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Sketchy Street Guide to Enjoying DayGlow

DayGlow will be making it rain paint at Penn State once more tonight, and let’s be honest — many believe the world’s largest paint rave is best enjoyed under the influence. With the color orgy of sweaty dance moves and pounding house beats comes a party scene that is a lot more taboo than the normal drinking culture of Dear Old State.

From the dirtiest of amphetamine rolls to designer “moon rocks” of pure MDMA from Amsterdam, you can bet that DayGlow is usually “bumping” wherever it is. Here are a few tips to enjoying the lifestyle they warned you about in health class.

1. Don’t over do it.
If you’re experimenting with rolling or any other type of substance, be sure to do so responsibly. Most rave drugs pack a punch in a small amount, and usually come with an inherent risk that they were cut with something else prior to distribution. Let’s put it this way: You don’t want to be up until 4:00 a.m. roaming the streets of State College while coming down from meth. Also, Erowid–an encyclopedia of drugs–is a great resource to find out if that Optimus Prime or triple stack is the right roll for your night. If you’re not interested in trying amphetamines (maybe you’ve seen Requiem for a Dream), just stick to the already unhealthy consumption of Red Bull.

2. Stay hydrated.
Keep a water bottle handy to fight off dehydration from dancing or drinking or rolling or some any combination of the three. If you do choose to mix drinking and rolling, do so very carefully — we certainly do not advise it. MDMA further dehydrates the body, so limit your alcohol intake drastically from what you’re used to on normal Thirsty Thursdays. (Here is more information about the dangerous contraindications of MDMA.) Also, bring a pack of fruity gum. You’ll thank me later.

3. Do not get caught.
Regardless of your pre-game of choice, don’t bring anything to the BJC. Flasks, pill bottles, even sandwich bags stuffed in cigarette boxes are all bad ideas. The BJC isn’t your average rave venue. It’s a stadium that hosts classic rock bands once and a while and seemed pretty apprehensive to even being the host of DayGlow. Don’t be that asshole who gets swept up by security in line. A possession charge isn’t expunged because you tweeted #YOLO.

Also, watch out for illegally carrying unregistered shutter shades and paint. But seriously, if you didn’t buy your neon gear on the official DayGlow website, it’s not coming into the Jordan Center. They have paint bottles and goofy rave accessories available for purchase inside.

4. Save hallucinogens for another.
For real, you probably don’t want to trip at the DayGlow. Skip the risk of freaking out while thinking deeply about raving in the venue THON is held at? Or how when you were a kid, life was so much more simple, and you didn’t need paint being fired from cannons, or deafeningly loud music, to have fun? I didn’t think so.

5. Keep it PG-13 on the dance floor, Penn State.
With a packed room of paint-covered bodies grinding to pounding house beats, the BJC makes a fraternity dance floor look like a high school dance. DayGlow is something to remember from Facebook pictures that will hamper your future employment, and a nasty headache tomorrow — not a child.

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