Clubs provide a way to meet new friends, network about careers, join others with similar academic interest, and gather for recreation. There are over 200 clubs and organizations for students to join. They range from political and social action, professional, sports and recreation, special interest and hobbies, Greek life, and religious groups.
"Joining different clubs is like eating a lot of different kinds of fruit," said Andrew Gani, a senior finance major. Gani, like many others, joined more than one club when he was a freshman. Gani joined the International Club, Asian Pacific-American Association, Investment Club in LSBE, and Badminton.
One of the more popular and unusual clubs at UMD is the Coloring Club. James Greiner, a senior majoring in cultural entrepreneurship, attended Coloring Club meetings a few times. He said, "I went the first time for the free food, but I found I really liked it. It was relaxing and meditative, and as we colored, we had great conversations."
Greiner has been a member of six clubs including the History Club. "When I went to those meetings I found it wasn't boring lecture history, it was active discussion about all kinds of topics," he said. "For instance, in one meeting we talked about film history and all the different versions of Sherlock Holmes." This year Greiner is limiting his club involvement to fewer groups but he is staying with one that he attended from the beginning: CRU, a campus ministries organization.
In addition to the 100-plus student organization tables, the Office of Student Life is giving participants a list of official @UMNDuluth Twitter accounts so students can choose clubs, departments, and programs to "follow."
The event will move to the Kirby Student Center Ballroom and Rafters if the weather is inclement.
By Dayae Kim, September 2014.