It’s common for students to respond to criticism of State Patty’s Day with the comment that “State Patty’s Day is no different than _____”, where you can fill in the blank with Homecoming, Blue/White Weekend, Sy Barash Regatta, Phi Psi 500, ArtsFest or any number of other events. And, on the surface, that seems obvious. You have visitors, students and drinking. Those three things make up a big part of all of those events. But, let’s take a look at that by simply asking how State Patty’s Day is different than these other events. What do these other events have that State Patty’s Day does not?