Inside Indiana University’s Raucous Little 500 Week

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Imagine one week of partying from morning to night. Imagine house parties, happy hour that lasts all day, and bar crawls that never seem to end. Now picture thousands of girls partying in the sun. Welcome to Little 500, 2011.

You might have heard of the super famous movie that came out before most of us were alive, called “Breaking Away.” It’s about the bike race that happens every year at Indiana University called Little 500. At Indiana, we find any reason to party, and this year, like every other year, we partied so much that most of us forget there was a bike race going on.

We woke up on Monday and instead of walking to class, we strolled on over to Big Red Liquors. This liquor store was responsible for supplying each and every one of us with all of our calories for the week. Food was our last priority.

It was on Tuesday that the party truly really began. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, who were on their I’m Still Music Tour, stopped by and performed in front of a sold out crowd. Thousands of students, sneaking in flasks filled with liquor, stood on their feet for four hours, swaying their hands in the air and closing their eyes as they jumped and sang the lyrics as if they wrote the song themselves.

Nicki Minaj asked the audience how to pronounce “Hoosiers,” as the audience started to roar,” Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-siers.”

Lil Wayne came on stage and asked the crowd “What does Little 5 mean?” as someone threw him a Little 5 T-shirt he ended up putting on later in the show.

After a lap dance on the stage and 3 hours of music later, we were on to the after parties.

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Nicki Minaj tweeted later that night,

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The party didn’t stop. It was just beginning.

Happy hour all week long began before people got out of class.

After paying a $5 cover and getting stamped with black ink that was still on our arms the next morning, everyone entered Kilroys’ Sports Bar and Grill. The sun was shining, the booze was flowing, DJ Bizerkey was spinning tunes and people were dancing everywhere but the dance floor.

Dancing on tables is way more fun anyway.

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As our heads started to throb from three consecutive days of drinking, we woke up early on Thursday to do it all over again. From happy hour, we left to go party in the sun behind Phi Psi. GLOWfest, associated with All Around Entertainment, featured Pretty Lights, Chiddy Bang, Mansions on the Moon, George Watsky, Main Squeeze and Brice Fox & Daniel Weber.
All Around Entertainment also organized the Wiz Khalifa concert later on in the week despite thunderstorms and heavy rain. Since when has bad weather ever stopped IU students from raging?

Girls looked through their closets and as you can see put on the most colorful, scandalous outfits they could find. What else are you supposed to wear to Pretty Lights when it’s 65 degrees and sunny?

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Even on Sunday, after seven days of debauchery and numerous less brain cells later, some students wanted the party to go on.

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This leaves the students of Indiana University with one question. IU was once one of Playboy’s top 10 party schools. After this Little 500, don’t you think we deserve that honor again?

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