Curious campus clubs create close community
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 15:10
While midterms have arrived and students have fallen under a comfortable routine, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to find something new on the A-State campus.
There are a couple of clubs that aren’t very known that many might find quite interesting and worth the time to check out.
Gamers may find solace in knowing they are not alone when obsessing over a favorite video game. The League of ASU is a club that identifies with fellow gamers and provides a kinship with those who love the game “League of Legends.”
“We’re a group of people that enjoy playing, watching, and discussing the video game,” said Cody Yates, a junior computer science major of Benton and president of the organization. “A game is always more fun when played with friends, so we started the group to help ASU students find other people to play with.”
The club started when the company that makes the game, Riot Games, created a program where college League clubs could register with them and receive sponsorship and official merchandise, Yates said.
“When the program was opened by the company, some friends and I decided to start a club here because there wasn’t one here,” Yates said. “We opened the Facebook group page and people flocked to it. I was blown away when we grew from five people to 40 in the space of a couple of days.”
Their current Facebook group holds 112 members, but Yates said only 25 members showed up to the monthly meeting.
“I’m hoping to double that number for our next meeting on Oct. 22,” he said.
During meetings, the group discusses future events, Local Area Network (LAN) parties as well as the game itself.
“The good and bad matches we’ve had recently, stuff like that,” Yates said. “We provide an easily accessible, unified group where people can come make friends while also playing a game they enjoy. We’re also very open to people who haven’t yet started playing the game, but want to.”
The Ping Pong Club, a relatively new organization, allows students of all levels to meet once a week, relax, and play Ping-Pong.
“It’s about playing Ping-Pong and going to meet people,” said Dallas Paine, freshman international business major of Summers and president of the organization. “You go there to have fun.”
The organization began when Paine noticed many people would head straight to the Ping-Pong table at the Red W.O.L.F. Center.
“I met many people who wanted to play, but couldn’t because you need two people to play it,” he said.
Currently, 11 to 15 students are involved in the club, but Paine said he hopes to get more students and even faculty involved.
“If you ever want to stop by and play for 10 minutes, you can,” Paine said. “For now it’s just laid back.”
Paine said if the club grew, they have the potential to become a sports club, which means they could become an official A-State team that could compete with other schools.
“We could actually go against other universities as the ASU Ping-Pong team and actually be funded by ASU, “ Paine said. “We would be the first ones to do that.”
Another club that takes skill is actually a national organization that is based mainly at universities.
The Guitar Guild is an organization in which students who share a common interest can get together and learn more about their favorite instrument.
“It’s mostly about sharing an interest for guitar with like-minded individuals and in some cases fundraising so other people can pursue their interest with playing guitar,” said Alex Ditto, a senior music performance major of Hoxie and president of the A-State chapter. “The goal of the guild is to promote an interest.”
More than 15 members belong to the guild and, according to Ditto, there is an even split between music majors and non-music majors.
“There aren’t that many places below college education, like high school and younger, where you can actually get that much information about all the occupations or all the wide varieties of music that can be attained through guitar,” he said. “The Guitar Guild is primarily classical because that’s recognized on a national level, it’s a language that many people can speak.”
The organization meets weekly for a guitar seminar in which most members attend and study new music.
“We study for incoming guests,” Ditto said. “We receive the program and listen to multiple recordings of the set lists and see how (the artist) works the music.”
They also look for funding for guest artists so they can do performances, master classes for the university and, in most cases, guitarists also do performances for the Jonesboro Fine Arts Visual Magnet School, Ditto said.
“I recommend students check out the guitar guild because the beginnings of every guitarist is radically different,” Ditto said. “It brings all these different perspectives to the instrument. It’s like getting a view through a different lens with all these people around you and then playing classical is what unifies everything.”
While these three clubs are very different there is one thing they all have in common.
“We just want to bring people the opportunity to get involved with something that (they) really enjoy,” Yates said.