|ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: 'Candee' Club equals healthy fun|
|Written by Tony Compton, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Monday, 31 January 2011 17:49|
Candy, friends, fun and bad movies once a week is what ISU’s newest RSO is all about.
Candee Club was created this past November and has grown to a membership of 35.
Candee Club was founded by Tommy Willmot, a sophomore history student, after a strange occurrence while watching one of his favorite movies, “Laser Mission.”
“Many people think the creation of Candee Club is a lie or a myth; however, the story of its creation is one for the ages,” Willmot said.
Last semester, Willmot was lying on his dorm floor watching the movie and eating candy when his roommate, Nate Spreitzer, a sophomore history student, walked in and tripped over Willmot and fell.
When Willmot went to jump up to see if he was all right, he hit his head on the futon frame and blacked out for a few seconds.
“It was during those few crucial seconds that I envisioned all of my friends enjoying candy and movies,” Willmot explained, “I know it just sounds unbelievable but it was almost as if it was destiny for this club to come to fruition for me.”
And, thus, Candee Club was to be created.
“When Tom first had his visions of Candee Club, I was skeptical,” Spreitzer said “What kind of backwards world would want to watch bad movies and eat candy?”
But the skepticism faded and Spreizer confessed that one of his first thoughts after the club started was “Boy, was I mistaken.”
Spreitzer said he just misunderstood the creative energy Willmot was putting into the idea of Candee Club.
“I watched the movie ‘Laser Mission,’ and I truly understood what Tom envisioned. Bad movies were the best,” Spreitzer added.
Daniel Regan, a junior mid-level education student, lived on the same floor as Willmot and Spreitzer and kept hearing about Candee Club meetings but always said he had better things to do besides go watch bad movies.
“But then I went to a meeting and it was fun and I kept going ever since,” Regan said, “They would start every meeting with a big fiasco."
Regan remembered a time Willmot and Spreitzer brought in a bunch of plastic ware and handed it out to everyone at the meeting to throw a piece at the screen every time a funny or favorite part of “The Room” came on.
“At random times throughout the movie you’d just see a bunch of plastic forks flying at the screen,” Regan said.
“They really liked messing with us,” Marty Schuld, a sophomore biological sciences student, said.
Schuld recalled the last meeting of the semester when Willmot and Spreitzer had wrapped themselves up in wrapping paper with a bunch of candy and laid still until everyone arrived; meanwhile Regan was pretending to know that they were at some type of candy conference and wouldn’t be there that day; no one truly believed him.
There was a short movie playing of the best moments of Candee Club and at the end when “Who Let the Dogs Out” was playing, the two suddenly jumped out of the wrapping paper and threw candy at everyone and did push-ups.
Another memorable moment for Candee Club members was when the “veggie-nemesis” attacked the club. Two guys came in with a big “V” on their heads and were throwing vegetables at Willmot and Spreitzer telling them to eat veggies not candy.
Just before the veggies were victorious the club members started throwing candy at the veggie-nemeses, which acted like kryptonite and wilted them.
Currently Willmot and Spreitzer are studying abroad in England and are unable to lead the Candee Club, so the club has taken the semester off, but they intend to start right back up in the fall.
“Candee Club to me is everything. I truly love this club more than anything at Illinois State University,” Willmot said of the club to show his want to keep the club going when he returns.