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MARK LEFFINGWELL
Five quirky CU-Boulder clubs


The University of Colorado is home to more than 100 student clubs and organizations.

From Ultimate Frisbee to CU WiLD, Wildlife and Land Defenders to the Breakdancing Club to the Fashion Design Student Association, there is a club tailored to most likings.

Get social and go meet students who love to do whatever it is you love to do. Make some friends. Show off your skills.

Or just have something to do. Don’t be a loser.

Here is a sampling of five different clubs:

1 Anime Anonymous

Love Japanese animation? So do they.

This club watches everything from Japanese television shows to feature films. The group even translates and subtitles the shows, giving an opportunity for English speakers to learn Japanese, or Japanese speakers to brush up on their English.

Check out the Web site to find showings throughout the 2010 spring and fall semester.

Info: colorado.edu/StudentGroups/AnimeAnonymous/

2 Boulder Jam Community

Bring your axe. Or paintbrush. The Boulder Jam Community is the CU haven for musicians, artists and poets. The club gathers those who share the same goal of self-expression.

The club meets on campus for events planning, and meets at members’ homes for live music and painting parties. E-mail boulderjamcommunity@gmail.com to join.

Info: colorado.edu/studentgroups/BoulderJamCommunity

3 The Buffoons

This student a cappella group just scored a song on famous piano-rocker Ben Folds’ recent University A Cappella album. The club, which has been on campus since 1962, holds tryouts each semester to recruit vocal talent.

Show off those strong pipes.

Info: colorado.edu/StudentGroups/Buffoons

4 OnStage

All the Hollywood, Broadway or even community theater-hungry actors can learn some new skills and meet fellow actors at this CU club. The organization for performing arts produces plays and puts on the CU Fringe Festival every year — a weekend of theater, performance art, dance and music.

They even host fun activities like movies in the CU Theatre building. E-mail cuonstage@gmail.com with questions.

Info: colorado.edu/studentgroups/onstage

5 Toastmasters

One day or another, there will be a public speaking appearance for us all. Whether it’s a wedding toast, a public office stint, an impromptu business meeting or even just regular old conversation — the Toastamasters are here to quell the fears of communication with hands-on practice.

Shake off the fear.

Info: colorado.edu/StudentGroups/toastmasters

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