The best club (names) at Brown

The second semester activities fair is tomorrow tonight, and if you went first semester (ehem, freshmen), you’ll know it’s a completely intimidating affair with hoards of people crowded into a narrow space and hundreds of upper classmen demanding your email if you so much as glance at their poster. So, if you choose to forgo second semester activities in the much more civilized Alumae Hall (or just forgot), never fear! Brown has a nifty interface called BearSync that lists all of the 400+ clubs in a Facebook style fashion with a profile and a newsfeed of current happenings. And if that’s still too much for you to handle, some Brown clubs have particularly creative names that you should join for the sole purpose of being able to tell someone with a straight face you are a part of the ARRR!!! Club (said with truth enthusiasm).


                 Proof of first semester madness

Beard Appreciation Society: I would imagine this club is a must for any semi-hipsters school. Their profile page claims to critique famous facial hair and discuss beards in the news and social media, and you don’t even need to have facial hair! While it’s unclear if any of that actually happens or not, the name will definitely make you chuckle.


So many styles to discuss!

Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: As a disclaimer, this is a serious club that helps future doctors learn how to handle awkward conversations with patients, but the name of the club just sounds like someone trying to relate to fall freshmen. That being said, it’s a life skill a lot of us (i.e. me) probably need.


     Let this super weird poster inspire you!

Associated Puzzlers: The name of the club is a little puzzling (I’m so, so sorry about that joke), but it is actually exactly what it sounds like. It’s a group of people who like to solve puzzles both competitively and casually both in and outside of Providence. How fun!

"Tailgate" -- Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted (Josh Radnor) open a bar called "Puzzles," on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, Jan. 2 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Kal Penn guest stars as Kevin. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/Fox �©2011 Fox Television. All Rights Reserved

       This name is a puzzle I’d like to solve

Plastic Surgery Interest Group: Again, this is a serious club for future doctors looking into the field, but the name just begs the image of a bunch of stressed college students looking into face-lifts and tummy tucks to prevent the unfortunate side effects of higher education.


You can practically see the stress lines forming

Teddy Bear Clinic: The medical groups are just killing it with club names! The group goes to elementary schools and community centers to teach kids about health with teddy bears as examples, but I was really hoping for a mini surgery room with students in face masks sewing back together beloved stuffed animals.


Tell me this isn’t what you first pictured (and dreamed of)

Poler Bears: Although most people know about the club, it deserves a mention because I think the fact that they combined the school mascot and pole dancing is super clever. Also, according to their page, they are the first pole dancing group in the Ivy League. Go Brown!!!

Despite its reputation of absolute chaos, the activities fair is a great way to get involved on campus and find a group of people with similar interests. And if for some reason you can’t choose one among the 400+, create your own! Just make sure the name is funny.

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