Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Who let the dawgs out

Mayberry Mondays kept me pretty busy yesterday, so I didn’t get to see this blurb at Bill Crider’s, a link to The Princeton Review’s infamous “Top Party School” list. Who’s in the top spot this year? Why, the University of Jaw-ja right here in Athens—a institution of “higher learning” that I once described to a friend of sister Kat’s as “a stadium with a college attached.” (Needless to say, as a UGA instructor she was not amused.) UGA has been a Top Ten contender on the Review’s party hearty tally for many years now, but this is the first time it’s been ranked numero uno.

While it is certainly refreshing to see UGA obtain this notoriety, I can’t help but be saddened by the fact that one of the schools that led the pack for many years has fallen to #4 on the countdown…none other than WVU. During my years of exile in Morgantown, I can readily attest to the reputation the school has—the joke used to be that the unofficial motto was: “WVU: where no student passes a bar or a class.” (I attended some parties there that had me naked and desperately searching for my keys the next morning. But I have since given that up—or as Hank Williams, Jr. once sang: “And cornbread and iced tea took the place/Of pills and ninety proof”…)

Here’s the official list, for the curious:

1. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
2. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
3. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
4. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
5. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
6. University of Texas, Austin, Texas
7. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
8. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
9. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
10. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

From the AP article: “University spokesman Tom Jackson said the list is not one the school with an enrollment of about 30,000 wants to lead.” Hey…some schools are born great, others achieve greatness…and some schools have greatness thrust upon them.

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