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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2013
& TUITION Are College Students Seeking Financial Aid on Dating Sites? By NATALIE CASTILLO Staff Writer
It can be a financial crisis and hardship to those who are not as fortunate, but still want to pursue their dreams in America. It’s become a way of life to go to school for over 12 years and then work half a lifetime. Many students are left to feel that the opportunities that this country brags about come at a high price and endless sacrifice, so if at some point your moral compass veers off its axis, does it really matter when you’re so close to the finish line? Many colleges and universities in the United States have been on the top of many lists over the years: the highest graduation rates or most likely to be in debt after graduation lists, but the most popular list that has been passed around like a high school burn book has been the most co-eds turning to “sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies” to help pay for college tuition. The popular dating site, Seeking Arrangement, recently released a list of the Top 20 Fastest-Growing Sugar Baby Schools, by new signups in see SUGAR DADDIES | page 5
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MO L LY by Wendy Varela Cotribtuing Writer
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Inside: POPE RESIGNS, SHOCKING CATHOLIC COMMUNITY • Members of the Saint Peter’s community react to the controversial resignation of the Pope. Page 4
RELATIONSHIPS 101 - RESPECT AND TRUST, THE UNIVERSAL GOAL • Supported by many clubs on campus, Relationships 101 pushes respect among partners. Page 6
The designer drug known by many names - MDMA, Molly, a pure form of ectascy - is growing in popuarlity and becoming a staple in both underground and college party nightlife, and according to many students, including those who experiment with the drug, it’s growing in popularity here at Saint Peter’s,
Outside a busy nightclub, hundreds are lined up to enter one of the most popular afterhour parties in the Tri-State
area. The nightclub is open until 9 in the morning, long after many night lounges have closed for the night. Club-goers glow in neon colored outfits. They are young women and men of many different backgrounds and ethnicities. It is obvious that the place hosts an international appeal with music
being its focal point. Inside, Michael, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, is getting his first drink of the night, a Johnnie Walker on the rocks, when a tall lanky young man embraces him and surreptitiously hands him two 20 dollar bills. The two stare at eachother, and Michael gives the young man a look
of confusion. Then the young man in a strong European accent asks, “Where’s Molly?” Who is Molly? One of the pretty girls lined up outside? No, Molly is not your girl next door. Molly is the street term of a pure crystallized drug better known and popularized by the name “Ecstasy.” The name “Molly” is short for molecule and it refers to a pure version of the drug MDMA. It is sold in powder form; it is also sold in a gel-capsule that is filled with the crystals. “Molly” is sold for up to see MOLLY | page 3
Young, Married & in college By Essence Rogers Staff Writer
While most college students are casually dating, texting, and having sex, a select few students are taking their relationships to the next level and getting married or engaged before they graduate. According to an article called “Students, professors discuss pros, cons of getting married while in college,” on florala.net, 18 percent of students completing an
undergraduate degree have chosen to get hitched. The average national age of marriage is 28, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, so why are more and more students deciding to jump the broom at 21, 20, 19, even 18 in some cases? Since most people get married in their late 20s, marriage in college are the ultimate rebellion. In today’s society, our own parents do not expect their children to get married in their early 20s, so some people think getting married
is the ultimate breaking away from their parents. “Some people may get married in college because they grew up in an unsteady household,” said Jennifer Cajou, sophomore at Saint Peter’s. “They find someone and are like ‘I’m gonna marry him’ or ‘I love him’ and try to prove a point; especially people with divorced parents.” Cajou also thought that some people got married in college out of desperation to hold onto the person they are with. “They find someone and
they get married quickly because they don’t think they’ll find that love again,” said Cajou. These students sometimes rush marriage; however, they must remember that, if they are still in college, they have financial obligations to adhere to and now that they they cannot include their parents’ incomes while filing their FAFSA now being married. People may think that being married may work against them when it comes to see MARRIED | page 5
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SAINT PETER’S STUDENT TAKES AN ADDERALLLIKE DRUG? A FIRST-PERSON EXPERIENCE
L argest T urnout Y et By Helene McGavin Staff Writer
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Students gathered at the Center for Global Learning’s annual Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Feb. 7th, in McIntyre Lounge to learn information about spending a semester overseas. This was Saint Peter’s
largest study abroad fair to date with more than 30 programs present at the event offering study abroad opportunities for schooling, internships, and service opportunities around the world. Wendy Garay, Director of the Center for Global Learning said, “What I try to do at the study abroad fair is to always represent the travel courses,
our exchange programs, and, in addition to that, I invite programs that I know are approved for transfer credit and that offer either significant scholarships or that take financial aid.” Interested in studying abroad, Courtney Bowen, Class of 2014, went to the fair for see STUDY ABROAD | page 3
Students at the Study Abroad Fair
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THURSDAY February 21, 2013
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$40 a capsule, depending on the dosage starting from 100 mg to 200 mg with variations in between. Both forms are taken orally, despite the bitter taste of the drug. It takes a half hour for the drug to hit, and, once it does, it sends the user into an energized whirlwind where even the slightest sensory stimulation of any kind, produces an intense feeling of mental pleasure to the user. Molly isn’t solely a club drug though. Two female students at Saint Peter’s University, Nicki and Jackie, who have also asked for their names to be changed, have used Molly recreationally right on the Saint Peter’s University campus. “[When I first tried it] last year, it was available to me to get, so I got it,” said Nicki on her experience with the drug, which she claims is apparently hard to get in the Jersey City area, but that the drug finds its way onto campus from outside counties. “Where I live, it’s readily there, but not really on campus. From what I’ve been hearing, a lot of people [on campus] have been trying it though.” Nicki is not alone in her experimentation. Her friend Jackie expressed that her use of the drug wasn’t a big deal to her, as she ended up trying it out due to boredom one day on campus. “[I tried it] because I was bored on a Sunday and we decided to try it,” said Jackie, who said it took her more than one encounter with the substance to feel the effects she had heard people talk about. “You move a lot, but you have to do it twice because, the first time I did it, I was too scared about what would happen.” Jackie’s worries, as she explained, come from what she’s heard other people experience from Molly before trying it herself. According to the DEA, users of the drug can become extremely dehydrated and the body can overheat. The user also experiences an extreme case of jaw-clenching and grinding teeth. “You just want to smoke and drink [and] you grind your teeth a lot,” said Jackie on her experiences, citing that one of the most extremes effects from the drug was when she literally was still able hours and hours later after taking the drug. “I didn’t fall asleep until the next day. I went to class the
very next day, still awake off Molly.” However, this doesn’t cause any of its users to think twice; in fact, Molly is more popular than ever. When asked if she thinks there are any negative aspects to Molly use, Nicki said, “Not at all.” She added, “You just feel energetic and it makes you dance more than anything. It makes you want to move.” However, because Molly is considered both a stimulant and a psychedelic by the DEA, many consider the drug to be dangerous and a possible gateway to the abuse of other substances like Oxycodone. Many students connected to student government affairs have expressed that they know many administrators and deans are aware and worried about the growing use of the substance on campus. The question remains though: how did Molly go from a party favor in underground gay clubs of
the late 80’s, MDMA became illegal and was placed on the DEA’s Schedule 1 controlled substance list, along with marijuana in 1985 after being “deemed to have no medical uses and a high potential for abuse,” according to the DEA. In the early 90’s, with the birth of house music, the drug became popular at raves and, since then, has become an integral part of the music culture. For decades, MDMA has been sold in a pressed pill form and under the name “Ecstasy,” but now “Ecstasy” has a younger, more pure cousin, “Molly.” The change in this old and tried drug can be attributed not only to the ravers who enjoy it, but also to the euphoric drug’s widening circle of user. “Take for instance Miley Cyrus, Superman, or McDonald’s,” said Robert, a drug dealer who handles Molly and asked for his name to be
Capsules of Molly that can be bought from dealers at raves and college parties
the early-seventies to the drug of choice for young college students in urban areas? The recreational use of the synthetic drug MDMA started in the mid-seventies with chemists, such as Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, advocating the drug to his peers because of how he described it, making one feel like “[Seeing] the world [for] how it really is.” In
changed. He compares Molly’s rebranding to that of any pop culture phenomenon. “They have all initially started with a different look, style, and message than the present one they currently hold in society. That is what is happening right now with MDMA; it is being re-packaged to a whole other type of customer and they are biting.”
