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Whats the social/party scene like

davidpaparellidavidpaparelli 2 replies1 threads New Member
edited January 2006 in Bucknell University
basically im going to be frank and to the point. Whats the weed like at bucknell, in respect to the quality and ease in obtaining? Im really not trying to offend anyone but it is important in choosing a college. So if some current students could inform me that would be nice.

Thanks a lot
edited January 2006
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  • isehockey15isehockey15 74 replies26 threads Junior Member
    this is the funniest post i have ever read, i have no idea what the weed scene is like but i imagine that in pretty much any college environment besides a heavily religious one obtaining marijuana should not be too difficult.
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  • davidpaparellidavidpaparelli 2 replies1 threads New Member
    well you would be surprised how different the scenes are from school to school. I took a visit to Tufts and Denison and boy do those students take their pot smoking seriously. Other schools like DePauw and Washington University in St. Louis dont. So im curious to see how bucknell plays out.
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Well, from reading the public safety log in the Buckenllian, it is available.

    One of the entries from last years' top ten was about a student that was apprehended on his bike. I think he has a facebook community dedicated to him.

    A few weeks ago public safety was called to a dorm to examine "a leaf" which was determined not to be marijuana. That made me laugh.
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  • danashudanashu 133 replies21 threads Junior Member
    There are so many great things that I have read about bucknell and I am visiting on a weekend in november. The only concern I have is what appears to be a huge social dependency upon the greek scene. I realize the town is small but isn't there a significant social scene beyond frat parties ? Do the clubs create cores for their own parties? Will I be a social outcast if the greek life isn't for me? Opinions? Thanks
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    First, you can't rush until second year. That gives everyone a year to make friends outside of the Greek system as well as within.

    My son decided not to rush this year (he's a soph) because he doesn't have time. He likes the live music scene on the weekends, travels some with the debate team, writes for a campus publication and belongs to a political group that socializes as well as works. ;) He has never complained about a lack of friends or social things to do.
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  • isehockey15isehockey15 74 replies26 threads Junior Member
    My belief is that if you are a social person then you are going to be social regardless of your environment and if you are a recluse then you are going to be a recluse regardless of your environment.
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  • davidpaparellidavidpaparelli 2 replies1 threads New Member
    yeah so about the pot????
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    isehocky, I couldn't agree with you more. Well put!

    dpap, The pot...as I said before...it's there. I think you will be able to find it on just about any campus.
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  • one02manyone02many 193 replies0 threads Junior Member
    hey... current bucknell freshman girl here...

    as you know, i cant go for a sorority till next year but....

    most guys/girls in sports teams have easy access to parties, otherwise, you can get into parties by using upperclassmen's mailbox numbers (for registered frat parties)... but honestly, there is always a lot of drinking IN the dorm rooms, most of the RAs know its going on, so there's always a party to be found.

    there are also a TON of non alcoholic activites on the weekends... i've seen Pete Francis of dispatch play, etc

    as far as lewisburg, its there, available, less than 10 mins walk away, but not really a night life spot.

    as far as the weed... well i dont smoke but there are a fair amount of people who do, i mean its not OUT THERE IN THE OPEN, but you can ask around for it. like i havent heard of anyone who has had trouble getting some.

    if you have any questions you can message me or whatever, or AIM me or reply or i can give you my AIM.
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Hey, my son told me Straylight Run is coming to the Uptown in December. That's pretty cool. I know they got Fall Out Boy last year.
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  • one02manyone02many 193 replies0 threads Junior Member
    yeah 311 is coming next weekend!
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  • ThroganThrogan 15 replies13 threads New Member
    Are there substance-free dorms if you don't want to be around those activities (pot and alcohol that is, the concerts are cool) as much as possible? Obviously it's not entirely avoidable, but... ya... I've already asked the question so I'll shush and let you answer it. Thnx!
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  • one02manyone02many 193 replies0 threads Junior Member
    yes there are a lot of students in CHOICE housing (substance free).... they have team building activites and the university actually gives them money to sponsor non alcoholic events. also, the frats and sororities are required to have a certian number of alcohol free events, so theres usually a movie night (with free food) or a wing eating contest or something around every weekend.
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  • ThroganThrogan 15 replies13 threads New Member
    Oh, and here's something that annoys me:
    Everything I read makes it seem like if you don't do Greek Life stuff at Bucknell, you're in the drastic minority (things like, "If Greek life isn't for you, don't worry. It's not the end of the world. There are still a few things to do on-campus"), yet the statistics I see say that only about 40% of Bucknellians are part of Frats.

