Update: All seniors are now invited to the 200 Days party. Thanks to the Senior Committee and catering for making it work!
The Senior Committee has sent out invites for its first event, the 200 Days party, to all seniors, senior Febs, and super-senior Febs – i.e., students graduating anytime between the coming February and February 2011 – except, as you may have heard, those 47 unlucky kids who haven’t turned 21 yet. Several questions (with the potential for real answers!) arise:
1. In their email to the uninvited minors, they state that this party will be 21+ “as it has been in past years (e.g. 2006, 2007).” This seems to indicate that in the past two years, they managed to figure out how to include all actual seniors. Why the change from the most recent practice?
2. Pub Night at the Grille, Homecoming, and various other events and parties seem to find it manageable to police underage drinking with the use of wristbands, stamps, beer garden-esque enclosures, etc. Why is this not possible for the 200 Days party? Surely the cost and/or logistics – I assume the numbers are higher – can’t be that prohibiting.
3. And finally: even if the logistics for an all-inclusive party are close to impossible, making a senior party 21+ only implies that the entire purpose of the senior party is to drink alcohol. While this may well be the case, let’s at least pretend it isn’t. The point of senior parties is so that the graduating class can commemorate their four years at Middlebury, celebrate the relationships they’ve formed, and have a last few memorable events together before they enter the Real World, where there are no parties (probably), but plenty of oppressive committees.