Phi Beta Cons

Re: Duke

Guy Benson asks good questions below regarding the indictment of the two Duke University lacrosse players. But my question is: Why are undergraduates in fraternities allowed to hire strippers and drink themselves sick in campus fraternity houses? And where do they get the money? Now we have to witness the rehearsal of all the white/black, male/female, rich/poor antagonisms that are always ready to be exploited in our time. Whether it happened or not–and, of course, if it did, the victim deserves redress and the young men deserve punishment–but whether it happened or not, all this trouble is so unnecessary. Our grandmothers could have told us that allowing young men to drink and be entertained by strippers is inviting trouble. I know it’s unlikely to happen, but I am for the return of in loco parentis, and preferably the old-fashioned kind of parens. It’s only four years and you can actually live without strippers for that time.

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