Nightlife at Cornell doesn’t smack you upside the head as soon as the sun goes down. Weeknights are pretty quiet, both on and off campus, because skipping one night of homework can put you way behind. On the weekend, students often gather in small groups in dorm rooms to watch movies or drink, but large parties almost always get busted in the residence halls. Head off campus to one of the unofficial Greek or athletic houses and you’re more likely to find the typical college party scene. Kegs of Keystone are the norm and most groups charge $5 for all-you-can-drink beer. There are three local bars of varying degrees of newness—and cleanliness. Lately, the bar scene has not been as popular as it has in the past, but if you manage to pick the right night, they will be packed by bar time, usually around 11 p.m. Only one of the bars charges cover, and only for underagers on certain nights—usually weekends. The bars in downtown Cedar Rapids are all 21-and-over to get in, so students looking for a club with a dance floor usually head to the Ped Mall in Iowa City.
If drinking isn’t your thing or you’re underage, there is still plenty to do. The local bowling alley offers affordable fun. PAAC, the student organization which receives the biggest annual budget from the student senate, brings entertainment of some sort to campus, two to three times a block. Bands, comedians, hypnotists, and game show nights are popular attractions with many students.