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Mary Jane reeks havoc in residence halls

Posted on February 27, 2014 | by Kavish Harjai

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Students living in Second Street residence hall and the C2 tower of Carlyle Court residence hall recently received emails addressing issues related to increased marijuana use.

Melissa Davison, residence hall director at Second Street, sent an email to the residents of the dormitory on Feb. 20.

“We would like to address an issue that has been greatly disturbing the community in our hall,” Davison said in the email. “There has been a significant increase in the frequency of marijuana being smoked in the building. Many residents have complained that it is not only unpleasant to live in an environment that constantly smells like weed, but it is affecting their overall well being.”

Davison said people who have asthma, allergies and migraines may have their conditions aggravated by the increased presence of the smell of marijuana in the dorm.

Dan Cassin, Tisch sophomore and Second Street resident, said he agrees with the RHD’s email.

“It is incredibly annoying to have that smell in the residence hall,” Cassin said. “I think that if a student smells it and it annoys them then they should report it to their RA or the RA on duty who should appropriately handle it.”

Cassin said he does not consider smoking marijuana a normal part of college life and people who do smoke in dorms need to be mindful and respectful of others who are in the same area.

Marissiko Wheaton, RHD of Carlyle Court, sent an email on Feb. 23 to residents of the C2 tower regarding similar issues.

In the email, Wheaton said complaints and documentation of marijuana usage were specific to floors 6 through 10.

“I would like to ask that if you have any knowledge of who may be smoking on or around your floor, that you contact me immediately so that I can address this issue directly,” Wheaton said in the email. “We will continue to investigate this trend until it stops.”

Hosu Kim, sixth-floor resident of the C2 tower, said she is not affected by the smell of the marijuana unless it seeps into her suite, but she does notice it in the hallways.

“I can understand that it is a part of college life and that there are limited places to smoke, but I also do think it’s a little much that the hallways are smelling like weed 24/7 throughout the whole week,” Kim said. “I feel like, while the floor would smell like weed every now and then, it’s gotten bad enough to be brought to attention this semester.”

Jolie Glickman, Tisch sophomore and sixth-floor resident of the C2 tower, said she does not smell marijuana on her floor.

“Isolating the smell to floors 6-10 is ridiculous, as we all know that’s not how smells work,” Glickman said. “[The smell of weed] certainly does not [affect] my daily routine.”

Wheaton said there needs to be more respect for nearby residents in light of the recent increase in marijuana usage.

“Please understand and respect that smoking in your room may affect your neighbors and their ability to study and maintain a pleasant environment in their room,” Wheaton said.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Feb. 27 print edition. Kavish Harjai is a news editor. Email him at


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