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What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Meredith

A very popular group of campus is the club ski team. anyone can join for a fee and they travel during the winter to compete with various schools. for the most part, the people who join don't always have much experience so you don't need to be good to do it. Students on the ski team host a lot of parties and are a very close knit of kids- for this reason many people want to join. Another great club I am in is called the bison pals. Students in the club get paired up with a member of the local community who is mentally challenged. The club is very rewarding and a lot of fun, but nice for someone who cannot make a regular weekly commitment to something. Dating at Bucknell is very common. Though there is a huge hookup culture, many people partake in it to find a significant other. I am single right now, but most of my friends are in relationships. People are Bucknell hold a conception that it is important to marry another Bucknellian. People party on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you are in a frat or a senior, you may go out more than this. Though most people go out three nights a week, come junior year, there is less pressure to go out every night there is a good party. The party scene also revolves around greek life. It can be very hard for someone not in a frat/sorority to get into a party because many of them are "mixers"- parties for one frat and sorority that open to everyone at midnight. Frats and sports teams also hold almost every party on campus. If you don't want to drink, Bucknell is great about making sure there are other things to do. There is a very active students activities committee that plan events every weekend without alcohol- bingo nights, cooking classes, dessert parties, movies, comedians, singers, carnivals in the gym. Actually, these events are popular and at events like bingo, real prizes are given such as Ipads. Unfortunately, besides the bars and the movie theater, there is not much to do off campus in Lewisburg on a weekend. For this reason, the school works hard to plan fun events and students tend to host many parties in a given weekend.

Meredith

A very popular group of campus is the club ski team. anyone can join for a fee and they travel during the winter to compete with various schools. for the most part, the people who join don't always have much experience so you don't need to be good to do it. Students on the ski team host a lot of parties and are a very close knit of kids- for this reason many people want to join. Another great club I am in is called the bison pals. Students in the club get paired up with a member of the local community who is mentally challenged. The club is very rewarding and a lot of fun, but nice for someone who cannot make a regular weekly commitment to something. Dating at Bucknell is very common. Though there is a huge hookup culture, many people partake in it to find a significant other. I am single right now, but most of my friends are in relationships. People are Bucknell hold a conception that it is important to marry another Bucknellian. People party on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you are in a frat or a senior, you may go out more than this. Though most people go out three nights a week, come junior year, there is less pressure to go out every night there is a good party. The party scene also revolves around greek life. It can be very hard for someone not in a frat/sorority to get into a party because many of them are "mixers"- parties for one frat and sorority that open to everyone at midnight. Frats and sports teams also hold almost every party on campus. If you don't want to drink, Bucknell is great about making sure there are other things to do. There is a very active students activities committee that plan events every weekend without alcohol- bingo nights, cooking classes, dessert parties, movies, comedians, singers, carnivals in the gym. Actually, these events are popular and at events like bingo, real prizes are given such as Ipads. Unfortunately, besides the bars and the movie theater, there is not much to do off campus in Lewisburg on a weekend. For this reason, the school works hard to plan fun events and students tend to host many parties in a given weekend.

Alex

So greek life at Bucknell is important to talk about, because it has such a big presence on campus, and it goes hand in hand with parties. Because we are in Lewisburg, PA, we obviously look to campus to keep ourselves interested on the weekends. Frat parties hold a monopoly on Bucknell’s social scene. But greek life isn’t about parties, it is about having a non-related and large “family” that you can call your own while you’re at Bucknell. This provides enormous comfort and stability for a lot of young Bucknellian men and women. Going through rush is not only a good idea for the sake of getting into a sorority, but just for the sake of meeting more of your classmates. Bucknell is great because no matter who you are, you will find a sorority that you can mix well with if you choose to do so. If you do decide that Bucknell is something you interested in, you should seriously consider taking advantage of this great social support group while you’re here. As for those gay and lesbian, and or LGBT individuals out there wondering what it will be like for you specifically if you should decide to come to Bucknell, I will let you know what it was like for me freshman year. As I was in my coming out stages, I was eager to meet “All” the gay people, and join the lgbt group, and fight for gay rights, and take the lesbian populous by storm, I quickly discovered that college in rural Pennsylvania meant that there weren’t a lot of gay people, or maybe there just aren’t a lot of out people. So, as was my objective of this review, to tell the truth, I feel that I should let you know that there aren’t a ton of gay/out people here. However, unlike many other places I’d guess, Bucknell is extremely welcoming towards lgbt students, in terms of the student body, the professors and many of the student run organizations on campus, including a Christian support group (most involved w/flag surprisingly). SO if you’re a gay Christian, you will have a home here. But one of the first places you should visit when you come to campus is the LGBT office. It is one of the nicest offices on campus. it’s comfortably and cozy, and has the nicest people who work there. As a gay student, I would encourage you to go an introduce yourself to Fran and Laura, you won’t regret it! They work hard all year-round to get gay comedians, speakers and panels to come to campus and enrich the student body with all things gay!

