Well, You Can Smoke Pot as Long as You Don’t Like It, I Guess

I’m still waiting to get my hands on the Wall Street Journal article in which the “shocking” revelation that Constance Gee smokes pot is made, but alas, you have to pay and I’m not al that excited about paying for it.

I did read the article in the Tennessean though. And I think it’s pretty funny to watch all these folks trip over themselves to assure the public that even if Gee smokes pot, she only does it for medical reasons. No, god forbid she smoke pot and actually enjoy it. Can’t have that.

But it’s got me even more curious about the tone of the original Journal article, because, in a piece about Gordon Gee’s supposed out of control spending, what is the point of bringing up Constance Gee’s pot use? Is the insinuation supposed to be that not only can’t Gordon Gee keep his spending under control, he can’t keep his wife under control?

So, if you have access to those paragraphs that deal with Constance and can shoot them my way, I’d appreciate it.

In the fall of 2005, university employees discovered that Constance Gee, a tenured associate professor of public policy and education, kept marijuana at Braeburn and was using it there, according to people familiar with the matter. A few weeks later, several trustees and a senior university official confronted Mr. Gee in his office, telling the chancellor he shared responsibility for allowing marijuana on university property, the person familiar with the situation recalls.

Trembling, the chancellor replied, “I’ve been worried to death over this,” according to this person. Mr. Gee said his wife smoked marijuana to relieve an inner-ear ailment, this person says. The Gees decline to comment on the incident.

I’ll tell y’all what I told Sarcastro, which is that I’m convinced the UDC or their sympathizers have their hand in this somehow.  Mark my words.

28 thoughts on “Well, You Can Smoke Pot as Long as You Don’t Like It, I Guess

  1. I don’t have it on hand right now, but I read it yesterday. The gist is that an anonymous source claims the executive committee caught wind of the pot smoking and confronted Gee. Gee said he knew about it, that it was for an inner-ear ailment. They said that as Chancellor, he’s ultimately responsible to make sure that nothing illegal happens in the Chancellor’s Residence, which is as much a university event venue as it is his home, and so he was partially responsible. Also, remember that Mrs. Gee is a professor. Martha Ingram disciplined Mrs. Gee and warned Mr. Gee and considered it all taken care of. when the full board then caught wind of it all, some were concerned by the fact that disciplinary actions regarding illegal behavior had not been shared with the entire board. That triggered a bigger move to review the board’s general oversight of Gee, specifically in regards to the mansion, and it turned up unchecked spending on entertainment, catering, etc.So, it’s not really that the dope smoking was the big deal, but the way it was handled rose red flags and triggered a series of events that lead to the board cracking down on Gee’s overall spending.

  2. The whole "medical use" angle cracks me up.We don’t have that law in Tennessee, so it wouldn’t really matter anyway.I think this is a little more about her outspoken radical liberalism, that just doesn’t play well in Belle Meade circles. His conservative little bow tie can only cover so much.

  3. <i>Is the insinuation supposed to be that not only can’t Gordon Gee keep his spending under control, he can’t keep his wife under control?</i>Good god, B, of course it is. Because it’s HIS fault if his woman breaks the law. Mwahaha.(She did, if she’s tokin’, you know. Even medicinally. Tennessee repealed its controlled substances therapeutic law in ’92, and it only covered treatment for glaucoma, chemo and radiation sickness. I won’t even get started on that, except to say that I hope Mrs. Gee has recovered from the serious health condition that had her allegedly tokin.’)You know, the Scene pegged this thing back in September. They also have an interesting conversation about it over at PITW. Vanderbilt created a coupla web pages to address the story but only says "Vanderbilt does not comment on personnel and personal matters involving faculty and staff. Regarding this particular issue, all relevant and appropriate University policies and procedures were followed" about the alleged tokin’.He’s always seemed like a pleasant fellow to me. I recall when the Hustler did that April Fool’s paper with the screaming headline "Gee Dead"; he thought it was funny. And really, should we be surprised that the head of Vanderbilt spends money like water? Have they ever been anywhere near Vanderbilt?

  4. P.S. — Remember the stink when she flew the flag at half-staff after the 2004 election?Radical liberal? Who knows. Maybe she was just mourning our war dead in advance.

