapult fundraiser

Andres Moreno, computer science major, fires the ASET clubs catapult. Assistant basketball Coach Jordan Littlejohn, left, watches with ASET secretary Sergio Serratos, right. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Gustavo Lopez

Andres Moreno, computer science major, fires the ASET club’s catapult. Assistant basketball Coach Jordan Littlejohn, left, watches with ASET secretary Sergio Serratos, right. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Gustavo Lopez, News Editor

Three straw men stood in the grass field in front of Falcon Gymnasium Thursday, Nov. 6, waiting to get pelted by the Applied Science, Engineering and Technology Club’s catapult projectiles.

The catapult was on display and also part of the ASET Club’s first fundraiser, where it sold soda, chips and popcorn for $5 a chance to shoot the catapult and win a T1-84 color calculator, donated by math professor Scott O’Neil.

Students could bring food cans to get a $2 discount.

Club President Jesus Cahuantzi, Club Secretary Sergio Serratos, Treasurer Jason Kim and member Erickson Mijangos were present at the event.

Cahuantzi said, “We made about 30 to 40 with the snacks, and with pre-sale tickets, that’s about $50 to $60 in total.”

Kim sold 19 tickets, but only three people showed up.

One of the students, who had happened to come upon the booth, won the calculator.

“The calculator is really expensive, but for $5 to try the trebuchet, it’s a good investment,” Cahuantzi said.

Assistant basketball coach Jordan Littlejohn became interested in the trebuchet.

“I teach special education, and some of the kids are good with their hands. I think this would be good for them because it combines different aspects like English and math and science,” he said.

He was encouraged to try and build a smaller scale model with his special-ed students.

Andres Moreno, computer science major, got to shoot the trebuchet.

“I just kind of like learning things. I saw this big thing like that and I was curious.”

Moreno came close to hitting one of the straw dummies.

“It was fun, and I got to learn about trebuchets.”

Kim said,  “I’d like to thank Sergio, our secretary, because he provided transportation, since we didn’t have any, and Erickson because he’s a dedicated member and he was here to help us.”