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Different tablets and pills that can contain mixtures of substances like MDMA, meth and filler substances, contributing to why many fele as though ‘Molly’ is the safer option.
Robert “found Molly” after raving one night with older cousins, who have had experiences with “Ecstasy.” Due to its inclusion in the rave and music festival scene, the term Molly has also found it way into popular rap lyrics. Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and even Lil Wayne have mentioned Molly in their lyrics. Trinidad James has become universally known for his song about using the drug. Even Madonna’s 2012 use of her initials on her album MDNA was a wink to the drug’s other known name, MDMA. “All of these songs have been on mainstream radio and on heavy rotation on MTV,” said Laurent, a party promoter in the tri-state area. “I am not sure if the FCC has caught on with what Molly really is.” “You say to yourself ‘Ok, I’ll only take it once to see how it feels’, but the next time you hear a line in the lyrics of a new song … you immediately feel like, ‘Damn! Where’s Molly?’! It is also so easily accessible at any night venue, all you have to do is ask around.” According to medical sources, emergency rooms have not experienced many visits to the ER related to Molly. A local head nurse at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey didn’t even know what
this drug was and has never had an instance with Molly in an emergency room. Less than 4% of emergency room visits in 2009 were because of MDMA, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. While it is universally accepted in the medical field that consistent abuse of any drug can hold damaging side effects, actual research on “MDMA” hasn’t been thoroughly done due to faulty testing and reporting of the facts, according to the documentary “Ecstasy Rising”, narrated by the late Peter Jennings. At the time of this article, no studies proved “Molly” to have a lasting damage on the cognitive development in humans or any other lasting damage. Chemists such as Shuglin even go as far to say that, when taken in moderation, MDMA can be a useful tool in psychotherapy. Maybe this is why so many students at Saint Peter’s have expressed interest in trying the drug as it makes its way further into the campus’ nightlife. “A bunch of people have tried it, especially at parties [on campus],” said Jackie. “I really don’t see any downside to it, besides not being able to sleep.”
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Informational booths were set up all around McIntyre Lounge for students to come and get more information about studying abroad.
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this first time this year. “When I found out about the study abroad fair, I heard there would be information about scholarships and financial aid, so I came to figure out what program would be best for me,” said Bowen. Of the students that traveled last year, 45% had scholarships that did not come from Saint Peter’s, but were instead outside scholarships that students applied for with some students even receiving multiple scholarships to study abroad. “Ever since starting college, I always wanted to study abroad, but I didn’t know how to go about doing it because I didn’t have enough money and I always thought it was too expensive to do,” added Bowen, This event attracted an estimated 115 students who
showed interest in programs. Since taking over the Center for Global Learning a few years ago, Garay has seen a large change in Saint Peter’s students participating in study abroad programs. From 2011-2012, “We saw around 11 or 12 traditional study abroad students do the semester or longer programs, which may not seem like a lot, but the years immediately before that, we had 4 students go abroad,” said Garay, “so its almost a 175% increase on study abroad experiences.” Garay said, “Last year, we had roughly 100 students participate in the travel course with the professors.” Samuel Habib, current graduate student at Saint Peter’s and someone who studied abroad frequently as an undergrad said, “financially, studying abroad for a semester costs
a lot more money than doing it for a short term.” Habib added, “I see a lot more students interested in taking a travel course with a professor offered at Saint Peters because its less expensive and you get a sense of studying abroad without living in a foreign country for six months.” “There is now [The Center for Global Learning] for students to get information about studying abroad. Before there was a dedicated center, students had to track down several different staff members to get information, which was a bit discouraging,” said Garay. Garay added, “The hope is that now, because there is a center dedicated to studying abroad, we will see those more traditional numbers continue to grow.”
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THURSDAY February 21, 2013
Pope Resigns, Shocking the Catholic Community By Garvey potter Staff Writer
Last week, the world was met with the shocking news that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning from his papal position. This controversial announcement has over 1 billion Roman Catholics shocked throughout the world. He is the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign and his resignation impacts all people and institutions of the Catholic faith, including Saint Peter’s University and its Catholic students. Pope Benedict XVI cites his old age and declining health as the reasons for resigning. The Pope is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and sets the dogmatic doctrines for the faith for over one-seventh of the global population, which can be a difficult task for an 85-year-old man. However, many people believe that, despite his health, he should hold the position until death, like the many other popes before him. “At first I was really stunned,” said Father Rocco Danzi, S.J. Director of Ministry. “He’s the corporate head of a very, very big global institution, that being the Roman Catholic Church.” “He was a little conservative for me,” said Matthew Feeney, a sophomore at
Saint Peter’s University and a practicing Roman Catholic. “But I thought he was a good pope, a brilliant theologian. He’s a faithful man. If you’re a pope, you did something right.”
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Giselle Agard, a sophomore at Saint Peter’s University and a practicing Protestant, found that his resignation was bold and noble. During his papal career, Pope Benedict XVI has suffered many scandals, including his lack of response to the series of cases where children were abused by priests, and has often been criticized for being overly traditional
and regressive. He has also been critically judged for his association with the Hitler Youth, a paramilitary division of the Nazi party for boys ages 10 - 18, during his teenage years. His public perception stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who was beloved by many Roman Catholics. Elizabeth Callahan, a junior at Saint Peter’s University, was upset and suspicious about the fact that Pope Benedict XVI did not do more about the child abuse by priests scandals. “The fact that he didn’t do more about that is a big problem for me.” His resignation has also inspired several conspiracy theories, with some accusing him of hiding something. “There are three possibilities,” said Ryan Marotta, a senior at Saint Peter’s University and a practicing Roman Catholic. “That either he is truly resigning for health reasons and that he just wants the Church to be in good hands. The other possibility is that there is some sort of scandal that we don’t know about and that he is doing this to avoid any kind of suspicion. And the other possibility is that his health his declining, but that he may want to have some sort of influence to his successor.” With the position now open, people of the Catholic faith are wondering what kind of pope will fill in the
position and whether he will continue the regressive trends of Pope Benedict XVI or the more liberal policies of Pope John Paul II. Erich “Doc” Sekel, Associate Director
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of Campus Ministry for Community Service, hopes that the new pope brings inclusivity and an “open dialogue” about controversial issues that the Vatican has been rigid about, such as ordaining women as priests and gay marriage.
