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A list of the “Top 20 Fastest Growing Sugar Baby Schools” (including two in Ohio) has triggered a palpable response from media types and morality monitors. Look what the ever-rising cost of attending college is doing to our poor dears, these self-styled paragons of virtue exclaim.

Indeed,, the world’s largest Sugar Daddy website, which released the list, put just such a spin on the statement its founder, Brandon Wade, issued:

“While some might argue that these women are just using men for their own personal gain, I believe that they are proactive in pursuing a higher education. College should be an opportunity to expand the mind and experience new things. Unfortunately, because of recent tuition hikes, the college experience has become greatly unbalanced.”

Given that the average college coed — Sugar Baby — receives about $3,000 a month from her Sugar Daddy, supposedly to cover the cost of tuition, books and living expenses, a persuasive argument can be made that this isn’t just about higher education. It’s a lifestyle that an increasing number of female college students find appealing.

After all, they aren’t doing anything with their Sugar Daddies they wouldn’t normally be doing on campus. The difference is that the men who are “supporting” them have the financial means to make their college experience a breeze — instead of a slog. Think about it: A night working in a fast-food restaurant with drunken college boys pawing at you, or a night at an exclusive restaurant with drunken older men ogling you.

The bottom line about this Sugar Baby-Sugar Daddy growing phenomenon is that no one is being forced to participate. In fact, it isn’t even new. There have been numerous first-person accounts about the experience, and there even is a French film based on the real-life account of a young college student away from home who is unable to make ends meet. She uses the Internet to hook up with men of means.

What is intriguing about’s new list is that Ohio’s Kent State University led all major universities in the past year with the number of new sign-ups. Overall, Kent State ranked 11th, while Ohio University came in 17th. Michigan State was 16th. No. 1 on the list is Georgia State University, with New York University in second place, and Temple University in third.

<p> claims to have over 2 million members, with 44 percent of the population coming from colleges.

The story of Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies is as old as the story of Adam and Eve. It’s still about the apple.



Posted by kurtw (anonymous) on January 16, 2013 at 11:34 p.m.

Well, it may be old, but it still sounds "sleazy" to me.

I guess, coming up with weekly material for a column is tough, you have to keep trolling for new items and so you keep moving until finally you reach the bottom.

(Or, maybe not, they're may be better-and lower- to come).

Posted by OpnionsAreLikeBellyButtons (anonymous) on January 22, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.

Boy Bert, this one's really out of character for you. It's definitely well researched and seems to be based on some actual facts; also out of character for you.

Actually, I'm worried. Be careful about where you do your research. And for heaven's sake, ask to see the girl's birthdate on her driver's license. And if Brian Williams and a camera crew show up, run like hell!

Posted by jeepers (anonymous) on February 9, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.

What am I missing? Girls selling themselves for $. Just because the $ is used to pay tuition makes it different? A higher class of hooker? Or rather, A more educated hooker. College should never be for all students-you are not smart enough-do something else. Not enough money-do something else. What purpose does this so-called information serve? We have long seen the decline of any morals in our society. Just another example of bending any rules to fit your own situation.

Posted by Askmeificare (anonymous) on February 10, 2013 at 12:35 a.m.

Oh all you posters are dull. This article is all about economic stimulus...

I for one hope that people read it as an article to help promote the Taft Technology Center here in downtown Youngstown.

Perhaps if YSU makes the list then students enrollment should rise, er, rather I should state, climb. Many financial worries for students in a quandry may be solved and what's wrong with that?

What is wrong with the "use it if you got it" mantra? Seemingly the woman readers out there forgot how they got through a situation or two of lifes' rat race and maze. How many "free" drinks did any of you woman out there receive in your bar drinking days? How many of you woman recently pushed your way into the checkout line with your "apology" accepted?

Men use their testosterone and muscles to intimidate and woman use their beauty flashing their smiles and blinking their eyes -All in hopes of getting an advantage to get what they want.

Actually, the man many of you love to hate- Bertram, is way ahead of the bell curve and crystal ball on this one folks. It is only a matter of time before what has been quietly played out at YSU, and campuses everywhere, becomes a common and socially accepted standard, embracing the open computer tab and clicking on "You Got What I Need".

Without the parents ability to utilize the parental controls on their daughters, ...or sons... , laptop or tablet, what will the parents do with their purse strings once they find out their college child is moonlighting the "Entrepreneur" major?

Bertram, I love reading your articles! You are the man and Youngstown is LUCKY to have you! Thank you for another great article.

Posted by kurtw (anonymous) on February 18, 2013 at 11:56 p.m.

Read this column again with the aim of trying to decide if it was something I should condemn or envy. Never having been a "sugar-daddy"- to poor for that- maybe, condemning the idea is really a kind of inverted envy (Freud had a name for that: "reaction formation").

I do like your work- what you said about academics- "a different world", etc. was dead on. You evince either hate or love- doesn't seem to be much of a mediocre in-between- and that's good.