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From Blavity:

Woman Named Marijuana Pepsi, Who Refused To Change Her Name, Earns Her Ph.D After Completing Dissertation On Black Names
Believe it or not: she’s not a smoker.

by Nisean Lorde
| June 19 2019,

Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck (yup, that’s her real name) graduated from Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University in May with a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education. She wanted to prove to the world that, despite having a rather unique name, she could make it in life.

“People make such a big deal out of it, I couldn’t get away from it,” Vandyck told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marijuana Pepsi is her legal name — and no, she doesn’t smoke and she’s not a huge fan of soda.

“Vandyck” was added after she married her current husband Fredrick in 2017. The 46-year-old, who grew up between Chicago, Illinois, and Beloit, Wisconsin, says she used to question why her mom gave her such an odd name (her sisters are named Kimberly and Robin).

“It makes it difficult sometimes,” Vandyck previously admitted to TODAY.

Her mom apparently believed her name would take her places. …

Vandyck used these situations to her advantage and wrote her thesis on the topic: “Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions.”

For her dissertation, she spoke with other Black students who had unique names. They also opened up about those tense moments when teachers would pause on their names during roll call.

Today, she is proud to call herself Dr. Marijuana Pepsi. In a way, she thanks her mother, and she admits her name may have given her a sense of resilience.

“I’ve grown into my name because I am a strong woman,” she told TODAY. “I’ve had to be.”

 
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  1. For short, is she called “Mary” or “Jane?” Or “Maryjane?”

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  2. A “Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education ”

    is the equivalent of this:

  3. songbird says:

    I feel like there should be a “Pepper” in there somewhere.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
  4. syonredux says:

    Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck (yup, that’s her real name) graduated from Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University in May with a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education.

    I’m not sure which is more pathetic, her name or the field in which she “earned” her PH.D……

    • Replies: @Half Canadian
  5. istevefan says:

    If you click the link and watch the interview with Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, you will actually be surprised. She actually comes across as someone in the talented tenth. I had her pegged completely different from the headline.

    • Replies: @Triumph104
    , @Kylie
  6. Tony says:

    My question is she married to a white dude?

    • Replies: @Barnard
    , @Hypnotoad666
  7. What on earth does “Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education” mean?
    I guess she is all set to become an education bureaucrat at Oberlin et al….

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    , @guest
  8. Off topic:

    Governor ‘appalled’ by DFL staffer’s ‘murder boat’ tweet on USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul

    JESSIE VAN BERKEL | Star Tribune (Minneapolis) | Published: June 18, 2019

    (Tribune News Service) — Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he is appalled by a state DFL Party staff member’s tweet referring to the recently launched USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul as a “murder boat.”

    “Certainly, the disrespect shown is beyond the pale,” said Walz, who served in the Army National Guard.

    William Davis, who has been the Minnesota DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) Party’s research director and deputy communications director, made the controversial comment in response to a tweet about the launch of a new Navy combat ship in Wisconsin: “But actually, I think it’s gross they’re using the name of our fine cities for a murder boat,” Davis wrote on Twitter over the weekend.

    🙂

  9. She could just call herself Mary for short.

    • Replies: @Kylie
  10. “Woman named Marijuana Pepsi…..” “by Nisean Lorde”. … from a publication or some such thing apparently called “Blavity”…

    I’m failing to see a distinction here.

    Also, if I don’t see at least 15 clever jokes on this thread about “A Boy Named Sue,” be assured I’ll be trotting the entire iSteve commentariat downstairs to see Principal Skinner.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
  11. vinny says:

    I had never heard of the college, but I knew Elaine Stritch (aka Colleen Donaghy in 30 rock) had a cardinal in the family, and yep, Cardinal Stritch is the same guy.

    A bit of passed by Americana. Milwaukee no longer has cardinals and, I imagine, cardinals no longer have famous nieces on Broadway.

  12. newrouter says:

    Is xer nickname Reefer?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  13. I thought of both of your YouTubes before I got to them!

  14. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck (yup, that’s her real name) graduated from Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University in May with a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education.

    Look out, world!

  15. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    You should hear Neil Diamond’s cover of that Johnny Cash classic “A Goy named Jew.”

  16. @MikeatMikedotMike

    OK that’s one for starters… 14 more good “boy Named Sue” jokes to go, or else you’re /all/ in some very deep, deep doo-doo, and not the enjoyable kind (wait, did I really say that?) let me tell you, Simpson.

