Men's magazine GQ has a feature titled "The Best College Towns in America." Which made us wonder: Do any of those towns host schools that are under Title IX investigation? Answer: Yes.
Three out of seven, in fact.
Of course, sexual misconduct/assault isn't mentioned in the piece; it's full of oh-so-bougie (read: oh-so-GQ) descriptions of these places (like visiting a "curated flea market" in Athens, Georgia). So which towns are the "Best"?
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Unfortunately, the University of Colorado-Boulder is on the list of 55 schools with pending Title IX lawsuits that the Department of Education released in May. How's that for a buzz kill?
"Shop like you're stocking your dorm room" here, says GQ, for vinyl, books, and nice sneakers.
And while you're there, check out the University of California-Berkeley, under investigation for its (no doubt) "shockingly inept" sexual assault resolution process.
In the quaint German Village neighborhood, across town from Ohio State, Katzinger's deli slings ten different Reuben sandwiches. Order yours (perhaps the rosemary-and-garlic roast beef with hot brisket, white Cheddar, slaw, and Russian dressing on grilled rye) to go. Grab a fistful of free whole pickles. Picnic in nearby Schiller Park.
You know what else is quaint? An ongoing federal investigation into how the university across the street handles sexual assault.
At least that's what people will hopefully say about these colleges in the future.
College towns without a current Title IX investigation: Durham, NC (though an expelled rapist from there recently sued for his degree so he could go into finance); Athens, GA; Ithaca, NY; Austin, TX; and Madison; WI. To be fair, GQ suggests visiting these towns when the students are gone. Sounds about right.
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