That never happens at Columbia


Except it does. I adamantly agree with Atrios‘s criticism of the premise of this NY Times article: Columbia Drug Case Isn’t Notable, Except for Address – Yes, if the people were just dealing drugs in the surrounding Harlem neighborhoods and they were from Harlem, the case wouldn’t be notable. Except they were dealing drugs on an Ivy League campus, so THAT makes it notable.

It is notable, it isn’t unheard of (even at the best schools) and it is some sh*t that has and will occur when you throw thousands of people aged 18 and 22 into co-educational, loosely supervised academic environment: some will use illegal drugs, and they will probably try and get it from their classmates.