Reed Threatened With ‘Crack House’ Law

Wes may have Spring Fling, but Oregon’s intensely rigorous (and famously rankings-shy) Reed College has Renn Fayre. Check it:

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?

8 thoughts on “Reed Threatened With ‘Crack House’ Law

  1. braillizzard

    I would LOVE to see them try to prosecute this load of shit. Right in line with the rumored “brothel” laws of CT. Also, writing wise, why is it no surprise that denying the public entry leads to threatened prosecution?

    THE REAL REASON:
    “a surge in black-tar heroin use and distribution in Oregon that is increasingly targeted at UPPER-MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE KIDS like those that dominate Reed’s student body”
    (emphasis mine)


    fuck this shit. Giant Joint for attorney general.

  2. braillizzard

    I would LOVE to see them try to prosecute this load of shit. Right in line with the rumored “brothel” laws of CT. Also, writing wise, why is it no surprise that denying the public entry leads to threatened prosecution?

    THE REAL REASON:
    “a surge in black-tar heroin use and distribution in Oregon that is increasingly targeted at UPPER-MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE KIDS like those that dominate Reed’s student body”
    (emphasis mine)


    fuck this shit. Giant Joint for attorney general.

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