Just before campus closed and the university moved to online learning, a group of students banded together to start a new student organization on campus: the Emo Club.
One of the staples at Capital is our 90+ student organizations—we’ve got everything from Anime Club to NASCAR Club to religious and political affiliations. For some, being part of student organizations is why they came to college in the first place.
“We really wanted an organization where all of us emo kids could be ourselves,” club president Cindy Dilberto said.
Like many clubs, the Emo Club will be fairly casual. Some ideas for events next semester include pairing with WXCU for an emo karaoke night, filming those TikToks where you jump back and forth depending on whether a song is a “bop” or a “flop,” hosting an emo dance where everyone dresses in classic emo fashion (teased hair, the classic makeup look, fingerless gloves, the works) and debating which My Chemical Romance album is the best (the correct answer is Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, by the way).
Dilberto said that starting the club wasn’t nearly as difficult as she thought it would be, thanks to many 20-somethings’ eternal sense of impending doom.
“So, turns out with the current state that the world is in, a lot more people are going back to their emo roots,” she said. “Some are even going through their first emo phase, and I think that’s beautiful.”
The club is accepting of multiple types of emos: the “rawr XD” scenes, the classic emos who like Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, the Pierce-the-Veil-and-company emos, the pop punk emos, and even the new emos who like The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball.
“We’re not gonna turn anyone away,” Dilberto said. “However, if you come in here and try to tell me that Melanie Martinez is your favorite emo artist, I might cry.”
The club is currently working on some virtual event options, like a Zoom meeting where they all just listen to Bring Me the Horizon’s new songs and rate them on a scale of 1-10, asking members to submit covers of their favorite classic Of Mice & Men songs and holding a poll on who can scream the most like Austin Carlile, and watching old Bryan Stars interviews and cringing at them.
“I think this club could really pop off,” junior music technology major and Emo Club vice president Brandy Singer said. “Emo is such a diverse genre that I think we could all learn a lot from each other and learn to appreciate everyones’ emo backgrounds.”
“I’m really excited for this club,” Hannah Brick, sophomore computer science major and self-proclaimed pop punk princess, said. “I think it’ll be a good stress relief for those of us who are really angsty … being in one place will create a surge of chaotic energy that I need right now.”
“I wasn’t even emo, I just really want a goth girlfriend, and this is gonna be a goldmine,” Steve Brown, first-year undeclared major, said.
The emo club doesn’t have any official events planned yet, but keep an eye out on Corq and their Instagram page for some soon-to-come virtual events.