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Opinion

1.29.13

Broadsheet vs. Tabloid: Tell us YOUR Opinions! Becca Lundberg Editor-in-Chief

newspaper layout, we are going to have a trial run of the tabloid newspaper style. Now, when you think “tabloid,” you probably imagine the trashy magazines you thumb through while waiting in line at the grocery store. I’m going to ask you to try to remove that image from your head right away. A tabloid does have more of a magazine feel, but The Rotunda will continue to be, above all else, a newspaper. Each time the idea of switching

In my four years as an editor for The Rotunda, I have seen the newspaper undergo major changes in membership, design and content. This semester, while there are going to be changes in all three of those areas, one difference that you will most likely notice right away will be the layout of our Feb. 5 issue. After years of featuring a traditional broadsheet

reviews, but ultimately, the board decided to try the tabloid out. We are not committing to it in any way but are instead conducting an experiment of sorts. Our printers, The Farmville Herald, were completely open to us trying it out for a few weeks to see if it is the right fit or if we should go back broadsheet. This is where you all, our readers, come in. This newspaper is for you. We put it together week after week for

to the tabloid has been brought up over the past few years, it has promptly been shut down. I will admit that I was one of the leaders who completely opposed the idea of the tabloid at first. I just love the traditional newspaper look so much. But after a few months, the idea was brought to my attention again and I realized that I owed it to everyone to at least consider the idea. I gave in and pitched the idea to the editorial board. The idea was met with mixed

you. Your opinion is invaluable to us. When we premiere this new style next week, we are going to reach out to you in person in the Dorrill Dining Hall (D-Hall) lobby and online on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We want to know what you think. Whether you love the tabloid or hate it, whether it is more readable or not really your thing, we want to know. We want your opinions and suggestions. In fact, we need them. Change is exciting, scary and

a great deal of work. It is also a huge risk. But if you never exit your comfort zone, you’ll never improve, so branching out is exactly what we will do. We implore you to share your opinions with us. Visit our social media pages, come see us at D-Hall and feel free to email me at rotundaeditor@gmail.com. No matter what style we end up choosing, your feedback will guide us the whole way.

Side Effects Including Hallucinations and Sleep Driving Cause Questioning of U.S. Healthcare’s Priorities Kelynn Keegan Opinion Editor

drug for those suffering from insomnia. Between 2005 and 2010, however, the drug caused an excess of tens of thousands of hospitalizations with a 274 percent increase in Ambienrelated emergency department visits from women and a 144 percent increase in male Ambien-related emergency visits, according to a report released by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, USA). The cause of the visits? Hallucinations and driving or otherwise physically functioning while the patient is still asleep. The chemicals in Ambien

Heart attack. Stroke. Coma. Mania. While conventional medical thinking would suggest all of these conditions would merit treatment, evolutions in modern medicine have created a rabbithole-esque world in which these grave conditions are, in fact, simply side effects of new drugs on the market. And the effects are getting stranger. In a highly publicized ad campaign beginning with its approval by the FDA in 1999 and ignited in the early to late 2000s, Ambien was hailed as a miracle

excite, or increase the presence and effectiveness, of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) which helps promote sleep. The patients essentially enter into a zombie-like state. In a similarly bizarre case of reported side effects, a blood presser medication, Vasotec, left many patients without the ability to taste or smell. Lipitor, highly revered for its ability to lower risk of heart disease, can cause irreversible amnesia. Mirapex, intended for treatment of restless leg syndrome, has been linked to compulsive eating, gambling and increased sex drive.

In an effort to curb the liabilities associated with these dangerous drugs, manufacturers, instead of pulling the drugs from the market, often settle with simply posting the effects in fine print at the bottom of their ads or concealed in the fast-speech of the narrator of their media commercials. Recently, however, the ineffective regulation of the development of prescription drugs has lent to the irresponsible corporate greed that drives the companies to produce the drugs as quickly as possible, pushing them through clinical trials at record speeds, often without adequate sample

size or time allowed to see the true nature of the effects. It is, indeed, in the best interest of the companies to do so; the U.S. prescription drug market accounts for over $300 billion dollars of the U.S. economy annually, making the average American’s annual spending on the drugs over $800 per individual, according to a report released by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The problem, it seems, is the neglect of ethics and attention to the human element of medicine that has been lost in the rat race for the next million-dollar drug. The U.S.’s addiction to capitalism has arguably been driving the progress of the

country since its foundations, yet we have entered an age in which this capitalism from which we’ve built ourselves is now driving our own downfall. We need a health care system that values drugs that help to cure patients, not cause them new, often more dangerous conditions. We need medical care that focuses on developing the best treatment methods for the individual, not blanket-drugs fed to the masses in the hopes some will be cured. Most importantly, we need a system that remembers, at its core, its intent to save lives, not capitalize on them.

