10 Colleges With the Oddest Clubs

Posted November 7, 2012

College is that perfect time in between high school and the working world, where you no longer have to hide the fact that you love reenacting scenes from Star Wars because there are 20 other kids just like you now, and you haven’t yet found a job or a spouse who conspire to make sure you never get to do that. It’s a time you can have fun and be yourself, or experiment with some wacky stuff until you figure out who that self is. Here are 10 schools offering unabashed students a shot at some off-the-wall groups.

  1. College of DuPage:

    Many people love donning costumes on Halloween, but for most of them, one calendar day a year is enough when it comes to playing dress-up. You know, once they hit adulthood and everything. Here at Glen Ellyn, Ill., every day can be Halloween by joining the COD Cosplay Club. (If you’re unfamiliar with the portmanteau, "cosplay" is short for "costume play.") Highlights of the year include Anime Central in nearby Rosemont and the Masquerade during the SciFi/Fantasy Club’s CODCON. Basically it seems the goal is to really become your character, whether it be Inspector Gadget, Street Fighter’s Ryu, or Han Solo.

  2. Baylor University:

    The subversive band known as the NoZe Brothers has a long and illustrious history of stirring the pot over in Waco, Texas. Members, who never admit to being in the club, adorn themselves with fake nose/Groucho glasses masks in honor of a student in 1924 with a nose so big the founders said they could form a club around it. Through their satirical paper The Rope (their answer to the official Lariat), minor to major vandalism, traditions like UnRush, and the best parties on campus, the Brothers have been freaking out square Bears for decades.

  3. University of Minnesota:

    The website insists the UMN Campus People Watchers club is "not creepy" so many times, one might get the impression that it doth protest too much. But the group insists it’s more of a quasi-scientific club for studying the human species, as represented by other student groups, and reporting on their activities for the benefit of prospective members. That, and hosting human scavenger hunts at the mall (which sounds like a pretty good time, in all honesty). A recent campus organization to get the non-creepy treatment was the MinNeopians, an unsanctioned student group devoted to enjoying something called Neopets. We told you Minnesota had some odd clubs.

  4. University of Michigan:

    When two students decided it would be funny to have a group that revolved around feeding the little furry creatures that roamed their campus in 2002, they discovered a surprisingly large demand for the activity. By the second semester of its existence, the UM Squirrel Club had hit 100 members. Now it’s one of the most popular student clubs. Here’s how it works. Step one: meet outside the library. Step two: grab a handful of peanuts. Step three: give the peanuts to squirrels. There are no dues and meetings are canceled for bad weather, so de-stressing is virtually guaranteed with membership. And proving the odd club’s popularity is not a fluke, other schools have gotten in on the action.

  5. Western Michigan University:

    What’s going on in Michigan? Does everyone go stir crazy in the cold weather? Not only does WMU get in on hand-feeding rodents, it’s also the home of DEUCES, the Dignified Educated United Crust Eaters Society (think maybe they thought of the acronym first?). This is a club devoted to one thing: eating the crust of a pizza. They even have a club constitution and everything. Obviously, eating the specified pizza part without fail is commandment number one, but members must also demonstrate "an appreciation and respect for crust." Your guess is as good as ours as to how that should be accomplished. Maybe eating it with a tux on or something.

  6. Middlebury College:

    No matter how many schools form teams, a club based on a fictional sport from a children’s fantasy story is always going to be odd. The International Quidditch Association claims there are 810 Quidditch (the chosen sport of students in the Harry Potter universe) teams in the U.S. alone, over 200 of which are located at colleges and universities. And it all started right here on the grounds of the Middlebury campus in 2005, and we do mean on the grounds. While the characters in the story played the game on flying brooms, taking their lives in their hands hundreds of feet in the air, in this version the worst case scenario is a wicked thigh burn from straddling the broom too tight.

  7. Harvard University:

    Sometimes the phrase "playing tiddlywinks" is tossed out to describe someone wasting time or euphemistically, a la "bumping uglies." It actually is a real game that’s been around forever, only it would be odd to see someone playing it, hence why we’re mentioning it on this list. Harvard was one of the first American institutions to get in on the tiddlywinks-for-adults movement in the ’50s, by starting a society and associated team that tests its squidging and squopping skills against other collegiate squads from MIT, Cornell, and elsewhere. Guess when you’ve got football teams like theirs you’ll look for any contest you can win. Hey-o!

  8. The University of York:

    Weird student groups are common ‘cross the pond: you’ve got your Pirate Society at the University of Sussex, and your Fetish Society at the University of Birmingham. But only in York can you get together with like-minded young people and put on a giant onesie shaped like an animal. The principle behind KiguSoc is that everything can be made better by adding these costumes, known as Kigus. For what it’s worth, the group appears to have been founded by a gerbil, a lizard, and mouse. If you’re thinking of joining, bear in mind your face will still be visible once you have the costume on. Just something to think about.

  9. Kutztown University:

    Unlike some strange societies, KU’s Medieval-Renaissance Club seems to be a bit more in on the joke. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, the group provides a forum for reenacting ye olde times by dressing up in period garb, peppering "prithees" and "m’lords" into conversation, and "generally beat the crap out of" one another. Other than that, the two major dos are a dinner theater in the fall and a Renaissance Faire in the spring. It’s been around since 1988, but in spirit it’s positively medieval.

  10. University of Chicago:

    Who knows if it’s the flowing grog, the wenches/freedom to be a wench, or what, but the Middle Ages seem to be a popular source for club origins. At the University of Chicago you’ll find another member of the SCA, known as the Shire of Grey Gargoyles. Every Sunday there’s a four-hour "armored and rapier combat" practice, which once a month is preceded by a club business meeting … but then it’s right back to rapiers! But the club also geeks out on medieval dance, cooking, literature, and calligraphy. Frats have nothing on the hierarchy system here: the Shire is a feudal system. That’s right, peasant — bring the king more grog!

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