May 1, 2005

"A University of Wisconsin-Madison tradition started by Vietnam War protesters in 1969."

It's come to this:
[Name omitted], a fifth-year senior who carried a beer bong in his shirt, complained that the police were stricter than ever this year. One of his friends had already been ticketed for an open container violation for walking from one house party to the next with a beer.

[Name omitted], who started drinking at 11 a.m., said that didn't stop him from having a good time. "I'm wasted," he said, adding that he planned to party all night.

Police spokesman Mike Hanson said the street party was considered to be over at 8 p.m., with officers going from house to house to warn the hosts to end the festivities or face citations.

While cooperation was good early in the day, by late afternoon he said "the alcohol has set in and people are getting less cooperative."

Hell, no, we won't go ... home from this party.


a woman for peace said...

I hope you don't mean to imply that past UW students engaged in meaningful political activism, while today's bunch are apathetic wasteoids. Many writers and reporters subscribe to this myth - I believe because historical movements are "safe" to acknowledge, while today's agitation is not.

For examples of contemporary UW student activism, see the Madison Warming Center Campaign, Stop the War, UW Multicultural Student Coalition and Al-Awda Palestinian Right to Return Campaign. And that's off the top of my non-student head.

Paul Dubuc said...

I hope you don't mean to imply that past UW students were sober.

HaloJonesFan said...

"You have to have a good rhyme for the picket to yell, otherwise you just look like a bunch of people standing there. Sort of, 'what do we WANT? dah-DUM dah-DUM. when do we WANT it? NOW!' So...what do we want?"

"Another drink?"

"hehe, yeah, when do we want it? NOW!"

(stolen and mangled from Terry Pratchett)

Ann Althouse said...

Halo: See this post of mine from last fall.

DannyNoonan said...

I guess this party isn't so different from the weddings in your post below. Is this a party for a party's sake or for tradition's sake? And does it matter? Not to me. Although I would have preferred not to get arrested for having a glass bottle.

miklos rosza said...

"Fight for your Right to Party!" by the Beastie Boys, one of the most brainless songs of all time.

Joseph White said...

I take issue with miklos rosza's describing the Beastie Boys' sublime "Fight for your Right to Party" as "brainless." This song is not "brainless." Far, far from it. Note the exhortation to "fight." A powerful, bold, provocative word, but ultimately meaningless unless qualified. For what should we be fighting? World peace? Nuclear disarmament? Social justice? The artists transcend all of these and address the fundamental: One must fight for one's rights. But the right to do what? And therein lies the genius, the muse, the spark: the right to party. Indeed, it can be argued that partying is the ultimate outcome of the concept of rights. The rights innumerated in our Constitution include: the right to life (one must be alive to enjoy a party), the right to liberty (one must be free to attend parties), and the right to the pursuit of happiness (here the Founders correctly foresaw the advent of the beer bong.)