They’re trying to cancel our spring fling!
State Patty’s Day at Penn State University is one of the biggest parties in the entire northeast. Every year, people travel from all the surrounding schools to visit their friends at Penn State in order to participate in one of the craziest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations there is. I went once, and I was puking up green beer for a week. (Kidding, I don’t drink beer.)
In any case, it’s a wild time, partially because of Penn State’s students’ extensive knowledge of how to party. It’s also fun to watch some of their guests’ inabilities to handle themselves. When the size of your student body essentially doubles for a weekend and half the people there are not used to the kind of hedonism and debauchery going on, things get crazy. In years past, the borough has tried to pay the bars not to open, and IFC has tried to force a “no party” rule onto fraternities to no avail. Arrests and hospitalizations are at an all-time high every year. (There were 394 arrests and 72 alcohol-related hospitalizations in 2012 alone.) As you might have guessed, most of these incidents occurred at the hands of visitors who just didn’t know the lay of the land.
This year, State Patty will be held on March 1. It was supposed to be just as insane as ever, but Panhel is getting in the way. The Panhellenic Council adopted a new rule to combat the problems with visitors: a “No Guest Policy.” No guests will be allowed in the sorority houses at all, and the council is working with other student organizations to pass similar rulings. Bad news for everyone who was planning to go this year–but on the bright side, it’s all the more reason to rage twice as hard at LepreCon if you ask me.
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