Jamie

Bucknellians work hard and play hard. Many students are involved with numerous clubs while still maintaining their grades. The party scene is huge, but as I said before, ACE provides tons of alternative non-alcoholic events. Also, simply put, not all students are Greek or big partyers. CHOICErs are non-alcoholic/non-drug students. Many of the members in KRAID and Writers of Rohan, which both hold non-alcoholic meetings and events, are CHOICE members (though not all of them are). Big events that happen each year... Well, big music artists come by once in awhile. Last year we had Reel Big Fish, Ludacris, and OAR. Also, the Temptations and the Four Tops performed at our annual Chrysalis event, which is a campus-wide formal. Politically speaking, I think students are pretty diverse: there are liberals, there are conservatives, there are moderates, and there are... apathetics. As for the faculty and staff, though, they highly lean towards the left. And it shows with the speakers they choose to have here.

Sarah

The most popular groups on campus is Greek Life. Greek Life is very important at Bucknell, with over 50% of upperclassmen are greek (freshmen can't rush). Most of the parties during the weekend are Frat parties, but not being greek doesn't hurt your soical life. Some people join to drink, I joined a sorority for the sisterhood. Joining Chi Omega has definitly been one of the best desisons I have made while at Bucknell. I have new and larger group of friends. We are active on campus through community service and philanthrophy, we support each other and are very proud to wear our letters. If drinking is not your scene, then Bucknell offers tons of activites to do on Friday and Saturday nights. There are awesome bands (Plain White T's, The Ataris!), comeidens, themed bingo nights and trivia nights, pool tourdaments and movies. There is always something to do. Basketball games are very popular here and tickets tend to sell out. Guest speakers are also heavily attended. Last year Bill Nye the Science Guy came to speak and the line streched across campus.

Robert

Social life is rather open at Bucknell. Most people leave their doors open and there is always some sort of function, lecture, party or otherwise happening every weekend. Basically, it's what you wish to make of it.

Robin

Sports are really important at Bucknell, although I've always thought people put too much emphasis on them. For awhile when our basketball team was doing really well, the administration tried to focus more on athletics, but it met a lot of opposition. I've always liked that athletes here are students first, and it angered me when the administration tried to change that to bring the University more prestige. People party all the time. Although there are definately non-alcoholic options, there is a big divide between people who party and people who don't, especially freshman year. Greek life is important, but its not typical Greek life... its more accepting. If you break up with someone, its hard not to see them if you don't want to... the campus is too small to avoid people. There are a ton of opportunities to do things, too many to take advantage of them all. Theater productions, classical and jazz concerts, lectures, Bingo, free/cheap movies, these things happen every weekend and so there is always something to do. You just have to look for it.

Gaby

XC and track's pretty cool. We do pretty well competition wise. Dorm doors stay open, its not really a big deal. People pretty much go to everything from athletics to speakers. Dating...uh I have a boyfriend, we met here. Can't say much more there, we've been together over a year so I don't really pay attention to the dating scene. Met my closest friends through groups I'm in. 2am tuesday...I'm probably doing work or watching a movie if I'm up. Traditions/events there are lots. How often you party depends on who you are. Frats and sororities are big for some people. I honestly don't care. Last weekend I watched my team win the league championship. Saturday night: no alcohol: comedians, ace events, 7th street, movies... Off campus I volunteer, visit friends, stop at walmart from time to time...

Allison

Greek life is a huge part of the social life at Bucknell. Guest speakers are really popular and they try to schedule them on nights most people do not have class.

