I don’t party much, but all my girls were going to Gorilla Thrilla and I heard it was supposed to be the best event of the year besides Kappa Luau.
I have no idea what was going on at the front of the line at the Thrilla. I guess somebody there shared my impatience. The next thing I know, I am being pushed into the front of the gate. People were falling and getting thrown into the side gates. Shoes were coming off, and no one in the line was helping anyone get up.
Amidst all the commotion, I lost all but one of my friends. We held on to each other while being pushed to the front of the line, only to run into Alphas, whose pride seemed hurt because someone broke the gates and burst into the party. Instead of accepting their loss and letting us in, a few started yelling and saying how we are not supposed to “burst up in no bruhs party.”
Meanwhile, girls were crying because they were being crushed by an overwhelming majority of males.
I was thinking to myself that someone was going to get hurt. I’ll be damned if it wasn’t my girl! Her shoe slid off while being pushed in line and the metal board (that some genius put down) slit her toe in two places. Rather than fight our way back through the line, we decided to wait for the crowd to dwindle.
Since we could not get out for a while, I started to look around. I couldn’t believe how many drunken students I saw. I realized there were free drinks, but damn! These people were acting like fools. Falling out, throwing up, and acting irresponsibly must have been a prerequisite for attending the Gorilla Thrilla.
We finally got a ride to the emergency room. There, I encountered about five Gorilla Thrilla accidents. One girl broke her ankle, another passed out from combining drugs and alcohol and one guy got a bottle broken over his skull.
Now, I will say that I am very happy that the men of Alpha Phi Alpha are giving refunds for the Thrilla. I have heard that they may be paying hospital bills. But as for me, that was my first and last Gorilla Thrilla. I think that everyone should think twice about attending the next one.
Crystal Mitchell, 19, is a freshman graphic design student from Orange Park. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.