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March 28, 2006

College Student in Wal-Mart for 41 Hours

"DES MOINES, Iowa - Some students set out for sun-drenched beaches and tropical party bars for spring break. Skyler Bartels, a 20-year-old Drake University sophomore, headed for the local Wal-Mart.

Bartels, an aspiring writer from Harvard, Neb., thought he'd spend a week in the store as a test of endurance, using it as the premise for a magazine article.

He called his adviser and she liked the idea. "I just intuitively thought, 'This is brilliant!'" said Carol Spaulding-Kruse, a Drake associate professor of English. "I wasn't quite sure why, but it just sounded like a really good idea.

For 41 hours, Bartels wandered the aisles of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Windsor Heights. He watched shoppers, read magazines, watched movies on the DVD display and played video games.

He bought meals at the in-store Subway sandwich shop, but was able to catch only brief naps in a restroom stall or on lawn chairs in the garden department."

I gotta tell ya, I'm not sure what the story is here. The dude ate Subway, played video games, and slept in bathrooms and lawn chairs. That's not a social science experiment or a writing exercise . . . THAT'S COLLEGE!

We can only pray that Fox gets their hands on this guy and creates a reality show based on his experience.

Posted by Stephanie at March 28, 2006 10:06 PM

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