We wrote a lot about college stuff this year. Here are some of our favorite stories and videos.
10. The Best of 'I'm Shmacked'
What was your favorite slightly irresponsible yet totally enjoyable and New York Times-approved "I'm Shmacked" video from the year?
Indiana and Afrojack?
Michigan Welcome Week?
Florida State with Drake and A$AP Rocky?
Or a different one not on the list?
Unfairly buried by the hundreds of college articles we've written since April 20th, this UC bro and his "Fight the Man" mentality needs to be featured one more time this year. After Norlin Quad—typically the scene every year of a massive school-wide smoke-out—was closed off to students this April, our hero was caught on camera unsuccessfully trying to get his fellow students to rush the quad in protest. When no one joined him, he takes matters into his own hands, and all he was missing was a classic Leeroy Jenkins yell.
8. Commencement Speeches
The best we saw this year came from "Moneyball" writer Michael Lewis, who delivered a humbling message to Princeton grads that reminded us to be thankful of what we've been given and to "not eat Fortune's Cookie"...
... and the funniest came from Andy Samberg, whose Harvard Class Day speech featured a Nicolas Cage impression, Adele's "Someone Like You," and a surprising amount of jokes at the expense of the professors and students in the crowd. "Muffy, is he poking fun?"
We've all seen the extra fees that make up college tuition, and we've all been shocked by how the extra charges start to add up. Mount Royal University student Devin DeFraine decided one fee—the $60 extra he would have to spend if he wanted to pay for his tuition with a credit card—was just too much. So, he paid in coins.
"If they're gonna nickel and dime us, I'm gonna nickel and dime them,” Defraine said.
Depending on how you look at it, Nadia Cho was either a ballsy student writer giving The Daily Californian enough page views to fill a semester's ad budget, or she was higher education's most visible attention whore. We're leaning toward the former. (And, while we're on the subject, the chick really should have been paid for those page views.)
BroBible featured one of her more salacious columns this year—a farewell piece which reads like Karen Owen musings made intentionally public. Cho's topic? A detailed analysis of how many places on Berkeley's campus can one girl can actually have sex in a 24-hour period. Her findings? A lot of places!
I’ve always had the cliched fantasy of having sex in Main Stacks, so we wasted no time in heading there first. The trick to doing it in Stacks is to go at a time when there won’t be a lot of people studying at the same time and to pick a section of books that people won’t ever think to look up. Like the British Royal Academy archives.
We decided that, out of the millions of books in the library, the shelves full of books on religion seemed like the best place to fuck. We moved the adjacent shelves to block our location so that we couldn’t be seen from the rows on either side. I liked having our shelves of choice close to each other so that the setting was nice and cozy.
J. Camm writing about the column is still the most visibly excited any of us have ever seen him at the office. (Except, maybe, for that day he discovered what Spotify is.)