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AQ Cross Country goes to nationals | 7 Is journalism dead? Saint Reporter Katherine Mata checks out the latest mergers and staff cuts at The Grand Rapids Press. page 3 theSaint Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Volume 31, Issue 7 We should really be studying right now. . . >>NEWS Farmer’s Market grows | 2 The Fulton Street Farmer’s Market is under construction to be bigger and better. New AQ student fitness | 3 Aquinas’ Health and Wellness Initiatives is bringing in new programs to help keep students well-exercised and healthy. >>A&E Xanadu rocks AQ Winter movie preview | 5 | 5 Roller skates, 80’s music, Greek gods, and more! Reporter Talia Clark checks out Aquinas’ latest musical production. New Forms art exhibit | 5 Aquinas’ students prove that art goes beyond traditional norms at the latest exhibition in the Arts and Music Center. >>SPORTS Aquinas hits the alley | 7 This is not a new student housing idea. Aquinas’ bowling team is up and running. Cornerstone Showdown | 8 Reporter Sam Swartout previews what is sure to be a memorable game for AQ’s men’s basketball team. Going without U.S. faces shortage of ADHD medication leaving local patients frazzled By Matt Kuczynski Editor-in-Chief A recent shortage of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication in the U.S. has local patients scrambling to find sources for their much-needed prescriptions. Medications containing methylphenidate hydrochloride and amphetamine mixed salts, the active ingredients in the brand name ADHD treatment drugs Ritalin and Adderall, began to be difficult to find in the Grand Rapids area about a month ago. “It’s the generic that’s gone short,” said Dr. Jack Walen, physician for Aquinas College’s student health services. Walen, who also works at a free clinic in Grand Rapids, added, “I know that my patients have had a hard time finding it, pharmacies say they haven’t had it for a while.” Reports from NPR and other national news sources confirm similar situations in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston, among other locations. Signs of an emerging lack of the medications appeared last Spring, when federal Food and Drug Administration officials declared a shortage of generic ADHD prescriptions. President Obama recently signed an executive order imploring the FDA to look into the situation further. Production of extra Ritalin and Adderall generics may prove difficult, due to the active ingredients being considered controlled substances under federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulation. Manufacturing quotas are established by the DEA for these substances at the beginning of each year. Although requests for increased production are an option, it still takes time to turn the raw ingredients into finished products that can be prescribed to consumers. This wait may be long. Aquinas senior Chelsea Pummill said she was warned by her doctor that her prescription may be harder to fill than usual at a routine checkup. “When I got to the pharmacy, I was informed that not only were they unable to fill my prescription, but that I may not be able to have them until January or later,” she said. Reasons for the shortage are unclear. DEA officials blame manufacturing companies for not gauging market demand correctly and not producing enough pills of the exact type that consumers need. However, drug producers have hinted that DEA quotas have lagged behind demand in recent years, creating the shortages. The missing drugs are proving to be a medical difficulty for those in the Grand Rapids community. According to Walen, patients with ADHD who suddenly stop taking prescribed medications experience a return of their symptoms: a mix of impulsivity, inattention and difficulty focusing, and hyperactivity. Aquinas student Dorothy Rabourn, whose daughter is prescribed Adderall, has seen marked changes in her daughter’s life since the shortage. “Now, she has zero energy, and a hard time going to work,” said Rabourn. “It’s really bad because the meds that the doctors are giving now aren’t adequate,” she continued. “It’s a time release one, which isn’t as good.” Pummill has been experiencing similar problems since her prescriptions New businesses bolster Eastown By Yasmeen Ahmed The Saint Reporter Eastown has been seeing some big changes lately. These changes include the Kingsley Building’s new features, the remodeling at Smitty’s and the opening of Harmony Brewing, as well as a few new businesses popping up. The Kingsley Building is located at the intersection of Robinson Rd. and Lake Dr., and has been unused for many years. However, it has recently been restored by developers Guy Bazzani and Baird Hawkins. Hawkins claims the first tenant, Allegro Coaching, will be open for business on Jan. 2. Icapsa Books will open in mid-January. Also, a restaurant will be going into the south end of the building on the Lake Dr.Genessee corner in late spring of 2012. Other tenants have not been decided on as of yet. Smitty’s, Eastown’s iconic liquor store, is now re-opened after two months of reconstruction. The store looks different, and has significantly increased in space. Additions include a new refrigerated beer den that is organized, plentiful, and welcoming to customers. The liquor section has also been expanded, and there are plans to install one monitor as well as a TV for watching sports on game days. Smitty’s is open from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Harmony