Illini Credit, Misname College

Just imagine what your mother would think. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)


The Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois, has an odd article in its sports section. Ten Cups to glory: the sport of beer pong by one Kyle Diller pontificates on the origins of one of the most beloved collegiate traditions around the country.

The article is exactly what it says on the tin, but there are a few things that caught my attention. For one, Mr. Diller credits the creation of the sports to the nonexistent “Dartmouth University.”

“Yes,” he writes, “beer pong was first played at any Ivy League school. Although, then they played with paddles, before it evolved to our present-day version. Actually, the technical term for the paddle-less version [played at University of Illinois] is Beirut, but the two names have become synonymous.”

Perhaps at other institutions of higher education, Mr. Diller, but certainly not here at Dartmouth College where the game is still played with paddles, the way nature intended.

Sterling C. Beard