Throughout the years, Eckerd parties have changed and are no longer as fun as some alumni remember. The rules have gotten more strict and less students care about the themes.
A few years ago, parties were almost always announced with their own Facebook event by Kappa Party People and a few Nu students. Now, Campus Safety sends out emails for approved amplified sound and the Know Your Limits Facebook page announces the themes.
Know Your Limits was created by senior Donovan Pepin last year because students were having issues with overindulgence. Now, the group sponsors events and Pepin personally meets with Fred Sabota, associate vice president and associate dean of students, and Tonya Womack, head of campus safety, before every event.
Pepin held a town hall meeting with dorm senators and DJs at the start of the semester to pick the first several themes, and plans to hold another one for the second half of the semester.
But these themes are slowly being ignored by current students. A few years ago, showing up without dressing up made you stand out.
“A good portion of people dressed up, I think they outnumbered those who didn’t,” alumnus Corey Robinson ‘18 said.
The parties also don’t last as long, with students going late and Campus Safety shutting them down at exactly 1:00 a.m.
“People usually show up at 12:00 or 11:30 and party for maybe an hour, then leave and go back to party in their rooms,” first-year Elijah Blue said.
While Campus Safety is here to keep us safe, their proximity seems to be keeping some students away. Students are spending more time in their own rooms rather than the courtyards.
“They [Campus Safety] are there almost every time,” Blue said. “They’re normally just sitting outside.”
The only party in Omega this year was held in the courtyard, and no one was allowed on the balconies.
At Nu, students on party councils walk around the balcony and tell people to go down to the courtyard.
“They [Campus Safety] have been doing their job,” Pepin said. “It’s not the individual guys, it’s the stricter rules that are put in place.”
With Know Your Limits and dorm senators keeping the parties under control, the added presence of Campus Safety only keeps students away.
“They [campus safety] always did their drive-arounds to make sure that everything was going okay,” Robinson said. “But I don’t remember them walking around the balcony of Omega during a party or sitting around for awhile.”
Campus Safety has been checking ID’s and taking guests’ drivers licences so the party guests are controlled and documented. With that being done and having EC-ERT on call, accidents can be quickly taken care of and Campus Safety can be called if needed.
Pepin explained that parties are shut down because of amplified noise, not because of the amount of people.
Once Campus Safety sends out the emails of approved amplified sound they shouldn’t be constantly present.
Eckerd is a great school with something for everyone, including party-goers. Students deserve some freedom to be at organized and approved parties without being closely watched by Campus Safety.