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OP-ED: My Cocaine Use Doesn't Define Me, But My Pants With Vertical Stripes Do


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Hello. My name is Ashleigh Rockefeller, and I am a member of a sorority here at the University of Pennsylvania. Occasionally, I do cocaine, and people like to label me for that.  But I also wear pants with vertical stripes, and would prefer to be labeled for that.  

I first started wearing pants with vertical stripes when I was a senior in high school. It was pretty edgy for that age, but I rocked it. Now, as a junior at Penn, I own 17 pairs of vertically striped pants, and my favorite Sunday activity is going to Urban and finding pants that elongate my legs. 

It is easy to label me for my drug use. But what really sets me apart are my fun, rebellious pants.