I Need Your Opinion/Help: Art of Manliness on My College Campus

Hey there fellow manly men!

This is my first post of many on these forums. I've decided I want to reach out and ask for help.

I would really like to start a club/group on campus that would essentially be a physical arm of artofmanliness.com. I would like to teach some of the skills, concepts, ideas, inspirations, and so on that we value so much here on the site.

Let me give you a short story on how this site has literally helped me change my life.

I am a student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana studying Speech Communications. I'm 21 and have been a fan of Art of Manliness for about a year.

My first visit to the site:
I StumbleUpon-ed the site. I believe it was the "How to Shave Like Your Grandpa" story that I first read. I was enthralled. I went to Wal-Mart that night and bought a brush and some shaving soap. (I was surprised too!) That Christmas, I bought a kit from http://www.classicshaving.com for a friend, but it turns out he doesn't like using real razors. So I kept it for me.

That was last Christmas (2008).

Now, I shave just about every day with a Merkur HD. I use Old Spice aftershave. I wear boots and leather jackets. I cook breakfast. I am a man that can treat a lady well.

All this thanks to a great southern upbringing and ArtofManliness.com

It's not fair for me to keep all of this great knowledge to myself. I want to share it with fellow young men on my campus because I feel that I can connect with them and help them to learn the skills, mindsets, and everything else manly that we share here. I want to create a culture of true manliness, not most of the crap we see on tv.

So, here's my call to you:
How can I bring what I am learning here to those other young men on my campus? What should I bring them? What can I do to create that culture that we have here?

I can handle the logistics of actually starting the group, but what I'm looking for is the meat. What can I feed the young men who are just starting out on their own journey?

I know that you guys have a lot of great input and wisdom. Can you find it in yourself to impart that to a young man trying to help others find the manliness inside of them?

I thank you in advance for your help and participation.

God Bless,

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I'll be getting my hands on a copy soon. I think that there is plenty to pull from on the site and in the forums :)
Go you your school and find out what you have to do to start a club. I was president of a club when I was in my undergrad courses. Basically you'll probably need a professor / staff member to be the supporting contact for the school. Next you need to get some friends to join you and at the next student involvement fair you advertise. Between now and then you need to research and prep yourself. You need to be the model to inspire.

Schools seem to be okay with clubs as long as it is not gender biased, to get around that just call it the a gentile persons club of refinement or some such if you need to.

You have support and information here, the key is to get it out to people that might join you in your exploration of self improvement.

Thanks David! I'll probably be calling on you for some advice as far as starting the club and leading it.

Strange thing on my campus is that there are many associations for specifically women AND men, so there probably should not be a problem getting it through the red tape.
well at my college, Richard Stockton College of NJ, there are two clubs M.A.L.E.S. and F.E.M.A.L.E.S, not exactly sure what they do, but they cater for the two groups. i dont think either group excludes the other as members but thats just what it caters too

in other words it should be fine. and if you have a problem, its a great idea, you'll have a good argument. (Fightin' the system is a good way to start an AoM club anyway)
What are some benefits of being in a group like this?

My list so far:
Learn manly skills like camping, shaving, rope knotting, cooking, etc
Be around other manly men

Anything you would add?
I applaud your initiative.

Maybe some etiquette topics? You fellas are getting to an age where you'll be interviewing for jobs in the near future, might be good to polish some manners, dress, resumes, etc. Make it fun; stage a dinner at a nice place. Have everyone dress the part of an interviewee. Bring resumes, pass them around for critique. Just some random thoughts, you could do all of this at once or as single topics.
Focus on activity, I think. Have fun events that will pique people's curiosity. Outdoor events, learning this or that skill, whatever.
I fall into almost the same situation myself. First by reading the "How To Shave Like Your Grandpa", following the RSS feed for well over a year, and will be returning to school sometime in the next year with the hope of doing this very thing.

The idea of an interview/dinner sounds like a perfect event for this club. I might add that, in addition to having some excellent peer review, you might get the sponsoring professor and a few of his friends to provide some feedback on the resumes as well.

Having been a camp counselor for years, I've had incredible opportunities to work with younger boys. Now, I'm only 21, so I'm still working on myself. But there are two things that seem to help guide my campers and make a positive impression:
1) (Truly) Inspiring quotes. Not fortune cookie quotes, but take a look at AoM's previous articles for help.
2) Etiquette. I went through years of classes as a child (my mother taught one out of our living room), and seeing it's impact on myself, and those I interact with, I am incredibly proud of who I am.

Anyway, best of luck getting all of this together. If this works out, I'd love to hear how you went about spreading the word and starting the club. I hope to be more active here on AoM in the future!



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