Today in NC State History: New student group set for takeoff

September 18, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconClub sports has long been a part of the fabric of student life at NC State, but most of them took place on some court or field. They rarely got too extreme.

That changed on this day in 1985, when it was announced in the Technician that the latest club a student could join was the sky diving club.

The genesis for the club, according to the paper, was a training course at the Franklin County Parachute Center.

One of the club’s founders, then-sophomore Basil Hassan, took a class there with 20 other people and fell in love with the sport. He came back to campus and advertised the club to spread the word to other students, according to the Technician.

“The club is for the fun of sky diving,” Hassan told the Technician. “We’re patterning our club after the one at Duke, which has gotten into competition with such schools as Clemson and South Carolina, all for the fun of it.”

We, at the Alumni Association, couldn’t find any pics of the student group in any volumes of the Agromeck from the mid-to-late 1980s, so we can’t say with certainty that the club ever got off the ground.

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