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Barstool Blackout comes to Poughkeepsie

By Haylee Caravalho
On October 30, 2012


Once again, Marist was buzzing with excitement for the Barstool tour to hit Poughkeepsie. Students everywhere rushed to purchase tickets and a plethora of crazy outfits before the big night arrived.  However, this wasn't just happening on campus, but all over the country.
   Barstool Sports, the infamous blog, is the source of these massive events taking over cities everywhere. 
   Its slogan claims: "By the common man, for the common man." The blog originated in Boston, Mass., but it has expanded to include New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, and has received much criticism on many of its allegedly "sexist" or "trashy" stories. 
   However, as much as many people may dislike the blog, it also has a large following of those who support it. 
   College students everywhere are adding to this base of support and the blog includes "Barstool U," "By the C- student, for the C- student."
   Barstool events are a fairly new phenomenon hitting cities along the east coast. 
   The massive parties include thousands of young people dancing in neon attire under blacklights and the 2012 tours include foam parties at many of the locations (where the partygoers are doused in large amounts of foam). Poughkeepsie is one of these locations.
   On Friday, Oct. 26, Marist students rushed to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie for the Barstool foam party. 
   Doors opened at 9:00 p.m. and students left as early as 8:00, although the event didn't start until 11:00. I arrived at 10:00 and was happy to see no line at all as I entered into the large arena and walked timidly into the huge group of people.    
   Everyone was dressed in bright colors and blacklights flashed around us. The music was deafening, but in a good way that put everyone into an excited mood. 
   Students from colleges all around the area were there, all ready to experience the 2012 Barstool tour.
   At 11:00, the fun began as foam filled the crowd. In some places, it was up to my neck. Everyone was slipping and sliding around the dance floor, but they never stopped dancing! 
   It was a crazy two hours and there was never a dull moment. Some partygoers clambered up on stage, while others walked through the crowd taking pictures and videos to document the night. 
   Everyone seemed to have a great time and the only downsides were my lack of shoes and the inevitably long line for the women's bathroom. Personally, I thought it was a great night. 
   At 1:00 a.m., the crowd exited the venue, sad to see the night ending. It was a great experience, although a little overwhelming at first. I would definitely recommend attending a Barstool event. However, it's extremely important to stay with your friends and remember to be safe. Overall, I'm sure a lot of Marist students are anxiously awaiting Barstool's 2013 tour. 

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