From Quidditch to Marketing to Riding – Champlain Clubs Offer Something for Everyone

By Olivia Werenski ‘17 / Champlain News

Members of the Quidditch team enjoy a practice during the warm fall weather

Members of the Quidditch team enjoy a practice during the warm fall weather

As this first semester comes to a close, so does another season of clubs. Here at Champlain, we have a club for every interest, disinterest, or hobby. Whether you’re a Potterhead (don’t read that wrong), a board game junkie, or a marketing genius, Director of Clubs Alex Holcomb has got a perfect match. Here’s some clubs that might spark a newfound interest in you:


Quidditch: If you’re a Harry Potter junkie, this is the one for you. Champlain ‘s newest co-ed club, features members running with a broomstick between their legs and tossing around four balls: the Quaffle, two Bludgers, and the Golden Snitch. The object of the game is to outscore your opponent or to catch the Golden Snitch to end the game. Once on the field, each team has seven players who try to score through six elevated ring-shaped goals, three on each side of the Quidditch pitch.While all of this is happening a neutral player that is dressed in all yellow and has a tennis ball inside a tube sock tucked into their pants roams the area. This person is the snitch, and it is the seekers job to find this person and capture the tennis ball sock.   “I wanted to start the club here because it was something I was interested, and thought a lot of people here might be as well. I had seen my sisters college (Green Mountain College) play and it was just awesome. It’s a great game and a ton of fun!” If you would like to know more about this club, contact club president Kendre Guinane at


Marketing Club: The Marketing Club is a great club to join if you’d like to get some more experience in the business world. Members weekly and this semester worked with HG skis, a local VT/East coast company, to help market themselves to potential buyers. The marketing club is a great way to work in the real market and get some real life experience to add to your resume according to the club leaders. To get involved, contact Isabelle Monticolombi at or Carly Svetlik at


Equestrian Club: Champlain College’s Equestrian Club was formed seven years ago by a student who wanted to continue riding while away at college. Since then, the club has grown in popularity on campus and attracts people who have ridden their entire life, want to return to riding, or have never ridden before. That is one of the greatest aspects of the club—it offers students the chance to try something new and then continue to stick with it if they choose to do so. The club is funded by Champlain’s Student Government Association and uses its funding to pay for the lessons of its members. Beyond just riding at the barn on weekends, the club tries to set aside money for apparel and hosting an end of the year party to celebrate the members’ riding accomplishments. The club meetings take place on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm in MIC 301 (vista room) If you would like to know more information about this club, please contact club president Jennifer Sullivan at


To start a new club, contact the Student Government Association’s Director of Clubs, Alex Holcomb. Creating a club and applying for SGA funding requires signatures from all interested members, a consistent group of 10 participants, a faculty/staff advisor, and one representative to attend SGA Council meetings.

Holcomb is a Computer Information Technology major, specializing in Information Systems. Contact him with questions or comments at


For a more extensive list clubs and descriptions, visit

If you would like to have your club profiled next semester, contact Olivia Werenski at

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