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DisCarded establishes roots for upcoming semester

Published 12/6/18

Sebastian Cooper

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The DisCarded student organization was established on campus this semester. Previously named Scrabble Club, the organization transitioned their name to the newly DisCarded to open up diversity within the organization for more board game genres. Its leaders are working towards creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and enjoyable for any student who wishes to escape college life and play a few games with friends.

“The mission of the organization is to create a relaxed atmosphere where people can hang out with friends, avoid stress and not worry about the casual college life,” said Samuel Hester, Heavener freshmen. “The overall goal of the organization is to partner with other student organizations to do events together. Right now, the organization is especially unique because it has just started and because of that, it is needing those new members to give it a good reputation and a good atmosphere.”

The DisCarded organization started as an idea during Welcome Week of the fall semester and has blossomed into a functioning student organization. Hester and a few friends were in the campus library playing scrabble when they initiated the idea. During Welcome Week, students have a lot of stressful programs required for freshmen. The idea was created so students could focus on relaxation instead of school obligation.

“The idea started as a way for friends to get together for social purposes to play board games,” said Taylor Fleming, Tahlequah freshman. “It almost seemed like it did not need to be a student organization to make it happen, but we made it official so other like-minded students could participate. We changed the name because it kind of fits with the modern culture that seems to be losing the friendly and family social interaction such as board games. Bringing back something that once was discarded such as board games ties into what we are aiming for as an organization.”

The organization is planning movie nights featuring various board games including Clue and Jumanji. Another idea discussed during meetings is board game tournaments where students can compete against each other for prizes and awards. DisCarded currently has six members in the organization but the leadership team is hoping to initiate a recruitment campaign in the spring semester to further membership. The organization is open to any student seeking the community aspect of college life and wants to enjoy time away from school or other obligations.

“The vision of the organization is to create something that hasn't been created before,” said Johnna Scott, Pawnee freshman. “There are no other organizations on campus that play board games like this organization does. We hope to grow and become a much larger organization so that it can have more events and have that opportunity to meet new people. Students can become more involved simply by showing up. If any student has any questions about the organization, all four of our officers would be happy to help”

Membership meetings are at 4 p.m., Tuesdays on the second floor of the John Vaughan Library in the curriculum materials room.

For more information about the DisCarded organization and how to join, email Hester at hester02@nsuok.edu.


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