BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT, Editor In Chief
The Association of Student Anthropologists (ASA) has started a Quidditch organization on UM-Dearborn’s campus. The games will take place on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the field between the University Center and the library.
So far, there are four “houses”, or teams, on campus, consisting of seven to fourteen players each. Teams pay a thirty-five dollar start up fee which helps to cover the costs of supplies for the games.
The process started when club members Khai Krumbhaar and Polly Anna Burnette Egan suggested the idea to Association of Student Anthropologists President, Kris Bjornbak.
Quidditch teams are quickly sweeping the nation’s college campuses and Bjornbak is excited to build teams in Dearborn and get them competing with schools such as University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Eastern Michigan University.
“I feel that while most wouldn’t immediately associate Quidditch with Anthropology, there is a connection. Quidditch is played on campuses all around the world and therefore crosses cultural barriers, as does anthropology,” Bjornbak said.
Any student is able to join the organization; no anthropology background is needed. Two of the current teams host members of the ASA and the Gamer’s club while the other two hold members of a mixture of students.
The rules are similar to those found in the Harry Potter books, with the exception of course, of the flying broomsticks and bewitched balls.
“The biggest difference is, of course the brooms, snitch, and bludgers don’t fly,” Bjornbak said, adding, “We still use brooms but instead of flying on them, you run around on them.”
Students interested in creating their own house team are encouraged to stop by the Association of Student Anthropologists cubical located in 2101 of the University Center.
The next meeting will be held this Thursday, October 20, at 4:30 p.m. in 1014 CASL, with a game following right after.
For more information on how to create a Quidditch team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.