Claim to Fame

Patricia Montemurri, “College students join the clubs -- weird ones” • Tue Sep 06 2011

What’s weird about feeding squirrels? Then again, one could hardly discuss extraordinary clubs without mentioning us, so maybe we are weird!

Although foam fighting, pizza-crust chomping and squirrel watching sound like fun, belonging to such unique organizations also may yield opportunities after college.

Jason Colman cofounded the U-M Squirrel Club in 2002 when he and a buddy were marveling how fat and friendly campus squirrels were.

“It was a joke, but the next morning, it sounded like a good idea,” recalled Colman, now 28 and living in Alameda, Calif., where he directs digitization for the University of California library system.