With “IUPatty’s,” the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in and around IUP, coming up this weekend, some newer students may not know what to expect and how to stay safe. Here are a few tips how to stay safe while still having fun:
IUPatty’s can be fun and festive but super hectic. If you remember one thing about this article, remember this: Stay in a group or with someone you know well.
“First and foremost, do not go out alone,” Nalynn Miller (junior, hospitality management) said.
“That’s a no-no. Go with people you trust and know. Be aware of your surroundings.”
Being a freshman, sophomore and even a transfer student who has never experienced IUPatty’s can be overwhelming. Students from the area, as well as other colleges, will be visiting. Expect to see a lot of people you have never seen on campus.
IUPatty’s is known for its wild parties, fights, large gatherings and staggering number of drunk college students.
Alcohol plays a big role during the festive weekend, and as a result, streets are usually filled with stumbling and impaired students.
When it comes to drinking, it is important to know how much alcohol your body can tolerate.
Don’t feel pressured to drink.
“Don’t let anybody force you to drink anything,” Miller said. “You can have fun and be lit without drinking.”
But there are other precautions that must be taken when alcohol is involved.
Kahlida Cephas (sophomore, nursing) warned people not to drink and drive.
Drinking, as well as texting, while driving is distracting and never acceptable. Even though drinking is fun, it’s not the only way to have fun during IUPatty’s.
If you’re not a big drinker or don’t drink at all, there are other options that could be just as fun.
“You don’t have to go out, to be honest,” Khaled Aldohan (sophomore, safety science) said. “Stay home and watch a movie.”
One of the best ways to stay safe is to not to get caught up at parties and bar scenes, despite the hype that people will give them. In other words, don’t let people persuade you to do something you don’t feel comfortable doing.
“Don’t be a bystander,” Tiffany Brisbon (senior, communication media and journalism) said. “If you see trouble, get away from the trouble. People like to stand around and watch, and that may not be the best go-to.”
During IUPatty’s, the cops make sure to be well-enforced and on the lookout.
“Watch out for the cops,” Miller said, “because they finna be everywhere. This what they be waiting for – catch people slipping.”