PAHRUMP, Nev. - Nicki Amouri hands her camera to a friend, throws her arm over another and smiles wide as she leans in for a shot with the monument her class came to visit.
It's a typical field trip memento - except that Amouri is in a brothel. The monument is a fluffy, queen-sized bed in a Western-themed party room reserved for VIPs and big spenders.
Amouri was one of a dozen college students who toured the Chicken Ranch, a legal bordello in the desert 60 miles outside Las Vegas. The class trip, which included seminars from the working girls, capped a course on American consumption and "the ideas that consume us."
"I think it's fascinating, this is fun for me," said Amouri, a junior at Randolph College, a private liberal arts school in Lynchburg, Va., that until last year admitted only women. "Not many people get to do this."
The brothel tour was a natural fit for a class that tells students "don't just study America - live it," said Julio Rodriguez, the director of the college's American Culture Program."
Sorry there, Julio, but you sir are an idiot. Whats next? Running with street-gangs in order to write the modern version of Crime & Punishment?
"Liberal Arts" indeed. The treasure trove of genuinely historic and one of a kind places in Virginia couldn't cut it I guess. Far better to take the kids for a chat with whores.