For many of us, Ivies is one of the most exciting weekends of the year. It's a time for people to drop everything, and, yes, knock back a few beers. Or knock back a lot of beers.

Undeniably, alcohol is part of what makes Ivies fun. But at the same time, especially for those of us who might be unsettled by the idea of drinking for three, five, or seven days in a row, it's important to remember that it's by no means the only purpose.

As we see it, the major goals of Ivies are as follows:

1. Ignore work entirely

2. Be outside as much as possible

3. Spend time with friends

4. Listen to great music

5. Let go of inhibitions

It is true that drinking can aid in the achievement of these goals, but none of them inherently demands alcohol. Anyone can experience a successful Ivies without the assistance of substances.

In all seriousness, Ivies can be intimidating for those who aren't interested in drinking, or who only want to drink a little. However, we would urge everyone to embrace the spirit of community that coalesces around the Quad on Saturday. Just make that embrace in whatever way works best for you.

The editorial represents the majority view of The Bowdoin Orient's editorial board, which comprises Nick Day, Nat Herz, Will Jacob, Mary Helen Miller, and Cati Mitchell.