Un-tap the keg, and turn out the lights; Arizona State University's reign as one of the nations top party schools is coming to an end, according to a recent survey.
This year's Princeton Review survey places ASU 20th when it comes to partying, and marks the lowest ranking on any similar survey that the once fiesta-famed university has been since, well, they started doing these stupid surveys.
Last year's survey ranked ASU 17th, and a similar survey conducted by Playboy magazine in April had ASU 15th, a far cry from the schools 2006 glory days, when Playboy ranked it Number 1.
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What's causing this historic fall from grace? Some ASU officials are attributing it to higher admissions standards, and the higher caliber students attracted to what ASU President Michael Crow is calling "The New American University;" as if only stupid kids like to get drunk and throw parties.
You'd think ASU officials would be happy with these findings, but Sun Devil brass disavow the survey, as though they actually want to be renowned as a "party school." Here's university spokeswoman Julie Newberg's tortured response to the survey (we can see why she's in academia):
"Arizona State University does not find the rankings, or subjective portion, of the Princeton Review's "Best 371 Colleges" credible. The methodology is not based on fact or scientific methodology; it is based on opinion... therefore, the subjective portion of the ranking is not an accurate perception of the academic and social environment at ASU."
Sounds like sour grapes. Here's an idea: Take those sour grapes, turn them into wine, and let's get ASU back on top.