During the week, everyone’s lust is dulled by classes, but on weekend nights, freshman and sophomore dorms, party houses, and bars overflow with sexual energy. A majority of freshmen seem to be sexually active. Most UB students “grow up,” however, and get exclusive after freshman and sophomore year. Single upperclassmen complain that it’s tough to find a hot guy or a pretty girl who’s not in a relationship and who’s not a jerk. In terms of looks, UB is a numbers game—there are thousands of hot guys and girls, but also, thousands of busted ones. Being easygoing is a virtue at UB; students who are perceived to be trying too hard are disliked.
UB’s guy and girl scene is made up of different subcultures. There is occasionally some regional tension between Upstaters and Downstaters, but it doesn’t seem to prevent anyone from hooking up. UB has several classic types, including artsy girls who dress in fashionable outfits cobbled together from weekly trips to the thrift store, metrosexual guys who put lots of wax in their hair and try to look like models, beautiful girls who mysteriously emerge every spring when winter sweaters and hoodies come off, proud and outspoken LGBT students, strong silent types from the North Country, guys from Downstate who blare hip-hop from their SUVs and ooze with testosterone, international students wearing all kinds of exotic dress and speaking all kinds of different languages, and just everyday girls and guys from around the state who are looking to have as much fun as possible before graduation. It’s an exciting scene, and on weekend nights, everybody who wants some can get it.