League of Extraordinary Fandoms hosts book day
By Zayn Roohi
Saturday’s meeting of The League of Extraordinary Fandoms had three things: tea, books and board games.
The League of Extraordinary Fandoms was founded by Lindsey Klueber in late February 2013, and it aims to be a place where all fandoms, a group enthusiastic fans who incorporate aspects of culture into their lives, can come together to celebrate their beliefs. Fandoms include fans of “Dr. Who,” “The Hunger Games,” “Lord of the Rings” and other similar communities.
They meet every Saturday in Gruening 413, with around 10 members most meetings. Last Saturday’s meeting in Gruening consisted of a large pile of books on one table, and several cups of tea and half a pizza on another. Students hung out and mostly did their own thing, from reading books in the corners to playing board games with friends.
“The UAF League of Extraordinary Fandoms is a club that was founded to bring people of all different fan groups together to be able to nerd out and have fun in a nonjudgemental atmosphere,” Klueber said
“I really love the atmosphere we built with the club, just having people come in and be comfortable here,” Vice President Tamara Swenson said.
The club regularly hosts different events for students to participate in, such as Saturday’s Book Day, where students were encouraged to show up and read books from the various fandoms represented.
Students also played games such Lord of the Rings Risk, or did schoolwork. “It’s books, and movies, and television, and video games and bringing people all together,” Klueber said.
“You get to do a lot of fun things with people who have great energy and want to do the volunteer service and other activities we put together,” Swenson said.
According to Klueber, the club also heavily participates in community service. In October of 2014 they teamed up with the E-Sports Club, UAF Residence Life and 907 Gamers to hold an Extra-Life Charity event. Combined with the UAA and UAS charity events, they managed to raise nearly $11,000.
“We want to make sure we have a positive impact, and we’re known for having a positive impact on the community,” Swenson said.