Welcome all! My name is Janell. I’m new to this whole blogging thing but I really enjoy it. I wanted to write this guide to help freshman coming to George Mason. Even if I help one person that’s still great! As previously stated, I’m Janell. I am a sophomore Events Management major. I am a Peer Advisor (Off Campus & Engineering Sections), Resident Advisor (I’m in the Park!), and the Director of Programming for the Black Student Alliance (BSA).
In this first piece of the guide we will be talking about parties, Greek Life, drinking and drugs. Sit back and relax.
- The Difference Between Parties
- I personally don’t attend a lot of kickbacks because it usually includes weed and I don’t smoke. I’m a very anxious person in certain environments until I get comfortable. I plan to change this next year though (going to kickbacks, not smoking). Kickbacks are exactly what they sound like. You’re kicking back and lightin’ up and having a good time. It’s usually good vibes and a good time to have fun in a more relaxed environment. It’s not going to be a lot of people and it’s usually at someone’s apartment or dorm.
- Usually, you have to know someone to hear about kickbacks. If too many people hear about it then it may no longer be a kickback. Just keep your ears open so If one pops up you don’t miss it. It also helps if you have a car or have a friend who does.
- Black parties
- The party you’ll hear about the most will probably be the ABC party. It is held twice a year (once each semester) by the African Student Association (ASA), Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Caribbean Student Association (CSA). You will most likely see the entire black community and then some come out and attend. Last year, we also had the Prelude. If was very fun but I was sweating bullets. There was also Pretty Nasty. This is a party hosted by both the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Pretty) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Nasty). My friends and I loved it. If you know people then you’ll end up at more low-key parties and kickbacks. You should definitely get to know upperclassmen and start getting involved.
- White fraternity parties
- So, legally the sororities can’t have large parties like the fraternities do. They actually can’t even live together because it’s considered a brothel. It actually really sucks for them. For the first few weeks everyone is allowed to the parties. Once recruitment starts it’s not as easy to get in. Some frats will actually only let girls in based on looks. As you’ll see below, some people have some horror stories. I’ve heard very bad things and very good things. Some of the guys are very nice and are always looking out for the safety of the girls. Those are the ones you should stick with. If this is your type of party then you should attend. Only YOU can decide which frat parties are good and bad for you. You never know until you try.
- Just a heads up. If you do decide to attend you’ll have to contact a ride and they will pick you up. They will not give you the address and you can’t drive over yourself. A few guys from the frat are in charge of driving for the night. They are usually very nice and they are always sober. So, don’t be shook when a stranger has to come pick you up and takes you to an unknown house. They do this because they don’t want the party to get shut up. They don’t want to many cars around or too much attention put on the house.
I asked my social media which is (sweet_tooth00 for Instagram; Janell_00 for Twitter and sweettooth00 for SnapChat) if you don’t already have that. Anyway, I asked three questions and this is the feedback I got. I didn’t want to leave anyone’s opinion out so I didn’t. My opinions will be in bold.
- What should freshman watch out for?
- “Frat Boys”
- “Drunk People”
- “The Bill Cosby Effect” (I wanted to leave this out because I don’t think he did it but, things like this do happen at college. It’s very real.)
- “Drunk people walking around trying to dance with you”
- “ALL FRATS ARE SKETCHY! to men and women! they do weird sh*t be really careful” (This is both true and false. It honestly all depends but just go with a group. I think if you’re interested you should still attend. Within the first few weeks you’ll know which frats you shouldn’t mess with and which ones are fine. They aren’t all completely horrible.)
- What tips would you give incoming freshman?
- “Have a group of about 3-4 people when going out and have at least one person who’s sober/not drinking that night.”
- “Go out with friends you trust. Don’t feel forced to do anything you don’t want to.”
- “Have fun!”
- “Know your drinking limit. If you haven’t drunk before, you probably shouldn’t do shots lol.”
- “If you’re drunk, go home. If you smell like trees, spray yaself.” (HA! Don’t act like y’all didn’t laugh at this.)
- “You don’t have to if you don’t want to. It’s your choice. Always take a reliable buddy. Parties aren’t dangerous but some people are. Never leave your drink uncovered.”
- “Go out with at least 2 other people and always have a safe ride back.”
- “You make the party lit not others around you.” (This is very true!)
- “Be with friends who will watch out for you when you get f*cked up especially when you’re off campus. When you’re taking drinks at parties you don’t know the alcohol % and a lot of the time it’s high. Be around good people.
- What was a good or bad experience you had at a party (at Mason)?
- Bad: “Black parties are lit but it’s more kickbacks until the spring semester then we have a few big parties. It’s been okay but could be better.”
- Bad: “I almost got the fighting with one of the basketball players.”
- Good/Bad: “The black party scene is really lit, no bad experiences but those white frats are weird. My friend got drugged once and one time this dude just like would not stop recording me it was so weird.”
- Good: “The ABC Party was lit af!”
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- 15 men’s fraternities dedicated to scholarship, service and brotherhood
- Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Alpha Sigma Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Chi Psi, Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Epsilon and Theta Chi
- You will see most of these fraternities during welcome week and in the beginning of the school year. They will have tables set up with information about their chapters!
- MultiCultural Greek Council (MGC)
- Fraternities: Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Phi Iota Alpha, Pi Delta Psi
- Sororities: Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Kappa Phi Gamma, Kappa Phi Lambda, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Lambda Pi Chi
- You will see most of the multicultural greek council during welcome week and the beginning of school. You will get to learn more about their chapters!
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
- Fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. , Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. , Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. , Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. , Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (not currently on our campus)
- Sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (not currently on our campus), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. , Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. , Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
- If you are a person of color then you know how this works. All I will say is If you want to find them you will. Make smart choices.
- Panhellenic Council (PHC)
- Sororities focused on academics, leadership, philanthropy and sisterhood.
- Alpha Phi, Alpha Omicron Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Pi Beta Phi
- You will definitely get a chance to see these ladies in the beginning of the year! They are always around.
- At the end of the day, just do your research. *Watch what you say and do. Hopefully you find the perfect fit!
- If you want to find about any of the fraternities or sororities mentioned then follow this link: https://si.gmu.edu/greek-life/councils-and-chapters/
- Look, y’all just be safe. You saw the advice that was given during the party stage. A lot of very bad things can happen when people are drunk. People also do very horrible things when they are drunk or not drunk actually. Just make sure you’re with good, reliable people.
- You can call the Mason police ONE TIME if your friend is in trouble and neither will get in trouble (you should have heard about this at orientation, if not the Preamble will remind you). Sometimes you’re in a tough spot and a friend’s health is the most important thing.
- Basically, make good decisions. Y’all will be fine but make sure you’re with a good group.
- Oh, if you get caught with alcohol you “should” get in trouble but it honestly depends on who catches you. A lot of people don’t want to get freshman in trouble because they’ve been in their spot; a lot of people have jobs and have to do them. Just watch out. Know who’s okay with certain things and realize when you have to be cautious.
- A lot of people smoke weed. I personally don’t know any good spots to smoke at. If I did I wouldn’t say because then they wouldn’t be good spots anymore. You’ll definitely find people to smoke with if you want to partake in such festivities. You will then find good spots and make great friends (maybe). Just like Greek Life, if you really want to find it then you will.
- A lot of RA’s are lenient on drinking but if you get caught smoking they will most likely write you up. The smell is so strong and the RA could lose their job if they don’t do anything about it. Just be smart.
This concludes the first section of the Freshman Guide to Mason: Parties, Greek Life, Drinking & Drugs. I hope you learned something. Basically, be safe and have fun. Be on the lookout for the next piece on food!
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