  5. <i>I’ll tell y’all what I told Sarcastro, which is that I’m convinced the UDC or their sympathizers have their hand in this somehow. Mark my words.</i>You’re saying the Sisters planted some of their Special Recipe behind the diffenbachia and then narced on Miss Connie to spite that damn Yankee boy? HA! I love it.I’ll stop posting now.

  6. Oh, no ma’am. I’m not saying you’re wrong OR crazy. You very well may have pegged it; the Sisters of The South can work their magic in subtle, nefarious and utterly untraceable ways, especially at those receptions. I just think even the thought of it is hilarious. I really am stopping.

  7. Oh, sorry, Cat. Gordon is the chancellor of Vand… er… Schmanderbilt. Constance is his wife. The UDC is the Something Daughters of the Confederacy. They once paid to put up Confederate Memorial Hall and Gordon is responsible for the decision to change its name to Memorial Hall, which was wildly unpopular with the UDC, to put it mildly.

  8. I’ll tell y’all what I told B, unless the UDC paid the maid to go through the Mrs. Gee’s sock drawer to look for a ziplock bag and some rolling papers, the smart money is that Mrs. Gee wasn’t discreet about her THC intake in front of a couple of her husband’s employees. And they told two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on…

  9. But I still say that those employees are not the ones who went to the Journal. The folks who spoke to the Journal are motivated by soemthing. What? My guess is on the Journal squeelers being motivated by their bitterness at how the whole Memorial Hall thing went down.

  10. One of the PITW commentors mentions having been fired for having known his supervisor was dealing and not reporting it. I could see where that kind of double standard would breed some bitterness.

  11. I think the WSJ stuff isn’t angry about Memorial Hall but about athlectics & the rise of the Commons and demise of Greek life that’s on the horizon.

  12. Yes, I can totally see where the Wall St. Journal would be completely enraged by the decline of Pan-Hellenic activities on a campus 937 miles from their offices. The nation-wide readership of the WSJ are enthralled by the gripping developments thus far, nervously awaiting the fate of Fraternity Row and cursing the day that Constance Gee got high and slept with Otter on the night of the big toga party.I don’t know what athlectics are, but I bet they’re pretty pissed about that, too.

  13. Don’t be pedantic (aw, are you missing the Wayward Boy Scout’s presense here, too?). You know what she means. The question is not why the WSJ would run the article. The question is "Who has beef enough with Gee to talk to the Journal."Athletes and frat boys seem plausible.

  14. Rug pee-ers did not do this.A bunch of dumbasses in their early twenties more interested in getting drunk and/or laid or embittered faculty and staff. Running and tattling to the board has all the hallmarks of the passive-aggressive professorial class.Which group would be in a better position to find out? How many frat boys get to hang out at the Gee Mansion, kicking it old school to the def bow-tie crunk?It isn’t plausible, it is laughable.

  15. The UDC would have hire private dicks to tap the Gee’s phones and plant a pound of weed in the trunk of Constance’s car. During a "routine" traffic stop,the K-9 unit would indicate something worth investigating. She would have been arrested and put into bracelets right on the spot for a trip downtown. Imagine her shame as she is led into night court for intent to distribute. Her husband would be forced to resign under a cloud of suspicion that their monthly food allowance was spent on midnight pizzas and snack cakes.By a weird coincidence, a WKRN VJ would be nearby to capture the entire event on tape sealing their doom as Mrs. Gee shrieked, "Don’t you know who I am?", as they dragged her to her holding cell.You don’t fuck with the UDC. A quick look at their website shows that they are not to be trifled with.http://www.hqudc.org/

  16. That rug really tied the room together.I’d look a little closer at the board members or someone administrative/political that has not benefited from the Gee tenure at the school. This was definitely inside knowledge. Could have also been a disgruntled alumnus who didn’t get to go out to the smoking porch at the mansion with all the other cool kids.They do have the coolest big turqouise chairs and sculpture tables out on that porch, but I was just there for the garden tour.

