In its September issue, The National Jurist, "the magazine for law students," reports on the ranking by something known as "SubtleDig" of the nation's best and worst law schools for partying. (Thumbs down on TNJ's editorial assiduousness, as the table says University of Arizona ranks number one, but the text says Arizona State. I can say as a true son of Michigan that a similar mistake as between our institution and the green and white one to the northwest would have been unconscionable. I did, however, find it really odd that the University of Michigan Law School - the only school ranked in the top ten where not owning a pair of snow boots would be a mistake - ranks above UNLV as a party school. Really? As much as I love Ann Arbor, are the rankers really suggesting that South U has it over The Strip? That The Blind Pig beats out The Bellagio? That The Big House trumps beating the house? )
But I digress. What I wanted to say was that Tulane's number two ranking resonated with me. I taught there as a visitor in the 2006-2007 school year. In the spring semester, I taught secured transactions early in the morning and the first-year course in sales at 2:00 p.m. Everything in New Orleans is shut down on the Tuesday which is Mardi Gras, but what floored me was the request that I cancel the 2:00 p.m. class the next day (otherwise known as Ash Wednesday) because most students would still be recovering from Tuesday. I am sure that my declining this request (which I viewed as a sign of the apocalypse) had to do with the mediocre student evaluations I received in that class.