Senior Crawl: What’s your plan?
By Sarah ThompsonPosted Mar 9, 2011
Drinking until you black out is a common campus practice any weekend. Or weekday. Or morning before class. But one day every quarter, drinking becomes a duty.
This obligation is bestowed upon graduating seniors, who must celebrate their last few days of college-hood before receiving their degrees.
The premise is simple: On the Thursday before graduation practice, graduating seniors, and any ID-laden students that may use Senior Crawl as an excuse to drink, hit as many bars as possible along the High Street strip. These students start on the north end and head south, partaking in the crawl drink specials High Street bars offer.
While some bars are regular go-to sites for crawl, like Too’s and McFadden’s, one student says she’s open to any bar.
“I plan to go any place along High Street that me and my friends think would be fun," said Katie P., a senior who wished to remain anonymous.
"Ledo’s, Too’s. Ugly Tuna. Little Bar. Other bars. I’ll go wherever. You have to. You just spent four years on a degree and tons of money. Go out and drink.”
However, some students don’t carry the same sentiment.
“I won’t [be participating]," said Natalie M., a senior in psychology and women’s studies. "I don’t have time to go out and I don’t drink. I’m working on two degrees, I’ll be graduating in spring and I’m kind of a nerd. I’ll probably hang out somewhere in Short North or something.”
Katie P. said she’s got time to participate, especially because of the event’s significance.
“Why not go?" she said. "It’s your last chance to really enjoy yourself as a college student in the college atmosphere. I’d be afraid I’d regret it if I didn’t [participate]. Besides it’s just fun and crazy.”
Sure, it’s fun for ID-toting students and graduating seniors. But what about lowly underclassmen barred from the bars?
“I recently just got busted for drinking in the dorms, so I’d probably tone it down a hair,” said Charlie Sheen, a freshman in Biology who wished to use an alternate name. “But if there are available opportunities, like pregame parties, I’d go. That’d be fun.”
Betty Buckeye isn’t participating either. Buckeye, a sophomore in communications who wished to remain anonymous, said she doesn’t even know what Senior Crawl is.
“What is that? What happens?” she said. “I probably wouldn’t partake in that because it’s just not my thing to participate in. I drink occasionally, but that’s it. I would hang out with my friends, planning our own stuff to have a good time.”