What are the most popular student activities/groups?
In freshman housing, there is a greater sense of community than in upper classmen dorms. Extracurriculars exist on campus however, academics take such a focus that student tend to limit their envolvement. Athletics are available at all different levels (varsity, club, intermural). If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday I am either studying, writing a paper, finishin the last bit of my homework or in studio, working on a project.
Every year we have Carnival in the spring which is our extended weekend equivalent to thanksgiving in the fall semester. We get Thurs - Sun off and there are special activities planned like a concert, a comedian, etc. Also there is booth which consumes many people's free time throughout spring semester as greek and other organizations each build themed 2 story structures that are later exhibited and toured by the student body and other visitors in the area.
When people party on the weekends (Fri and Sat) there is often an excessive amount of drinking because the students cannot participate at any other point in the week like many other schools do. Therefore, many students decide to party "harder" on the weekends.