Theory: If The Gleeks Went To College, They’d Rule Their Respective Campuses

As the kids of McKinley High School enjoyed their summer vacations, much ado was made of the fact that—come tonight’s season premiere—Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) and Kurt Hummel (Emmy nominee Chris Colfer) will be seniors. Meaning that at the end of the season, they’ll graduate. “We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years,” creator Ryan Murphy said in June. “We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”

Murphy explained that he didn’t want to use the television trickery most high school shows employ to solve this problem—make all your main characters magically land at the same college, a la “Beverly Hills, 90210″ or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”Instead, Murphy said that he wants to take a page from “Friday Night Lights” and bring in a new cast as characters graduate. “I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing,” he said.

With this, a media whirlwind began. Chris Colfer said that he had heard the news “yesterday on Twitter.” Cory Monteith still doesn’t seem to know what’s up. “They don’t tell me anything on the set,” he said a few weeks ago. With all the confusion, many people are asking: can Glee survive without its main characters?

But I’m pondering something else. If Kurt, Rachel and Finn keep belting out tunes in college, can they finally stop getting slushied?

According to Mickey Rapkin, the author of the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest For Collegiate A Cappella Glory, the kids of New Directions could go from the lowest rungs on the social ladder to the kings and queens of their campuses. Rapkin notes that not only are a cappella groups considered cool on college campuses—they also throw huge parties, are paid big bucks to perform around the world and have groupies. Yes, groupies.

“Collegiate a cappella singers are recognized in their classes,” explains Rapkin. “They’re local celebrities.”

So would Rachel, Finn, and Curt make the cut? Rapkin says that the competition is cutthroat.

“But the a cappella world is like the Greek system—there’s something for everyone. If you want to be in a group where the members like to get drunk and sing to impress girls, that’s an option. If you’d like to join a group that specializes in Jewish music, you can do that, too. At Cornell, they were the Chai Notes,” he said. “Finn would be at home in the [University of Virginia] Hullabahoos. They were the only a cappella group I’d heard of that had a competitive flag football team. They called their team Jazz Hands, but they were in on the joke.”

Would you want to see the Gleeks continue on to college?

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