This, in light of several recent deaths in the Northeast linked to the popular club drug ‘Molly’.
A look at campus life today reveals much the same as it has for decades.
The hustle and bustle between classes remains constant.
But every generation finds a new way to blow off steam, and for the current crop – that includes electronic dance parties.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said UMass Amherst senior Sam Biggers. “It’s very dark. It’s an incredible light show. It’s a lot of energy a lot of dancing. I mean there are drugs involved but for the most part kids just have a great time.”
UMass hosts several of these dance parties a year, and in case you’re like me – and aren’t sure exactly what they are – we found some video.
This is from ‘Day Glow’… an event billed as the World’s Largest Paint Party at UMass Amherst.
“It’s a lot of music. Very dark inside and you know, like neon flashing lights, so there is usually kids drinking and doing drugs,” said UMass Amherst senior Liz Strzepa.
The drug of choice is Molly – a potent form of ecstasy that can be deadly.
Which is why UMass recently bowed out of hosting the upcoming ‘Return to Fantasia’.
And while Liz and Sam – neither of whom use drugs – say they’re disappointed, they understand the reason behind the decision.
“Molly is really prevalent at these events. A lot of kids do it,” said Strzepa.
“It’s kind of like a catalyst for these shows. It’s like you’re going to these shows you have to do Molly,” agreed Biggers.
There are several more electronic dance parties scheduled for the Mullins Center later this year.
Right now, school officials say they’re taking each one under consideration and haven’t yet made a decision on whether to cancel any more events.