Phi Beta Cons

When the Party’s Over

The story begins with 50 freshmen girls starting out at the University of Indiana. Exactly how many of them finished their senior years, we don’t find out. But in a new book by a pair of sociologists, entitled Paying for the Party, we get a good idea of what happened to them the next few years, and with some exceptions it wasn’t pretty.

Many of them got sucked into the party culture that dominates almost all large state flagship campuses and either dropped out or graduated with near-worthless degrees. George Leef reviews the book for this week’s Clarion Call and adds a few thoughts of his own about students who would be better off at smaller regional public schools but just can’t resist the allure of the flagships, where every night is Friday night.

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