What do students do when they’re not in class? They sing. They dance. They knit! And they do it as part of an organized club. There were about 20 clubs in 1947, the year after Triple Cities College opened. Today, there are about 240. How much do you know about Binghamton’s clubs? Take this quiz and find out. Answers are below.
1. In 1947, if you were a member of the Baccacians, Dionysians, Goliards or Saiens, what were you?
2. The Modern Music Club didn’t last long. Why?
3. The Radio Workshop might have been the most optimistic club of all. Why?
4. Clubs included Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Civil Rights and Young Americans for Freedom. Name the year.
5. In 1974–75, liberation and exploitation were popular causes. Name two clubs devoted to the issues of the day.
6. In 1983–84: World of Warcraft was still 10 years away, so if you belonged to the Conflict Simulation Club, what were you playing?
7. In 1949–50, the Pistol Club was shooting bullets. Two clubs still shoot; name their ammunition.
8. This activity has grown increasingly popular on college campuses since the early ’80s and, at Binghamton, at least nine groups do it. What is it?
9. Health and safety are hot topics, and groups include the Birth Control Co-op, SADD, Pro-Choice Coalition and peer education groups for safe sex, HIV/AIDS, drugs and alcohol. Name the decade.
10. All organizations have bylaws; which one is described here? “… members will participate in activities that encourage a deep-seated sense of teamwork and camaraderie that would be essential in any emergency scenario. Additionally, education will be the purpose of the club, to discuss the possibility of an infectious outbreak and subsequent disaster preparedness discussions that could be applied to any situation.”
1. You were a man. Pandorans and Thalians were women.
2. “Modern” referred to bebop and swing (c. 1949–50).
3. Because there was no radio station for at least its first decade. The club existed as early as 1949, and in the 1961 yearbook is this paragraph: “The fact that the Radio Workshop does not have a radio station does not discourage these happy souls. Many happy hours have been spent in the control room of the student center playing with microphones, tape recorders and colored lights and buttons.” WHRW went on the air in 1966.
4. 1962–63. By 1969-70, you could take one step to the left and join the Democratic-Liberal Club.
5. Possible answers: Attica Brigade, Binghamton Friends of the Farm Workers (remember the lettuce boycott?), Public Interest Research Group, Gay Liberation, Radical Arab/Jewish Alliance and Women’s Liberation. (To counter the intensity, there was the International Meditation Society for transcendental meditation.)
6. Dungeons & Dragons, Traveller and other war games.
7. Nerf darts (used by the Zombie Student Association in its humans vs. zombies game) and paintballs (used by the Binghamton Paintball Federation).
8. A cappella singing. Binghamton’s groups include Treblemakers (alternative rock), Koinonia (Christian music), Harpur Harpeggios (all-female), Binghamtonics (oldest, also does skits), Binghamton Vibrations (oldies), Rhythm Method (’80s music), No Strings Attached (Broadway music), Binghamton Crosbys (all-male) and Kaskaset (all-Jewish).
9. The ’90s. The groups mentioned are listed in the 1993–94 student handbook.
10. Bet you guessed Harpur’s Ferry. WRONG! It’s the Zombie Student Association — again. Because, in an emergency, we’ll all feel safer knowing the zombies have our backs.