    Also… This gal got her alleged “doctorate” in Nonsense Studies at the age of 46?!?!?!

    Yep, guess that’ll show them racists.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  17. Dr. X says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    It sure as hell ain’t quantum physics, that’s for sure.

  18. “I’ve grown into my name because I am a strong woman,” she told TODAY. “I’ve had to be.”

    An easy lob right over the plate in the middle of the strike zone and Steve smashes it out of the park, as expected.

    One of those songs that even though you know the punch line, still brings a grin to your face.

  19. Dr. X says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    You should hear Neil Diamond’s cover of that Johnny Cash classic “A Goy named Jew.”

    Actually… that song was written by (((Shel Silverstein))).

  20. @MikeatMikedotMike

    I know the kids are getting drunk pretty young these days, but this is ridiculous.

    Mommy and Daddy will be so proud when they come home to find little Johnny and Tiesha barfing in the bushes.

  21. @MikeatMikedotMike

    Cardinal Stritch would be awfully proud.

  22. @Diversity is Great!

    Killboat is the preferred nomenclature, Donnie.

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  23. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck (yup, that’s her real name) graduated from Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University in May with a Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education.

    I get the feeling that the proliferation of fields in which you can get a Ph.D. is a result of demand from a lot of intellectually mediocre people who can’t find jobs after their undergraduate degrees.

    People who, as a result, crave a qualification that lets them remind the rest of us mere mortals that we should be calling them “Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck.”

  24. @MikeatMikedotMike

    She’s even depicted on the packaging serving the white kid the beers he’ll need to make it through Clownworld.

    We’ve truly entered a new Age of Enlightenment.

    • LOL: bomag
    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
  25. @Desiderius

    I thought of that after I posted – something like “and she’s that fly at the end bar and it ain’t no Pepsi she be drinkin’”.

  26. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck =

    Vain dusky Jamaican prep.
    Can a Redskin pay via Jump?

  27. Anon7 says:

    Today, she is proud to call herself Dr. Marijuana Pepsi. In a way, she thanks her mother, and she admits her name may have given her a sense of resilience.

    “I’ve grown into my name because I am a strong woman,” she told TODAY. “I’ve had to be.”

    It’s that name that made me strong! Sounds like cultural appropriation – from country singers!

  28. @istevefan

    I used to watch a lot of education related videos. The local news did a report on a college student and showed him on campus in an administration office talking to Marijuana. Her name was shown on the screen but no comment was made about it. I can’t remember what the video was about. I had read about her before so it was like seeing an old friend.

    Marijuana used to be a real estate agent, but every time she put a sign with her name in front of a house, someone would steal the sign.

  29. The real boy named Sue never had any trouble with it at all.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_K._Hicks

  30. I actually don’t have much of a problem with a person being named Marijuana. I think it’s kind of fun and weird, in the glorious traditional vein of old-fashioned American crackpots, like Don Van Vliet calling himself Captain Beefheart. First of all it just means Mary-Jane, second of all it’s no different from a person being named Guinness or Stoli or Jameson or even Bushmills, which of course is the name of Ernie Bushmiller, the greatest crackpot cartoonist in American history. (Think of what would have happened if Ernie Bushmiller and Captain Beefheart had ever met — the world would have imploded and burnt to a neutron cinder!)

    Meanwhile, I’m still not seeing the requisite number of “Boy Named Sue” jokes necessary for y’all to avoid a very serious adventure into the Dantesque depths of educational discipline.

    Do I have to do all of the heavy lifting for you? A Boy Named SUE, as if that word had only one meaning.

    “Well mah Daddy left home when I was three..”

    Cripes, if only there were some other word in the English language that rhymes with “three”.

    Get cracking, or else I’m going to start playing Aerosmith or something.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @bomag
  31. Cardinal Stritch.

    There are two Catholic universities in Milwaukee– Marquette, and Marquette Down.

    https://www.collegesimply.com/colleges/wisconsin/catholic-colleges/

  32. OK, she doesn’t smoke, but I’m guessing her Mom partook of the wacky weed a time or two, perhaps back 46 years ago.

    It sure is convenient to be able to turn a small piece of stupidity into a PhD thesis. Some people have to search farther and wider for a topic.

    That Idiocracy scene is perfect. I was hoping it would come closer to the 500 year mark, per the movie. Maybe the army ….

  33. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Meanwhile, I’m still not seeing the requisite number of “Boy Named Sue” jokes…

    I’m gettin’ nothing …

    Get cracking, or else I’m going to start playing Aerosmith or something.

