There's been plenty of talk about undie runs in the past, from Arizona to UCLA. Those events let students let loose either before a big campus event or prior to finals week. Well, James Madison University students tried a new way to break loose from books: a rave . . . at the library.
James Madison students flooded the Harrisonburg, Va., school's East Campus Library late Sunday night to party and, perhaps more importantly, forget about school for a little while, the Breeze reports. The event, which was organized on Facebook, drew hundreds of students. The initial wave of students entered the library quietly and then started loud school-spirit chants. Students crowd-surfed, threw paper, and danced to a DJ's music in the library's lobby, the report says.
Police locked the doors to the library in an attempt to slow the raucous party, but some students just partied outside.
"It was definitely crazy, with people jumping off of the balcony," one student tells the Breeze. "I have my first final tomorrow and have been studying all weekend, so it was a fun way of taking a break for a little."
The idea of a library rave isn't without precedent: There was one at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill last year that drew thousands of students. This year's JMU rave lasted about an hour, and the crowd dispersed without any problems.
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Corrected on 12/10/09: An earlier version of this article misstated the location of James Madison University. The correct location is Harrisonburg, Va. The previous version of the article also said that James Madison's rave was modeled after one held last year on its campus. The campus rave in 2008 was at the University of North Carolina.