Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rollins College: Playboy's 2010 #7 Party School

rollins collegePlayboy ranked Rollins College the #3 Party School in America in 2002, my first year at the school. Contrary to urban myth, it was the only the second time Playboy had ever published such a list.

In 2006 another list was published, but this time Rollins was left off. For the 2009 list we reappeared in the #17 slot and last week Playboy announced that for 2010 we were back in the top 10:
CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- For only the fifth time in its 57-year history, Playboy magazine has released its list of America's Top 10 Party Schools. The much-talked-about rankings, featured in the magazine's May 2010 issue (available on newsstands and at www.playboydigital.com on Friday, April 16), were determined by Playboy's editors, with input from the magazine's campus representatives, models, photographers, online voters, and student readers.

The following schools have earned a spot on Playboy's 2010 Top 10 Party Schools list:

University of Texas at Austin
West Virginia University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Miami
East Carolina University
Arizona State University
Rollins College
University of California-Santa Barbara
Plymouth State University
University of Iowa
While it is great for my alma mater to receive national recognition, I'm not sure if this is the kind of national recognition I want. Every time Rollins appears on a list like this the value of my degree is diminished.

I had a world class education at Rollins. I took advantage of their international programs and studied in London and Costa Rica. My largest class might have had 35 people in it; the average was closer to 10. And I was recruited right out of the classroom for my first "career" job.

Rollins prepared me for life in the real world. I took what I learned and went on to found Beautify CNMI and Friends of the Marianas Trench Monument. I also led a local campaign that built support for the creation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. All this before my five year college reunion.

Then a couple of fraternity pledges write some exaggerated stories to Playboy and now I'm that guy who went to the party school. Thanks a lot.


Rick MacPherson said...

then how do you explain this photo from your senior year debating team study group?

The Saipan Blogger said...

We took third in nationals that year!