Brewing will be opening towards the end of December or the beginning of January. Beer served at the bar, which includes six taps for six different types of beer, will be brewed on site. Their brewery and restaurant will also feature wine, cocktails, a woodfired pizza oven, and a wide range of appetizers and bar snacks. The owners are going for a rustic, seasonal look. “We are really intense about making it more like a café, a place for people to chill out and maybe come do homework or get some work done while having a beer in a quiet atmosphere, rather than a rowdy bar,” comments Heather Van Dyke. Building plans incorporated lots of natural light for ambiance. Harmony will have wifi and plans to feature an event called Black COURTESY FLICKR.COM Empty bottles: The current shortage of methylphenidate-containing drugs has been blamed on both DEA production limits and an increased demand. became scarce. “Going to class without it feels like a waste of both my time and the professor’s because, although I’m in class, I’m not hearing or understanding anything,” she said. For Pummill, the bureaucracy surrounding the issue is especially frustrating. “There has been such a huge World news update U.K. embassy in Tehran evacuated, Egypt preps for elections, Syria faces civil war By Sarah Branz The Saint Reporter United Kingdom: After the UK embassy and a residential compound in Tehran was attacked by Iranian protesters on Tuesday, Nov. 29, Britain ordered all of Iran’s diplomats to remove themselves from the U.K. by Friday Dec. 2. The attack involved protestors surrounding the embassy burning YASMEEN AHMED / THE SAINT YASMEEN AHMED / THE SAINT Under construction: Eastown is undergoing some positive changes as the year draws to a close. If all goes well, business will be booming at the Kingsley Building (top) and Harmony Brewing (bottom) when 2012 rolls around. Squirrel University every week. Black Squirrel University will host college professors and local historians as a kind of community information sharing program. Although the bar’s location raised eyebrows in the neighborhood, since it is next door to residential buildings, neighbors are starting to accept the new addition to Eastown, according to Van Dyke. “In the beginning, the neighbors were opposed to us being there because they thought it would be more of a rowdy bar, but after explaining to them it would be more of a café they have agreed to give us a chance,” said Van Dyke. “We now have a good relationship with them and our intentions are only good. We have to be able to prove to them we’re not going to be that noisy, disruptive bar.” Harmony Brewing’s hours will be 12 p.m.-12 a.m. seven days a week. Other openings in Eastown include Uptown Kitchen on 1514 Wealthy Street and Renewal Body Boot Camp, where fitness classes started November 14 on 415 Norwood St. response from patients all over the nation whose lives are falling apart over the shortage, but the government won’t give the go ahead to start producing more,” she said. “We’re all forced to wait it out, which, amusingly, patients with ADD are not particularly good at doing.” turnout was expected to be at least 70%. The delays are worrying to some voters who recall the rigged balloting that occurred under Mubarak’s rule, said first-time voter Shahira Ahmed. Polling will take place in three stages, though results leaked from the first stage suggest that the Muslim Brotherhood will win the overall position. >> THE DEATH TOLL SINCE PROTESTS FOR THE OUSTING OF SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD BEGAN HAS REACHED OVER 4,500. << British flags and a car. The residential compound, Qolhak Garden, was also pillaged and the main office was set on fire. The protestors were primarily members of the Basij, which is an unofficial volunteer-based militia that received orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The UK embassy has since been evacuated and closed, according to U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague. Other countries, such as Germany and France, have withdrawn their diplomats, and Norway has temporarily closed their embassy in Tehran. Egypt: Egypt began their parliamentary elections on Monday, Nov. 28, the first since former President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office in February. Announcement of the results has been delayed twice due to the large voter outcome, according to Abdul Moiz Ibrahim, head of Egypt’s election committee, who said that there was a 62% turnout. Initial Syria: Syria was identified by the U.N. to be in a state of civil war as of Wednesday, Dec.1. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has said that the death toll since protests for the ousting of President Bashar Assad began in March has reached over 4,500. The United Nations is now not only seeking international help with giving food to the torn country, but also calling for international protection of Syrian civilians. Sanctions banning travel and freezing Syrian assets have been put in place by the European Union in the hope of crippling the government by restricting cash flow. R u s s i a a n d C h i n a , h o we ve r, are still in support of the Syrian government, having vetoed a recently proposed EU resolution that censured Syrian’s unrest. According to Russia’s Ambassador, Valery Loshchinin, arms were recently sold to Syria, and groups are being organized from abroad to send help.

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