Lunchline: College can be defining in more ways than one


Guys and girls competed in “It’s Academic.”

Joe Mamo, owner of Captiol Petroleum Group. (Mark Gail/WASHINGTON POST)

Next time you go to the gym, take a look around. Or if you're walking down the street and see a runner, take note of his or her gear. A majority of the time, the people you see will be wearing a shirt emblazoned with the name of a college. And sometimes it's almost impossible not to pass a snap judgment based on what school they're representing. The stereotypical branding that institutions of higher education are subject to is not happenstance, and in the world of fiction in particular, these collegiate identities are critical to defining characters. The Post's Daniel de Vise explains why.


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. (J. Scott Applewhite/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Fresh clams straight to your table. (Olivia Boinet and Scott Suchman/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The NBA Draft lottery was officially a bust for the Wizards. Although John Wall showed up nattily attired to wish the team good luck in getting the No. 1 overall pick, they slid to the sixth spot. A top 10 draft pick is better than nothing, but in a field that holds few obvious NBA ready ballplayers, that slot is nothing special. The Post's Michael Lee reports on the anti-climactic event, and there's a great picture of the kid who stole the night, too.

Extra Bites

• Depending on your age, text messaging is used for different things. Some consider it a non-invasive form of communication, others consider it the most instant way to connect with someone. Slate's Digital Manners podcast debates the question, "Is it rude to send a text when the recipient might be asleep?" My opinion: No.

• Yesterday marked the official start of what I like to call the Panda Prognostication Period, in which people speculate wildly on whether or not Mei Xiang will produce another Butterstick.

• Pr. George's County police shot another dog. This time, it appears, for the right reasons.

Send your suggestions or comments to me at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.

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