From Humor U to Phi Eta Sigma, there are some very popular clubs, but five clubs that may have gone unnoticed before are Tall Club, Indian Student Association, Doctor Who Club, CocoaHeads and Video Games Are My Entertainment.
With more than 100 BYUSA and academic clubs on campus, it’s no surprise these clubs have slipped under the radar.
Jennifer Gorden, the BYUSA Vice President over clubs, explained the value of having many different types of clubs.
“Coming to such a large campus a lot of students feel alone,” she said. “It’s through clubs that they are able to meet other students that share the same passions and that share the same interests and they are able to find their place on campus.”
1. Tall Club
Tall Club’s description explains it all. “A social network for those of us who are above average height and seek an association with others of a greater-than-average height.” The group’s Facebook page invites women 5’10” and above and men 6’2″ and above to join the club. The Tall Club holds events like the Tall Club Olympics, an extravaganza party and other various socials.
2. Indian Student Association
The ISA was started in 2010 by the current president, Utkarsh Mahajan, an information systems major from Chandigrah, India. The club has a dual purpose of informing the BYU community about Indian culture and helping new students from India adjust to life at BYU and meet other students from India.
Mahajan said he saw a need for the club on campus and he thought students would be open to it.
“I thought people are cultured here, or they are more into culture since they have been to so many different countries,” Mahajan said. “I know a lot of people who love Bollywood, the dancing and Indian food.”
He said past events have drawn 300 to 400 people. The Festival of Lights event drew a large crowd with dance performances and Indian food.
3. Doctor Who Club
Doctor Who Club is dedicated to the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. Debuting in 1963, the show ran for 26 seasons. Andrew Bozica, a landscape management major, is the current president and said about 15 to 20 people participate in their weekly meetings in the JKB.
“Fall-Winter we meet once a week and we just watch [Doctor Who],” Bozica said. “Depending on what it is, if it’s a new series we watch one or two episodes, but if it’s an old series back from the 60s, 70s, 80s we might be able to get through four.”
They also have Doctor Who parties several times during the semester.
This club’s unique name comes from Apple’s Cocoa frameworks, a developer used to create Mac applications. It is a chapter of the Cocoa worldwide organization which brings together members to discuss the Cocoa framework with other developers. BYU’s chapter was started in 2008.
CocoaHeads lists their three main goals as learning more about Mac and iPhone programming, creating a network for developers to talk about the programming and demonstrating the interest students have in Mac development. They hope to have Mac programming added to the computer sciences curriculum at BYU.
5. Video Games Are My Entertainment
President of Video Games Are My Entertainment, Joshua Matern, a mathematics and physics double major from Highland, founded this club in 2010 when he decided he wanted to combine his enjoyment of video games and socializing.
“I found out that there wasn’t an organization on campus like this, so I started one,” Matern said.
This past year they met weekly in the Crabtree building to play video games and to socialize about their common interests in video games and video game merchandise.