Hi 81 / Lo 73
|Volume 72, Issue 28,
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Matt Dulin Chris Elliott
College students shouldn't be so dumb
College life should be about being surrounded and inspired by intellectuals. It should be about the mutual respect between lovers of knowledge. Students should be able to sit back at some point and just bask in the intelligence that is almost tangible in the university air.
But sometimes, we want people to think we are anything but college students.
Like when CBS finds out that students at Princeton and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are dumb enough to get into a stranger's car -- sometimes even with their hands duct-taped together.
Not only does this crush any wreath of infallibility people may have placed on the Ivy League schools and stain the reputation of specialized justice schools -- it makes all of us college students look bad.
With hidden cameras, the CBS team watched students climb into the back of a strangers van -- for $100 because he was lost; to help him move boxes, because he had an arm in a sling; to audition for a commercial, "for sound purposes;" and yes, one student even got into the van with his hands duct-taped together because the stranger told him it was a requirement to be on a reality TV show.
And these people are just a diploma away from being our competition when we apply for jobs in the real world.
Sure, young people can be naIve -- if only because they haven't been around long enough to realize how stupid they are. But it is more than a little disturbing to realize that there are some terribly gullible people in the world of higher education. These people aren't ditch diggers or dish washers; they are people who will be making many thousands of dollars because they will have a college degree.
On a serious note however, we already know UH students are smarter than Ivy Leaguers, but we hope they prove it by just following classic parental advice:
Don't do anything stupid.
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