LSU's 'lazy river' is the ultimate example of out-of-control student fees for frivolous purposes at U.S. higher education instutions, according to a Wall Street Journal commentary.

The opinion piece by writer Naomi Schaefer Riley, a visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

LSU officials have often pointed out that students, in 2011, passed the fee increase that funded the water feature, in the shape of the school's initials, and other amenities at the $85 million recreation center.

Riley says that explanation is too convenient: Such fees are "mostly covered by either parents or student loans," she said. And long-term bonds mean students today are saddling future students with higher fees.

"If this sounds familiar," Riley concludes, "it’s because universities are acting like Washington."

See the full commentary here.

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