Dalhousie University student leaders and administrators are urging people not to attend off-campus parties promoted by social media accounts, saying they don’t want the school to adopt a “toxic party lifestyle.”
“We are deeply concerned about the reckless ambition and influence of Canadian Party Life and the minority members of the student community who participate in or support these efforts as local organizers.” note.
“The negative impact of these events is being felt both in Dalhousie and the surrounding Halifax community.”
Canadian Party Life is an Instagram account with over 500,000 followers. They promote parties and share content aimed at college students, such as videos and photos of stunts like crowd surfing at the door.
Last September, hundreds of students dressed in Dalhousie merch took to the streets near campus for an unauthorized “Homecoming” street party.
A city councilor in the area described it as a “mob of people in near-rioting conditions.” Ten people were arrested for public drunkenness.
Another unauthorized “HOCO” party is scheduled for this weekend, and Ezekiel sent a note last week warning students to stay away.
“Through its Instagram account, Canadian Party Life seeks to foster and profit from a toxic party lifestyle and competition among Canadian college students, including Dalhousie students,” he said. “This includes organizing and promoting large, illegal street parties.”
Ezekiel said it’s not so naive to think that students aren’t partying, but what worries him is the size and scale of the street parties Canadian Party Life promotes.
“Canadian Party Life, in particular, actually encourages colleges to compete against each other, spotting some really challenging and sometimes dangerous behaviors like jumping off roofs and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. “So we felt the need to name what we thought was harmful.”
First grader Sam Petrov said he witnessed a party this year where people got hurt.
He said he fears there will be more injuries at this weekend’s event.
“People want to have fun, but [it] Someone gets hurt and it’s not fun anymore,” he said.
It is not clear who runs the Canadian Party Life account or its local branch, Dar Yu Party Life. No one at Canadian Party Life returned the message.
Dalhousie Student Union President Aparna Mohan said the page would motivate students to create their own spectacles to gain “social credit” and that most participants were not worried about the outcome. Told.
“As you’ve seen, people who can afford to go to extremes are usually privileged in many ways,” Mohan said.
“They belong to the highest socio-economic strata, can afford the fines they are asked to pay, and do not have the same affiliation with the police as racially less privileged groups.”
She said the students were desperate to get back together, and the student union proposed a sanctioned on-campus homecoming event, but that didn’t materialize this year. said he wanted to