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Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion is a story of power, politics, and just plain bad manners at the uppermost echelons of university life, as told by a former first lady of three major American universities. It is a candid and often humorous portrayal of the noholds-barred corporate maneuverings of university leadership-of how sitting university presidents are clan Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion is a story of power, politics, and just plain bad manners at the uppermost echelons of university life, as told by a former first lady of three major American universities. It is a candid and often humorous portrayal of the noholds-barred corporate maneuverings of university leadership-of how sitting university presidents are clandestinely courted and stolen; of faithless relationships among top-level university officials; and of the hypocrisy of those who present themselves and their universities as society's moral beacons. It is also the story of a marriage that could not withstand the pressures of public life and the debilitating illness of Ménière's disease, a little-known but devastating disorder of the inner ear that causes severe vertigo and hearing loss. The author landed in a heap of trouble when the Wall Street Journal reported that she had smoked marijuana in the Vanderbilt University chancellor's residence for relief from "an inner ear ailment," in addition to having caused "stirs on campus with her liberal politics." Clearly, this first lady of a university run by Old South conservatives was destined for a spectacular pratfall from grace. *Description from Amazon*


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Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion is a story of power, politics, and just plain bad manners at the uppermost echelons of university life, as told by a former first lady of three major American universities. It is a candid and often humorous portrayal of the noholds-barred corporate maneuverings of university leadership-of how sitting university presidents are clan Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion is a story of power, politics, and just plain bad manners at the uppermost echelons of university life, as told by a former first lady of three major American universities. It is a candid and often humorous portrayal of the noholds-barred corporate maneuverings of university leadership-of how sitting university presidents are clandestinely courted and stolen; of faithless relationships among top-level university officials; and of the hypocrisy of those who present themselves and their universities as society's moral beacons. It is also the story of a marriage that could not withstand the pressures of public life and the debilitating illness of Ménière's disease, a little-known but devastating disorder of the inner ear that causes severe vertigo and hearing loss. The author landed in a heap of trouble when the Wall Street Journal reported that she had smoked marijuana in the Vanderbilt University chancellor's residence for relief from "an inner ear ailment," in addition to having caused "stirs on campus with her liberal politics." Clearly, this first lady of a university run by Old South conservatives was destined for a spectacular pratfall from grace. *Description from Amazon*

30 review for Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ka

    This little narrative fascinated me for at least two reasons: not only do I have friends who experience and suffer with inner ear problems discussed, I found the chatty, tell-all nature of the book to be fun and different. A sort of back-door look into the politics of these particular universities, Gee leaves little to the imagination. Her text is much like reading a Hollywood gossip magazine, only it’s better written and with many academic elements thrown in for good measure. Giving detail and This little narrative fascinated me for at least two reasons: not only do I have friends who experience and suffer with inner ear problems discussed, I found the chatty, tell-all nature of the book to be fun and different. A sort of back-door look into the politics of these particular universities, Gee leaves little to the imagination. Her text is much like reading a Hollywood gossip magazine, only it’s better written and with many academic elements thrown in for good measure. Giving detail and clarification about Ménière's, Gee's end-of-the-book explanation is an excellent source of information for the uninformed, and she provides clear reasoning behind her suggestion that Marijuana be allowed for medical relief. Within her narrative, one discovers how it contributed to the unraveling of her marriage. Marijuana at the Mansion is a well-written, entertaining, informative, friendly read, and I must say, I learned many odd facts that I'd not have absorbed in any other venue. This book brought me to laughter and to tears, and Constance Gee is a person with whom I’d love to have a real-life conversation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I found this a fascinating account of marriage to a larger-than-life man, university politics, and how a feminist can still get caught up in sticky situations when it comes to marriage. I live in Columbus, so the characters are real to me. I'd love to know what CBG thinks of Gee's fall from grace at Ohio State and eventual move to WVU. I found this a fascinating account of marriage to a larger-than-life man, university politics, and how a feminist can still get caught up in sticky situations when it comes to marriage. I live in Columbus, so the characters are real to me. I'd love to know what CBG thinks of Gee's fall from grace at Ohio State and eventual move to WVU.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shellie

