I’ll probably be posting an addition to this post later on.
The big news around here is the “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day” weekend celebration.
I live in a college town. The university is one of the better universities in the nation. There are over 31,173 undergrad students. 7,299 new freshmen enrolled in fall 2008, accepted from 22,000 who applied. 55% Freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their class; in 2008, freshmen students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 26 and 31.
The University boasts 22 Nobel Prize faculty and alumni winners; many noted scholars, including one Crafoord Prize and 20 Pulitzer Prize winners; others recognized with memberships in prominent national and international societies, academies, and foundations.
We are also known to be one of the bigger party schools. The Princeton Review ranked our school in the top 20 for “Top Party Schools”. This is something to not be proud of in this era of substance abuse awareness, consequences, etc. One has to wonder how these wiz-kids have time to party and actually get into the school. Surprisingly, Princeton also says that our school is one of the schools where students do the least amount of studying.
Every year us town people dread the yearly Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day.
Town people have had it. It all started as a ploy to get kids into a certain campus bar to party. And, since our campus bars allow 18 year old to enter, the idea sky rocketed. We have kids from all over coming to town to get drunk. They are driving on our streets.
The Mayor, also the liquor commissioner, has made efforts to curb this. This year you have to be 21 years old to enter the bars. But, in all honesty, we need the money infused into our economy.
Since Thursday night.
The 13-year-old event has morphed into a two-day drinking binge across Campustown that draws both local students and out-of-town partiers. Police have focused their street presence this year on private parties in neighboring houses and apartments.
As of Saturday morning– 267 citations were issued , 103 were for public possession of alcohol and 106 were for underage drinking, according to a report. A man in his 20s fell three stories after attempting to climb from a third floor balcony to a fourth floor balcony and probably never felt a thing. Employees at 10 businesses were cited for selling alcohol to minors.
It will be interesting to hear about the adventures from last night.
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