When They Party, They Party Hearty

The Hoosiers wrestle with the bad rep of knowing how to have too good a time

Will Loy leans against the wood-paneled wall at Kilroy's bar in Bloomington, Ind., with a bottle of beer in hand and a devilish grin on his face. It's his 14th straight night of partying, and by 3 a.m. the Indiana University sophomore has plowed through four bars and 12 drinks. "I've got it down to a science," says Loy, a criminal-justice major with--surprise--a 3.4 GPA. "I schedule my classes late in the day, study every day around noon. Then I can party harder at night."

Each night thousands of students copy Loy's partying routine at the half a dozen bars that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!