    Please don’t throw me into the briar patch!

    Straight-up rock-n-roll – one of their best!

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @guest
  34. Smart move by the mother.

    If she had wanted to give her daughter another leg up, she could’ve added PhD to the first name on the birth certificate.

  35. Mr. Anon says:

    “People make such a big deal out of it, I couldn’t get away from it,” Vandyck told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    Marijuana Pepsi is her legal name — and no, she doesn’t smoke and she’s not a huge fan of soda.

    But does she have a beard?

  36. Mr. Anon says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    The kids will need that after a long day of playing this:

    • Replies: @Pericles
  37. Anon[108] • Disclaimer says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    The bartender looks pretty pissed off. Did he get stiffed on a tip.

    I am assuming that toy box is fake … Right?

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
  38. Mr. XYZ says:
    @songbird

    Dr. Pepper Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck Vonpussi. Yeah, that sounds about right.

    • LOL: songbird
  39. @MikeatMikedotMike

    Lances With Wolves?

    “A brave named ‘Sioux’ ” is surely offensive to the Dakota and counting-coup-with-lances lambdacist Lakota because of the alleged etymology of “little snake” from the Algonquin tribal language
    – which was rarely, if ever, part of snarling repartee once heard ’round the famous Algonquin Round Table -where, after hearing the slur of “Christ-killer,” George Kaufman reportedly said something to the effect that he was going to leave and that he trusted Dorothy Parker to walk out half-way with him – because D.P. was -hardee-har-har-ho- half-MOT (Member of the Tribe).

    (sorry – will now go quietly into Skinner’s Penalty Box)

  40. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    A lot of “education” doctorates come later in life, when the person wants to go into administrative jobs.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  41. @Diversity is Great!

    “Mr. Davis was last seen getting into a helicopter for a tour of Lake Superior”……

  42. @Dr. X

    Actually… that song was written by (((Shel Silverstein))).

    So were these:

  43. @Diversity is Great!

    “But actually, I think it’s gross they’re using the name of our fine cities for a murder boat,” Davis wrote on Twitter over the weekend.

    The Littoral Combat Ship is no murder boat unless you count the troops of ours it will get killed. Its a useless hunk of junk, it’s constructed of an aluminum superstructure and its mission will be to operate close to enemy shores. Nothing heavier than a light helo can operate off the ‘flight deck’. And no surface target of this sort would survive even the lightest coastal defenses. Put an Exocet into the middle of that superstructure and it’s over. Carlton at G2Mil has discussed the LCS class in detail.

  44. @MikeatMikedotMike

    The box even depicts a Black Crack Hoe. I like the bartender, heh..

  45. @Hans Tholstrup

    What on earth does “Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education” mean? I guess she is all set to become an education bureaucrat at Oberlin et al….

    I don’t know why they can’t point to the tens of millions of Diploma Mill paper certificates handed over to Black women so they can have a make-work 6-figure job doing nothing and say: “There. Your reparations”.

    How the hell is affirmative action NOT reparations? Jesus Christ. Ask em how much is enough and they’ll always and only say, “MORE!”.

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  46. bomag says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    The boy named Sue became a lawyer and realized that Sue was his middle name.

    The boy named Sue grew up confused, which totally prepared him for life in the 20-teens.

    In 2019, the boy named Sue is upset with his parents for giving him such a boring name.

    The boy named Sue got a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education.

  47. @Mike Zwick

    Sensimilla would actually be a pretty name for a girl.

    Sativa wouldn’t be too bad, either. I could definitely see some hip black chick being named Sativa Jones, or something like that.

  48. @Tony

    My question is she married to a white dude?

    Perhaps a Mr. Wonderbread Diet Coke. We could only hope.

  49. guest says:

    What would the Great Figures in the storied past of the study of Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education say?

    Oh, right. Nothing. Because they don’t exist.

  50. guest says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I usually go from Rocks directly to Night in the Ruts, but I could be educated.

  51. guest says:

    Someone explain to Marijuana Pepsi it’s not so much that we doubt a person named Marijuana Pepsi could graduate. Because you can give yourself any piece of crap name you want.

    No, no. It’s the idea that you had parents retarded enough to name you Marijuana Pepsi. Or, more likely, a mother retarded enough to do so. People with retarded parents aren’t likely to become doctors.

    Even in a made-up field.

    • Agree: jim jones
  52. guest says:
    @Hans Tholstrup

    I have no idea, but if she had managed to pile on five more nouns, she’d be eligible for an extra $10,000 in salary and benefits.

