By Ryan Johnson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday October 4, 2002
Playboy magazine ranked ASU as the number one party school in the nation in November's issue, to the disgust and indifference of some UA students who say the Sun Devils either didn't deserve the honor or that the ranking doesn't carry much weight.
UA didn't make the cut this year, though some students think it should have.
"I say that's definitely a rough call and we should be up there. They have the big downtown scene and more clubs and bars, but pound for pound, UA has lots more going on. It's definitely a more happening place here. We just don't have the big clubs and bars," said Seth O'Brien, a media arts junior.
When asked about why they think ASU ranked at the top, some students were defensive and attributed ASU's ranking to a recent porn video made by ASU fraternities.
"Who hasn't heard about the porn video? I think that people figured if there are pornos going on, then it's a happening school. Pornos equal ratings," said media arts senior Michael Schwartzbach.
Schwartzbach refers to a video in which members of several fraternities, including executive vice president of the ASU student government Brian Buck, showered and engaged in sexually-oriented activity with two nude women. There was, however, no intercourse in the video.
Playboy based the rankings on 1,500 mailed responses, which Schwartzbach said ASU's roughly 46,000 students may have had a better handle on.
"We don't even care whether or not we're rated because we have a better school than ASU. We don't need some magazine telling us who's a better party school," Schwartzbach said.
Still, some students are glad UA isn't on the list and say it's good if students across campus are more concerned with books than beers.
"Personally I don't believe partying plays a very large factor into the level of education that somebody gets out of the university," said UA student government senator Adam Bronnenkant. "I would think that being ranked high as a party school might deter potential students from enrolling at ASU that care about getting a good education."
"We're more focused on learning and we keep our campus in better shape," said Chris Steward, optical science and engineering freshman.
"I have friends who went to ASU just because it's a party school," he said.
Some students pointed to regulations on Greek life and stricter policing to explain why UA might not have as strong a party school reputation.
"We're not a party school because of all the regulation on Greek life. The parties here don't go off like at other schools and the cops are stricter," said Drew Hoffos, senior business management major. "And the red tagging makes us less of a party school."
But many students thought that Playboy just doesn't stress the right things in their rankings.
"Hot girls are essential," Derek Burdsall, sophomore MCB and psychology major.
"I don't know how ASU's girls could possibly match up with ours," said biochemistry sophomore Matt Fidge.