Griff Harper, the mastermind behind the party plans, said that he came up with the idea in 2011 when he was a freshman living in Mark Twain Residence Hall.
“I was having a pretty naughty dream one night, when all of a sudden it shifted,” Harper said. “I saw myself and my friends throwing down in the dopest dorm room ever. There were girls everywhere, and they all had their shirts off.”
Harper shared the idea with his roommate, Sheldon Jeed, the next morning and party plans were immediately conceived. However, Harper said that he had business concerning his other dream that he attended to before he told Jeed.
“That’s the worst part about living in a dorm,” Harper said. “A lot of people think it’s the dirty bathrooms or the lame freshmen or the random roommates or the rules against alcohol, but really, I’ve had the most trouble with privacy. If you know what I mean. I’m lonely.”
The roommates began writing up a list of party essentials last year and finished it just last week. Jeed said that partygoers should expect more than 15 cases of Mountain Dew, three games of Mario Party 2 running at once, and two fifths of Popov vodka.
“We decided to go with Mario Party 2 instead of the original,” Jeed said. “There are way more mini games and playable characters. It’s a no-brainer if you think about it.”
Harper and Jeed have spent the last month promoting their party through various channels. The two created a Facebook event for the party, passed fliers out at Speaker’s Circle, and even made t-shirts that have a picture of Borat on the front and say: “Harper and Jeed’s Party of the Century” for the occasion.
“We already have like 12 people confirmed on the event,” Harper said. “It’s ok though, because we invited more than 3000, and like half of them said ‘maybe.’ We’re optimistic.”
The pair spent the last year compiling their ideal party music playlist. After more than 13 months, both Harper and Jeed feel that they have struck gold with their mixtape.
“It took quite a bit of narrowing down,” Harper said. “In the end, we decided to go with mostly Nickelback and Green Day because both groups are timeless, and definitely don’t suck. Go with what you know is great, that’s my motto anyways.”
While the university is well known for its partying, Harper and Jeed feel that some students are often left out of the party scene.
“Neither of us are in fraternities, so it’s kinda tough to get buck wild,” Jeed said. “This way, we’ll be able to throw down like all the fratters do, but we’re going to do it better. How many of those frats can say that they have at least five girls going to their party?”
The party is expected to take place this Friday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.