'Redhead Nation' off to a rosy
By Irene Gudmundson
December 6 | The days of redhead jokes and low self-esteem
are over for the redhead nation at Utah State University.
Scott Biggs can still remember the jokes about his
red hair during his years in elementary school, but
he doesn't really care anymore, especially now that
he's president of the BURN club.
BURN stands for Bringing Unity to the Redhead Nation,
and it had an opening social last Friday night with
a pretty good turnout, he said. About 20 people showed
up and 13 joined, said Biggs.
"I had low self-esteem my whole life, until about
the 10th grade when I started to come out of my bubble,"
He had the idea to start a redhead club that would
unite students and serve the community. He's been playing
with the idea for three years, and with the help of
some friends it has taken off.
"I found that when I do service I have more self-esteem,"
BURN club members are dedicated to service, and the
only requirement for membership is knowing and respecting
a redhead. Of the 13 members who joined Friday night,
only a few are redheads, added Biggs.
The vice president of the BURN club, identified by
the pseudonym "Beezer," is excited for the
service work that members plan on doing.
"I have the ideas and Beezer's got the enthusiasm,"
Biggs and Beezer worked with club members Friday to
come up with some service ideas that they hope to start
"We plan on Christmas caroling in a few weeks," said
Beezer. "And it started as a joke but I think it's a
cool idea if we can get [TV talk show host] Conan O'Brien
to be an honorary member of the BURN club."
Biggs and Beezer are both seniors. Beezer graduates
this fall with a degree in recreational therapy and
Biggs is applying to dental school for next fall. The
two hope the BURN club will bring students out in service
projects. Then maybe the same old jokes, as Biggs calls
them, will end.
"You turn really red when you're a redhead and everyone
says, 'Oh look, your face matches your hair!'" he said.
Beezer added, "I've had guys just come right up to
me and say straight out, 'I'd never date a redhead!'"