College Party Life
College parties at JMU, both on campus and off-specifically off-campus, may seem a mish mash of little planning, teenage hormones, beer induced chaos and the new found freedom, for some at least, from ones parents. This however is just a superficial observation. The college party scene at JMU is highly ritualized, even regimented. According to your social status, the people you know, activities you are involved (mainly sports), and the way you look, act, and dress all affect your experience of a college party.
The universal party night for students is Saturday, JMU students being no exception. For most students at Madison, the week is wrought with worry and toil over books, notes, classes, and exams. One reason to explain why parties sometimes get the way they do, is that Saturday night for students is a catharsis, all the pressure that students feel can be forgotten and they can act freely in what they feel is a worry-free environment.
For me, Saturday Party Time (SPT) starts around anywhere from 8 to 10 that night. The time depends on what kind of party is planned, a very large dance party, or a smaller quieter get-together of some member of the Cross Country Team. In order to get to where I always party, Pheasant Run, I have to take the bus. This is where the night really starts. If I take the bus at 8, I am usually one of only a handful of people on the bus. Usually I go at 10, though, and it is quite evident that a party is going on somewhere. By ten Saturday night there are usually over a hundred students waiting at the bus stop. I don’t even bother dressing up; I prefer jeans and a tee-shirt with a pair of worn sneakers and a hoody with a hole in the back of it. I am not the norm. The vast majority of students are dressed up in nice clothes, however not what you would see at a church. Males are generally more relaxed in their dress, nice jeans or cargo pants, dress shoes or Hush Puppy –type shoes, almost always a button up shirt and a sweater hear or there. These clothes are meant to be nice, but are worn in a very relaxed manner, pants are baggy and worn low and shirts are almost never tucked in. Clothes, especially when worn to be seen and shown off, as they are on Saturday nights, are usually of a particular brand that is known and worn by many other people, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle, Gap, and Hollister are the most popular among people with a large amount of disposable income. Hair is done in a specific way by most males and makes for a frightening, or pathetically funny uniformity, depending on viewpoint. The hair is slicked forward and the front end is slicked up. This look is also made popular by the clothes companies where those males shop.
Females also put effort into their appearance, and it is very obvious. One reason Saturday night starts so late, aside from it being dark, and this is only a personal observation, is that females put so much effort...