Rand Paul’s College Days: Bong Hits, a Blindfolded Coed and ‘Aqua Buddha’

August 9, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Rand Paul, Republican tea party candidate for a senatorial seat from Kentucky, is certainly an odd duck. No question about it. If his questioning of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and attacking President Obama as “un-American” for criticizing BP’s response to the Gulf oil disaster, isn’t proof enough of his kookiness, GQ magazine offers an exclusive look into Paul’s college days. Apparently, Paul’s years at Baylor University in the early 80s, wherein he left without obtaining a degree, were mired in a haze of marijuana smoke and bizarre pranks as a member of a banned fraternity. Oh, and the prank abducting of a coed, whom Paul and his buddies blindfolded, while they pressured her to take hits off of their bong, before forcing the frightened woman to pray to ‘Aqua Buddha.’ The woman, 30-years later, tells GQ the bizarre experience still haunts her.

Paul’s years at Baylor, already drew attention recently, when it was discovered he never actually obtained his undergraduate degree. He apparently, was able to later attend Duke Medical School, after securing a decent score on his MCAT.

GQ’s account of Paul’s college days and his membership in the rogue fraternity for outcasts, called NoZe is quite the read:

“The strangest episode of Paul’s time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 (although memories about all of these events are understandably a bit hazy, so the date might be slightly off), when he and a NoZe brother paid a visit to a female student who was one of Paul’s teammates on the Baylor swim team. According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, “He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.” After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. “They told me their god was ‘Aqua Buddha’ and that I needed to bow down and worship him,” the woman recalls. “They blindfolded me and made me bow down to ‘Aqua Buddha’ in the creek. I had to say, ‘I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.’ At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no.”

Yup, Paul is a strange duck alright. In the accompanying photo, Paul is towards the front, wearing a black cape and a straw hat.


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