I was across the street from the Washington University campus Wednesday morning carrying out my morning assignment: attempting to get thoughtful comments from students at Wash U regarding the upcoming appearance of Bristol Palin on their campus. You wouldn't believe how many student were late for class. I approached about a dozen seperate groups of students to get their opinion and almost all of them said, "Sorry, I'm late for class." A couple of them agreed to walk and talk with me but all the while I'm thinking, "wow, your parents are paying good money for you to go to Washington University and about 95% of my sample is late for class." This can't be good. I would urge these young people matriculating at such a prestigious institution to get more out of this opportunity and get to class on time... Either that or come up with a more creative excuse for not wanting to spend 20 seconds sharing their opinion on a controversial matter involving their university with the media. I can take the rejection but it's hard to stomach the idea of so many of our future leaders missing class. I don't want to have to start calling people's parents.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.