Renn Fayre is often called the metaphorical explosion of the student body after a year of intense pressure. Traditions and events include bizarre art installations, bug-eating contests, the alumni Meat Smoke, a naked Slip ‘n Slide, occasional motorized couches, fireworks, naked people painting themselves blue (a tribute to the ancient Picts), a beer garden, the Glo Opera (performed at night by actors covered in EL wire and glowsticks), lube wrestling, full-contact human chess, parachuters, castle-storming and bike-jousting by members of C.H.V.N.K. 666, a fire-dancing performance by the Weapons of Mass Distraction (the college’s own Fire Troupe), a softball tournament of academic department teams, a feast contributed to by student-donated leftover board points, a cooking contest, and a general sense of mayhem.
You get all that, Social Committee?
The school placards its borders during the notoriously drug- and alcohol-drenched festival, denying the general public entry. It’s probably no surprise, then, that the authorities—in this case, U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton—would crack down eventually. But a recent meting between Holton and Reed president Colin Diver prompted a different question entirely—can colleges be prosecuted as Crack Houses?—and left Diver reeling from the threat of jail time under a federal statute intended to harden penalties on crack house proprietors. Never before has the statute been used on a college campus.
Kinda makes you wonder at the implications of administrative drug-related cheek-turning, yeah?
Full story from Newsweek: Can Colleges be Prosecuted as Crack Houses?