Weather-Related School Closings Should Last Longer: Icy Sidewalks Can be Dangerous to Walk on Across Campus Kira Zimney Asst. Opinion Editor With the recent snow and ice mix we received a few days ago, and more expected to head our way, many students beg for their early classes to be canceled. If you have a 10 a.m. class, there’s no hope for you, you’ll have to brave the cold conditions, sorry about it. While most hope for snow and ice to alleviate all prior assigned homework, and just enjoy a morning off once in a while, most students eventually have to face the fear of walking across campus in the treacherous ice and snow. Ice is what terrifies all students; admit it, no one wants to slip and slide, looking like a deer on ice, especially in the middle of campus. If you’re alone while

walking and slip and fall on the ice … ouch. Just walk back to your room while you still can. So if class is cancelled for the mornings, why not cancel classes for the rest of the day? The icy grounds don’t look like they’re going to magically melt away in the two hours of that “delay.” What if you have an 11 a.m. class? The “still visible ice” that carefully covers the grounds is just fresh enough to put you and your backpack on the floor. While some people only have class in the mid to late afternoons, the “two hour delay” means nothing to them. Meaning, odds are they’ll suffer some kind of embarrassing slip and slide or fall on the walk to class instead of taking time off to enjoy the snow through the window of their dorm room

while sipping hot chocolate and watching Netflix in bed. The main point being, if your first class begins at 10 in the morning, it’s just another day for you. Unfortunately, you do not get to participate in the snow day festivities that once used to grace our presence come December through February, back when we woke up early to make sure our school was cancelled. So, why can’t we have a full day off? If the ice and snow can delay us for a short time (those who brave the day bright and early at 8 a.m.), then why can’t we enjoy the perks of a snow day? It’s only fair that the ones who sacrifice their midafternoons to devote to class also be allowed to relish in a Photos By: Photo Editor Caleb Briggs cancelation of class time. Snow falls on Iler field behind Dorrill Dinning Hall last Tuesday, Jan. 21. The snowfall caused Longwood to close school at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and re-open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. There was still snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks, making some students feel like the school should have stayed closed longer on Wednesday morning.

PROPS & D R O P S Props to: + Lancer Productions + FAB + Valentine's Day candy + Flannels + D-Hall Chicken Nuggets + MLK Weekend + The Office of Leadership and Service Learning & ODI + French Renovations + MySpace

Drops to: - Rescheduled Meetings - Cold without Snow - Iced over Windshields - Bad Drivers - Walmart Being Far Away - Cracked iPhone Screens - Falling on Ice - Facebook

SGA Launches Two New Initiatives for LU’s Campus Natalie Joseph Community Submission All throughout the next week and a half, the Student Government Association will be advertising their two newest campus-wide initiatives. The first is encouraging students to get flu shot, and the other is the #StopTheDrop campaign to increase awareness in the drop of financial aid. Flu shots will be given on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 11 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. At the event, the SGA will continue to give out information about preventing the flu and also will be encouraging and informing students about the significant and influential drop in financial aid for Virginia college students.

This current week, look for SGA Senators tabling in Dorrill Dining Hall in order to give out flyers and spread information about these two initiatives. Also, while tabling, the SGA Senators will be asking students to help stop the drop in financial aid by signing the #StopTheDrop petition on the iPads that will be available. So what is the #StopTheDrop petition? Currently, elected officials in Richmond are considering how much financial aid students will get next year. Their current proposal is $25 million short, which means a lot less financial aid than what was given last year. By adding your name and signing the #StopTheDrop petition, you will be adding your name Virginia21's letter telling

Governor McAuliffe and the elected officials to stop dropping financial aid for students. And why is getting your flu shot so important? According to the Health and Wellness Center, the flu is expected to be spreading across Longwood University again this year over the next two weeks. The SGA, the Health and Wellness Center clinic and the Peer Health Educators will be teaming up to get 600 students to receive their flu shots in order to prevent the flu from spreading amongst students. We encourage all students to come out and support these two initiatives in these upcoming weeks, and while doing so, get their flu shot and help #StopTheDrop.


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