Myrtle Beach — where “Packing for a trip” takes on a whole new meaning. A bit more realistically, I happen to live about three hours from MB, and one of the Spawn’s best friends attends Coastal. We’ve vacationed down there on several occasions, and have never had problems. Basically, it’s a particular contingent of troublemakers who come down for a particular set of gatherings. While I’d strongly recommend checking to see what’s going on while planning a visit, it’s much like any other city — you typically have to look for trouble in order to find it.
Prof. Mondo: Thanks for those details. I think what the locals are saying – in the special meeting called yesterday with the feckless town leaders – is that things are deteriorating. There’s city life, and there’s six shootings in 24 hours. When you throw in the fact that this is supposed to be a fun relaxing getaway, it begins to look dire.
In a way, it reminds me of one of my trips to Toronto some years back. We were there for a couple of weeks, including Caribana Afterward, I heard a couple of locals saying, “It’s  degrees and you have 50 thousand Americans coming to town. Of course there will be shootings.”
Cities, such as Myrtle Beach and Panama City, can’t promote drinking and debauchery, and regulate that behavior at the same time. Same thing occurs with state lotteries. If the choice is between promoting a highly lucrative vice, or regulating the behavior and losing money, it’s apparent where that will end.
University admins are no different than the the feckless functionaries found in Myrtle Beach. You cannot promote a laid, loaded, and drunk marketing scheme, via I’m Shmacked websites, and then yap that you won’t tolerate such behavior. Claiming that you’re shocked, just shocked, to find drunken boors on your campus, while taking in all the loan proceeds from
the jackasses, underscores the hypocrisy….
Charlie: I very much agree. Part of what I’ve tried for years to do on this blog is at least point out to readers the very worst campuses – places like Baylor, where, under cover of pious Christianity, you’ve got a dangerous and profane culture going on. I’ve tried to point out that what makes Baylor even more dangerous is its location in Waco, land of biker shootouts.
It’s one thing to be honest and upfront about the fact that your school is a degenerate mess (UNLV, U. Miami); it’s another to attract applicants by pretending to be morally superior and then turning out to be a rape factory.