Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Officer, someone puked in the fishtank

Mabel has tears running down her face from laughing so hard. She has a wicked sense of humor. I take credit for most of that.

It was reported that a sorority at Wash U reserved the City Museum for their spring formal. Some girls arrived at the start of the formal already drunk. CALL THE MEDIA. Mabel started laughing so hard, not because the girls were drunk, not because they puked and passed out in front of a Girl Scout troop, but because it was news in St. Louis. She said that this would not even be a blip in Columbia. The fact that the news is shocked that underage girls were drinking or that they were already drunk by 8 o'clock cracks her up. She figures the news reporters needed a spot to fill. To top it off, the student newspaper on Wash U's campus has been disappearing with this story as the lead article. Who could be stealing the stack of papers throughout campus? CALL THE POLICE. They did! Mabel continues to laugh hysterically. I bet that edition of the student paper is now a collectors' item. I don't think this would be news in a college town.

She did remark that there is no place like City Museum in Columbia. "We just rent Peachtree, which is a big room with carpet that absorbs puke." Big buses pick up Greek kids to go to their parties and formals, and, apparently, there is plenty of puking and even peeing on the buses while they are driving down the HIGHWAY. The peeing takes place in beer bottles, but when the bottles are full, the peeing must be done out the window which is a real feat while standing up in a moving bus. Now that's talent! And I thought my kid was going to college for an education.

She is telling me stories of places her sorority has been kicked out. They aren't allowed to go back to the retirement home that they rented for a formal because the girls stole centerpieces. (She claims it's always been the dates, but in the end, the girls are responsible for their behavior!) And they're not welcome back at the country club in town because some girl's date put fireworks in the toilet. Can you imagine what happens when a puke-filled toilet explodes? But neither of these incidents made the news. In a town where journalism reigns supreme, they know what is a news story and what isn't.


At 10:12 AM, Blogger Leesa said...

This is funny! Sounds like an episode of "Bevery Hills 90210"!

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is funny! I had almost the same conversation with my daughter. She is a student at Wash U. Marissa is not a sorority girl so her bias and amusement is all about sorority life. She has labeled this particular sorority the “cheerleaders” – they are all cute and little. Marissa loves the City Museum and felt that it was a terrible choice for any kind of Greek Gathering (which, according to Marissa, is always about drunken public displays and little people should not have to see college kids throw up in the fish tank). The City Museum is a place for children and the “child” within us. Some of the uproar on campus is about sexual inequality. Evidently, a similar example of public intoxication by the boys did not make the paper but did cause sanctions against the frat by the school. The journalist students feel that the cheerleaders deserve the same sanctions. Of course, the cheerleaders were taking the papers. The journalist put out a special edition of the student paper that included the missing articles and more editorials in a typical “Greek” vs. “Geek” fashion. According to Marissa, there is a little “geek” in everyone at Wash U – even the cheerleaders.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Diann said...

The absolute balls of these girls to go somewhere "family friendly" and act idiotic - at least in my day when we got puking drunk we had the sense to do it privately or in some sleezy place where no one called the police or kicked us out. What's happened to our youth?

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Redhead Editor said...

I have to fault the City Museum on this one. What idiot booked the sorority dance AND the Girl Scouts at the same time. $$$$ talks. Bet they'll think twice before doing that again!


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