Hamilton students work hard, but they play much harder. Every weekend all-campus parties are thrown by Greek societies, sports teams, and cultural organizations in one of four large social spaces on campus. These parties can become monotonous by the end of the semester, but despite the lack of diversity in social events, students look forward to theme parties. Certain events, such as the Farm Party, Heaven and Hell, and The New Year’s Party, are thrown annually and have earned reputations for being an especially good time. Off-campus parties and semi-formals provide for a much needed change from this scene. Host organizations shell out for school buses to bring people back and forth from campus throughout the night, greatly decreasing the possibility of drunk drivers making bad decisions. There are two bars downtown that draw a significant Hamilton crowd many nights of the week, although the same group of Greeks tends to be the dominate population.
Most of the time, students realize their options and manage to make fun for themselves. Certain dorms are known for throwing parties. The suites in Milbank fill to the brim with students looking for a good time. South and Dunham always have something going on for the freshmen, and Carnegie is usually a good bet, too. Depending on the mood of the crowd, these parties can be anything from casual and quiet to an ‘80s dance party.