Freshmen Learn a Simple Lesson: If You're Carrying a Big Shtick, Speak Softly

September 06, 2007

Few people believed Bill Clinton “didn’t inhale” in his student days. But no one will believe two freshmen at Northeastern University didn’t spark it up.

One of them, Michael Emery, leaned out his dormitory window on Sunday, the Associated Press reported, and kindly informed a woman in the dorm opposite his — none too quietly — “If you’re looking for weed, my roommate Ferrante has some for sale.” Starting school, making friends, and why not a little money, too?

Well, because two plainclothes police officers overheard the student’s sales pitch and went up to his room. There they found nine bags of marijuana, a digital scale, and more than $1,000 in cash, among other paraphernalia, according to today’s Boston Globe. The students also had rigged a pulley system outside their window.

Mr. Emery and his roommate, Matthew Ferrante, were charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute in a school zone, among other alcohol- and drug-related offenses. They pleaded not guilty at their arraignment, were released without bail, and must appear in court next month.

Northeastern, with its co-op program, has long encouraged entrepreneurship among its students, but not this kind. A spokeswoman for the university told reporters that the young men were no longer enrolled there. —Sara Lipka