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Poll ranks Georgia top party school

Morris News Service
Young people respond during a festival in Athens earlier this year.
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ATLANTA --- The University of Georgia won a national title this year -- top party school.

The Princeton Review announced Monday that Georgia is the No. 1 party school on its infamous ranking. The school of about 30,000 students has been on the list 10 times since the ranking was created in 1992, but this is the first time the university has taken the top spot.

For the campus -- surrounded by almost 100 bars in downtown Athens -- parties are just part of weekend life from August to May each year.

"That's what people look forward to starting Thursday -- Thursday night is the new Friday night," said junior Andrew Chappell, 20. "The party atmosphere is such a big part of Georgia."

University spokesman Tom Jackson said he'd rather emphasize that the school made Princeton Review's top 50 "Best Values" list or the "Green Honor Roll" of the most environmentally conscious campuses.

Georgia beat out Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University and University of Florida -- which were the top party schools over the past three years. Those three made the top 10 this year, while Ohio University ranked second.

The ranking comes after years of work by University of Georgia administrators to tone down the party atmosphere.

Since 2006, when a student died of an overdose of alcohol, cocaine and heroin, university police have been hauling underage drinkers to jail rather than simply giving them a ticket. Administrators call parents on the first offense and suspend a student for two semesters after the second alcohol violation.

The school's efforts weren't helped when Athletic Director Damon Evans stepped down last month after being charged with drunken driving.

The ranking is based on e-mail surveys of 122,000 students at more than 370 colleges.

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Chillen
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Chillen 08/02/10 - 01:30 pm
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The State of Georgia is

The State of Georgia is number 49 in public education, we have to be #1 for something. At least we can count on our colleges to come through.

Congratulations UGA! What an honor!

GAterp
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GAterp 08/02/10 - 02:06 pm
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I'll drink to that!

I'll drink to that!

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 08/02/10 - 02:12 pm
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Congrats mom and dad money

Congrats mom and dad money well spent!!!

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 08/02/10 - 02:24 pm
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See what happens through hard

See what happens through hard work, sacrafice and effort.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 08/02/10 - 02:52 pm
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Wow. There's something to be

Wow. There's something to be proud of...

augsaltwater
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augsaltwater 08/02/10 - 03:20 pm
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Was this "Review" based on

Was this "Review" based on the amount of trash left on the ground after home football games?

The Knave
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The Knave 08/02/10 - 03:34 pm
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A modest suggestion: Shut

A modest suggestion: Shut down UGA, and direct all the money spent on the parties to Georgia Tech, a place where the students, faculty, and administrators are actually serious about education. Georgia Tech brings great credit to a generally intellectually bankrupt State. The high rankings it receives have nothing to do with partying, and everything to do with intellectual achievement. For example, the graduate engineering programs rank fourth in the nation, behind only MIT, UC Berkley, and Stanford -- ahead of all of the Ivy League schools, and other highly-regarded institutions such as Cal Tech, Michigan, Purdue, etc. Another indicator is GT's by-invitation-only membership in the prestigious American Association of Universities. Do you think you will find UGA on that list? Ha! But, without adequate funding, GT as the rose in the Georgia educational briar patch will fade. How to prevent that? -- shut down the party headquarters.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/02/10 - 03:37 pm
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I'm underwhelmed.

I'm underwhelmed.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 08/02/10 - 03:39 pm
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There's "guvmint" education
Unpublished

There's "guvmint" education for you. We should all be so proud!

UGAnumba1
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UGAnumba1 08/02/10 - 03:56 pm
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hey The Knave, shut up

hey The Knave, shut up nerd!!! get mad cuz you can't party like we do!! and hell no we'd never send our party money to your sausage fest school!! that's right you have no girls, the college life must suck for you!! our party money is well spent here on the finest chicks in georgia who like to have fun, not on you nerd pale acne loser guys!! there's a modest suggestion

druthscott
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druthscott 08/02/10 - 04:05 pm
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"...pay for the pizza..."

"...pay for the pizza..."

Chillen
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Chillen 08/02/10 - 04:10 pm
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3:56 Post. Wow. Nice

3:56 Post.

Wow. Nice personal attack and an excellent description of college life at UGA. Looks like the article missed part of the "fun" you have there. Perhaps STD's might also place you in the #1 spot.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/02/10 - 05:03 pm
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LOL @ the Knave, and then you

LOL @ the Knave, and then you woke up. Keep dreaming.

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montega12 08/02/10 - 06:06 pm
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lmao georgia tech has some

lmao georgia tech has some pretty good parties too

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emm5 08/02/10 - 06:42 pm
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Aaa long live the Tech/UGA

Aaa long live the Tech/UGA rivalry. As a current student at the University of Georgia, I don't mind this ranking one bit. I am a science major with a 3.8 GPA and like to think of myself as an intelligent person who is pushed hard in each class I take due to the rigorous curriculum that UGA provides. Yes, you might disagree you Tech engineers! But do you attend UGA? No. Have you taken a class here? Probably not. So please do not denounce a school when you do not attend there.
I apologize if your jealousy of our ranking is unbearable. I guess some other schools just can't multi-task as well as we can :]

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OJP 08/02/10 - 07:02 pm
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The Knave clearly did not

The Knave clearly did not (recently) attend Georgia Tech if s/he thinks it doesn't have a "robust" party atmosphere.

