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The blog of The Antient and Honourable John Adams Society, Minnesota's Conservative Debating Society www.johnadamssociety.org

Thursday, January 04, 2007

What Ails Duke?

I went to Duke University and maintain some small affection for it. It is in for a rough patch of road these days. Applications for early admission to the undergraduate program are down 20% this year. (For those who don't know, undergraduates are the cash cow of a university. )

The question is why? Obviously the non-rape/lacrosse team incident, but what specifically about it? That is, is the problem

  1. Parents were shocked, shocked to find out that there is a lot of drinking and strippers at Duke parties and don't want their children caught up in this.
  2. Parents or students were upset at the way the administration and faculty gave such little support (or actually anti-support) to the falsely accused students.
  3. The revelation of the extreme "town vs. gown" racial problems in Durham.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

You know what parents are thinking: they'd like to send their kid to Duke, but picture themselves at cocktail parties, "Yeah, Johnny got into Duke." "Oh, is he a rapist?" Not entirely logical, but enough to scare a certain number of people away.

4:57 PM, January 04, 2007  

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