The University of Florida, in a brutal rebuke of academic freedom, has outlawed beer pong.
Apparently, UF officials have not been pleased by the university's exalted status, according the the Princeton Review, as America's Number One party school. Particularly at a time when Gator football team is considered only fifth best. One can't have drunken students reaching the very pinnacle of collegiate glory while its athletes lag behind several other notable football factories. It is unfathomable that a football coach whose annual compensation makes him the highest paid public employee in the state of Florida has been outperformed by a few Gainesville bartenders working mostly for tips.
Something had to be done. The university took a bold stop last week. No more beer pong. (Also known, among those majoring in international studies, as Beruit.)
My journalistic instincts tell me that ignorance here is a much more useful tool than knowing. Having no idea what beer pong actually entails, I could assume that its a kind of mating ritual popularized at the University of Florida in the 1960s by servicemen returning from Vietnam. That would explain the rumor that Charlie Crist employed beer pong in a desperate attempt ti entice his high society girlfiend into marriage.
Wikipedia says otherwise. Something about players tossing table tennis balls down a ping pong table and attempting to deposit the sphere in a glass of beer. The opponent is then required to drink the entire container empty. It's difficult for me to figure out being forced to drink beer qualifies as losing. But maybe that explains why university officials have decided that the game must go.
But UF has decided to keep football, a game where spectators are famously sober and determined to stomp out Florida's party school image.