male-friendly colleges

Tom Lehman TLehman at
Fri Aug 11 14:59:06 PDT 2000

Doug---I'd have to classify Rattlesnake as among the worst.

Believe it or not Sadie Hawkins Day was invented at Rattlesnake. Back in the 1940's Al Capp came across a blurb in a national news magazine about this quaint custom that was practiced at a one building college back in the hills. He did a little investigating and found out that the story was true.

Today Sadie Hawkins Day hasn't been practiced since the last tamed vestiage of it died out in the late 1960's---along with Capp's reputation. Hey, I always liked Pee wee Herman too, so what do I know?

Today, down at Rattlesnake in this modern era I understand that co-ed mud wrestling is the big thing. It was just starting to get popular in the late '60's. The deal is the women select who they want to mud wrestle with---so old traditions die-hard.

I'll write more about this if anyone is interested? :o)


Doug Henwood wrote:

> [Finally, a long-neglected research need addressed!]
> Chronicle of Higher Education - web daily - August 9, 2000
> 'Men's Health' Ranks Best and Worst Colleges for Male Students
> The latest entrant into the crowded field of college rankings: Men's
> Health magazine, which names the 10 most "male-friendly" colleges
> (Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities are among the chosen) and the
> 10 most "antimale" colleges (Antioch College and Brown University
> receive the harshest criticism).
> The magazine -- which relied on a survey of readers, professors, and
> others -- doesn't rank its picks numerically. Instead, it lists
> alphabetically the 10 best colleges for men as California State
> University at Long Beach, Davidson College, Illinois Wesleyan
> University, Indiana University at Bloomington, Lewis & Clark College,
> Princeton, Texas A&M University, the University of Georgia,
> Vanderbilt, and Washington and Lee University.
> Its picks for the 10 worst are Antioch, Bates College, Brown,
> Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University,
> Oberlin College, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the
> University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of
> Michigan at Ann Arbor. Antioch drew particular fire for its policy on
> student sex -- which requires "willing and verbal consent" for
> specific acts -- and for last year's audiotaped commencement remarks
> from Mumia Abu-Jamal, whom the article called a "media-savvy
> cop-killer."
> According to its author, Laurence Ray Stains, the article defines
> male-friendly institutions as ones with "a psychological climate in
> which men feel welcomed and relaxed, not silenced and besieged." The
> article says that universities were awarded points for
> state-of-the-art athletics facilities, strong academic programs,
> popular fraternities, and "cool" locations, but were docked for testy
> male-female relations and "frigid sex policies."
> Mr. Stains writes that the survey involved professors, opinion
> leaders, two college-entrance consultants, and readers polled on the
> magazine's Web site.
> But the article is certain to ruffle some feathers. It depicts Brown
> as "smothered in half-baked feminism" and argues that men should be
> wary of institutions with large women's-studies departments. Brian
> McNulty, a spokesman for Bates, called the list "bogus" and at times
> factually incorrect.
> "This is nothing new under the sun," he said. "Other magazines have
> come up with pretty arbitrary and capricious ratings, because they
> sell more copies." Mr. McNulty said that the magazine did not contact
> college officials about the rankings. Editors of Men's Health were
> not available for comment.
> But Jerry Pope, associate dean of admissions at Illinois Wesleyan,
> says he expects his university to use its high ranking as a marketing
> tool. The article has provoked a "fantastic response," he says.
> "Alums have been calling, congratulating us. Within two days [of the
> magazine's release], nine high-school counselors called."

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