Party on

Party on

The University of Illinois is a place for a good time as well as a good education.

The UI has moved up in the national rankings from No. 11 a year ago to No. 4 this year, but that's hardly good news.

An unscientific survey conducted by The Princeton Review indicates that the UI is the fourth-best "party school" in the country.

You could almost hear the beer-saturated cries of "toga, toga, toga" emanating from the campus bars as the news came in.

No major research university longs to score at the top of the "party" rankings. They prefer a more decorous, intellectual image.

But the students eat it up. They long to brag to friends elsewhere about going to a party school, where the beer flows, the music is loud, members of the opposite sex are attractive and widely available and the fun is nonstop.

For most people, this utopian college experience is a myth, an illusion, a mirage. The reality is throwing up on Green Street and waking up in the morning with little to show for the previous night's effort but a hangover.

But dreams die hard. Party hardy/hearty is a right of passage.

Dean Wormer was right — drunk and stupid is no way to go through college. Current students, just like those from previous generations, will figure that out in about 20 years.

Sections (2):Editorials, Opinion
Categories (2):Editorials, Opinions

Comments

News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I don't know about that....   Those were damned good times.  Many people fondly remember them.  "Woke up last night to the sound of thunder.  How far off, I sat and wondered...........  Ain't funny how the night moves....."  

EL YATIRI wrote on August 25, 2012 at 1:08 am
Profile Picture

The NG has left out the ugly.  The student deaths from drunkeness, falling out of balconys, fights, lawlessness, drunk students hit by cars.

All for the profit of campus bars who now even control local elections through the money they give the politicians.

Unofficial is a disgrace that only benefits the campus bar owners and the politicians they own.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

Good point made.  One of the duties of a mayor of Champaign is being the liquor commissioner.   It has always been a good perk for the mayors.   Bar, and liquor store owners know who to give campaign donations to at election time.  I would imagine that campus bars like Joe's Brewery, and Cochrane's places understand that.  It would make for good local investigative journalism; but the days of investigative journalism are over due to the cost. 

EL YATIRI wrote on August 25, 2012 at 11:08 am
Profile Picture

Cochranes owner gave our mayor lots of cash secretly before the election (it was only disclosed 2 weeks after the election).  He was then on the Gerard's transition team.  So the next unofficial the bars were allowed to open earlier and enforcement focused busting private parties and kegs to steer all the visitors to the bars where there was a $5 cover just to get in (no live music).  

Disgusting all around