Until students have spent a few years in Jackson, they usually aren’t eager to go exploring a downtown area that has a reputation for crime. Before this, students dive into the Greek scene, which hosts about three parties a week. Students later venture out into a bar scene that supplies a variety of neat entertainment options, but few bars have a discriminating ‘type’ and welcome, for better or worse, a mixed bag of customers. A few downbeat clubs exist around campus, but their regulars are very irregular.
Any student will have to put forth real effort to find the places in Jackson that suit them, but that’s the fun part. Fake IDs are not thoroughly checked, and law enforcement is exceptionally lax around downtown and campus. George Street, Fenian’s, and Hal and Mal’s are the most popular bars for the Millsaps crowds, with Hal and Mal’s being the first choice for most off-campus celebrations. Within an hour’s drive is the Mississippi Delta, an infamously poor region of the country. The Delta does, however, maintain numerous “juke joints,” alcohol-serving shacks that preserve the blues in an almost prehistoric period. Every year, several students make trips to the Delta to witness some of the skilled musicians of the juke joints and the powerful humanity of the Delta.