What happens on homecoming weekend stays on the internet

Mike Lambert (junior, computer science) takes center stage in the Oak Grove to sell his cleverly designed homecoming shirt Oct. 3 (Ashley Meredith/The Penn)

The Penn Staff


As homecoming veterans may be able to tell you, this weekend tends to light up like the Vegas Strip. It is easy to get lost in the many festivities that await any student eager to taste the brew.

It is important, though, to remember that if you won’t be able to recollect what happens this weekend, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms will.

This isn’t to say, don’t have a great time. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Each day should be seized, for we never know when our clock will be punched. As the Oxford Dictionary would now say, Yolo! But whether you’re going out this weekend or staying in, it is important to remember the world is watching.

It’s not only family who will see the blunders of the weekend on the web – future associates may as well. According to a Career Builder’s survey, 60 percent of employers say they scan social media profiles during the hiring process. Three out of five is a pretty likely chance that your social media will be screened in the future.

Without question, college is a time to start thinking about the future. Each decision made is bound to follow you for years, and with the pervasive social media culture, it’ll be hard to escape your mistakes, especially if by the end of this weekend you have any fines to pay.

Another thing to keep in mind is that White Township officials approved a new nuisance ordinance  Sept. 28 requiring local police to notify the township if three or more party-related citations have been written at a certain address. The township can then file a complaint and tenants or landlords could be subject to a $1,000 fine.

Many eyes and ears will be open this weekend. Keep in mind the other people around the town that make up the local community, such as the local business owners.

Indiana has many reasons to be proud of its university, and having a respectable student base with pride in their town will just offer another reason.