So where have the good Catholics gone?

by Heidi Schlumpf

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The Princeton Review annually ranks colleges according to 62 different criteria, but none is more popular than its list of Top 20 Party Schools. Penn State took top honors in this year's list, followed by University of Florida, University of Mississippi, University of Georgia and Ohio University.

There was nary a Catholic school on the list.

I don't know if Catholics should be proud--or angry. Hey, we're fun. We party. We even have a reputation for excessive drinking. C'mon--not even one Catholic school was considered Top 20 material by the 122,000 students who voted this year?

On the flip side, Princeton's 2009 Stone Cold Sober School list (topped, as usual by Brigham Young University, followed closely by the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois) includes a slew of Christian schools and all four military academies--plus one Catholic school: Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California.

But what about Tom Monaghan's Ave Maria University in Florida? Or Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio? I mean, those schools are about as stoney and sober as they get.

I sense anti-Catholic discrimination here. Better get William Donahue of the Catholic League on this pronto!

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