Monday Ranking: The top anti-hipster colleges

April 12, 2010

The Huffington Post College rounds up the news and rolls with it pretty damn well, but occasionally they do these sort of goofy top ten slideshows, generally concerning celebrities. Also, they are determined to cover whatever Emma Watson does at Brown (dreadlock hair, deconstruct the “truth,” farm arugula) with vigor and finesse, so there’s that. Anyway, today they countdown the Top 10 Hipster Schools:

Colloquially nicknamed “Scarry Larry,” the school (Sarah Lawrence) that produced Rahm Emmanuel and Yoko Ono is more often a stomping ground for poets and writers than future political power players, though it has long been a bastion for political activists protesting everything in history from McCarthyism to the Iraq War. The school is infamous for its annual “sleaze week,” during which students can take pornography workshops and attend a “sleaze ball.”

I’ll voice the lament of many: WHY DIDN’T I GO TO SARAH LAWRENCE? One visit to Swarthmore basically erased any interest I had in the small liberal arts colleges of the Northeast, but still. Let me blow your mind with this philosophical question: What is the opposite of a hipster? A productive member of society. No, really, what is the opposite of a hipster? A…preppy…fratstar? Tough to say! But, like Justice Potter Black Stewart*, I know it when I see it, so let’s roll with it and put together that anti-hipster list. The one rule, here: they have to be good schools.

  • Washington & Lee
  • Vanderbilt
  • Davidson
  • Wake Forest
  • Sewanee
  • Tulane
  • University of Virginia

Where else? Does BYU count? I want to know. Also, Zac Hardy took the above photo for Versus.

*Looks like I got caught up in the thrill of Harry Potter and Sirius Black — it’s been a long day. Thanks to AD for calling that one!

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AD April 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I know the Justice when I see him, and he calls himself Potter Stewart.

As for your list, surely there are places west of Tulane that qualify. Perhaps that counts as a vote for BYU…

AD April 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Another good metric would be census response rates.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125811666

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