Saturday, September 29, 2007
It's a glorified vocational school. Smart people go there, true, but a couple months ago, when posed the question of which school in the Big 10 I'd least like to be affiliated with, the answer was Northwestern. It's good at engineering, business, theater and journalism. Hence, it's the world's most selective and respected community college. Only Gary Wills classes up the place. As a college town, Evanston makes Cambridge look like Ann Arbor or Madison, because Northwestern is boring and the locals hate the students. It's limited and suburban. Also, they have dry frats; for awhile, I lived with the former president of a dry frat at Northwestern. His enthusiasm was sincere, yet without exception, everyone I know who went there for undergrad speaks of their school with the grim, supporting fortitude of an Amish elder defending his sect's way of life against the encroachment of internet porn and electric hair dryers.