A C hoice not made voluntarily By Susan Ragheb Contributing Writer
Contrary to some people’s thinking, homelessness is not a lifestyle choice. No one wants to live with a sense of constant instability; not knowing where to sleep at night or when their next meal will be. The Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership held a symposium titled ‘Homelessness 101: A Solvable Crisis’ on St. Valentine’s Day in Roy Irving Theater. It introduced an expert panel of highly motivated and prolific individuals: Nidia Lopez, Councilwoman, City of Jersey City; Alison Reca Ryan, Corporation for Supportive Housing; Jeffery Wild, Lowenstein Sandler, along with Philip Mangano, former Homelessness Czar. The symposium was an eye-opener to students as it dismantled their previous conceptions about homelessness. Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Executive Director of the Guarini Institute, repeatedly reminded the audience that “ homelessness is not a lifestyle choice, simply not having a house is merely a symptom of homelessness; the issue is greater than that.” Hudson County has the highest poverty rate in the state of New Jersey with an estimated 3,000 homeless individuals. According to Wild, people in urban areas like our own tend to stay homeless for approximately eight months.
“Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice, as society thinks; nobody wants to live with a sense of constant instability, not knowing where to sleep at night or when their next meal will be. As you read this article, I urge you to discount any thoughts you have previously conceptualized about homelessness. Leave the stereotypes behind.”
However, there are plenty of non-profits dedicated to eliminating homelessness and poverty. According to recent reports, 11 million dollars are annually pumped into Hudson County for homeless services; improvement is yet to be seen. As Lopez stated, “Homelessness remains unsolved because the issue is often too politicized.” There is not a single organization that leads the train for efforts to eradicate homelessness. Jeffrey Wild took on the issue from another view, arguing that nonprofits are not the blame; they can only do so much. Wild further argued that the policies in place are to blame. The system is heavily flawed, almost as if it is designed to keep people within a vicious cycle of poverty, hunger and homelessness. “We have a system that automatically excludes those who need assistance the mostthe mentally diseased, alcoholics and drug addicts,” said Wild. Wild discusses how the system is flawed by giving an example of how homelessness services work in Bergen County. If an individual makes more than $210 a month or if they have a conviction on their record as far as twenty years ago, well then tough luck, they do not qualify for emergency housing. Thus often putting some in a dilemma: make more than $210 a month and struggle to find food and shelter, if possible, or do not earn more than $210 a month and guarantee food and shelter. However, even if one choses to stay at a homeless shelter, the paperwork they sign to do so eventually takes money out of their retirement funds. According to Amanda Maldonado, a Saint Peter’s student who works for a local legislative office © SUSAN RAGHEB and deals with such Phillip Mangano speaking at the event. issues on a daily
basis, “in order to receive homeless shelter you basically have to sign off your future.” The benefits received at a homeless shelter are eventually withdrawn from the beneficiary’s social security. As Professor Brown said, “ you hear all these heartbreaking stories, all these tragedies and you may build wall to distance yourself- I
hope that instead we acknowledge our deep connection with others and join them in solidarity”. The system should not require one to earn the right to housing. What are the possible qualifications needed to sleep indoors on a cold winter night? Homelessness does not discriminate and can strike anyone. Hurricane Sandy alone has resulted in a
spike in the number of homeless individuals in New Jersey to 39,000.According to the speakers, the elimination of poverty is a feasible feat that simply lacks political will. As Philip Mangano said “no matter your faith or denomination, whether you believe or not, It is our duty to fight for humanity”.
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P re S C R I P T I O N DRUGS ON THE
STREET By LUZMARY BONILLA Contributing Writer
Prescription drugs in many ways can be effective if the person prescribed them uses them properly. However, if these prescribed drugs were to fall into the wrong hands, it can prove to be highly dangerous for some and perhaps even profitable for others. For years, prescription drugs have been flooding the streets, making it easier and more accessible for those who don’t really need the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between the years of 1991 to 2010, the amount of prescriptions increased significantly. Stimulants increased from 5 million to nearly 45 million and opioid painkillers increased from 75.5 million to 209.5 million. It leads one to ask, if these drugs need to be prescribed, how exactly are they making their way on to the streets? In Jersey City, prescription drugs seem to be finding their way in the hands of people who abuse them, and according to a smalltime “street” pharmacist, who spoke under the promise of anonymity. “All these drugs had to be prescribed to someone, which is why it’s way easier to sell these drugs” “Drugs like ecstasy can be made in a crappy lab and why try to make drugs when you can just get a prescription from a doctor,” he said. However, ccording to Brenda Dominguez, Pharmacy technician at Prime Aid Specialty Pharmacy in Union City, they are required to take certain precautions in order to prevent prescription drugs from getting into the hands of the wrong people. Dominguez said, “We ask for your ID, and insurance card, you know, typical stuff that you should have when looking to fill a prescription.” She also states that her pharmacy doesn’t allow customers to pay in cash when filling a prescription such as Percocet’s. This is a more pro-active on approach compared to the rest of New Jersey, because according to the official website of the CDC- Law: Requiring Patient Identification before Dispensing, New Jersey does not have laws requiring patients to show identification before dispensing prescriptions. Despite these precautions, prescription drugs are readily available on the street; no prescription needed. All you need to know is the right person. “Percocet, Oxycodone and Vicodin are most popular, but people only really ask for Viks [Vicodin] if they can’t get the other two,” according to a local street pharmacist, a person who illegally dispenses drugs on the streets. Each of these drugs have a common factor; they are opioid analgesics, which are simply painkillers that contain opium. The effect that these drugs have is predominantly on the central nervous system, and could cause severe side effects. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart, the intoxication effects of these drugs are pain relief, euphoria drowsiness, sedation, weakness, dizziness, nausea, impaired coordination, confusion, dry mouth, itching, sweating, clamming skin, and even constipation. Despite
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The way Seeking Arrangement works is just like any other social networking site. You make a profile, write about yourself and meet people. The only difference with this site is that, while most are obviously seeking formal arrangements, the majority are older men and women who are financially stable and are willing to have a beneficial relationship with young adults who need financial assistance. The site also gives females the upper hand; any female college student that signs up with their college email is stamped as an official college sugar baby. Growing up idolizing Hugh Hefner, CEO of Seeking Arrangement, Brandon Wade, believes that by using .edu emails, it diminishes the perception of fraud, a statement made in an interview with NYU local. “Tens of thousands of years ago, when humans were cavemen and cavewomen, we were doing exactly the same thing. Except, back then, men who were the best hunters were the sugar daddies of their times.While some societies may have laid down a set of unsaid rules about what is morally acceptable (be it an acceptable age gap between lovers, extra-marital affairs, or pre-marital sex), who is to say what is “right” or “wrong”? In the past, women have weighed heavy a man’s social and economical status when choosing a suitor (or lover). At Seeking Arrangement, we know that You only live once and that you only live once... so if you possess either beauty or generosity, why not explore what it may be like to find an ideal arrangement today.” – SeekingArrangement.com The majority of the sugar babies on the site are females, ranging from 18 to 29-years old. Not all of them are college students, but they are all looking for nifty amounts of cash a month. “My friends told me they heard of girls selling their virginity on websites to pay for things like school. Apparently, it’s legal in Brazil and I think it’s pathetic” said Laila, whose name has been changed for her protection, a 20-year old sophomore at Saint Peter’s University. MARRIED from page 1
financial aid because you must include two incomes instead of one. However, there is an upside to it. Married people are considered independents and, for people who do not rely on their parents for money, there are many grants and scholarships out there for them. Based on a couple’s combined total income, many married couples are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Some schools even have specific scholarships for married students. At Ohio State, the Ed Bacome Scholarship is specifically for married college
© NATALIE CASTILLO A graph that depicts how Saint Peter’s University ranks among other 4-year private universities in New Jersey like Monmouth, Rider, Drew and Seton Hall.
