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A (pitchy) tribute to the University of Georgia

Posted by Christopher Shea  August 10, 2010 10:35 AM

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It's been a rough year or so for the University of Georgia, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education's Don Troop: The university's mascot, a bulldog, died, then his replacement died, leading PETA to call on the university to invest in a robot-dog instead of a live one. The (married) athletics director was arrested for DUI, and had the misfortune not only to be traveling with a female "friend" at the time but to have a "red pair of lady's panties" in his possession when the police stopped him. (He resigned.) A football player who was being questioned about setting off fireworks was unable to spell his middle name, leading to an arrest for interfering with an investigation. Princeton Review named the university the nation's No. 1 party school, always a great source of pride for college presidents.

To top it off, the university's freshman orientation video, in which off-key orientation leaders extol the university's virtues--including its hot parties--has gone viral. The sports site Deadspin goes a smidge overboard when it says the video "forces us to invent new words to describe it, because 'awful' and 'embarrassing' are no longer cromulent enough." But Georgia's organizers of freshman orientation may want to ponder that the sets of "enthusiastic campus greeters" and "students who can sing" do not always exactly coincide. Things really kick in at the one-minute mark. Classic production values, too: the sequence that starts at 1:35 is rich.

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