15 of the Craziest College Clubs

9. Humans vs. Zombies – Goucher College

Always dreamed of turning your peers into zombies? This nationwide trend, which started six years ago at Goucher College has now grown into a cross-county phenomenon. Lauren Guerrera, a Fashion Design student at SUNY College at Oneonta, is involved in the “Zombie Defense Corps” on her campus. According to Lauren, the last game she played on campus had at least 80 participants. “The game would run for a week straight, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week,” explained Lauren. “Since there were no breaks in the game, aside from a few safe zones like academic buildings so we wouldn't disturb classes, you always had to be on your guard. One of our members even created a website with a roster of players that you could follow to see who was still a human or not.”
According to the game’s official website Humans vs. Zombies exists at more than 600 colleges and universities across the country. Don’t quite understand how it works? Check out the very detailed wikipedia page!


10. Moustache Club – Carleton College

Seriously attracted to facial hair? Love men who rock the ‘stache? Although we don’t encourage you to grow one yourself, the Moustache Club at Carelton College fully encourages women supporters to join their organization. In fact, an entire page on the group’s website is dedicated to information about women supporters. “Men cannot do this alone!” proclaims the site. “We need the support and encouragement of women to succeed in spreading mustache awareness.”
Check out this video on the Carelton admissions website for more information.

11. The Harvard Tiddlywinks Society – Harvard University

What exactly, you might ask, is a tiddlywink? Though it may sound like a bizarre forest creature from Harry Potter, tiddlywinks is in fact an interactive board game played with small discs called winks. Using a larger disc, known as a squidger, to flip winks into the air, the objective is to land your winks on top of your opponents, and eventually into a cup or hole in the board.
If you’re an expert tiddlywinker, or just think this game is up your alley, read all the rules of the Harvard club. Still confused? Check out the Wikipedia entry on Tiddlywinks.


12. Students for an Orwellian Society – Columbia University


If 1984 is your favorite book and you’re planning to call Broadway and 116th your home next year you may be in luck. Well, you’ve got to be a bit more hardcore than that. These folks, whose organization exists nationwide, believe that Ingsoc, the political ideology of totalitarianism from George Orwell’s novel 1984, should be the basis of society. Their extensive website outlines the objectives of the group along with the successes of the society.
Not NYC or Columbia bound? The site also lists other universities who host SOS groups.

13. Assassins Club – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

If live action roleplaying is your thing, this club is certainly for you. Every Saturday evening at 8 PM, the group runs Patrol, a dart gun combat game classified as “high-action.” In addition, several other real-time, real-space role-playing games are run every semester.
“It's Not Whether You Win or Lose...It's how you play the game” reads the group’s website. “Bombastic outbursts. Glorious Revenge. Noble Sacrifices. Win, lose, or draw, breathe life into your characters and you'll remember them fondly for years to come.”

14. Nerd Network - Appalachian State University

“I was uncool before uncool was cool” reads the logo of this group’s Facebook page. If you’re a nerd, and proud of it, you’ve definitely got to check this club out. The network encourages members of different groups on campus, ranging from anime to science fiction to comic books, to befriend one another. The group even hosts a NerdCon convention – a great way to interact with fellow nerds. Check out their extensive website and Facebook group both of which list information about meetings and activities.


15. Shire of Grey Gargoyles, Society for Creative Anachronism – University of Chicago 

Wish you’d been born in the 1100’s? This club exists purely to recreate the medieval period – everything from the combat and cooking to social interaction. Also known as the SCA, this group places a major focus on participation and personal experience. “Under the aegis of the SCA we study dance, calligraphy, martial arts, cooking, metalwork, stained glass, costuming, literature…” reads the group’s website. “Well, if they did it, somebody in the SCA does it (Except die of the Plague!)”
The group notes that what separates them from a basic humanities class is active participation. “To learn costuming, you design and build costumes. To learn SCA infantry fighting, you make armor, weapons, shields, etc., and put them on and go learn how it feels to wear them when somebody is swinging a (rattan) sword at you. To learn brewing, you make (and sample!) your own wines, meads and beers.”

So now that you’ve got this list in hand, you’re well equipped to get involved with whatever club may tickle your fancy. Remember that whether your university is small or large, there is always a diversity of student organizations—so take advantage!
 
If your school isn’t listed here, don’t panic. There are thousands of crazy clubs out there, we just couldn’t possibly list them all. Check out the student activities page on your university’s website – it’s bound to host a list of all the clubs and organizations that are at your school. Now go get involved!
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