Dylan

Fraternities and Sororities Fraternity I do. Some people dont. Some people still. And some people dont. You take your chances not anymore. basketball used to be awesome but not anymore fucken all the time, i hate them yeh People hook up all the time. Its almost ridiculous. Classes. Thats when i get up after my 12oclock nap. Then off to study more. Some crazy shit. House party Every weekend + Wednsday. We got that shit scheduled out here. Pretty if you wanna get laid. Partay all night long. Watch other people drink. Or cry alone in your room. Go to wallmart or get a haircut.

Michael

Fraternities and sororities are the most visible social group on campus, and much of the on-campus social life revolves around fraternity-sponsored events. Drinking is also quite common. You can come to Bucknell determined not to drink, but you'll probably change your mind in a few months when you become convinced there's not much else to do. That's not true -- there's definitely other things to do -- but the rest of the student body will try very hard to convince you otherwise. Having said that, there's a number of other clubs on campus that cater to nearly every interest, from debating to Dungeons & Dragons, from fantasy fiction to flag football. I'd encourage anyone to join at least one club, because it makes it a lot easier to find people to hang out with. There's even an active intramural sporting program that offers tournaments in games ranging from soccer and volleyball to Ultimate Frisbee to squash and dodgeball.

Meg

People form their group of friends during their freshman year. Most of my friends I met on my freshman hall, but I also have friends that I met through some of my clubs and through other friends. If I'm up late at night on a weekday, I'm probably either doing homework or talking to friends. This past weekend, there was a showcase for the Latino Dance Corner, where they had student and professional Latin dance performances. Following that I went to a date party with my sorority. I never pictured myself as a "sorority" girl, but it's really just a great support system and a good way to make new friends. Some non-alcoholic events that people can do on the weekends is going to see performers such as comedians or magicians or playing Bingo (which is actually fun because you can win lots of great prizes) or seeing a live music performance at 7th St. Cafe. They also have Uptown, Bucknell's nightclub, which has local and sometimes big bands perform there too occassionally. Houseparty is probably Bucknell's biggest and most exciting weekend at Bucknell. It usually takes place in the beginning of April and consists of an entire weekend of partying, with every fraternity open to all students. You can even see the academic deans and professors cooking hot dogs and burgers on the street.

Devin

People party alot at Bucknell and fraternities/sororities are very important. A campous group called ACE provides alot of alcohol free events on weekends including comedians, concerts, trips to various cities, carnivals etc. Basketball is the most popular sport here, and theater isn't very popular with students. Not many students leave their doors open, though some do during the first few weeks of school and on freshman halls. Dorms (at least upper class ones) are generally pretty quiet on the weekends as most people are respectful of their neighbors and aren't in their rooms on weekend nights anyway. The dating scene pretty much doesn't exist - people just hook up (alot). I met my closest friends through a friend on my freshman hall and at work.

Drake

There seem to always be special events with lectures, performances, etc. Weekends can be what you make of them, mellow and without alcohol, or involve parties. Lots of people complain there is nothing to do here, but that's just if you're looking for parties or if you fail to recognize that Bucknell is in a rural setting.

Kris

For the past three years, basketball has been pretty big. We're starting to suck again, though. Dating? Ha. More like "hooking up" and then "finding out that you REALLY like hooking up" and THEN "dating". I met my closest friends as freshmen...we'd watch movies together or do something fun (cook dinner, go out to a restaurant) when everyone else was out getting drunk. The most popular yearly traditions are probably Homecoming, the Fall and Spring concerts, House Party Weekend (2 nights of unabashed debauchery -- all the frats are open for anyone to get in and Public Safety almost turns a blind eye to obvious drunknness), and Chrysalis (formal ball/dance at the end of the year). Bucknellians, as I've said, party pretty hard. Nothing else to do, really, unless you've got a shitton of work.

Michelle

Social life revolves around the Greek system. The majority of upperclass students are part of a Greek organization (freshmen aren't allowed to rush). Of course, there are people who aren't in the Greek system but still make their way into parties. Being Greek just makes it a lot easier. And Bucknellians are big drinkers because there is nothing else to do here. Weekends start on Wednesday nights. The big bar around here is the Bull Run Inn.

