They may not be equipped with magic wands or time machines, but a new student club aims to bring about change in their community. The Intergalactic and Mystical Enthusiasts (T.I.M.E) is a club of Rutgers students who enjoy science fiction or fantasy and are dedicated to promoting the moral values established by those genres. Many sci-fi and fantasy movies, shows, and books teach their viewers or readers to accept others as they are, promote equality, assist those in need and use the power of knowledge to solve problems. Some of these include Harry Potter, Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and The Avengers.
The mission of the club is to use these ethical lessons to serve their community in a variety of fashions and thereby help to “save the world” just as their fictional heroes do on a daily basis. This includes aiding the elderly, the young, the less fortunate, the environment, and the community at large. Some of the service events they have planned for this year are volunteering at Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen, Parker Home (a local nursing home), and a local animal shelter. They will also participate in Rutgers Day during the spring.
The club’s first community service event took place on campus in September, when they picked up garbage from the George H. Cook and Douglass campuses. The students cleaned Skelly field and the woods and stream near Loree Gym, collecting several bags of trash.
Any individual who has a love for science-fiction, fantasy, magic, or superheroes is welcome to join T.I.M.E. The club aims to provide a relaxing and fun atmosphere in which members can enjoy their favorite genres as well as serve others to make the community a better place. The email to sign up for the club is firstname.lastname@example.org.