    This book is more interesting if you know all of the "players" & if you have worked in academia for a length of time. Her commentary on the politics of higher education was sobering. For anyone suffering a chronic illness such as Meniere's, I think this might be interesting. This book is more interesting if you know all of the "players" & if you have worked in academia for a length of time. Her commentary on the politics of higher education was sobering. For anyone suffering a chronic illness such as Meniere's, I think this might be interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    In lieu of a review, allow me to present the full series of tweets which accompanied my reading of this book: (1/2) So, Vandy Internet: I'm currently reading former VU First Lady Constance Gee's memoir Marijuana at the Mansion and, because I... (2/2) haven't done a dumb project like this in a while, I'm going to live-tweet the best/worst/most salacious parts under the hashtag #MATM Here's one to get you started: Gordon Gee prefers "boxer shorts of Brooks Brothers plaid and snappy Vineyard Vines bea In lieu of a review, allow me to present the full series of tweets which accompanied my reading of this book: (1/2) So, Vandy Internet: I'm currently reading former VU First Lady Constance Gee's memoir Marijuana at the Mansion and, because I... (2/2) haven't done a dumb project like this in a while, I'm going to live-tweet the best/worst/most salacious parts under the hashtag #MATM Here's one to get you started: Gordon Gee prefers "boxer shorts of Brooks Brothers plaid and snappy Vineyard Vines beach motifs." #MATM He does, however, wear the traditional Mormon cotton long john shorts for luck on plane rides and during football games. #MATM Gordon proposed to Constance over the phone. If it had been 10 years later, probably would have been over a text message. #MATM MAJOR rivalry between Constance and Gordon's daughter Rebekah, who you may remember from This American Life http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio... … #MATM Gee was once offered the Museum Director job at MoMA, but the offer was rescinded once the board met him As a Boy Scout, Gordon Gee would have his father deliver his equipment to the campsite, then direct other boys to set it up for him. #MATM Yikes, Constance REALLY did not want to move from Brown to Vanderbilt. She also called the search committee "sneaks." #MATM During the discussions about whether Gee should accept the chancellorship at VU, Vandy was code named "Dogpatch." http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogpatch #MATM Look, I know we're not the best place for a liberal feminist to move to, but can Ohio really have been that much better? #MATM #offended Gee's diet: "pasta pomadora, grilled chicken breasts, chips and salsa, ice cream, and an occasional cheeseburger or cheese enchilada." #MATM Now being discussed: the "Nashville facelift aesthetic." #MATM "Around midnight, the howler monkey family began to howl and screech. It sounded somewhat like a stadium full of UT football fans." #MATM The Gees both love Harry Potter. Gordon believes he is a Gryffindor, while Constance identifies as a Slytherin. #MATM #CantMakeThisShitUp It should be noted that I am 220 pages into this 337-page book and there has yet to be a single mention of marijuana. #MATM The House Manager at Braeburn sounds EXACTLY like O'Brien from Downton Abbey. #MATM Page 254: we have our first mention of marijuana. I REPEAT, WE HAVE WEED. #MATM Constance owns a black poodle named Rastafari Mon "because he is a black, handsome, laid-back, dready dude." #MATM #SeriouslyWTF Only 10 pages of this book left and I am so glad. #YouTooHuh #MATM That's a wrap! #MATM

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I used to have a "thing" about finishing every book I've ever started, but life is too short! I'm calling this one. Though it did help me get to sleep at night...the library can finally have this back. I think my book club was more enthralled over the story because of the OSU connection, however, I'm not originally from Columbus, so I didn't understand a lot of the references and innuendos they could likely take away from it. I used to have a "thing" about finishing every book I've ever started, but life is too short! I'm calling this one. Though it did help me get to sleep at night...the library can finally have this back. I think my book club was more enthralled over the story because of the OSU connection, however, I'm not originally from Columbus, so I didn't understand a lot of the references and innuendos they could likely take away from it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    Living in Columbus and knowing some of the cast involved here meant this was a "must read" book. There is a great deal of intrique here, and you wonder how much of this is corect or not. Either way, Contance Gee comes off as a very interesting lady placed in some very strange and testy situations. I wish her luck and am glad she wrote her story. Living in Columbus and knowing some of the cast involved here meant this was a "must read" book. There is a great deal of intrique here, and you wonder how much of this is corect or not. Either way, Contance Gee comes off as a very interesting lady placed in some very strange and testy situations. I wish her luck and am glad she wrote her story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate

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  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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