ETA: "(recently)"

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Just My Opinion 08/02/10 - 06:56 pm
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For the record, I'm trying

For the record, I'm trying very hard to be very mature about all this and not contribute any sarcastic comments about Tech. Now, with that being said....OJP, is that right? Does Tech really and truly have a "robust" party atmosphere?? Honestly, I didn't picture that. But, I guess wherever you have college kids, you'll have liquor and parties, right? I still loved UGAnumba1's comments though. Hey, just because I have to be mature about it, that doesn't mean that UGAnumba1 has to!!

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OJP 08/02/10 - 07:01 pm
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Just My Opinion - It did when

Just My Opinion - It did when several of my friends attended (few years back). In many ways, the partying is more intense because Tech is in Atlanta, where there is much more to do and, more importantly, the bars stay open later than those in Athens.

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Nativeson1 08/02/10 - 07:23 pm
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Southernguy: Did you go to

Southernguy: Did you go to college? Why are so many people hating on UGA? Knave: Keep dreaming, GA Tech will always shadow UGA! Go Dawgs!

Surfer Joe
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Surfer Joe 08/02/10 - 08:06 pm
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Meanwhile, Georgia tech

Meanwhile, Georgia tech reapeated as the number one Online Role-Playing Game school and the number one Cos-play school in Division 1. Also, the American Parents Safety Council has declared the tech man least likely to impregnate your daughter during the 2010-11 school year. Once again, tech edged out Bob Jones University for this honor. Go jackets!

On a somber note, tech students continue to suffer unusually high rates of blindness and insanity.

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ohhsweetconcord 08/02/10 - 10:48 pm
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Athens is an awesome place to

Athens is an awesome place to live. Of course people are going to have fun. Have you seen the girls that go to school here?

And unless your presently attend UGA, have children going to the school, or teach here, I have one bit of advice: just shut up. These rankings are stupid.

Yeah, there's way too much frattastic fanaticism going on. That has everything to do with culture though, not necessarily the school system. Blame the parents?

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 08/02/10 - 10:50 pm
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And for post of the year, I

And for post of the year, I nominate Surfer Joe.

"Also, the American Parents Safety Council has declared the tech man least likely to impregnate your daughter during the 2010-11 school year."

datarelease
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datarelease 08/02/10 - 11:38 pm
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Again, the ignorance on AC

Again, the ignorance on AC continues to astound...no, actually it bores me.
But i figure i'll say my two.
Surfer Joe, you're the problem.
With all the GT grads literally controlling the most important aspects of our country (electricity, water, infrastructure, computers), you'd think you'd have some respect.
But that respect would require your capacity to think with your brain!

(dumbed down for the AC crowd).

Surfer Joe
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Surfer Joe 08/03/10 - 06:25 am
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If I really believed that Gt

If I really believed that Gt grads were controlling any aspect of anything in these United States, my thoughts would be more of despair and defection than respect. Fortunately, I think Gt's insidious influence is pretty well limited to Dragon Con, and its clammy grasp to the nearest joystick.

As to who really does run this state, well...I think you know.

datarelease
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datarelease 08/03/10 - 08:12 am
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no, i don't know. enlighten

no, i don't know.
enlighten me!

bobaisgaf
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bobaisgaf 08/03/10 - 10:16 am
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Knave, the money has to go to

Knave, the money has to go to UGA to fund the future Governors, Senators, and other various politicians for the state of Georgia. OJP is also correct that Knave is oblivious to the fact that Georgia Tech is not immune from the same college partying as any other school in the state.

Surfer Joe
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Surfer Joe 08/03/10 - 05:19 pm
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Hammer'n'sickleboy, just

Hammer'n'sickleboy, just Google "We run this state" and your ignorance will be alleviated.

follower
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follower 08/03/10 - 05:26 pm
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Knave, just take a walk

Knave, just take a walk through the frat housing on game day. My son is a GT fan inspite of the rest of the families affection for the Dogs. We've been to several games and before noon, there are already guys passed out on beautifully manicured lawns in front of their picturesque housing, bottles broken on the sidewalks, and vulgar language coming from their mouths.
I don't suggest they are alone. Every campus in every state probably deals with the same sad scenario.

UGA should be ashamed at this #1, but the size of the school certainly had a bearing on the ranking.

So before throwing that rock, realize it would break glass at every college.

Surfer Joe
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Surfer Joe 08/03/10 - 06:46 pm
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The difference is that those

The difference is that those tekkies are drinking from genuine despair.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 08/03/10 - 10:59 pm
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Just what we need to lead the

Just what we need to lead the next generation..a bunch of drunk, immature kids who get rewarded and lauded for their bad behavior...man this country is really dumbed down about what matters any longer....like the song says, "musta did somebody wrong."

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