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Brooklyn College is "Stone Cold Sober"

The school rides high on the Princeton Review's list of sober campuses—and most of the students like it that way.

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By Chrisanne Grise

08/22/12

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In stark contrast to the party animals at WVU and elsewhere, Brooklyn College just came in seventh out of 377 schools as a top "stone cold sober" campus on the Princeton Review's national list. The survey also found that the school boasts the fifth lowest amount of beer consumption, the fourth lowest liquor consumption and 12th lowest weed consumption. Officials say the student demographics, commuter culture, and busy schedules all lend to a non-party atmosphere, and most students are fine with that. “There’s no frat house around here,” says student Arrion Fletcher. “I just come here, go to school and jet out. I think a lot of people do the same thing.” Students at Brooklyn College tend to be a little older than the traditional, fresh out of high school crowd, and many work at least one job. “Our campus is comprised of a student body that is very focused and here to earn a degree," says school spokesman Jeremy Thompson. "We all let our hair down sometimes, but it’s just not done here through the use of alcohol and marijuana.”

Teachers find this a blessing; journalism professor Ron Howell says no one has ever come to his class under the influence, and the worst he sees are stressed chain-smokers: “You don’t see beer cans, you don’t smell liquor around here—not even late in the evenings.” And most students approve: "This is a place to learn—it's not a bar,” says Francheska Brown. “I'm glad the campus is the way it is. I don't want to smell weed while I'm going to class." Of course, there are always some hoping for a more Animal House-style experience. “When school is out everyone should be smoking weed and doing whatever they want. It’s college,” claims student Ricky Telfort. “Everyone I know goes to class and goes home and that’s wack.”

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