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New club forms at Marshall

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 02:28 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington has a rich history, this semester a new club has been formed at Marshall University aimed at celebrating that history.

The Vintage Appreciation Society was the brainchild of Amanda Stanley, a junior at Marshall. Stanley is the current president of the club. The newly formed club offers a variety of activities from watching classic films, to listening to hit songs from the past. Each week the club discusses a different decade.

"We just started the club about three weeks ago," she said. "When I decided I wanted to form the club I made some fliers and I went to Student Activities to ask them if it was OK to put them up. We are currently a provisional group until we get all the paper work filled out. To firmly establish the club you need at least one officer besides the president and you need a faculty adviser which we have found."

It's still very early for the club and activities are in the works.

"We haven't done much yet because it's a brand new club, but we are making plans to get in contact with the antique stores in the area," she said. "We would like to increase awareness of them. My favorite antique shop is the Antique Mall across the street from the Keith-Albee theater. "

The group had a Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 28.

"About 20 people showed up," Stanley said. "We showed 'Psycho' and it was great. I would like to hold a Christmas party to wrap up the semester.

"So far our goal is simply to become better established on campus," Stanley added. "We want to get our name out there and get more members. We usually choose a decade theme for each week. We usually start by bringing in an object or talking about a particular subject related to that decade. We started with the 1920s."

Karen Leatherman, a graduate student and member of the club, said her love of all things vintage started as a child.

"Ever since I was a little girl I have been watching movies on Turner Classic Movies. I loved movies on there. I also grew up on 'I Love Lucy,'" she said. "I loved the fashion from the 1920s and 1930s. When I saw the poster for the club one evening after class I was definitely interested in the club."

For more information, students can email Stanley at stanley10@live.marshall.edu. The club can also be found on Facebook by searching for "MU Vintage Appreciation."