By Kathryn Kenny Halloween is here and H…

By Kathryn Kenny

Halloween is here and Homecoming is just around the corner and there is plenty to do on and off campus. For the freshman, there is one major event that has the class in a buzz: Freak Fest.

“I heard Freak Fest was a wild party,” said freshman Ewing Carter 18. “It’s a play on words, if you know what I mean.”

Freshman all across the campus are trying to figure out where the hottest parties are going to be, how much they cost, and most important, who is throwing the party. “Hopefully there is a good party this Halloween,” said freshman Camille Gaynus, 18. “I’m expecting to have a lot of fun”

Most of the parties off campus are typically word of mouth to the freshman. Many freshmen said that they hear about a party a few hours before it happens usually through text messages or from upperclassmen and or people in their dorm who have received the news. But as for Freak Fest, there were flyers and banners around campus spreading the word about the event.

“An upperclassman just randomly patted me on the chest with a flyer one day,” said Carter.

Along with every off-campus party, comes the cost of admission. A typical off-campus party is $3 to $5. The Freak Fest cost $5 per person.

For some freshmen, this price may be steep, but many are willing to pay if the party is worth it.

One student offered insight to the upperclassman philosophy towards these parties: “These parties are all created for the freshmen,” said sophomore Sean Johnson. “They are designed to take advantage of the freshmen. It’s a way to make money and because the freshmen are ignorant, they pay the money.

“People make money off of other people’s ignorance every day.”

Those who attend the off-campus parties rely on transportation from their big brothers or big sisters on campus. But for many freshmen, they cannot attend these events due to lack of transportation, leaving many of them to wander over to the off-campus Hampton Harbor Apartments for late-night partying.     

“You can always rely on the Harbors to be live and jumpin,’” said Johnson. “Friday nights are a nights of unprotected sex, drugs, alcohol, and partying. But somehow, the police always end up there.”

For those deciding to go to the Freak Fest or even to the Hampton Harbors, students offer their advice. Never go to a party alone, because anything could break out.

Run first, ask later.

Kenny is a member of the Intro to Media Writing class at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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