A great way to meet new people at school is to join a registered student organization. Illinois State University is home to over 300 RSOs, meaning if you’re passionate about something, there’s a group for it. Here are some unique RSOs to make you experience at ISU fantastic. Visit redbirdlife.illinoisstate.edu for the full list of RSOs.

1) Gamma Phi Circus

The Gamma Phi Circus is the oldest collegiate circus in the United States, with last year being their 90th anniversary. The circus is made up of student performers who train at a professional level. In April, the Gamma Phi Circus performs its annual home show in Redbird Arena. Those interested in joining the troupe can attend their open houses at the beginning of the school year to get a feel for the circus arts.

2) Improv Mafia

If you want to make people laugh, Improv Mafia is the place for you. They are the most decorated college improv team in the country and ISU’s oldest improv group. The group performs every Tuesday night in the Center for Visual Arts. Mafia shows contain both short and long form scenes and games.

3) Redbird Esports

Redbird Esports is an RSO all about competitive gaming. Students of any skill level are welcome to join the group and try out for one of their teams. The RSO competitively plays games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, Fornite, Apex Legends, CS:GO and more.

4) Illinois State Theatre Outreach Program

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The School of Theatre and Dance is preparing for another year of shows and performances.

Have a passion for theater? Check out Illinois State Theatre Outreach Program. The group’s message is to use theater as a vessel for social change and to start conversations. ISTOP meets every Friday in Centennial East and offers creative, service and volunteer opportunities.

5) Student Environmental Action Coalition

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) is the perfect place for students who are passionate about the environment. Students in SEAC work to create progressive social change and spread awareness about environmental issues. Their goal is to use action and education to help lessen environmental injustices. The group meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in Schroeder Room 201.

6) Spread the Magic at ISU

Spread the Magic at ISU brings smiles to the faces of children by dressing as popular Disney princesses, princes, superheroes and more. Students visit different hospitals, crisis centers, schools and events in the area in character. The RSO started in 2017 and is open to any student.

Website: https://spreadthemagic.weebly.com

7) Quidditch Club

Now is your chance to play the popular sport from the “Harry Potter” series. Quidditch is a co-ed adaptation of the sport from the books written by J.K. Rowling. Members include both travel and casual. Practices are held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Gregory Street Fields.

ANDREA RICKER is Features Editor The Vidette. She can be contacted at arricke@ilstu.edu Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    


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