6 P.M. My fixer, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Southern Ca, texts me saying she no more seems “safe” or “comfortable” with your plan (to help keep her anonymous, we will phone her “Cindy”).
We had been likely to crash a frat party, go out, to see what are the results. Just a fast anthropological jaunt into the crude and increasingly vexing mating rites of university Greeks.
Getting use of frat parties as being a female that is young easy. The only real demands are really a college ID card and a plucky mindset. All of the USC frats and sororities are crammed on to a residential block so if we strike away engaging in one household, we’re able to easily scamper up to another.
But tonight, Cindy notifies me personally, the events are now being held from the row. A couple of years ago|years that are few, the University place a moratorium on events during Rush Week in a bid to refurbish the University’s image. There have been a lot of pupils being transported towards the neighborhood ER space for drinking and combat; the appropriate obligation of butt-chugging associated fatalities expanded way too high, together with security that is extra patrol from the line had been getting expensive. With Rush officially over, the parties could resume week.
“The frats are chartering buses to pick ladies up through the homes then to operate a vehicle them up to a key location, ” Cindy texts. “just how can we keep we are if we don’t know where? I really don’t also prefer to drink and I also do not feel safe. “
I tell Cindy we can take a taxi home the second we feel threatened that I have pepper spray and a stun-gun in my purse and.
It is a”no that is hard from Cindy.
We’ll really need to get in by myself.
I realize this is more than a bad idea—it’s a dangerous one as I squeeze into a slightly tacky, form-fitting dress purchased from Guess for a failed hook-up back in 2009. (more…)