The Illogicality of Blacking Out


Homecoming has come and gone… what fun it was! Through the craziness, countless stories were created and unforgettable memories were made—we shall forever look back on this time with heavy, nostalgic hearts. Except, the question is: how much of Homecoming can you account for based on your own memory?

Granted, if you’ve been given two straight nights of hardcore partying (how many party buses did we have this year, anyway? Nine?), lots of drinking is bound to be involved! Come Sunday morning, four out of five people I talked to said they blacked out at one point during the weekend. That was to be expected, but I couldn’t stop myself from feeling pretty disappointed. I’d like to take this time to acknowledge my own hypocrisy; I’ve been guilty of not remembering parts of events, so this is a rant for you and for me, too!

Another thing I’d like to point out is that you might know that I was the Bash co-chairperson along with Everett Glenn, so you probably think that I’m being biased. Hell yes, I am biased! I can’t rant about something that doesn’t touch me on a personal level.

Really, I have never liked the idea of blacking out during events anyway, and being on the Homecoming Committee this year has given me more incentive to speak up about the illogical-ness of the whole concept of drinking too much for events. By the way, if you think that this message contradicts with my first column on partying, read carefully—I didn’t say to party harder; I said to party better. There’s a major difference.

I do really wish everyone had partied better for Homecoming. Did you realize that the Homecoming Committee had been working on our events since May? It makes me wonder what the point of six months’ worth of planning was if half of the people who went to the Bash didn’t remember a single thing.

This applies to every event that student organizations host throughout the year. It takes time, effort, and a lot of work to plan an event–this is a fact that every single chairperson and committee would agree over. We could’ve saved ourselves a bunch of money—thousands of dollars in my case—on the decoration and entertainment and just put all the extremely intoxicated people in a space where they could grind offbeat to the music. Would it even have made a difference?

Does anyone actually feel good waking up and coming to the realization that they paid for an event, put in effort to dress up, and were ready for a good time, but they can’t decide how their night turned out until they hear it from other people and see photos (if they managed to take any). If you think about it, you’re no different from the outsiders who didn’t go to the event, but heard stories and saw photos on Facebook. Except that, of course, they aren’t out twenty bucks or more, like you!

How illogical is it that the bigger the event, the more we want to drink? It’s a silly philosophy that too many of us practice. If it’s a big event, then common sense tells us that more people will show up and there probably would be more things to do or see, correct? Then why is it that we seem to want to not remember the night even more?

In fact, I would much, much rather be too sober for a big event than to be too drunk. I might wish I had a better buzz going on, but at least I’d be able to speculate on the details of the decorations, the behavior of other party-goers (come on, that’s always fun…except when it’s you that others are watching, of course.), have more coherent conversations, and most importantly, at least I’d actually remember being there.

There were people who were too drunk to even notice that there was a Photo Booth at the Bash, despite its location being right at the entrance. Many attendees asked where they could watch the music videos again because they “missed” them, despite the enormous 12” by 14” screen on the stage playing the videos nonstop throughout the night. So, in other words, you chose to not get your money’s worth. What’s more, you also blew your money on the alcohol that you didn’t need to drink and don’t remember drinking anyway. And you wonder why you’re broke and unhappy at the end of the month?

Well, as I said, Homecoming has come and gone… so there’s no use dwelling on it, but we do have many other events coming up. These organizations have been planning for weeks, and they’re going to be working the day of the event to decorate and running around for the multiple errands that always magically appear right before the event. The least we could do is show up, both physically and mentally. Otherwise, you might as well stay home.

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3 Responses to “The Illogicality of Blacking Out”

  1. Meredith
    October 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    Great article, Leila!

  2. Nick
    October 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM #

    Go Leila 🙂 great article!

  3. Sara
    October 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM #

    Well said!

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