ELK LODGE - A tradition long cherished by fourth-years, 100 Days was held last weekend, at the Elk Lodge. Although the night is known for its promiscuity, copious alcohol and fun, students seemed to let loose in a different fashion this year.
“Just arrived at 100 Days!” Macy MacCreedy ’16 exclaimed as she snapped a photo of herself standing outside of the lodge in a formal dress. “Looks like it’s time to post a snap! Hashtag so cute, hashtag what fun, hashtag 100 days!”
Other students partook in the massive social media outpouring. Many were taking photos of the food, drinks, and live band, while others were busy making Vines. Rather than dancing or mingling, most students sat in folding chairs, their eyes glued to their phones.
“Can we take a photo of us making out?” Chance Clarke ’16 asked his companion. “I promised my fans that I’d make-out with someone if I hit fifty followers.”
The administration also supported the students’ decision to take photos and live blog the event.
“Normally the students just awkwardly mill around, trying to hang out and talk to each other. But tonight, they’re not even focused on making out. They’re trying to find the perfect Instagram moment. I’d be worried about it if I weren’t live-vlogging it myself,” Shania Carlyle, head of 100 Days Committee said as she stuck her phone in front of a couple live-tweeting the event. “Say hi to the folks back home!”
Many students participating in 100 Days weren’t even physically at the lodge. Several students facetimed into the event, staying in their rooms instead of going out and socializing.
“I got all dressed up, but decided not to go. I mean, why would I listen to music other people have picked out or dance under tacky decorations? Here I can eat what I want, listen to my own playlists, and make out with myself” said Clive Stetterson ’16.
“My first year, I was super excited about making out with my classmates, especially this one guy I’ve had a crush on freshman year. And then I realized that it’d just be so much fun to spend my evening texting him instead of talking face to face! He just liked my post! We’re basically dating.” Paul Gates ’16 explained, showing off his iPhone.
During the night, even a Yelp page was created for the 100 Days catering, which consisted largely of Pizza Ranch. It currently has a 2 star rating on Yelp. Perhaps low scores can be explained by the setting.
“In the end, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere perfect for a midnight dinner. However, the booze was cheap, which didn’t really help. The water was also a little too spicy for me, so I ended up giving it one star” Carli French ’16 explained.
Even the special surprise—a class-wide shot—was panned online.
“Hashtag moonshine? Hashtag cheap alcohol.” French explained, before turning to the girl beside her. “Want to film ourselves making out? For posterity?”
Although most students were excited about the new changes to 100 Days, some reacted negatively.
“It’s not that I hated it, it’s just that I spent three and a half years working up enough courage to talk to my crush,” Camden Southerland ’16 explained. “And when I finally did make out with him, it was only for 10 seconds because that’s the longest a snapchat video can be.”