At Marlboro, students follow their interests. If there is a club or activity it is because some inspired student or group of students took the initiative to launch it. Instead of being top-down, groups are generated from the ground up, and grow as new communities of students join campus with similar interests and fresh enthusiasm.
For example, the Farm Committee started in 2002 as a group of students interested in growing organic vegetables. Now it is an established committee with an annual budget from Town Meeting, which regularly provides fresh produce for community dinners and other events. Other active special interest committees include the Film Committee, Environmental Quality Committee, Spiritual Life Committee, and Food Committee, adding new energy to campus activities and initiatives each year.
Other groups are more informal, but just as persistent, such as the fencing club, which brings in a local, skilled swashbuckler to teach them how to thrust, paree, and blaspheme like a Medieval knight-errant. There have been groups that gather to play on the climbing wall together, knit together, play board games together, do contact improv together, play jazz together, meditate together, and ferment things together. In recent years there has been a bodacious boxing club and an awesome acapella group. There has even been a group that gathered weekly to watch an episode of Sharpe’s Rifles, the acclaimed television drama. If there is something you are passionate about, you can pursue that interest with like-minded students at Marlboro.