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Sunday, September 24, 2023

The oddest student orgs on campus

We’re back, baby. 

Freshmen wearing that one L&S T-shirt, my Yik Yak post getting 50 upvotes and climbing, UWNet not getting the memo that we are back on campus, mostly because I tried to send the memo while connected to UWNet, so it didn’t go through. Nevertheless, we are so back. 

With us finally being in person this year, I thought I’d help out the freshmen class by doing some research into useful clubs on campus. But, in true Sophie fashion, what I ended up with was much weirder than what I started with. I intended to give you guys a list of some interest and academic-based clubs and call it a day, but alas, these are anything but that. 

So, here are, in my opinion, the 10 most intriguing student organizations to join this fall if you’re looking to have a damn good time. 

1. Badger Cheese Club

Two words: Cheese tastings. Socialize with people who enjoy fine artisan cheese while you learn about how it’s made. Member fees are only $15? In a state known for its cheese? Seems like a bargain. Sign me up. 

2. Badger Yogis

For those looking to flow — or to justify the Lululemon leggings you paid $98 for. The club hosts biweekly meetings with time set aside for “group flow” as well as social events to strengthen its members on and off that mats. 

3. Caroling Club

Exactly what it sounds like. We wish you a Merry Christmas. 

4. Badger Twins

According to their website, this is a club “where twins are able to connect and meet other pairs of twins.” Badger Twins plans to hold meetings where attendees can talk about what it's like being a twin. Why does that sound so enticing to me? What secret things do twins know that the rest of us don’t? What are they hiding from us? To find out, I’ll be accepting applications to be my fake twin so I can infiltrate this club. I’ll keep you guys posted.

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5. Challah For Hunger, UW-Madison Chapter

Calling all my fellow Jews, do you want to make your mom’s dreams come true? Come learn how to bake challah and then donate them to charity. What a mitzvah.

6. Badger Log Rolling

To my understanding, this is where you put a log — inflatable or from a tree — into a body of water and spin the log by running on top of it without falling off. I recommend just looking it up because my words aren’t doing it justice.

7. Knit for a Cause

Finally, a way we can pay our grandparents back for all those sweaters. Put those foxes through those caves, or whatever analogies they use to help us amateurs learn to knit. Show up to their weekly meetings to weave your way into the fabric of this club. Too much? Yeah. Sorry. 

8. Club for Animal Respect and Education

Animals! Volunteer with animals! Clean up habitats, learn about endangered species, volunteer in shelters and, overall, be a stellar human being learning about cute little animals and how to respect them and their ecosystems. The next time you want to litter, think about the little baby sea turtle it’ll harm. Shame shame.

9. Archery Club

After the year we just had, I think we all deserve to shoot some stuff with arrows. Come to the UW Stock Pavilion on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s to get that aggression out. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a bow in your life or if you’re a trained bow and arrow assassin. Come one, come all! Except if you’re actually an assassin. 

10. Art Club

Wheelhouse Studios at Memorial Union is the place to be if you’re looking to scribble and/or scrabble. Work on personal projects or collaborative work, attend a club social or an open-art gallery, or just watch the others be talented while you keep at those stick figures. Do you guys accept submissions from adult coloring books? Asking for a friend. 

So, there you have it: The 10 most outlandish clubs to join right now (i.m.o). If you need me, I’ll be busy calling the head of the caroling club to see if they can perform at my 20th birthday party.

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