There's no denying that JMU kids like to party. In fact, a common mantra that floats through the campus is "study hard, play hard." It's no secret that the recipe for success seems to include a healthy dose of partying, according to many JMU kids. Because of the friendly atmosphere and the overall inclusivity, it's a breeze finding a party among the different apartment complexes. If you're a girl traveling in swarms, the door practically flies open for each party. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a group of "bros." Including a higher ratio of girls to boys seems to be the ticket for access to the typical JMU party. Walking inside each party, you’ll find two scenarios. One is a social party buzzing with happy and friendly talk. The other is a more crowded dance party of sorts. Conversation rarely occurs, and though people may be dressed up in tight clothes, some people are rarely taking notice through their drunk haze. Students line the walls grinding or talking intimately, and there’s a heavier sense of hardcore drinking. At these parties, things may grow out of hand more quickly.
University Program Board is the savior for those interested in alternative weekend activities. With comedians, singers, bands, and movie nights at the Grafton Stovall, it;s simple to enjoy a Friday night absent of alcohol and drugs. For those over 21, there are bars in Harrisonburg that are not close to campus. It's nearly impossible for freshmen to frequent bars when they are without of a set of wheels and a valid ID. The sparse bars that are sprinkled around Harrisonburg might be the only upperclassmen activity, especially since the nightclub scene is rather abysmal.