    Does this mean that part of the 60% get into Frat parties anyway, even if they're not officially part of it, or does it mean that the number of kids that do it just SEEMS bigger than 2/5 the student body?... idk how to word it, but I hope you see what I'm getting at.
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  • SouthJerseyChessMomSouthJerseyChessMom 3865 replies15 threads Senior Member
    I would be interested to know who gets to attend parties. Recently, I heard something about being on approved lists for frat parties?

    Times have changed quite a bit, and I never encountered that years and years ago :)
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  • beachybeachy 427 replies1 threads Member
    I think it's 35-40% of UPPERCLASSMEN go Greek - freshmen are not permitted to rush, so there are a whole lot of people who are NOT Greeks.

    Yes, some of those non-Greeks are permitted into the parties, but there is some type of 'registering' of guests before you can attend...also some type of wristband system for over 21's, though am not sure how well that one works. But a large number of those non-Greeks have no interest in attending frat parties, so it seems to work out.

    Agree, SouthJerseyChessMom, it's alot different from my day, too, when people were coming and going from frat parties through all doors all night long. No age question, no rules....and somehow we survived relatively intact!
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  • texastaximomtexastaximom 1063 replies17 threads Senior Member
    "Back in the Day" when I was at UVa, fraternity parties were starting to change to guests only--because of pressure from the school. The drinking age had just been raised, and the neighborhood complaints were rapidly increasing. Of course the "guest list" at the front door was often a University Telephone Directory!

    My son did not rush this year. He says he does not have time, and furthermore does not have any interest. His roommate pledged a house, as did some of the people in his band. As with most folks, he finds some frats more to his liking than others as far as attitude/people. Although he did not go Greek, he does not lack for social activity.

    FWIW--I joined a sorority in college, and then dropped it after two years. I don't think Greek life is the defining moment for a lot of folks.
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  • one02manyone02many 193 replies0 threads Junior Member
    i have heard that the statistics for the percentage of students involved in the greek life are misleading... apparently they include freshmen who cannot pledge (the first two weeks of sophomore year is when you rush).

    almost anyone who wants to get into a frat party can find a way. a lot of sport players dont join because their team either hosts parties or has connections into parties. you will meet people in your classes or around campus who will be able to put you on the "registered list" for the parties... and even if you arent on the list, most of the time you will be able to get in (at least if you are a freshman girl, freshman guys have it a little rougher). the lists have names and the persons mail box number on them so the day before parties people are always spreading around the known mailboxes that are on certain frat lists. they never check off the people's names at the door, so as long as you have A name on the list, you should be able to get in.

    by sophomore year, you will have either met enough people to get nto any party you want or friends from freshman year will be in the frat/sorority so you can get on the list.


    oh and the whole 21 and over deal... usually not a problem. they never really check.
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  • SouthJerseyChessMomSouthJerseyChessMom 3865 replies15 threads Senior Member
    thanks One02Many
    What do you think of the crack down on down town parties? Do some students just rent houses to have parties and how is the university responding to all of this. I noticed this on the front page of the Bucknellian two weeks ago.
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  • beachybeachy 427 replies1 threads Member
    I saw that, too, SouthJersey...makes it look as though there has been a big increase in off campus partying recently, but I wonder if this is more an increase in the number of reported incidents (as opposed to a rise in actual numbers of problem parties) because the new Lewisburg police chief has chosen to concentrate on the off-campus student housing... perhaps to the extent that there is the perception that the police are neglecting the normal problems of the city residents....re: the recent break-in and armed robbery of a residence in the concentration of off-campus student housing (the residents were college-age-ish, but had no connection to Bucknell). It may turn out that these victims knew the intruders, may be drug-related, etc., etc. - or maybe not.

    I guess my question is - is there really a bigger off-campus drinking problem now than - say, 3-5 years ago - or is it because of the publicity surrounding the new chief's focus on those several blocks just off campus that people are hearing more about it? Not sure what to think....
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