Thursday, October 09, 2008
Y'all are going to be sick of Georgia Tech related posts by this time next week, but this video is too good to pass up. It has great production values and really nails a particular aspect of campus life peculiar to Tech.
The Ratio is the number of guys to every girl enrolled at Tech. When I was there, it was 4 to 1. Two decades later, after major efforts at enrolling more women including recruiting and scholarships and other enticements, the Ratio has improved to...wait for it...3 to 1. And holding steady.
Back in the day, I used to eat lunch on Fridays with a group of co-eds that were friends of a girl I met in my freshman drafting class (yeah, with t-squares and triangles, that's how old school I am). They were all complaining that they didn't have dates. My jaw dropped. I asked how with The Ratio could they complain. They explained that half the guys at Tech you wouldn't want to date and the other half already had girlfriends from back home or at other schools. All-girl Agnes Scott College was and still is a major source of female companionship for Tech guys. And since I had met my girlfriend/fiance/future wife in high school, I had no room to dispute their explanation. These girls had a point.
The distaff side has this saying about how The Ratio does not always work in their favor:
"The odds are good, but the goods are odd."