Monday, September 27, 2010
I noticed a change in the social climate in New Orleans at the end of August if not the temperatures. College students began appearing in the places I was spending my time. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the most welcome change in season. I just moved from Boston, a city which, along with Cambridge right next door, is home to 30 colleges and universities.
I find New Orleans' college students tolerable. Of course, they are obnoxious and lacking social skills but compared to what I'm used to they are a bearable number. I don't often go out late at night to their haunts.
For our viewing pleasure from Boston's Improv Asylum, a view of the drama that unfolds every school year in Bean Town. Same issues at Tulane, I'm sure.
I haven't counted how many colleges are in New Orleans. I assume Loyola, being Jesuit, is rather tame. Xavier is another Catholic school. There are two seminaries that I know of, I can't imagine these are party schools.
Harvard and MIT aren't known for being particularly rambunctious either. It's the other institutions of higher learning. Come to think of it, Boston College is a Jesuit school and Boston University is Methodist. I guess religious affiliation isn't the proper yardstick to guess the seriousness of the students.