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We asked Carthage students: What is your favorite club on campus?

January 12, 2017

Whether it’s diving into an existing club or taking the lead to create a new one, getting involved in a student organization is a huge part of the Carthage experience. We asked Carthage students what clubs they are most passionate about on campus. Get the inside scoop and hear what clubs are their favorites:

1. Merely Players 

Merely Players is my absolute favorite organization. I came to Carthage hoping there was an improv troupe, so I was so happy when I found them. After I made it on the team it was like I had an immediate family. I spend a minimum of six hours a week with them. Merely Players is the reason that my freshman year has been so amazing thus far. I’m so excited to spend the next four years involved with it.”

What does a typical meeting look like? 
“Practices are around two hours long and during them we play improv games. We give each other constructive criticism, and some days we work on specific types of improv, like longform, to try to improve on certain scene skills.”

Are you learning anything?
“I’m learning and improving my improvisational skills alongside some great friends.”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved? 
“Don’t be nervous about trying out. It may seem intimidating, but the tryout process is so fun for everyone.”

— Sidney Burke ’20

2. Carthage United to Rescue the Earth (CURE)

“I love being involved in Carthage United to Rescue the Earth (CURE)! CURE is such an amazing club with friendly and funny people that want to change the world for the better. The purpose of CURE is to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the Earth clean and healthy. We have eco-friendly activities and fundraisers.”

What does a typical meeting look like?
“It’s a super fun and relaxed atmosphere filled with discussions about fundraiser ideas, endangered animals, and other ‘green’ activities.”

Are you learning anything?
“I’m learning about different endangered animals species.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done through the organization?
“We went to the local farmers market and it was pouring rain, but it was still so amazing to see all of the home grown/made products people of Kenosha have to offer!”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved?
“Try as many clubs much as possible! Even if you have only a slight interest in something, you may end up really loving the organization. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and have fun.”

— Debbie Wood ’20

Frisbee

3. Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee Club has been a recurring source of fun and also doubles as a great workout. I met a lot of fantastic people if all different majors. We get together and play frisbee and work on our flicks and throws as well as play games.”

What does a typical meeting look like?
“Calisthenics, then a game or two, learning about different strategies.”

Are you learning anything?
“I’m learning different ways to move a disc up the field and how to actually play Ultimate Frisbee.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done through the organization?
“The others participated at “No Wisconsequences!”, which was an amateur tournament that anybody could attend and we just so happened to go. The next tournament is the Windy City Tournament.”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved?
“Go to the organization fair! Sign up for everything and go to the first meeting. There is usually food, but don’t go for the food, go to see whether you will fit. Then choose three or so and get really involved in those.”

— Conner Schupp ’20

4. Residence Life Council (RLC)

Residence Life Council (RLC) helps the community connect and residents grow as leaders. This is an organization where students can take charge of their halls and do what is best for them. They learn valuable leadership qualities via programs, events, and other opportunities that RLC presents to them. Without it, I doubt that many of the leaders on campus today would be here.”

What does a typical meeting look like?
“During a meeting we go over what the club itself is doing, giving off any reminders about upcoming events or conferences, and then we end with residents going to each residence hall to plan out programs that they would like to do in their respective halls.”

Are you learning anything?
“Yes, valuable leadership qualities can be learned by the ton if you take advantage of the opportunities that RLC presents to you. This includes program planning, conference attendance, and supervising an executive board of your own residence hall.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done through the organization?
“Attend conferences to see how other school residence life associations work and interact with each other.”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved?
“It is a great way to meet new people not only in your hall, but all across campus! Plus, you gain the opportunity to plan what you and your peers want in terms of programs within your own residence halls!”

— Ian Privett ’17

Carthage College Republicans

5. Carthage College Republicans

“I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Carthage College Republicans. This club allows me to express my political views with others, learn more about political platforms, and take part in the Kenosha/Racine community. Carthage College Republicans host and attend many events on campus including debates, discussions, and meetings. We drive through the Kenosha/Racine area canvassing for the local GOP.”

What does a typical meeting look like?
“Our club meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in the basement of Hedberg Library. We begin every meeting by standing up and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then we discuss future events and take polls on who will be able to go campaigning or volunteer locally. We attend many rallies and speeches from prominent conservatives in the area.”

Are you learning anything?
“I learn so much about what the political parties stand for, as well as what each citizen can contribute to this nation on an individual level.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done through the organization?
“Although I personally have not been on this trip, CCR fundraises to fly out to Washington, D.C. to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. This trip allows members to meet well-known republican leaders such as presidential candidates, governors, senators, and more. We also learn more about party platforms and have to opportunity to apply for internships and jobs.”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved?
“I suggest that you sign up for anything that may interest you at the organization fair. This way, you can eliminate the clubs that you find uninteresting and continue with the clubs that suit you best. If you put yourself out there, you will surely find an activity that you’re passionate about with people that you can’t be without!”

