Lori Berquam, dean of students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, posted a Youtube video in which she somberly asks students not to attend the school’s massive Mifflin Street Block Party, saying she’s seen smart students make stupid decisions at the booze fest.
Many would consider it pretty awkward. Fewer considered it material for a viral video, but those who did managed to drown Berquam’s original message by remixing it to club music or chopping out words to make Berquam sound like a party animal.
Youtube videos catch tons of student eyes, but Berquam hadn’t counted on the mixed message. The video was pulled but not before someone copied it. See this original below.
Students throw the party each year on the first Saturday in May. It started as a party in protest against the Vietnam War, but Mifflin Street's message has clouded in recent years as both attendance and arrests have swelled.
Oh, did we forget to mention that Ohio University is ranked as a <a href="http://www.thebestcolleges.org/2012-princeton-review-party-school-rankings/" target="_hplink">top party school</a>? Because it totally is! In addition to their Halloween party, they also host the wild and crazy <a href="http://www.thecollegetownlife.com/2011/ohio-university-palmer-fest-2011/" target="_hplink">Palmer Fest</a>. Palmer Fest occurs in May and has been described as a "<a href="http://bustedcoverage.com/2009/05/13/2009-ohio-university-palmer-fest-was-a-giant-drunken-rioting-mud-wrestling-good-time/" target="_hplink">Giant Drunken, Rioting, Mud Wrestling Good Time</a>." A <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/127856217272457/" target="_hplink">Facebook event </a>for Palmer Fest 2011 listed it as "Live Music! Also, Live fires!"
Every April, Iowans make the annual pilgrimage to Ames for the VEISHEA festival, a week-long event to celebrate the different colleges at Iowa State University. There are parades, a battle of the bands, large concerts and performances by comedians. Everyone from John Wayne, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, to the Goo Goo Dolls and The Black Eyed Peas have performed. Oh, and the students <a href="http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_b173152c-5edb-11e0-8339-001cc4c002e0.html" target="_hplink">party</a> around the clock for <a href="http://www.iowastatedaily.com/special_sections/article_9659cd7c-57dc-11e0-8b07-001cc4c03286.html" target="_hplink">most of the week</a>. Riots broke out in 1988, 1992 and 2004.
Every year, around 20,000 Ohio University students flood the streets of Athens for a <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/sioncampus/11/01/halloween.ohiou/index.html" target="_hplink">massive</a> Halloween party.
Frosh week, held at the beginning of the semester at McGill University in Montreal, is one one of the craziest parties in Canada! On <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/mcgill-university/204975-politically-incorrect-guide-mcgill-residences.html" target="_hplink">College Confidential message boards</a>, incoming students are warned to bring condoms. <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/2587698-post8.html" target="_hplink">One person explains</a>, "Frosh Week is the most awesome time ever. The amount of alcohol, drugs and sex available makes your best party ever look like a Sunday Church Picnic with senior citizens."
Yes, most big schools have alcohol-fueled tailgating before games. But not all of them get canceled for getting out of hand, as they did at Duke University in Durham, N.C. in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/09/duke-tailgate-canceled_n_780941.html" target="_hplink">fall of 2010</a>.
Pennsylvania State University cannot wait until March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, so they have State Patty's Day in the interim. Students start drinking at 8:30 a.m. <em>in February</em> to celebrate Irish heritage. There is something to be said for early celebrations. Penn State knows how to party. <em>Playboy </em><a href="http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Penn-State-Party-School-Playboy-119795424.html" target="_hplink">ranked the State College school </a> as the No. 2 party school in 2011. The same year the Princeton Review ranked Penn State in the <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Penn-State-slips-in-party-school-rankings--.html" target="_hplink">top 10</a> for party schools. "Our town is a bar," said PSU student Meagan Foulk <a href="http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2009/04/30/students_surprised_by_psu_rank.aspx" target="_hplink">in a 2009 article. "Even the Ohio State <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lo7vgBupAw" target="_hplink">riot</a> was just one giant party downtown."
The <a href="http://badgerherald.com/news/2005/04/28/history_of_the_miffl.php" target="_hplink">Mifflin Street Block Party</a> happens around finals time each year in Madison, Wisc. The annual block party actually started as a street protest in 1969. It continued through the Vietnam War, and became a community fundraiser by 1982. These days, it draws around 20,000 people who come to drink and celebrate the end of the spring semester.
Cornell's Slope Day <a href="http://slopeday.cornell.edu/" target="_hplink">dates back</a> nearly a century. Festivities consist of a carnival and concerts; past performers have included Snoop Dogg, Duke Ellington, Kanye West, the Ramones, and Glenn Miller.
Washington University in St. Louis hosts an epic concert event called Walk In Lay Down, or more commonly known as <a href="http://team31.wustl.edu/" target="_hplink">W.I.L.D.</a> . Recent acts have included Guster and Ben Folds and, of course, wild parties.
Every year, seniors at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine have a gigantic party called "<a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/11/02/news/court/four-sentenced-in-melee-at-bates-college/" target="_hplink">Throwback Night</a>" when seniors party with freshmen. In 2010, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/26/bates-college-party-11-ar_n_590605.html" target="_hplink">police used pepper spray</a> to clear out some rowdy partiers. <em>Paul Chiampa, of Pembroke, Mass., shows off some of the bruises on his leg that he claims Lewiston police officers caused, at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. An incident involving students being arrested occurred the night before, where some students claim they were injured by police actions. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)</em>