September 20, 2013
Special interest club offers a new 'Circle of Life' for studentsDoes your idea of a fun Friday night include watching movies like "Mulan," "Peter Pan" and "Wreck-It Ralph"? Can you name all the Disney princesses? Do you know the lyrics to every classic Disney song... ever?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes (and even if the answer is no), then there is a new special interest club at Susquehanna worth looking into.
The Susquehanna University Disney Club was founded this year by first-year Alexa Farhan. Farhan said that meetings will be held every Saturday at 8 p.m. in Mellon Lounge, and that each meeting will last from about one to two hours.
The meetings will usually consist of watching a movie combined with an educational portion relating to the movie.
Farhan, president of the Disney Club, said that the idea for the club just came to her.
"I really like clubs, and I saw that there were activities here that portrayed specific interests, and they were clubs that didn't have a lot of people, or people didn't really know about them," she said. "So I thought, 'Why don't I start my own special interest club?'"
Farhan said that at first she didn't know what she wanted to do for a club. The idea for a Disney Club, she said, came after she was listening to Pandora with some friends and a Disney song came on.
"I was always the Disney girl in my high school," Farhan said, "and then it came to me: 'Wait, let's just start a Disney club!' And that's basically how the idea came out. [My friends] probably thought I was kidding, but then it really turned into a thing."
The Disney Club had its first meeting on September 14. Farhan said that 27 people attended, a number she described as "pretty successful."
"I only requested 25 chairs, so luckily there was an extra chair," Farhan said.
During the first meeting, the club watched the sing-along version of "The Lion King," and Farhan said that everyone sang along with the film. She also said that the club members ended up competing with people in Charlie's Coffeehouse who were participating in karaoke night.
"Unfortunately, Charlie's won in loudness," she said, "but we were all in harmony as we were singing the songs, and we were all on cue with the characters."
Farhan also said that they compared "The Lion King" to the play "Hamlet" in keeping with the educational part of the club.
According to Farhan, the next meeting will be centered on "Lilo and Stitch." The club will most likely watch an episode of the show rather than the movie, she said, and the meeting will also include a brief Hawaiian history, an Elvis and Stitch impersonation contest and a hula dancing tournament.
Other future plans for the Disney Club include watching "Hercules" with a discussion of Greek mythology and members wearing togas and watching "Pirates of the Caribbean" with members wearing eye patches and talking like pirates.
For the Halloween meeting, Farhan said, the club will have a "House of Mouse" theme with a costume contest. Other plans include a Star Wars night, a Marvel and Avengers night, a classic princesses night and a possible field trip to see the up-coming
Disney movie "Frozen" in theaters.
For more information about this new special interest club, visit the Disney Club Facebook page, which is open to the public.
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