According to the site, for every one sugar daddy there are 12 sugar babies. There has also been a 58% increase of signups from 2011 to 2012. With about two million members, 44% are said to be college students. A few things to take into consideration are the fact that many people sign up on social networking sites and, after a while, they do not use their account. Major factors are also the number of people on the site compared to the number of students, as well as the number of people who participate in sex acts for money and those who are on the site, but do not need to pay for tuition; this can all change these percentages drastically. Some argue the line between prostitution and sugar daddy searching is clear, with Seeking Arrangement falling in the legal side of things. “[With] prostitution, you pay for the sex or service. With websites or [a] sugar daddy, you are starting a dating relationship or a companionship,” said a New Jersey police officer who asked to remain anonymous. “[These] websites promote a friendship or relationship first.” Prostitution is illegal in 48 states. According to the New York state law, “A person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person
in return for a fee.” The reason why sites like Seeking Arrangement get away with what they do is because, for it to be illegal, the money must be solicited to someone else rather than the persons involved in the sex act. Seeking Arrangement cannot be charged with promoting prostitution either because they are promoting relationships and they are not soliciting any money or making a profit - the site is free. “For those that accuse me of exploiting girls, what about the reverse,” said Wade in an interview with NYU Local. “What about the young girls taking advantage of the wealthy older men? The relationships are mutually beneficial. I also want to point out that people have said that these students are desperate, but when you look at the site, 80 percent are working towards a college degree so this is actually not true at all. Seeking Arrangement is not prostitution.” According to Civitas Learning, a site based on predicting the future of higher education, America is ranked 16th in the world of nations with 25-36 year-olds with college degrees. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that in 2004, 4.3 million freshmen started college. An estimated 2.1 million did not graduate; college dropouts and transfers are among this data and
1.2 million students are not counted for because the U.S. government does not track part-time students. Here at Saint Peter’s University, 52.1% of all students graduated within sixyears in 2010. An estimated completion of educational spending is $72, 469 which is actually less than the New Jersey private school average of $104, 861 and less than the U.S. average of $95, 725. The Institute for College Access & Success reported that two-thirds of college seniors who graduated in 2011 had an estimated $26,600 loan debt. The unemployment rate in 2011 was 8.8%, making it almost impossible to find a job that met high qualifications. New Jersey was ranked number 10 in the nation with the highest percentage of student debt in 2011. The average debt is $27, 610 with 83% of graduates. “I’ve had four stable jobs and two summer jobs since I’ve started school,” said “Laila”. “I even started taking steps to pay off some college debt so it doesn’t accumulate after I graduate and I don’t think “sugar daddying” is morally or ethically right, “Laila” added. “It’s dirty money and that can put someone in a situation they can possibly not get out of.”
married students. If you are a student that is married or planning to get married, looking for scholarships that are specifically for married couples is a way to eliminate competition and have a higher chance of getting the scholarship. Aside from finances, getting married in college could negatively affect one’s social life. Married couples tend to hang out with other married couples, and singles hang out with other singles. If a person choosees to get married, they may find that their single friends have grow distant and may miss hanging out with them. “What if you’re still in that
without thinking about it. And that can lead to divorce.” There is also the risk of marrying someone that is not ready to be married. Some
she is ready, it’ll happen.” Sabella also said that if you want to push your relationship to the next level in college, go for it.
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students. Idaho State also has a similar scholarship for
young state of mind?” said Cajou. “You may commit
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people jump into commitment without thoroughly thinking it through and then wind up missing the young, wild, and free lifestyle of the average college student. According to the article, “Young Couples and Divorce,” on slaterkennon.com, the likelihood of a young couple (ages 18-26) getting a divorce is 60% compared to the 50% divorce rate of all married couples in the United States. Vincent Sabella, a junior at Saint Peter’s, was engaged for two years to his significant other, but called off the engagement because his fiancé simply “was not ready.” However, Sabella does not think it was for the worse. “Til this very day, we still talk,” said Sabella, “we still have a great relationship and I very much feel as though when
“If you are mature enough to handle that kind of commitment to somebody, then yes, I’m all for it.” Roy Bautista, a freshman at Saint Peter’s, feels that he and his girlfriend will be ready for engagement before they graduate, but marriage is a little much for him. “I have to save up some money for that,” said Bautista, “I just want our marriage to be memorable and not just at a random place on a random day.” Bautista also gave his thoughts on why college students get married. “Sometimes college is stressful, so you need somebody to rely on, tell your problems to, and that eventually turns into love and then commitment.”
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E O F S A P resents R elationships 1 0 1 :
L ove S ees N o A b sence By Shakyel Arnold Contributing Writer
Informational, interesting, refreshingly insightful. These are just a few words many students left saying after attending Relationships 101: Love Sees No Absence. The event was held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 and was presented by Educational Opportunity Fund Students Association in collaboration with Latino Studies, Social Justice, PRIDE, FOCUS and Title V. With guest speakers, good food and videos, the
highlight of the night was the open discussion which was led by a dynamic duo, Edgar Colon and Lillian Rivera. “[It was] Wonderful,” said Dr. Anna Brown, a political science professor at Saint Peter’s. “The best part was the open discussion between the students and the host. By bringing out the social issues in today’s relationship they allowed the students to discuss the dynamics of a relationships.” The hosts asked students tough questions to get them thinking about how a good and stable relationship is built. One of the more popular questions of the night touched on the
importance of trust and honesty in a relationship. The question united a split and diverse crowd. Not one person disagreed with the fact that trust and honesty are very important parts in any relationship. The most controversial question of the night was ‘what is more important in a relationship: a mental or physical attraction?’ To say that the questions sparked a debate of different opinions would be an understatement. As the microphone ping-ponged across the room, the opinions and the stories behind them were just as unique, showing the views and beliefs of a very diverse audience.
Freshman Donya Green said, “I learned a lot today about interracial relationships and how racism plays a part in the dynamics of it. It also shines light on how to keep a woman and a healthy relationship.” The night went well for the attendants with most of them leaving with a fresh view on relationships. EOFSA’s Relationships 101: Love Sees No Absence allowed students to freely express themselves in a respectful, uncensored way and left them with a better understanding of relationships.
