12/01/2010 10:32 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

College Eating Clubs: Another Great Use of Tuition!

Ever wonder what the great minds are working on at some of the nation's top universities? At one, the University of Maryland, the answer is competitive eating.

A group of college students at UMD put their heads -- and stomachs -- together to found the country's first collegiate competitive eating club. Because the club is one of a kind, its members lack the "competitive" part and, for the moment at least,exist solely for "eating." However, they plan to develop a network of competitive eating clubs at other colleges -- an impressive goal, which is no doubt bound to happen.

In fact, when you think about it, the idea of a collegiate competitive eating club is so very brilliant, it's any wonder other colleges aren't getting in line to form their own clubs.

This University of Maryland club actually started as a joke -- sort of: Realizing that points on their university meal plan expired after a certain date and, not wanting food to go to waste, a group of (mostly male) college students pooled their remaining dining points, bought an excess amount of food, and ate it all. Hilarious! Not to mention a great use of all that extra food.

Now the club has expanded to include around 30 members, regular meetings, a president, committees, and even a constitution. Future plans include the aforementioned goal of expanding to other schools, as well as increasing awareness for competitive eating as a serious sport that, though it may not be as popular as college football or basketball, still deserves respect. Here, President Keith Solomon explains:

Maybe [it will be] more like field hockey or soccer... I could see a few schools around the nation having a club that would travel and compete.


Then again, maybe not.
Do you think a collegiate competitive eating club is a ridiculous idea?

Written by Kim Conte for CafeMom's blog, The Stir

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