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Fireworks over Cinderella castle in Disney World. The Stony Brook Disney club held its first meeting on September 21st. ETHICALLY YOURS/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY SA 3.0

The Stony Brook Disney Club is a new campus organization for students who live, breathe and eat all things Disney.

The club hosted a “Mad Tea Party” at their first meeting in Harriman Hall, inspired by the Mad Hatter’s unbirthday party in the animated Disney film “Alice in Wonderland.” New members came in for tea, hot chocolate, cookies and other sweets. 

“It all started about a year ago,” Sarah Monastero, the club’s president and junior civil engineering major, said. “I was really into Disney and we went to Disney every year. I thought to myself, ‘There must be other people out there that love Disney as much as I do.’ So, I wanted to find people who I could share my Disney facts with.”

As a result, Monastero and her friends came together and created the Disney Club. The founders took positions as president, vice president, treasurer and publicist.

They spread the word by creating a Facebook page, and students quickly showed interest.

“I thought that it would be cute and a great way to meet new people,” Abby Fremaux, a sophomore applied mathematics major, said. Although the club had a successful first meeting, it has yet to accumulate sufficient funding.

“We’re going to try doing fundraisers and charge a small fee for those for the events that do have the materials and that would require a decent amount of money,” Monastero said. 

“We’re going to have some trivia nights and we will take requests on what movies they want to watch and try to have a Halloween Ball.”

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Interested students who attended the meeting offered numerous ideas on what to do for future meetings. Their suggestions included trivia, debates, Disney movie nights and trips.

“I got few [ideas] like laser tag with a Disney theme somehow at an off-campus place if that’s possible,” Chris Shades, a graduate studio art student, said.

Throughout the semester, the founders of the club will continue to search for events and trips that members can enjoy.

“I think that outdoor movies would be a really cool thing to do soon, so basically movie night,” Fremaux said.

For those interested in joining, the Stony Brook Disney Club meets in Harriman Hall 116 on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m..

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