Addicted to prescription drugs By Francesca Rizzo Sports Co-Editor
The misuse of prescription drugs is a problem that has been on the rise in America in recent years. Studies show that 6 million Americans begin abusing prescription drugs each year. What is even more startling, however, is that a large percentage of those addicted to prescription drugs are parents and that every time they pop a pill, they are affecting their loved ones, especially their children. Prescription drugs, whether they are painkillers, antidepressants, or any other drug, can be dangerous when taken recreationally or if one takes more than the recommended dosage. Studies show that if the pattern of use remains steady and unhealthy, it could potentially lead to addiction. Adults are more likely to succumb to this because they have the resources, whether they have insurance or the extra money to pay for it. Doctors prescribe these pills on a much looser basis; for example, a strong prescription drug called Topamax can be distributed if a patient complains of constant migraines. A young student, who requests to remain anonymous, recalls watching her mother taking more than her prescribed doses: “I think the recommended dose for her was like, one or two pills every six hours,” she said. “She was taking four at least every two or three hours. It was scary and I would try to stop her, but she said it made her feel better. I didn’t know what to do.” Children witnessing their parents abusing prescription drugs often don’t know what to do if they’re able to even recognize it in the first place. Lindsay, a junior in college,
remembers the first time she realized her dad had a problem. “He would constantly carry around his pills like he was guarding them or something. He would take a lot of different ones constantly throughout the day and kind of started to change,” she added. “My dad used to be really outgoing, fun and loud, but after he started taking his painkillers after his surgery, he got really lazy and grumpy and extremely dull. I knew it wasn’t my dad talking anymore…it was the pills.” There are several red flags that can signal a parent being addicted to prescription drugs. Studies have shown that generally, mothers addicted to prescription pills care for their children in the same manner as non-addicted mothers, but tend to be less strict and use less physical punishment. They are more likely to feel inadequate about their abilities to care take and fear for the future of their children. Although these warning signs might sound similar to the symptoms of depression, the physical and emotional effects of addiction are much more serious not only on the addicted parent, but on their child(ren) as well. According to the Women and Children’s Health Network, these children have been exposed to the following: not being properly looked after, not being properly supervised, the parent having massive mood swings and erratic or impulsive behaviors, and not having enough food or a suitable housing situation. This can be dangerous for the health and general welfare of any child. A high school sophomore, who requests to remain anonymous, recalls some of these symptoms being very evident in his mother. “She would be out all the
time and took her purse with her little medicine bag in it with her everywhere she went,” he said. “I’d come home from school, she wouldn’t be there. She’d show up, grab a few things, then leave again and I wouldn’t see her again until she came home around the same time the next day.” He recalls her impulsive behavior as well. “One time she came home and I could tell she looked really bad. She just looked at me and started screaming telling me how I was such a disappointment and that she hated me which was why she was never home with me. It really hurt.” Parents aren’t the only ones who struggle with their addiction. Their children have to witness and become victims of their side effects and may go to extremes in attempts to cope. A study by the Women and Children’s Health Network shows that children of addicts react to their parents being on drugs in different ways. They may try extra hard to win their parents approval, focus on school or other activities to escape the problems at home; they may avoid going home altogether, or have behavioral problems that focus the attention on them as opposed to the parents problem. More extreme cases have shown that children have turned to self harm, engage in activities that disregard their safety, and may become withdrawn and end up overlooked and ignored. “I used to bring my dad home straight A’s and he would look at them and toss it aside,” Lindsay says, her eyes cloudy with reminiscence. “So I just stopped trying at one point. I got really behind in school and I would stay with my friends and my dad wouldn’t even come looking for me. I think I stayed at my friends’ house for
almost a week before he called me to see where I was.” Duke Stevens*, a resource coordinator in Manhattan for OASAS (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services) has seen many children and young adults come through his program as the result of their parents’ addiction and the affects it has had on their children. “I have encountered many children that bear the burden of parents that struggle with the grips of addiction,” he said. “My program is court-mandated. In many cases, the kids have been in an environment where these drugs are a common occurrence and they simply start picking up on harmful habits they’ve observed.” Stevens explained that the drugs have an effect on parenting. “Parents that are addicted often push parenting aside and, therefore, leave the children to learn and fend for themselves. This neglecting parenting style produces a greater chance of the child becoming involved with the substance and not being able to see the error of their actions.” As dismal and hopeless as the situation for a child facing a parent with addiction may seem, there is hope. There are actions parents can take to help prepare, protect and educate their children. Parents should talk to their children about what they’re going through instead of trying to hide it. This allows for the child to try and help not only their parent, but themselves by feeling that they can talk about it. Parents should also pick someone close by, whether it be a neighbor or a family member to refer to as an emergency contact in the worst case scenario that anything happens to them. Also, always make sure that the house is prepared with adequate food
and clothing and basic necessities that are not only accessible to the child, but are easy for them to use. For children who are struggling with their parents lifestyle, there are classes and support groups that offer information and support. “My class approaches the kids in a way that equips them with information that allows them to make better decisions when faced with a situation that could affect their future,” said Stevens. “Children with parents that suffer from addiction aren’t dumb or broken, and although they are essentially influenced by their parents, by the end of the course a seed has been planted to help them make better decisions and have a better consideration for the future. Making the kids feel wanted, understood and supported is the best form of help I’ve had success with.” For many children, it means having to grow up quickly. “I know my mom, and I love her. It’s hard not to blame a parent for their addiction,” said one young person who asked to remain anonymous. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is help them the best you can and prepare for the worst. I try not to let what’s happening to my mom affect me. I like to be healthy and don’t drink or do any drugs. I don’t want to end up like her.” Although the rise of abuse of prescription drugs has risen, so has the awareness for not only adults, but for children of these abusers as well. Programs are ready and available for both parents and children. The effects on the children aren’t fair nor justified, but at least there are options and programs readily available to help protect and keep children away from the side effects of addiction. *Since the publication of this article, Stevens has passed away from leukemia.
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the negative side effects, the real purpose of these drugs is meant to help people. Francis Kowalski, a Psychologist at Psychotherapy Associates, INC., and also a licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, said that there is a common reason on how people become addicted to prescription drugs. “Typically, it starts out with a general need, like someone in a car accident; they are normally prescribed drugs to relieve their pain. Ssometimes people continue to use it, and that’s how the addiction starts,” he said. According to Kowalski, there are a few ways people can go about to obtain a prescription for drugs - one method being a term they call “Doctor shopping”, which entails patients going to several doctors in the process of obtaining a prescription. And He explains that, more often than not, some doctors are aware of patient’s addiction. “Sometimes doctors find that these people are addicted,
but sometimes these people may still need these drugs, so we have to keep prescribing them,” he said. “Doctors here in town do a really good job trying to cut people; we send them to drug control centers where their drug intake could be monitored.” But he also states that sometimes they start buying these drugs on the streets, which can easily lead them to heroin because it is much cheaper. It’s common to see images in the media of prescription drugs being abused by teenagers in suburban communities, where they raid the medicine cabinets of their parents or grandparents in order to gather around at a party and swap. Local street pharmacist claims that this is “a bunch of bull****”. “There is no specific type of person who comes looking for these drugs. It varies, you know.” he said. “Normally, [it’s] people from the ages of 30 to like 60, you sometimes get a young cat, but not often and race don’t matter, feins (sic) come in all races, and ages,.”