  17. If you want to read the entire article, lemme know. I have a WSJ.com subscription. And one of the Tennessean reporters asked that guy who said he was fired to make contact, in the comments to the Tennessean’s article today.Maybe that new Tennessean editor dude hasn’t been properly warned about whom he can or can’t screw around with in Nashville society.Not relevant, but I met Mr. Gee briefly while he as president of Ohio State and he was, ironically enough considering what he did to Vandy’s vaunted athletic department, at an outdoor bar with the then-coach of the Buckeyes, John Cooper, and Cooper’s daughter. She was in law school with a friend of mine and he introduced me to all of them.

  18. If you want to read the entire article, lemme know. I have a WSJ.com subscription. And one of the Tennessean reporters asked that guy who said he was fired to make contact, in the comments to the Tennessean’s article today.Maybe that new Tennessean editor dude hasn’t been properly warned about whom he can or can’t screw around with in Nashville society.Not relevant, but I met Mr. Gee briefly while he as president of Ohio State and he was, ironically enough considering what he did to Vandy’s vaunted athletic department, at an outdoor bar with the then-coach of the Buckeyes, John Cooper, and Cooper’s daughter. She was in law school with a friend of mine and he introduced me to all of them.

  19. not actual athletes & frat guys but established people who used to be frat guys & who see athletics as the heart of a university are pissed that Gee has come in, eliminated the athletics department, now has a salary higher than the football coach & others in what most consider to be the athletics department, AND he’s slowly eliminating Greek life here and replacing it with a residential college. They don’t like the changes, especially when it means their children & grandchildren will have a different Vandy experience than they did, and so they are looking to discredit Gee and get things back to the way they were before it’s too late. It is plausible. They might ALSO be UDC folks. These viewpoints are not mutually exclusive.

  20. All of these conspiracy theory hinge on the fact that Mrs. Gee was not discreet in her illegal activities. No matter who is on the Gee’s enemies list, none of them planted weed in her home. Certainly none of them told her to play the "medicinal purposes" card. I don’t see an exemption in the handbook for that.From the handbook:The University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs by students, faculty, and staff, on its property, or as part of any University-sponsored activity. The prohibition extends to off-campus activities that are officially sponsored by Vanderbilt, its schools, departments, or organizations. In addition, the prohibition extends to off-campus professional or organizational activities, including attendance at conferences, when participation is sponsored by the University, or when the participant student, faculty member, or staff member is representing the University. Finally, the prohibition extends to "private" events off campus where the University may have an interest (e.g., if a student were to provide alcohol to underage students at an off-campus location).

  21. <i>are pissed that Gee has come in, eliminated the athletics department, now has a salary higher than the football coach & others in what most consider to be the athletics department</i>People don’t want the the boss to make more than his department heads? Sweet baby Jesus in a little tiny hat! It’s anarchy! It’s … it’s … anti-Republican!Heh. (Notice I said "make more," not "earn more.")Oh, I think it’s clear there was a disparity in resolving the situation. If one of Dr. Mrs.’ colleagues had been busted by a co-irker for lighting up behind the stacks in the law library, said colleague would have been summarily executed according to the handbook, instead of just thoroughly dressed down by Miss Martha.I also think I’m going to see if "inner ear trouble" works as a defense when the neighbors call the law on us. Because I do have a documented family history of it, you know. As well as a personal medical history of vertigo.*fssssssssht* (strangled voice) "Uh, yeah, officer, here’s my medical chart, right’chere. No sir, I can’t stand up. Inner ear trouble."

  22. You could cut Gee’s salary in half and use the rest to hire ten tenure-track professors, instead of relying on underpaid, un-benefitted adjuncts. And you could cut the football coach’s salary in half and hire enough tutors to work with all the football players in all their subjects, and still have enough money left over for a couple of people to oversee a good intramural sports program.

  23. Gee came aboard as a "gospel" for "residential colleges, as in make VU one. He certainly is off to a good start! VU is hypocrisy personified. It is an institution so morally deprived that it actually believes it isn’t! Chew on that oxymoron for awhile. The accountants really should look at the money he claims to have raised. If it’s pledges-in-the-dark and fueled by MaryJane induced make believe, then compare VU to Enron and watch the poop hit the fan!

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