Tim Stack
February 08, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

It?s not shocking to discover that college campuses can be outrageously liberal environments (my own alma mater, University of Michigan, dedicated an entire Saturday in April to honor marijuana). Unfortunately, much of the humor of Roger Rosenblatt?s novel rests on tired PC jokes aimed at financially struggling Beet University, which offers a Homeland Security courseload and a pacifist English professor named Peace Porterfield (get it?). The satire feels very 1994. Still, Beet provides a few chuckles (the motto of the school, founded by a pig farmer, is ”Deus Libri Porci”) — and costs a helluva lot less than tuition. B-

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