A student at Saint Peter’s University, who asked to remain anonymous, revealed to us that she experienced a situation at a party which involved oxycotin. “I really thought I was being punked or something, everything seemed cool, everyone was drinking, smoking weed, you know, the reg,” she said, “I walked into another room and people were crushing pills on the table and started sniffing it and smoking it, and I’m like, seriously? Great date.” According to the anonymous source, as the night proceeded, the amount of pills circulating the rooms increased. “No matter what room I went in to get away, I found something else to run from,” she said “Then I found out this guy, whose house we were in, was supposedly a drug dealer, living with his parents, and I couldn’t help to think how sad it was. My mom would kill me if I did that to her marble counter top.” According to the local street pharmacist talked to, the typical street names for these drugs are simply a play on
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words, for example, Percocets are commonly known on the streets as “perks”, Oxycotin are known as “roxy’s” and Vicodin are known as “viks”. He said if ever inquiring about these drugs over the phone, it is custom to use these names in a way it wouldn’t be notice, just in case one might have unwanted listeners. For example, “What are the perks in it for me?” would be an ideal way in asking if a person has Percocets over the phone. On the streets, the prices for these drugs vary; the local street pharmacist claims that it is dependent on “Wholesale or Coppin”. “Wholesale all depends on the milligram dosage, either way, it ain’t a lot of money,” he said “For five milligrams, they probably be two to three dollars a pill, for tens, they’ll cost between four to six dollars.” “Wholesale” applies to those who wish to buy a large amount of drugs with the intent to sell them, and “Coppin” applies to those who purchase small amounts with the intent to use them . Each
pill cost between 15-25 dollars. Typically, the local street pharmacist spends about $300 dollars on his supply, and he expects to make an additional $600 on top of what he already spent. “I normally get them from someone who has them prescribed to them, and doesn’t really need them,” he said. “As long as they keep filling their prescription, I could keep making money and so could they.” The local street pharmacist explains how he is able to obtain prescription drugs, but he also explains that, if he runs out of pill too quickly, which is common, it could be scarce. In order to avoid suspicion, they would have to wait out the days in which of the prescription was intended for. Although they are constant new laws placed in action with the efforts to prevent prescription drugs from entering the streets, their always seem to be people constantly finding new ways around them.
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E mily ’ s lit P icks ‘Recent Reads’ -
By Emily Alequin Arts & Lifestyle Editor
Enter into the world of "The Last Girlfriend on Earth" and you'll find yourself stumbling through story after story of pretty interesting characters, plot twists and satirical metaphors. Sirens, trolls, cavemen and dogs are all out searching for love and humans seem even more confused and out of touch with the concept. A place where a prophylactic is waiting for his one chance to shine and finally be used, a caveman must compete to win "girl" and a teenaged boy who finds out that committing to a long
The last girlfriend on earth By simon rich
term relationship means being submitted to an actual prison where the officers train boys/ men to serve girlfriends and wives. Simon Rich, one of the previous writers for Saturday Night Live, now works at Pixar and has released this novel -more a collection of tales of love and woe - to show the more funny, sarcastic and even heartbreaking sides of love. (Like a college student who feels a protest rally will get the girl of his dreams to date him.) It might take a few stories to get used to the reading if you’ve never read a book that was broken up into a collection of short stories. 3 major parts (Boy Meets Girl, Boy Gets Girl, Boy Loses Girl) and there are about 9 or so stories in each part. The tales themselves might seem a bit crazy or just
plain stupid at first, but there is a lesson hidden in each one, no matter how ridiculous the story might seem. A lot of the stories were interesting while some were a case of ‘hit-and-miss.’ The book itself isn’t meant to be the strongest of comedies, but the short tales are entertaining enough to be memorable. ‘The Last Girlfriend on Earth’ was definitely a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through.) A brief 200 or so pages (only 137 on my Nook e-reader) and the short stories can range in length from anywhere between 1 page to ten or a little more. Simon Rich really does broaden one’s imagination with a handful of these stories and might leave readers confused or wondering with others.
five favorites from the book (in no particular order)
“Dog Missed Connections”
They’re aren’t usually stories written from the point of view of an unused condom but this is one of those rare cases. After being bought by a young, teenage boy, this condom patiently waits within his velcro wallet until the day he’ll finally be used. But his one dream may be a different happy ending than he thought.
A short that pretty much sums up the thought processes of dogs. The four-legged narrator of this story is constantly changing his mind which dog, or human, he’s in love with and just can’t make up his overly- hyperactive mind.
An workaholic scientist buys his girlfriend, Emily, the same gift he gets her every year: yellow tulips, and just because they’re her favorite, the man doesn’t realize he’s been distant and seemingly uncaring in their relationship. So, with only a handful of options, the man chooses to go back in time to fix this dramatic birthday, but what will his decision change?
“Haunting of 26 Bleeker Street” A catholic priest makes a house call to a certain young man’s house after hearing about disturbances taking place in the man’s apartment. Objects levitating, the television turning on by itself, power going out. However, this isn’t a normal haunting, because this young man is being haunted by his still-living ex-girlfriend.
“The Trade” In a society where girlfriends can trade their boyfriends (who are assigned to them under contract) one man wishes to have a solid relationship for once, but will that happen when his current girlfriend finally decides to trade him to another woman?
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F U T U R E U T O P I A S & T E D TA L K S
By PRAJWAL NIRAULA Kennedy, Professor Science & Tech Editor Emeritus of Theology, and John Ruppert, Lab Coordinator in the TED videos are among Biology Department, on the most popular videos the stage. on the internet. Available Other guests who will free of cost, these 20be delivering talks are minute averaging talks Dr. Paul Levinson, procover all different topics fessor of Communication and themes, and many and Media Studies at of them were organized Fordham University, independently by various Dr. John McCall, direcuniversities and organitor of the Pedro Arrupe zations around the world. Center for Business On March 21, Saint Ethics. Similarly, Yifat Peter’s will be hosting its Susskind, executive first TED event on the director of MADRE, Dr. theme of “Future Utopia”. Walter Wifall, profesThe venue of the event sor of Theology and is the new MacMahon Religious at Saint John’s Student Center, and it is University, Dr. Andrew free for all attendants. Zwicker, a plasma The enthusiasm for the physicist from Princeton event is piling up as the Plasma Physics Lab date nears. Altogether, and Fr. Simon Harak, 10 speakers have been director of Center for confirmed for the event, Peacemaking. which will run from 10 One of the major AM to 4 PM. Some of attractions of the show is the faces may appear be supposed to be the talk familiar to Saint Peter’s of Dixie Duncan, execustudents. Expect to see tive director and founder Saint Peter’s faculty of “Wheels for Africa”. members: Dr. William Her talk will actually Gutsch, Distinguished be a Skype teleconferProfessor of Science ence - featuring her live and Arts, Robert E. in-action in Africa.
With the diversity of the background of speakers themselves, the event would attempt to cater to various tastes of people with all different taste, while being united by the common theme of the idea of utopia and means for achieving it. The plan and preparation of the event has been undertaken by a group of students headed by Semiray Kasoolu, a senior studying at Saint Peter’s University. Faculty members Dr. Rachael Wifall and Dr. Anna Brown are helping to plan the event, and to connect with the different speakers. Some of the concerns raised have been the uncertainty associated with the opening of the new student center, as the event itself would be organized only after a week of MacMahon’s formal opening. Alternatives sites are being purposed in case the new student center would not be ready. Students, who previously knew about
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TED, are excited about the event. Shubham Adhikari, a sophomore, said, “Ted is a milestone in Saint Peter’s history in its transition from college to university. I am more than excited for TED and certainly will attend this.” Those who were hearing the first time about TED talk also generally thought they would be attending the event. Besides, some
professors are planning to take their class in the talk . A facebook page has been set up to reach a wide range of audience and advertise the event. Ms Kasoolu, the head organizer, expressed her thoughts about the event, “I believe that there will be high attendance from the public and the university community.” She further added, “I hope TEDxSaintPeters
will encourage the Saint Peter’s community to organize and host other interdisciplinary conferences. Just the setting of a TED precedent on campus is fulfilling for my team and me.” Indeed, the success of the event could affect any future TED talk in Saint Peter’s University. The least it could do is kick start the semester after the spring break.
