Students are encouraged to participate in diverse extracurricular activities. Historically, the College recognizes more than 100 student clubs and organizations, including departmental and professional organizations; ethnic and lifestyle clubs; literary clubs; educational organizations; honorary societies; performing arts clubs; music and vocal groups; political advocacy groups; publications and media clubs; religious organizations; service groups; and other special interest groups. Students are encouraged to form new organizations to meet their own needs and the needs of our campus. The following is a selection of the clubs and organizations that are, or have been, at the College. For more information, please contact the Office of College Programs.
Some student groups are associated with particular academic programs. These include the American Chemical Society, Anthropology Club, Geological Society, Government Club, Philosophy Club, Physics Club and the Pre-Vet Clubs. Also, clubs devoted to classical, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish cultures and language supplement language courses, provide community for speakers of foreign languages and engage other members of the community in new languages and cultures.
Student-led artistic groups include the a cappella singing groups Poor Richards, Sweet Ophelia and The Chessmen; Dance Team, Art Club and Dance Dance Revolution Club, Rumspringas; and the musical theater group F&M Players.
WFNM, the College radio station, has a studio in the College Center. WFNM broadcasts to the Lancaster community at 89.1 FM. Students work in music, news, sports, special features, production, engineering and broadcast management.
Ben’s Underground is a student-run club/restaurant located below Marketplace Dining Hall. Ben’s programming includes student performances, live music, and fun games and competition nights. Ben’s offers a wide variety of snack items for late-night visits; provides pool, foosball, poker tables and other games; house televisions, and wireless internet.
Sport clubs provide an opportunity for students to compete at various levels of play against other colleges while still being student-initiated and organized with an emphasis on participation. Franklin & Marshall sport clubs include Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Equestrian, Men’s Volleyball, Ice Hockey, Cycling team, Water Polo, Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Swim, Baseball, and Ultimate Frisbee.
College Entertainment Committee (CEC)
The CEC organizes a wide and well-balanced variety of high-quality, diverse entertainment and late-night alternatives in the interests of the Franklin & Marshall College community. Entertainment that CEC brings to campus includes movie nights, Taste of Lancaster events, Spring Arts and trips to sporting events. The organization also promotes the development of students’ leadership abilities through involvement in the Committee’s professional atmosphere.
Many different cultural traditions are represented within the student body. Student clubs representing this diversity include the African Club, African Dance Troupe, African Drumming Club, Black Student Union, Ciao Bella, East Asian Society, International Club, Mi Gente Latina, Russian and Eastern European Club and SANGAM (South Asian Club). These groups sponsor a variety of speakers, performances, exhibits, coffee hours, trips and other events, often in such contexts as the Hispanic festival, Black Cultural Arts Weekend, Martin Luther King, Jr., observance, Lunar New Year celebration, Diwali festival and International Day.
Political and Social Activist Clubs
Students who wish to be politically active or who are simply interested in politics, government, or social activism can become involved in a variety of clubs. Organizations include College Democrats, College Republicans, The Human Rights Initiative (THRI), Amnesty International, Oxfam, Environmental Action Alliance, International Women’s Outreach Committee and SAVE.
The College Reporter is a weekly student-edited newspaper. It contains current news, features, comments on student and national problems, satire and a lively “Letters to the Editor” section.
The Dispatch, a bi-weekly print and on-line journal, promotes free speech through open discussion of a wide range of issues. A student-edited publication, it accepts well-written pieces from students, faculty, staff, administration and others.
Kituhwan is the Anthropology Club’s annual journal of student papers in Anthropology.
Oriflamme is the College’s official yearbook. It is a student-designed and developed publication that appears each spring.
Plume is an annual journal of translations and original work in foreign languages by students, faculty and professional staff.
Prolog, a student literary and arts magazine, features poems, artwork, essays and short stories.
Epilogue is a compilation of student writing and art work comprised primarily of poetry and fiction.