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Party Scene: Barnaby's is sketchy, but the only place to dance at in Walla Walla.

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Party Scene: Most of the nightlife happens on campus, unless you're older. For freshmen, it's frat parties and parties in their dorm rooms; for sophomores, it's house parties and frat parties; for juniors, it's mainly house parties, and some off-campus bar hopping or clubbing; and for seniors, it's pretty much exclusively house parties, bars, and clubs.

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Greek Life: It's pretty easy as a female to take advantage of the frat parties whenever I want to.

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Greek Life: It seems like it's harder as a guy to avoid Greek life. For some reason, as a girl, I feel like it's a bit easier to hang out with my sorority friends, Indy friends (Independents, not affiliated with fraternities/sororities), and guy friends who are in the frats without feeling too much pressure. Sometimes Greek life does stupid stuff, like sponsoring dances with really off-color, offensive themes (like `White Trash' dances or `Old Men & School Girls'), but I manage not to get too fed up with it. I can't really complain because I take advantage of their parties, too.

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Greek Life: It's great being in a frat. I've loved it, and the guys are all really awesome. I think if I hadn't joined, I wouldn't have seen my friends as much. The only major downfall is that you have to live in the house, and some parts of the TKE house are pretty crappy.

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Greek Life: There's too many of them-I do think it's a problem here at Whitman College, especially since it's a small school, but it's very noticeable.

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Greek Life: It seems that the majority of Greeks just hang out with each other, and that's it. Go to Prentiss (the dining hall) and see how many girls sit with just their Greek sisters!

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Greek Life: Greek life is a social scene unto itself. Greeks tend to stick together, as do Indies.

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Greek Life: I think it is a much larger deal freshman year when people are trying to find their place, and its importance lessens each successive year.

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Greek Life: I get fed up with all the Greek organizations on campus, especially since we're a small school and it's very noticeable. But I do my best to avoid it, and although I dislike the larger group, most of the Greeks I know individually are really cool, nice people. I just don't like how exclusive their social group is.

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Greek Life: I've noticed that, as I've settled more into my own place at Whitman, Greek life becomes less and less prominent. It's a struggle as a freshman to figure out if it's really right for you, especially since rush is really close to the beginning of the year, so you don't have much time to think about it. I have friends who are Greek, and most of them like it, but I do have some friends who wish they hadn't joined, and it's hard to de-pledge. I think, as an Indy, I have much more social freedom, which is nice. I don't like people telling me how to dress and who to hang out with!

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Drug Safety: I've noticed that pot is being used more often, and it's easier to get, which is a little worrisome. Hopefully, it won't become as popular as alcohol is on campus.

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Drug Safety: The only prevalent drug on campus is pot (unless you count alcohol as a drug).

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Drug Safety: Alcohol seems to be the biggest form of substance abuse, and I don't think I can recall any weekend where it wasn't readily available at some party. Whitman students definitely abuse alcohol in my opinion, though I think the perception may be a bit more than it really is. It's at least nice to know that I don't have to worry about seeing anything much worse than alcohol on campus.

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Drug Safety: Around finals, some students abuse caffeine by taking pills or by fueling up on Red Bull or coffee. Many pull all-nighters in the library, and I've caught wind a couple of times of people using speed, though this is a rarity and a rumor without much evidence. Beer seems to be the drug of choice, especially for guys who need a break in the library on late nights.

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Drug Safety: The school has a no-tolerance policy for marijuana, though it's not uncommon for students who have it to be let off with warnings. If the Walla Walla police catch you, though, watch out-they're very unforgiving when it comes to drug use outside of underage drinking, and they really don't like busting up Whitman parties without whining about it.

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Drug Safety: I really haven't heard of anything `harder' than pot being used frequently.

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Drug Safety: I'd venture to say that illegal drugs are not a problem on campus.

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Drug Safety: For a school that hosts `the Beer Mile,' it would seem like the obvious conclusion that alcohol is quite integrated into the lifestyle here. Though it can get out of control at times, most students don't drink so much that they get belligerent or pass out. For the few that do, the Health Center is really familiar with taking care of sick students, and at least one student ends up in the Health Center each weekend during the heavy party times.

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Drug Safety: Drinking is probably the most commonly used drug, followed by pot.

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Administration: Whitman is somewhat strict. They're as strict as they need to be, at least, and I think they should be. It helps things run smoothly and reminds students that they are not invincible or able to escape deserved punishment.

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Administration: My Resident Director last year told me that Whitman has the second most liberal, relaxed alcohol policy in the country, second only to Reed College (in Oregon) that has no alcohol policy. It's great to be at a school that's this laid-back, though at times I've seen policy enforced when it definitely needed to be.

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Administration: The campus is not especially strict, although I have seen campus policy enforced, which it should be. They are there to protect us and keep things semi-legal. I've heard of people getting out of punishment after being caught with pot, so I imagine that they're not terribly strict about that.

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Administration: Whitman's `close door' policy is strict in the sense that you're strongly discouraged from having alcohol out in public, but at the same time, the enforcement varies so much from residence hall to residence hall that it is hard to call it strict, especially since there is no ban on drinking, only the location.

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Administration: Drunkenness is not regulated at all. In my experience, the only trouble people ever got in was having lots of alcohol in public and having to dump it out.

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Though Whitman has had its ups and downs, overall, most students have absolutely loved it and feel there is no possible college better for them. Many warn that it does take some adjusting (especially with Walla Walla being less metropolitan than what some are used to), but of course, that’s a large part of what college itself is, no matter where you are. At Whitman, it’s challenging to adjust to the environment; if you find something drastically contrasting to what you’re accustomed to before college, perhaps more so than it would be at other schools closer to larger cities. In general, most students have found they need to make a larger adjustment of some kind to Whitman’s environment, but most have loved their experiences once they found a comfortable niche.

Many seniors find it difficult to leave Whitman because of the bonds they create with people there, be it with students or professors. Whitman also has a very strong and supportive network of alumni, which is indicative of the bond many people have with Whitman. Several students feel they’ve grown in many positive ways by being put through the challenges of Whitman, and all in all, wouldn’t change their experiences there for the world. It’s said to be a unique and special place, unlike any environment most students have ever been in, and many think it will be difficult to leave when graduation comes. The people really make the school, and are some of the most thoughtful, well-spoken, humorous, and genuine people you’ll find anywhere.

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