Snow College Presents the Magic Club

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The students at the Magic Club are enjoying their weekend playing the trading card game, magic, at the Greenwood Student Center.  Photo Courtesy of Steven Olsen

The students at the Magic Club are enjoying their weekend playing the trading card game, magic, at the Greenwood Student Center. Photo Courtesy of Steven Olsen

Got any plans for Friday nights on campus? There is a Magic Club at the Greenwood Student Center. Unknown amongst some of the students, this club has been at Snow since last semester. Although the former president, Nathaniel Jones thought of the idea last year and got a group together, it wasn’t actually an official club until the start of fall semester. “We didn’t originally want to start the club because we didn’t think anyone would show up,” said Jones. “However, there were around sixty people who signed up during club rush last semester.” If a student is interested in joining, “The Magic Club here at Snow is opened to everyone, including those that don’t know how to play,” said member Fellipe Sebastiao. “We will just teach them how, and it’s easy to learn if you enjoy it. Although, it takes some time and patience because there’s a lot to learn.” Upon learning how to play, a person will be given a starter deck containing thirty cards. President Julie Belnap said, “These teach you the basics of how to play the game. Once you have mastered the first thirty, then you will be given another starter deck, and you will soon learn how to build a deck on your own.”

The Magic Club isn’t just a welcoming environment, but it also provides a way for students to make friends. “It’s not only a fun game to play,” said Belnap, “but it’s also a great way to become more social if you aren’t already.” Belnap has noticed over the past few semesters this club has been around that people who come end up making friends they would have never had the chance to make if they had never attended.

But what does the club do besides help everyone make new friends? “We play and have fun, of course,” said Jones. For example, they have an event called “draft wars,” where everyone gets a pack of fifteen cards. Then, they take one of the cards and put them into a deck. Everyone sits in a circle, so the cards which aren’t selected are passed to the left, and the process continues until all the cards have been taken. They also attend “pre-releases.” This is when an entire new set of cards come out. The magic club travels to places like Spanish Fork or Payson on the weekends of these events. “If you win first place at one of these events, you can get a booster box,” said Sebastiao. “They are great because they give you thirty-six booster packs.”
Belnap and Jones said that running the club can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it because it brings everyone closer together and teaches the players how to interact with other people. Students who are interested in joining the Magic Club can also find the club’s information on Facebook by searching “Snow College Magic Club.” “The only thing that’s required of people who come is to keep track of where their cards are and have fun,” said President Belnap. “ And we’re open to everyone, so come on over!”

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