West Virginia University has long been known for its impressive and well-renowned party culture, ranking at the top of countless lists for being one of the best party schools in the country.
While the students are extremely proud of this fact (and rightfully so), university administration has tried hard to turn a new page on this reputation, hoping to show the school in a more appropriate and scholarly light, even trying to curb outside-campus activities at some points.
While they fight the good fight, another problem stems from the outrageous parties thrown by students around Morgantown: the trash, debris and general aftermath left after one of these “social gatherings.” Morgantown “townies” have raised their anger and disgust with the way their city is treated by the temporary students and City Council has tried to make changes.
So, are WVU students and their parties hurting the place they love—the place they belong—even worse than the school’s reputation?
One of the saddest examples of massive amounts of discarded trash that you can see in Morgantown is the trash strewn along the Monongahela River and Rail-Trail which you can see depicted in a livestream our writers’ team did a few weeks ago.
As the weather is warming up and classes are coming to an end, students will also now have more free time to enjoy. With that, they’ll begin flocking to nearby waterholes (quite literally) with their groups of friends and six packs of white claws to beat the heat and celebrate another passed semester. Arden Falls, Blue Hole and Cheat Lake all become very popular places for the local college students to hang out—and leave their trash.
In our past articles on this blog, like WVU Strategic Communications Students Do Their Part for Climate Change or Trends That Are Saving The Earth, we’ve praised the efforts that West Virginia students have done to help the environment. However, there’s still so much more that we can do, starting here with our home.
There’s not much to say here except we need to be better. We, as students of a prestigious, brilliant, ground-breaking university that still knows how to have fun needs to be more mindful of the community that houses us. As our president said, “We work hard, (and) we play hard, but smart,” which is extremely true. Now it’s time to find a way to be smart about how we’re treating our environment, because while we may be doing amazing things for others, we also should be focusing on ourselves, too.
Instead of leaving this post on a negative note, there is still one more story of students with true Mountaineers spirit, because we can always find those who go first. After the spontaneous snow day which the university eventually condemned as shown above, students went out and cleaned up the mess left behind, saying, “We felt it was our responsibility to go out and clean up and help out our community.” Let’s go.