R UEN DDE REA GFE DI RNI N KI INN G G By NICholas MEDEROS Managing Editor
My brother graduated high school in 2005. I still remember his graduation day in detail. It was an absurdly hot day in June and we had sat in the very back row of the stands to get the best view. My brother was an artist and painted the backdrop in front of which the graduates sat. A few rows in front of us sat the Vereas, very influential people in the community. Most importantly, they were very good family friends of ours through the hospital in which my parents work with them. At the end of the ceremony,
I remember my parents exiting the football field with them and, right before we left, I remember saying goodbye to their daughter Rebeka. She was incredibly beautiful and I remember awkwardly going up to her to shake her hand and say congratulations, thinking that doing so would make me seem like more of an adult. That night my family and the family of my brother’s girlfriend all got together and had dinner. The next morning, we got the news that Rebeka had died the previous night. She was in a car crash that night when her boyfriend, who was drunk, was speeding down a highway. Her parents turned this
tragedy into an opportunity to educate the local community and, in recent events, the state about the dangers of driving while drunk and the dangers of inattentive driving in general. Despite the fact that Rebeka’s boyfriend was below the legal drinking age, he was still able to acquire and drink alcohol. The idea of a drinking age as high as twenty-one is an archaic one that is globally outdated. Our state is a mockery of the global majority of nations and states whose drinking age is eighteen. The current drinking age in this state is based outdated medical information and values that I honestly don’t think
exist in our current society. The current drinking age does nothing to stop willing underage drinkers from finding their alcohol. At the risk of sounding cliché, we live in a state where a person can drive at the age of sixteen and risk their lives and the lives of those around them. At the age of eighteen, a person can sign up for the armed forces and risk their lives overseas where, for the most part, they can at least drink. At the age of nineteen, a person can buy tobacco and potentially become addicted to a substance that could slowly kill them. This isn’t a cry coming from a person under twenty-one and wants to drink. This is
coming from a person who doesn’t intend to drink, but can see the irrationality of laws that, if anything, further encourage drinking. I’m not saying that this law should be changed and not regulated. If there were to be a dramatic change such as this, regulation laws such as the confiscation of keys by bartenders who are serving to those below a certain age and free public transportation in densely populated areas is neded. I feel as though those who want to drink, will, but the very least we could do is not condemn those who choose to do it at an age that is legal in nearly every other part of the world.
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CONFESSIONS OF A S H O PA H O L I C By Michelle Raghunandan Staff Writer
Forget about the cute t-shirts at the mall and the mugs that have “I love shopping” plastered on them. Think more like obsessive compulsive purchasing and no money in your wallet. About 6% of women and 5.5% of men are compulsive buyers, according to a study from Stanford University in American Journal of Psychiatry. Here is a look into my self-diagnoses of being a brand-buying, dealhunting shopaholic. My supplier was my grandmother and the habit started early. Every Saturday, once noon came, it meant my mother, grandma and I were going to the mall. I’d have fun, but shopping was actually boring for me. Nothing was great about holding my mom’s purse, standing in endless lines, or sitting awkwardly in the shopping cart, but that soon changed as I got older. Shopaholics are commonly known for desiring fashion brands. I am one of those people. I find myself in the store just looking, but coming out with at least one shopping bag in hand. As I got older, I wasn’t content with buying at full price, but rather getting things for next to nothing. I tried to stretch every dollar. I’d make note of sale dates and events to maximize purchases and minimize cost. It was a different kind of high; it was like cheating the system. Entering college, I have tried to manage my money, but I have not fully managed my shopping addiction. I can’t log on to any social media site without a seeing some sort of marketing, whether it be from an actual company or someone using a product and sharing it. My news feed is filled with advertisements for Bobbi Brown makeup kits, Coach 25%-off coupons or any other product material. If someone were to comment on my Chinese Laundry shoes, I’d proudly thank them and tell them where I got them. I love to share my knowledge of shopping. While my days of a shopaholic aren’t quite finished, I am now aware of my money and spending habits.
What happens when a Saint Peter’s student takes an Adderall-like drug?
V yvanse : a F irst- P erson E xperience By ANONYMOUS Contributing Writer
Excess acne, sleepless nights, constant mood sings, anxiety, weight loss -- all sideeffects of amphetamine-based medication for attention deficit disorders, and all side-effects that I experienced in my first semester of college taking Vyvanse. As a high school graduate, I was nervous to start col-
“At the end of my first semester, I stopped taking Vyvanse. I finished with a 1.9 GPA and dropped one class because I was failing by mid-semester.” lege. I was moving across the country, and concerned about the next four years. In high school I wasn’t the best student in class. I had a hard time focusing in classes that didn’t
interest me like English and Math. My fear towards college took a turn when I decided to make an appointment with a neurologist to test if I had A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. The neurologist scanned my brain and results came back as normal. I was overjoyed, until he said that since everything looked “normal,” and I feel that I cannot focus in class “there must be something that we cannot see.” So he prescribed me Vyvanse. Vyvanse, as a medical classification, is a Lisdexamphetamine. This is more commonly known as “... a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control,” according to Drugs.com. My first week taking the prescription, I felt absolutely fine. I felt like I was focusing in class and paying attention to my professors. The second week came around and I immediately felt anger and sadness. My emotions were triggered suddenly and unexpectedly. I read warning signs online mentioning the mood swings and my friends would jokingly say “Are you mad now?” I also felt restless. Some nights I would lay in my bed and stare at the ceiling until five or six in the morning.
Freshmen year is infamous for the parties, alcohol and experimenting, all of which I partook in. However, with Vyvanse, nights seemed much crazier than expected. I vaguely remember my nights of mixing alcohol with Vyvanse. Once, my friends had to remind me that I was walking in the middle of a NYC street. At the end of my first semester , I stopped taking Vyvanse. I finished with a 1.9 GPA and dropped one class because I was failing by mid-semester. Suddenly I didn’t feel like a drug could heighten my intelligence. I acknowledged that Vyvanse was not helping me focus in class, but rather on anything that caught my
attention. I have accepted that without Vyvanse, I might not be as active, and perhaps not as attentive in class. So I came up with a simple solution to take vitamins to help my energy levels, I take fish oil daily, and I have added more room for studying, rather than partying. Additionally, I realized that motivation was going to help me more in class than a drug. I realized that the key to my success in college was to getting up in the morning, going to class and learning, not simply be there because I had to.
LET TERS TO THE EDITOR Hello, I’m just responding to the question about birth control and contraceptives... While sex is prevalent in our generation, sex is not a necessity. Therefore, I do not think that the school should be forced to provide these services to the students. In other words, I believe that if students
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THURSDAY February 21, 2013
want to have sex on their own time, it is their personal choice and it is also their responsibility to pay out of pocket for contraceptive services. Servicing things like flu shots and antibiotic prescriptions for bacterial or viral infections should take precedence over the debate for contraceptives. It is the students’ responsibility to protect themselves. You can prevent pregnancy and
QUESTION - Do you think Saint Peter’s academic policies should be changed regarding the numbers of absences a student is allowed to have before facing a grade of an FA failure due to absence, due to many other school not following similar pracitices? Go online to PauwWow.com and
sexually transmitted diseases through choosing to opt out of sexual relations, but you cannot always prevent a flu or a virus from invading your body. It’s a debate of choice; health services should attune their focus to more prominent health concerns. Renee Brzyski
vote in our poll featured on our website’s sidebar. Votes are anonymous and the results to the poll will be published in the next issue of The Pauw Wow. Or write in to us at email@example.com nd tell us your thoughts are on just what Saint Peter’s should do regarding class attendence.
