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Swing dancers perform during a flash mob at Denver International Airport. This could be you if you want to learn the Lindy Hop.

Have a fear of missing out? The University of Colorado’s extensive clubs can provide a remedy.

Whether looking to get involved in do-good initiatives, new activities or thought-provoking discussions, more than 500 clubs are available to entice and engage CU students.

Below is a sample of some of the clubs available. The Center for Student Involvement lists even more clubs on its website at colorado.edu/involvement/organizations. And if you don’t see anything you like here, why not start your own club? Just call the involvement center for details at 303-492-6366.

Laser Smash Pancake Club

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If your idea of a good time involves slamming a stack of pancakes right before a mad match of laser tag, I am so excited to let you know there’s a whole club dedicated to that particular pair of activities.

The essence of this club is pretty much in the title. At 9 p.m. every other Saturday, like-minded carb lovers and laser slingers meet at Loveland Laser Tag, 401 N. Denver Ave. A hot, buttery stack of pancakes is the quintessential core to this club, but darting all those lasers is also a way to get in some exercise, organizers said. Cost to play is $13.50. Find out more at orgsync.com/157291/chapter.

Handbalancing Club

Between homework, tests and the desire to have a social life, college can leave students wanting for a little balance. This can be achieved through participation in the Handbalancing Club. Participants will learn how to do a two-arm and one-arm handstand. Organizers say that being in the club helps them develop the discipline necessary to achieve the feat that is the handstand. The Handbalancing Club meets every other week at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recreation Center. Find out more at orgsync.com/157260/chapter.

Swing Dance Club at CU

Those who want to advance their dancing skills outside of the modern-day Dab are sure to bolster their knowledge in the Swing Dance Club at CU. Club organizers said the purpose is to spread the joy of swing dancing. The club also hosts weekly social dances, which are free and open to the community. Learn more at orgsync.com/156986/chapter.

CU Bee Club

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Bees are the best, especially their knees. Join their fan club on campus to learn more about how cool they are and what you can do to keep pollinators alive.

Scientist have long hailed the bee as an ecological superhero, capable of helping plants produce food to sustain human and animal-kind alike. That’s why the CU Bee Club’s mission is to support the bee and share information on this powerful insect. The club hosts workshops and guests speakers, who also strive for bee conservation. Field trips include the Colorado Pollinator Summit, the Butterfly Pavilion and various apiaries around Boulder County. Furthermore, members work with nonprofit organizations to further their mission. Wonder what the buzz is about? Those interested can check out the club at cubeeclub.org.

Walkabout Creative Arts Journal

Since 1973, this group has sought to help prose and art coalesce into a single student-created publication. A board of between five and 15 undergraduate student editors are hired each year by an elected editor-in-chief.
Submissions are solicited in the fall, and the publication is released in the spring. The group is funded in part by the Creative Writing Department and in part by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. To learn more, visit walkaboutjournal.com or email walkaboutmag@gmail.com.

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