The Mountainlair, WVU's student union, as viewed from above.

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A recent survey conducted by University Primetime, a website that provides information on the activities within various universities’ social scenes, recently released their list of the top 100 party schools of 2014. I had seen where a couple of Facebook friends had posted the link on their pages mentioning WVU had made this list, and scrolled over it at first. Being the person I am, though, curiosity got the best of me, so I had to look and see where we ranked. Clicking on it and moving clear down to the number one spot, I made a shocking discovery: West Virginia University was listed at number one.

I lie when I say it was a shocking discovery. I wholeheartedly expected us to be placed in the top position. I would have been shocked to see us not ranked in the top ten, which after reviewing various other lists, I have come to believe is a farfetched dream. I thought nothing of it, considering we have been ranked one of the top party schools in the United States consistently for many years. What really got me going (and what caused me to write this piece) was when I read the introduction to their list. Unlike lists by Playboy Magazine and the Princeton Review (who, to clarify, is not affiliated with Princeton University, but is rather a company owned by private firm Charlesbank Capital Partners), University Primetime stated their sources:

“We used several different measures to come up with our Top 100 that included any party videos from Youtube, such as I’m Shmacked videos. Also, we surveyed students from across the nation, visited some colleges ourselves, and really dug deep to see who REALLY goes the hardest.”

This little bit of text here made me think. That’s all you have? You’re basing your research off of these factors? Immediately I noticed the flaws with this. Let’s break it down.

1.)  They based their research on surveying students across the nation. Okay, but how? Was it an online survey or some other random survey sample? Maybe a population of students at their respected universities were selected and only a motivated few (being those who party often) responded, but my guess is that it was based on asking the girls whose images are scattered throughout the list. They all love University Primetime so much that they made signs and took pictures posing with them.

2.)  They also visited some of the colleges themselves. They visited some of the colleges themselves. Which ones? Did they observe the campus as a whole or go straight to the clubs and frat houses to retrieve their data? 

3.)  Youtube videos as a source, but more importantly the use of I’m Shmacked. Who in their right mind would use those videos as a resource for a survey of this focus? Of course you’re going to find partiers in those videos. It’s the entire point of the series. That alone is enough bias to turn me away.

4.) Finally, the nature of the list. We are sixteen days into this year and we’re already named the top party school of it? I may as well claim that the top artist of 2014 is Bruno Mars since he fared so well last year. I mean, he is playing the Super Bowl this year.

I am not going to deny that we are a university that parties. Unfortunately, I’m around it every day. Even one of our professors found that only 1 in 5 students do not party. What I am saying though is that I have yet to see a survey on this issue that provides information with credible sources. Lists can not cut it for me any more. I need stats. I’m not asking for the world to see us as innocent, I am simply asking for somebody out there to publish a survey with explanations about how they gathered their information. If West Virginia University truly is the number one party school in the nation, then so be it! At least they have facts and figures to back it up.

Despite the negativity, I love this university to death. The academics are world-class and the opportunities provided are unbelievable. I don’t condone the party image, and would love to see it eradicated. Sadly, people take pride in that image, and it completely covers up the fact that this university and the grad schools within are also ranked as some of the top 200 post-secondary institutions in the United States according to U.S. News. That’s a little ray on sunshine shining down on our little sea of liquor.

Now, excuse me as I go to the pub and listen to some jazz. Oops, I said pub. Does that mean I drink and party now? Better call I’m Shmacked and let them know.


House Hunters

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Finals week is here. It’s a moment that I have waited years for, and I can definitely say that I have not looked forward to it. It’s a good thing though. It means the end of the semester is here, and once I fight my way through these three tests, it’s back home to relax and spend time with my friends and family. Whilst I am excited for that (and the fact I can celebrate my final final exam with a concert at 123 with Big D and the Kids Table afterward), I am most excited for the fact that later on today I’ll checking out a house that we will probably end up living in next fall with a couple of friends of mine.

The thought of having my own place and not having to live in a dorm anymore is blissful. No mandatory meetings, no restrictions to having only one guest a night, no partying from the apartments across the street right outside of my window, and most importantly, control over the temperature. I’ve been texting Zane (my friend and fellow bandmate) about the place, and our conversation evolved into talking about taking a small bit of the space and converting it into a studio for the band to rehearse and potentially record in. It’s a cool idea! It will definitely take a bit of planning once we get the place and decide what we need, but the thought of having a personal music studio… that’s a dream that I have had for years.

I was thinking of cool names for the studio, just to give it a little more of a professional ring. I feel like taking a landmark and naming it after that would work. Studio 387? I’ll pitch that to Zane and see what he thinks, haha.

Pride is Family

Posted: December 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Today was a pretty relaxed day. Slept until noon for some odd reason, grabbed brunch with a couple friends, and spent the rest of my day either working on projects or preparing for/attending the band banquet. I ran into fellow WWVU DJ and avid pipe enthusiast Nick on my way out of the Mountainlair. We talked and figured out that he missed his bus and would have to wait another hour. On a positive note (I guess for me, that is), he offered to cover my shift on the station next Monday morning. Awesome! I get to go home and spend some time with everyone there!

By the way, I also DJ the college station here. Tune in tonight from 12am-3am EST.

Tonight was the conclusion of the Pride of West Virginia’s 112th season. My top hat and I enjoyed a nice dinner, watched the presentation of awards, and viewed a lovely (and satirical) slideshow of images from the band’s past season.

The Pride was something I dreamed of joining since at least junior high. These past few months have helped me realize those dreams, but they have also made me realize other things. As much as I love my experiences with the band, I chose (and this was decided by me weeks ago) to forgo another year of marching band. As disappointing as this will sound to a lot of my friends in the program, it’s a decision that I think will benefit me. This experience has matured me and taught me so many wonderful things, along with creating memories that will last me throughout my lifetime. However, previous commitments and personal interests have led me elsewhere. The Pride takes a lot of time, work, and dedication. As a result, I have let down many others who need me for an array of events. I hope to get that time back and focus it on my friends and family, along with my other music project that is slowly but steadily building itself up. I apologize if I let down anyone (and I know I will), but in the end,  I said, I think it will benefit me.

1:48AM Why the hell am I starting a blog this late? Something has put me in a creative mood. Possibly because of my excitement and nostalgia after hearing ADTR’s “Right Back At It Again”. Possibly because I am really tired. Who knows? I’m listening to 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours for the first time ever as I write this. Not sure I can make it much longer. Not that this is a bad album; I actually love it. I am just really tired. Maybe I’ll call it a night, and since it’s Morgantown on a weekend, I will more than likely be the first to do so. That about does it. Maybe I will stick to this and make it part of a daily routine. We’ll see.