This post is dedicated exclusively to those two Dartmouth girls at that party over Thanksgiving break who kept asking me, “So… you go to Brown. Do you do like a LOT of drugs? Like coke and stuff?” You guys are number 3.
From what I’ve been told by other Ivy Leaguers – who most definitely have earned the right to know more about my university than I do – I do a lot of drugs. My friends do a lot of drugs. Our pets do a lot of drugs. In all likelihood, our professors do a lot of drugs. So imagine my surprise when “The Daily Beast” comes out with a slide show (how very HuffPo College of them) of the “Druggiest Colleges in the U.S.” and not only was Brown not number 1, we weren’t even mentioned in the 30-school slide show! What’s wrong with us!?
What UC Boulder does on 420:
To be honest, maybe it’s not the end of the world that we’re not on this list. The slide show’s metrics were a motley combination of College Prowler‘s drug scene grades (only schools with a grade of C+ or lower were eligible for the top 30, but I’m not sure why), number of drug-related arrests on campus in 2010, and how much non-students do drugs in the rest of the state. The last one probably explains why just about every SUNY I’ve heard of (and a few I hadn’t) is on this list. “The Daily Beast” has a long way to go to match HuffPo College’s college slide shows.
Poor metrics or not, this slide show should in all likelihood give us pause about what it means to be a Brunonian. I mean, as far as our Ivy League peers can tell, drugs are as much a part of Brown as the New Curriculum (which, if they ask, does NOT mean we don’t have grades. We have them… if we want to)! Their worlds – if not mine – have been rocked.