I go to Oberlin College, one of those colleges you mentioned.
Yeah, I've never gotten much into him or had a taste for his playing, but Take Five was the first piece of jazz I fell in love with, along with the rest of Time Out. I didn't go straight into playing jazz from that, but it's definitely possible I never would have if it weren't for Take Five.
It's funny, not a week before he died, I was thinking "man Brubeck is getting old, let me check his wiki page to make sure he's still alive" and he was.
I also saw his quartet back around 2007 back before I played jazz, and of course he played Take Five. He must have gotten tired of it, but with a hit like that, you can expect to disappoint the audience if you don't play it.