The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 17
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NT students were faced with many im-
portant decisions. They had to decide on a
major, whether to pledge, which classes to
take the next semester and a host of other
critical matters. One of the more pressing
decisions was where to "party."
Partying was important to students be-
cause it provided an excellent means of
releasing tension and a much-needed break
from the daily routine. Some NT students
also used partying as an escape from the
hassles of university life.
Partying meant different things to differ-
ent people. Usually it brought to mind
things like loud music, dancing, drinking
and getting loose.
In contrast, there were more relaxing
forms of partying, such as hanging out with
friends, talking and listening to jazz or soft
rock music. This type of partying could be
done in many places such as dorm rooms or
lobbies, Fry Street, friends' apartments and
a number of other locations.
Denton was the location of two major
universities, NT and TWU, and therefore
had thousands of students looking for
good places to relax and have a good time.
This should have been an indication that
Denton had numerous clubs and local
hang-outs where most students spent their
weekends. However, this was not the case.
In a recent survey of 50 NT students, 73
percent preferred partying in Dallas rather
than Denton. More people chose Dallas
because: 1) there were more people, 2)
there was a larger variety of clubs and
things to do, 3) the clubs were nicer and
neater. The top three nightspots in Dallas
#1 West End/Dallas Alley
#2 Club DV8
#3 Club A
Jason Schwartz, Dallas Freshman, liked "to
go to Dallas for prime-time action." And
Robert Robertson, a junior from Richard-
son said, "For more progressive clubs, Dal-
las is the call."
On the other hand, those who preferred
Denton reasoned that it was closer to home
and they found it more fun to party in a
town where almost everyone was the same
age. Also, Denton was considered less ex-
pensive than Dallas. Finally, the fact that
many students knew more people in Den-
ton helped make it the choice of many
students. The top three nightspots in Den-
#1 Rick's Place
#2 Otay's or Greek parties
#3 The State Club
"Dallas and Ft. Worth are too expensive
and too far away. Everybody is up here in
Denton on Thursdays," said Jonathan
Steele, Piano senior. Cindy McCallum,
Duncanville freshman said, "My friends
and I get together in one of our rooms to
talk, dance, eat and be ourselves. We don't
have to worry about impressing anyone."
After it was decided where and how to
party, a decision had to be made on how
often to party. Mike Davis, Bedford fresh-
man said, "It sure is strange the way college
students party more on Thursday nights
than Friday nights." In the survey, most
students said they usually partied twice a
week, but many partied only twice a month.
Whether a student liked to party hard or
nice and easy, once a week or twice a
month, in Denton or in Dallas, John
Blaney, a senior from Alvarado, TX had
just one word, "PARTY!!!!!!!"
Greg Roberts hits Stacy Long's funny-bone
as they prepare to enter Club A in Dallas.
Many NT students chose to "hang out" on
Fry Street to enjoy the many different social
climates found there.
A crowd gathers to enjoy outside dining and
drinking. NT students voted the West End
Marketplace their favorite Dallas nightspot.
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