Concordia is known for its involved students. With over 100 student organizations and the user-friendly ability to form a new club, it's no wonder why so many Cobbers participate in much more than classes. As I was perusing the 1980 yearbook known as the "Cobber," a few student organizations stood out because Concordia no longer has them. Here are some intriguing clubs that existed at Concordia in 1980:
The Tri-College Flying Club
The Flying Club was formed in 1979 due to an increased interest in the aeronautical area. The organization met monthly at the NDSU student union. Most of the flying took place at the Hector International Airport where the Flying Club provided one plane for members' use at a lower cost.
The Skateboard Club was a casual, low-commitment organization that met to skateboard whenever the mood struck. In their 1979-80 season, they secured $200 from the Student Senate to build a skateboard ramp on campus for student use. The Skateboard Club president, Dave Arnott, had this to say about skateboarding: "some people think it's a buggy idea, they don't think it's a legit sport or don't recognize it as athletic, and that's too bad."
Synchronized Swim Club
The Synchronized Swim Club worked hard for their main showcase: the "Magical Mystery Tour" which happened in November 1979. The group practiced one hour a day leading up to the performance to get all of their strokes and floats just right in time to the music.
This organization was comprised of students who were native to Montana. The group sponsored dances and barbecues to raise money to rent vans to travel back to Montana together at Christmas and Easter. This alleviated the expense of air or train fare and the group could travel together as friends.
Bread N' Cheese
Although this organization did eat bread and cheese together at every meeting, that was not their main mission. The students of Bread N' Cheese met to discuss and reflect on world hunger and other issues. The group hosted a Wednesday evening communion in March 1980 and the money raised from the offering was used to send food to Cambodia and to send school supplies to Tanzania.