  53. Pericles says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Lol, I’ve played that very game for many years now.

  54. tyrone says:

    Why give a child a name that’s probable cause for search………body cav……..must stop now

  55. @Anon

    The bartender is Irish and he realizes he has to serve two of an Irishman’s three least favorite type’s of people in the world: A WASP and a negro.

    The third being another Irishman, of course.

    To your question – isn’t it better not knowing one way or another?

  56. teo toon says:

    Johnny Cash’s song “A Boy Named Sue” was not meant to be a manual.

  57. @bomag

    In these World War T times, a boy named Sue, is at a distinct advantage.

  58. @Jim Christian

    Have there been any serious attempts to quantify the total cost of racial preferences/reverse discrimination? Not just the costs of administering diversity and inclusion, but the opportunity costs of not allocating the most productive to various positions? It would be harder to quantify, but also taking into account the cost to society of dumbing down standards and the consequent reduced value-add from education, particularly for our most intelligent human capital.

  59. Kylie says:
    @istevefan

    “She actually comes across as someone in the talented tenth.”

    Then Africa needs her.

  60. @Redneck farmer

    A lot of “education” doctorates come later in life, when the person wants to go into administrative jobs

    Or anesthetics:

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
  61. @bomag

    The boy named Sue became a lawyer and realized that Sue was his middle name.

    The boy named Sue grew up, married, had kids, then divorced, switched genders and changed his name to Butch.

  62. Kylie says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    She should call herself “Herb”. No name change needed if she decides to “transition”.

  63. As an adult white guy who is cis, not a cissy, I would like to read her dissertation.
    For most of you who obviously do not know, that is the final step in earning a PhD.

    Her choice of this:
    “Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions.”
    IS legitimate.

    There are too many white teachers in the cast of Betsy Doofuss who both are too ignorant to recognize the validity of (black)people’s names and abuse them for it.

    This comment section if full of those Doofusses.

  64. Mattyyyyy says:

    “Vandyck used these situations to her advantage and wrote her thesis on the topic: ‘Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions.’”

    Mesearch, the only type of research black students do these days.

  65. Her mom apparently believed her name would take her places. …

    Truly classy places, no doubt.

  66. @syonredux

    These type of degrees proliferate because you need a PhD to advance in leadership in higher ed. I know a half dozen in my division who have done/are doing this, and most are in high-level management positions.

  67. sayless says:

    “…any serious attempt to quantify the cost…”

    Should include cost to one’s nerves and well-being at the Post Office, Social Security Office, Medicaid Office, SNAP, and many other venues.

    • Agree: Lockean Proviso
  68. This just brings me sore memories that Mrs Mute rejected my chosen name for junior: Fuque

    Think of the heights to which such a name could propel one.

  69. It sounds fun. I laugh. If only it was not real. I’d rather make it without this laughter of mine – but it would be a small sacrifice nonetheless.

  70. Olorin says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    This “University” used to be a school in which the Milwaukee diocese trained nuns up as catlick schoolteachers.

    IIRC they got their University status, as colleges generally did in the ’70s to ’90s, by ginning up a doctoral program, and IIRC the doctoral program they ginned up was this very Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education.

    (It was the talk of higher ed circles–which is to say Thursday night Guinness circles among Ed Biz folks–in Wisconsin at the time. Since the nuns who originally ran it were Assisian [sp?] there were also extremely non-PC jokes about preaching to the anim…oh never mind.)

    Always figured we’d hear about it again some day. I presume that these days it’s mostly online, since TV watching is something even the dimmest can do.

    So am not even in the least surprised.

    The 46-year-old, who grew up between Chicago, Illinois, and Beloit, Wisconsin,

    In other words, part of Chicago’s gentrification in the ’80s and ’90s involving farming out its welfare cases to Wisconsin. Good growing weather for the House of Dolt Wrangling.

    As for that FP box, man, I love the look on the bartender kid’s face. He’s going to grow up to be this guy, but better looking.

    https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-0346582ca1de15d21b357ff9ca4a57f0-c

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  71. Wency says:
    @Barnard

    Probably a Caribbean immigrant. Dutch name, so I’d think Dutch Antilles or Suriname.

  72. @Olorin

    Since the nuns who originally ran it were Assisian

    The word you are looking for is Franciscan.

  73. Tony says:
    @Barnard

    You aint kidding. I first looked at the photo on my cell and all I could see was teeth.

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