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Join that club! A sampling of student groups

By GILLIAN LELCHUK | September 1, 2016

Hopkins is home to a huge number of clubs and extracurricular activities, so we decided to highlight just a few of them. Take a look at what the members have to say about their groups, and be sure to check out the Student Involvement Fair on Sept. 9!

Ex Numera (Math Club)

“Ex Numera is a community of undergraduate students at JHU who share an interest in mathematics. Members come to events such as Silver Screens and Blackboards where we show movies and then have a guest lecturer explain the mathematics mentioned in the film. Members are introduced to different fields of mathematical research by attending seminars hosted by JHU graduate students.”

– Bilyana Tzolova and David Chan,


Notes of Ranvier

“The Notes of Ranvier is Johns Hopkins’s only community service a cappella group. We strive to produce our best sound while serving both the Hopkins and Baltimore communities. Being a member of the Notes of Ranvier means being a part of not only an a cappella group, but also a family. When we’re not practicing, you can always find members studying or grabbing dinner together. In addition to rehearsals, our commitments involve performances on the Hopkins campus, community service trips, and a weekend retreat each semester.”

– Sabrina Palazzolo,

Business Director


“Hopkins Baja is a team of undergraduates that design, build, and race a single-seat off-road vehicle every year.

“Team members will acquire a variety of skills from using CAD softwares, to testing methods, to welding. There is no prior experience necessary, but being motivated and passionate about learning, questioning, and experiencing new things is a must.

“We are also always looking for non-engineers as well, especially those interested in marketing.”

– Anna Goodridge, Captain


“Johns Hopkins Quidditch aims to foster a sense of community and friendly competition among the Hopkins community. We bring together jocks, geeks and everyone in between in our adrenaline-based bonding efforts. Camaraderie and fun competition are always top priority.

“Members of the team are just as likely to build each other up as they are to bring each other groundward with a dodgeball to the knees.

“In addition, we are not a f*cking Harry Potter fan club. We are simply an intramural conglomeration some of whose members happen to know a wide range of Harry Potter facts.”

– Ryan Kunzer, President

Film Society

“The JHU Film Society aims to promote film culture in the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities through events and programming that encourage discussion of and appreciation for film.

“Film Society members attend our weekly meetings, where we talk about the movies we watched the previous week, plan for upcoming FS events and screenings, and generally have a grand time.”

– Gillian Waldo, Co-Director


“The Johns Hopkins University Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU) is a student run advocacy group that supports all survivors of sexual violence and works to dismantle rape culture. We hold events throughout the year and offer a  24/7 peer-run crisis hotline (410-516-7887). SARU members all share a passionate interest in sexual assault education and acknowledge the importance of providing resources for sexual assault survivors in the Hopkins community.”

– Saakshi Suri and Christine Fei,


English Club

“The English Club is an undergraduate student association that organizes social and academic events throughout the academic year. The club’s goals are to facilitate networking among undergraduates, graduates, and professors and to bring literature to the forefront of the Hopkins community. The club organizes a range of events with a literary theme and an annual English Club BBQ at the end of the spring semester. It lets English majors and interested non-majors socialize and connect outside of the classroom.”

– Jessica Terekhov, Co-President


“The Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club (JHOC) is a student-run organization, founded on a passion and respect for the environment, which leads free, fun, safe and wild excursions into the outdoors. Specialties include hiking, backpacking, caving, canoeing, mountain biking and climbing! Our mission is to help Hopkins’ students and faculty foster an appreciation for the natural world, develop technical and leadership skills, promote personal growth, and maintain the JHOC spirit based on tradition and history. We also try to bring some of that spirit to on-campus events like bike tune-ups or outdoors movie screenings. Our motto sums it up: Come Get Dirty with JHOC.”

– Elana Stroud, Director

Temps d’Afrique

“As the only African dance troupe, we strive to show the diversity of African culture through dance, and we are always looking to bring the energy on stage in new and interesting ways! I think one of the biggest misconceptions about TDA is that it is only for a certain group of people. But the truth is, what makes our team special is that anyone can join, and I do mean anyone. You don’t have to be a dancer either. Most of us didn’t start that way. We grow in practice. We have a lot of fun, and it is one of the best ways to exercise while de-stressing. But at the same time we put in work and we are serious about what we do. We drill and we practice until everyone nails it. There is a level of commitment that needs to be there. You gotta want it.”

– Kemi Oguntona, Member

Girl Scouts

“The Girl Scouts Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We hope to build these qualities in our troop members. Young girls specifically need support to grow into empowered women, and we hope to bring them support and encouragement. Girl Scouts is a part of Barclay Elementary’s after school program. Afternoon programs are important for children living in a city, especially if their parents are still at work. We currently lead Daisies (K-1st grade) and Brownies (2nd-3rd grade) troops at Barclay Elementary School.”

– Frempongma Wadee, Member

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