Last Call: University president apologies for chugging from beer bong

Not actually university president Dr. Carlos Vargas
Not actually university president Dr. Carlos Vargas
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University president is sorry for partying


The president of Southeast Missouri State University issued an apology this weekend after video of him drinking from a beer bong during a football tailgate drew criticism. (The video was widely circulated via Barstool Sports’ SEMO Twitter account, which I won’t link to because of reasons.) The president, Dr. Carlos Vargas, not only had to apologize but had to explain what a beer bong is, as though he was talking to aliens: “I was observed being offered and accepting to drink beer from a beer bong, a device normally associated with excessive or binge drinking, which is conduct I do not condone.” There’s only one moral to this story, and that’s to beer bong in private. [Kate Bernot]

Jane Fonda In Five Acts

Speaking of cool people (beer bongs notwithstanding), there is an amazing documentary going up on HBO tonight. In Jane Fonda In Five Acts, documentarian Susan Lacy explores Fonda’s past over her eight decades: from Hollywood starlet to Barbarella sex kitten to Vietnam war activist to video fitness mogul. It just seems incredible that one person has lived all of these seemingly disparate lives. But the truly astounding thing about Fonda is that at 80 years old, she’s still learning, evolving, and changing—a valuable lesson for us all. Find out more at 8 p.m. on HBO tonight. [Gwen Ihnat]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



I picked up some “craft” beers in Lidl today. In bottles, Beardo (IPA) and Mojo (Pale Ale) from Robinsons, then in a can, Mangos on the Run (IPA) from Innis & Gunn.