— Meta Skillrud ’20

COSPLAY

6. Cosplay

“My favorite organization on campus is hands down Cosplay and Pop Culture Club. Cosplay (a combination of costume and play) is my main hobby, and making friends who share in the same hobby is useful and fun. Not only that, but since we’ve shifted to include a general appreciation of pop culture, Cosplay and Pop Culture Club is overall a haven for those who love cartoons, comics, books, movies, or any other media. We like to refer to ourselves as, ‘a bunch of nerds who like to geek out together.’”

What does a typical meeting look like?
“Eboard presents on a topic, and then we do an activity. For example, we talked about cosplay one night and then designed costumes. Another time, we talked about fan-fiction and then we discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly. We also occasionally have work nights where we break out our sewing machines and hot glue guns so we can get to work on our costumes.”

Are you learning anything?
“I’m learning about a lot of details that go into making media, and that there are many shows that have sneaky references. I’ve also learned how to do contour makeup, and how to better pose myself when taking a photo.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done through the organization?
“Everything we do is cool! But if I had to pick one, it would be when we partnered with Racine Camera Club and had our fall photoshoot in the upper chapel. A lot of beautiful pictures came from that shoot, and the shoot itself was a lot of fun!”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved?
“Try out a lot of clubs and stick with the ones you only occasionally have to force yourself to go to. I used to be in a few more organizations, but their meeting times combined with my only casual interest made me drop them as soon as school stacked a bit more onto my plate. I’ve never had to drag my feet to Cosplay Club.”

— Amanda Rico ’18

7. Model United Nations

Model United Nations is by far the most enjoyable club I’ve been involved in on campus. Not only does it teach me extremely relevant skills for any career path I choose like writing, public speaking, conflict-resolution, and debate skills, but it also introduced me to the greatest group of people on campus. Everyone in Model UN is extremely passionate about something, and we all come from different places. Not all of us are political science majors, but all of us are passionate about changing the world, and we are coming together in order to try to better prepare ourselves for that. What better way to spend your college years than learning extremely relevant skills with a group of friends that feels more like family? We get to travel together not just to local conferences in Chicago, Wisconsin, or Missouri, but across the world to Romania, Colombia, and Scotland. We create connections with people from around the world, all while putting Carthage’s name on the map – literally!”

What does a typical meeting look like?
“A typical meeting runs about thirty minutes to an hour, depending on where we are in the year. We go over any upcoming events we are participating in, and mostly prepare for our upcoming conferences. We go over parliamentary procedure, which is what we use in committees, and how to write resolutions, as well as how to research topics and countries. We also hold a lot of practice committee sessions, typically using a Star Wars simulation to bring some fun into learning how parliamentary procedure works.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done through the organization?
“For me, the coolest thing I’ve done with Model UN is travel. My freshman year, I spent my spring break in Bucharest, Romania with people that soon became some of my closest friends. My sophomore year, I did the exact same thing in Bogotá, Colombia, and will be doing it again come March in Edinburgh, Scotland. Model UN helps out a lot with the cost of traveling, and it is by far the best way to travel. I have all of my best friends, the greatest advisor anyone could ever ask for, and the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life coming from all around the world. I learn so much not just about the United Nations and the inner workings of politics and diplomacy, but how others view the world; how real world events such as the collapse of the Greek and Venezuelan economy are affecting people my age. For someone who loves traveling, it is an absolute dream to be able to do something like this.”

Are you learning anything? If so, what?
“Even as a political science major, I am learning more and more about politics, especially international politics and relations each day. As someone who was very afraid of public speaking coming into college, I have seen my own ability and confidence spike since joining Model UN. I give better presentations in class, I am more comfortable giving speeches in front of crowds, and I am far more confident in my own ability. My writing skills have gotten better, and I have learned how to work with people that are the complete opposite of me. I have learned how to compromise, yet hold my ground on things that are important to me, not just in committee, but in my personal life as well. Through being on the executive board as the secretary and vice president, I’ve developed my own leadership skills and have had the pleasure of being part of what I believe to be the best club on campus. Through my travels, I am learning just how diverse our planet is, and how there are so many view points and ways to get to the same end goal. There are so many amazing people around the world and this club has given me hope for the world’s future.”

What advice would you give freshmen about getting involved?
“Join things you’re interested in, even if they aren’t directly related to your major. You’re at a liberal arts college, you’re supposed to be well-rounded! There’s no harm in checking out clubs you’re interested in, even if you don’t stay. You should join a few clubs that you really want to dedicate yourself to. Spreading yourself really thin in college is a lot harder than it is in high school. Future employers also want to see that you’re dedicated rather than that you did a lot of things. You’re also more likely to get leadership positions if you stick with just a few clubs that you’re really passionate about. Take some risks, put yourself out there, but most of all have fun. There aren’t as many cool clubs in the adult world, and college shouldn’t be all work and no play. Enjoy yourself!”

— Jenna Leazott ’18