By SAS 5C Events Chair Marta Bean ‘14 One of the awesome things about Scripps is how, as intense as we are in the classroom, we’re just as intense outside the classroom. We all know we don’t go to a party school per se, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rage like a party school. So, I’m writing this to congratulate you on your ability to work hard and party hard, and to encourage you to remind people of this if they try to tell you otherwise.
Here are some facts to dispel rumors about why Eurotrash got shut down. We did not reach capacity; there were no more people at Eurotrash this year than during past years, it’s just that the entire space was not being used up. The east side of the garage was almost empty, causing an unnatural concentration of partiers in the middle and on west side. SAS members tried to black out the fencing around where people would be waiting in line, but it was still possible to see inside—not to mention hear the music. Out of excitement and impatience, a few people in line started to push and soon after, the party got shut down.
At Eurotrash, in the awesome rage that turned to angry rage, I heard a lot of negativity. Chants of “Scripps Sucks!” came from the masses and one person’s upset comment about how they couldn’t dance anymore turning into a wave of negative energy that helped no one. Back in the line, just a few people pushing and shoving got the whole party called off an hour and a half earlier than expected. Scripps sucks, eh? I’ll let you in on a little secret—you better believe that the “pushers” in line weren’t Scripps students.
What did the “pushers” want? Well, I think it looked pretty cool in there; I don’t blame them for wanting to get in quickly. But I do blame them for feeling entitled enough to push over the barricades, nearly squash dozens of people, yell racial slurs at the hired security officer and end the night quickly for everyone.
Next time you hear someone dissing Scripps for throwing a lame party, just remember that it’s not Scripps’ fault, it’s not SAS’ fault, and it’s not my or Rachael Ballard’s fault. It’s the fault of the people pushing to get in.
So, take this example of sticking up for Scripps parties and extend it to sticking up for Scripps in general. It’s always easier to ignore negative comments and even insults in passing, but if you let yourself—or your school—get pushed around, it’s much easier to get taken advantage of. Let everyone who questions Scripps know that you’re proud to be a Scripps student, and they’ll be less inclined to mess with you about being one (not trying to be corny!).