Joe

I am highly involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, one of the larger religious groups on campus. It seems to represent the campus fairly well, though we are lacking in Greek Lifers and minorities, in general. When I go to hang out on weekends, it's always with this group that I end up chilling with. Watching random movies, going downtown on Monday nights for wings at the Bull Run Inn, playing snow football...if I had peeps, they would be found in IV. I am not a partier and don't drink, so I honestly can't answer those questions.

Rebecca

Social life: wow. Drinking, dancing. Weekends. But as I said earlier, there are tooooonnnnsss of groups/ activities out there-people just need to participate! I leave my door open, most do not these days. Athletics: poorly attended unless its a big basketball game; no one goes to football. I hang out with all my friends from my freshman hall...they are awesome. 2am? on a tues? that would never happen. Houseparty, homecoming, crysylis, spring concert. People party all the time, but mostly wed, fri, sat night. 50% of campus are in the greek system. I was in annapolis last weekend, but all my other weekends are booked here: 100 nights (party for seniors), friends b-day, concert, general partying, bar, houseparty. For more information, see 1st essay.

Casey

students often leave their doors unlocked athletic events...so so. i never really go to them. guest speakers and theatre and shows are pretty cool. we have some awesome people come! i wouldn't know about the dating scene - my fiance lives in florida. people seem to party quite a bit... last weekend...i usually catch up on homework and hang out with friends. i don't really do anything off campus but shop.

Allison

The most popular organizations are the Greek organizations. My favorite group is Activities & Campus Events (ACE) which does the programming for most of the major events on campus which take place on weekends. Athletic events are not very popular unless they are men's basketball games. We have a Student Lectureship Committee which brings a major lecture to campus in the fall and in the spring (this spring is the MythBusters). There is not much dating on campus, but more of a "hook up" culture. I met my closest friends from my freshman hall and through my sorority. Every year we have Chrysalis, which is a semiformal gala with a major band (i.e. The Beach Boys, The Village People) and students and alumni attend to dance, eat and drink. People party every night of the week, but the biggest nights are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Off campus there isn't too much to do - there is a mall 15 minutes away and a small downtown with some shops, but most of the activity is on campus.

Reese

Most popular organization is Greek Life. I use to leave my dorm room open all the time my freshman year. But most people don't leave their door open. Basketball games are quite popular. I met my closest friends through the residential college and at work at the Weis Center. Some events/traditions every year are Chrysalis, the big concerts, House Party. Last weekend I did homework all Sunday. On Saturday I played Human Clue with a group of friends. I watched Lord of the Rings. I hung out with friends and chatted. I saw a friend play at Uptown (there were student bands playing). Ace and uptown usually have something going on Saturday night but it ends pretty early. I guess hanging out with friends and watching a movie is what you can do on a Saturday night.

Blake

Frat parties are big here. It's difficult if you're not Greek though. There are movies and other things to do for non-Greeks, but it's a lot better to be Greek. Unfortunately, not everybody can be Greek. Last weekend I went to a frat party and a non-alcoholic event that my sorority had. I go off campus to eat out and go to the mall, even though the mall is far away and terrible.

Dale

Greek life is HUGE but not the only option to have a social life. Personally, joining my sorority was the best decision I ever made - lifelong friendships. Dating doesn't really happen on campus, unless you qualify a dinner trip to the cafeteria as a date. Every club you can possibly want is either here, or can be brought here. Including a Quidditch team!!

Parker

Greek life trumps other activities on campus, no question about that. However, there are other groups that you can join. Sports teams are very tight-knit, as are cultural groups on campus such as Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell, or those who work together at the same jobs. If I could give an incoming student advice on how to fit in at Bucknell, it would be to get involved on campus. If Greek life is for you, then rush a sorority or fraternity during your second year. If you like community service, consider our many community service groups. If you like coffee and great friends, consider working at our cafe. Every group has its own dynamic, and even though for someone who isn't involved in the Greek system, it can be hard to make friends, never forget that there is a group for everyone. The worst thing you can do is stay in your room and wait for activities to come to you. Start early; get involved on your freshman hall and actively seek out things that you would like to be a part of.

Geordan

Drinking and dancing in a three-inch pool of beer in a shady basement gets old really quick. Most students are on the path to being alcoholics -- binge drinking seems like the only social activity that the majority of Bucknellians enjoy; there isn't anything to do within a 100 mile radius.

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