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Roanoke College Welcomes New Clubs


Spring semester is just starting out at Roanoke College and along with students starting new classes, three new clubs to join have entered the mix. Art club, Improv Club, and the Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers Group joined RCEngage this past week starting up with their new active club status. Each new group has a great opportunity to solicit new members next Tuesday, January 21 at the Activities Fair in Colket at 5pm.

Improv Club is led by club president Megan Kraus with faculty adviser Dr. Lisa Warren and is open to every student to join: no experience needed. The base of Improv Club is to have fun while teaching and learning new skills, “to learn and play improve games,” said Kraus.

Kraus also stated, “It is all about knowing how to think on your feet and make everything up as you go. We perfect performance skills through fun and crazy games and always manage a few laughs along the way.”

Most of the new members of the club are also new to improv, thus the club is beginning its reign by training and teaching members so all can be on the same experience level. In the future, the club hopes to put on performances for the entire student body to enjoy, but for now they are “still in the training process,” stated Kraus.

Improv Club meetings are held in Olin Hall Rm. 230 at 8pm on Wednesdays. Meetings consist of playing games, having fun, and hopefully relieving built up stress at the end of the day. Kraus and members plan for the club to bring laughter and good times to the campus further into their career as a club.

In promotion, Kraus stated, “Everyone should join! If you’re the kind of person who wants to watch someone act out a broken chair or if you’re the kind of person who wants to act out the broken chair then this is the place for you.”

Also new to Roanoke is the Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers group led by club president Travis Lumpkin and faculty adviser Dr. Dorothy Belle Poli. The AAF group is focused around uniting individuals who are not necessarily associated with any particular religious group, but who may be atheist, agnostic, secular, or just a skeptic on campus.

The club was founded in 2013 and this semester they plan to provide a great opportunity for students to socialize and connect with other “like-minded individuals,” stated the club’s RCEngage welcome. The club intends for members to have a place to freely question and discuss their beliefs and identify with each other.

Lumpkin stated, “[AAF] is a chance for students to see that you don’t have to be associated with a particular religious group to perform community service, or connect with the community.”

The group is open for anyone to join regardless of religious beliefs, and all are welcome to partake in discussions.

Also new to the Roanoke College Campus is Art Club. Led by club president Min Thein, and is focused around promoting art in all forms, including painting, drawing, photography, drama, and dance. The club intends to affect the campus and community through their art. Meetings are in Olin Hall on alternating Mondays and Thursdays.

For more information on all clubs be sure to visit the Activities Fair on Tuesday, January 21 and check out the tables.