I graduated from Michigan State University in '93, and I can attest to the fact that State is indeed a party school. MSU has a longstanding tradition of idiotic student behavior that has resulted in drunken foolishness such as starting fires and flipping cars over. Michigan State hes the distinction of being the largest and hardest partying University in Michigan (Wolverines all know this). The main location of this ignorance is an apartment complex called Cedar Village, which is located on the east side of the campus.
Tradition is strong at State, and one of those traditions is a notorious spring term party the first weekend in April called "Cedar Fest". Banned from the University in 1986 following a particularly rowdy soiree, Cedar Fest made its return last Saturday night- 22 years later. I lived in Cedar Village my sophomore year, and while we didn't have a Cedar Fest per se, that was one dedicated party complex. You gotta respect the fact that the kids value tradition... Check this article out detailing the police force asserted (tear gas and flash grenades) and the 52 arrests made by local, campus and state police forces.