QUOTE OF THE MOMENT “Hip hop has lost some of its sincerity and purpose. And that was bound to happen because anything you make commercial becomes commercialized.” DARYL ‘DMC’ MCDANIELS DURING HIS SPEECH AT SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY ON TODAY’S MUSIC
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Renee is responding to the 2/7/13 Let Your Voice Be Heard question - Should Health Services be required to provide contraceptives and birth control to students? We posted a poll on our site, the results are below: Yes, they should - 91% of students who voted agree. No, they should not - 8% of students who voted disagree.
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THURSDAY February 21, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
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The Women’s Track and Field Team posing after being announced as MAAC Champions for the third time in a row on February 15th at the New York Armory.
Congratulations to the Saint Peter’s University Women’s Track & Field team for becoming 3-time MAAC Champions at their February 15th meet at the New York Armory. Saint Peter’s Women’s Team
came in first with 185.5 points, beating both Rider University at 164.5 and Manhattan College at 122.5. Though the Men’s Team lost out to Manhattan and Rider, they came in third in their division
with 104 points, beating out both Iona College, who gained 90 points, and Marist College, who stood at 29 points. Senior Renee Brzyski set a New Meet Record for the 60-meet hurdles with a time
of 8.62 seconds, while the event also saw Coach Mike Masson was being awarded Coach of the Year for his work with the Women’s Track and Field Team.
VS SIENA from page 12
thirteen of them were scored on free throws. Washington also led the team with 32 minutes played in the game, and his shooting efforts (9-12) were the most efficient in the game Sunday night. His efficiency from the foul line this season leads the team at 88%. The Peacocks have struggled this season, only managing eight wins in 24, but with the MAAC tournament right around the corner, they seem to be turning up the heat at the right time. They are 2-2 the last four games, averaging almost 59 points per game. Four of Saint Peter’s last five games are against MAAC opponents, and three of those four are away from home. The Peacocks are 3-8 on the road, and 5-8 at home. The team will use these last five games as a tune up for the MAAC tournament on March 8th. The Peacocks look to keep ball rolling against the Rider Broncs on Thursday night.
GAME RESULTS February 7th, at Fairfield, L 61-44 February 10th, Sienna, W 72-62 February 14th, at Rider, L 72-57
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The Peahen’s littlest fan, a niece of Antonia Smith,
Hala Mostafa, #14 (Left), Antonia Smith, #5 (Center) and Assistant Coach Sandra Nunez watch on from the sidelines during the ‘Pink Game’ as the Peahens push
#5, in attendence at the ‘Pink Game’.
to fight off Iona.aimed to raise awareness for breast cancer.
PINK GAME from page 12
Jesika Holmes, senior captain of the Peahens, feels very passionate about playing in the “Play 4 Kay” game. “It’s very important to me, especially being a woman,” said Holmes. “I have a lot of teammates that know a lot of people that are suffering from breast cancer and it means so much to me to be apart of something so big.” Antonia Smith, sophomore player, has a more personal connection to the “Play 4 Kay” game. Tony’s grandmother passed away from breast cancer, and this has made this game dear to her heart.
February 16th, Canisius, L- 68-59
UPCOMING February 23rd, at Hampton, 2:00 PM February 28th, at Canisius, 7:00 PM Match 2nd, at Niagara, 3:00PM
“My grandmother had breast cancer. She died about five years ago and she had it for like three years,” said Smith. “It was hard for me at first but now I’m glad that she didn’t have to suffer so much through it and I got to see her before she passed.” When asked about the emotions Smith was experiencing before the game, during warm-ups, she responded, “I’m not trying to let it overwhelm me too much, because you know I want to do good, but this game means something to me. It’s not just another game and we’re wearing pink,
it really means something to me because I’ve experienced it personally and it’s important to me.” Is one game a year dedicated to raising money and awareness for breast cancer enough? Holmes thinks more must be done, and not just for breast cancer, but for other diseases as well. Holmes said, “I think it’s extremely important for Saint Peter’s to broaden their horizons and have other teams raise money for awareness of other things as well, not just basketball. Right now, it’s just basketball raising money for breast cancer so I think that
every other team should have a fundraiser for other issues.” There was a good turn out for this game as a sea of hot pink t-shirts took over the Yanitelli Recreation Center. There was also a table outside of the gym set up by the Center of Personal Development with brochures about breast cancer and ways to emotionally handle the disease. It is important that we all come together and not only inform ourselves and others about the disease, but also join the fight against breast cancer.
GAME RESULTS | UPCOMING WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
February February February February
7th, at Canisius, W 74-64 9th, at Niagara, L 67-55 14th, Iona, L 84-58 16th, at Fairfield, L- 61-49
February 22nd, at Siena, 7:00 PM Febriary 24th, Rider, 2:00 PM Match 1st, at Marist, 7:00PM Match 3rd, Loyola MD., 4:00PM March 7th, at MAAC First Rounds, TBA
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THURSDAY February 21, 2013
Sophomore Noah Sadaoui signs PRO from page 12
explained, “It was like it was meant to be for me.” In the friendly scrimmage, Sadaoui managed to score a goal and notched two assists
In Israeli professional soccer, there are specific regulations that limit the number of foreign players a club can sign to only five spots per team. Because the five spots
© HAPOEL KFAR SABA F.C.
Logo of the team for which Noah plays. © ONE NEWS, ISRAEL
Sadaoui and his teammates prepare for another training session.
with the Israel professional youth team, and a week later, Maccabi Haifa’s chief scout contacted the team’s manager and invited him for a trial with the professional squad. After spending two weeks with Maccabi Haifa, Sadaoui was loaned to another professional team in Israel, Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C.
were already taken on Maccabi Haifa, Sadaoui was given the option to play with Hapoel Kfar Saba for four months. Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C. has produced several players that now are consistent starters for Maccabi Haifa, and a handful of successful Maccabi Haifa players have continued playing professionally in Europe,
something Sadaoui has his mind set on. “After getting time in two games with Hapoel, I am already a starter, and when I go back to Maccabi Haifa in May for preseason, I hope I can prove myself enough to get a contract, and eventually play in Europe,” said Sadaoui. Despite his natural abilities, Sadaoui was always smaller than his teammates since he was a child, and as a result, is
no stranger to proving himself and dealing with adversity on the soccer field. As the Saint Peter’s team leader in points and goals this past season, he said that his time as a Peacock was a great stepping wstone and helped him to learn focus and time management, two skills that are essential at the professional level. With intense practices and days filled with training, new people, and a completely different language, Sadaoui was feeling a bit homesick at first, yearning for the familiarity and comfort of his family and friends at Saint Peter’s. He said that his team’s welcoming nature and doing what he loves everyday has helped him get through and work harder. “I know I still have a long way to go to prove myself at this level, but life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” Sadaoui said, “And I am just thankful for this opportunity.”
Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C. Nickname: The Greens Founded: 1928 Stadium: Levita Stadium, Kfar Saba League: Liga Leumit (Israeli second division)
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: A TEAMMATE Q&A BY TEVIN CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer
Kevin Persson, a senior scholar track athlete who received deans list, all MAAC, and all East recognitions, has big goals for his senior year after finishing 17th in the nation in the 500-meter dash last year. How long have you been running track and what events do you run? For about 10 years now, I started in 7th grade. My specialty is the 400m sprint, which is 1 lap around the track; but I in college I run events
anywhere from 200-800m. What inspires you to keep running? What keeps you motivated? I’m an extremely competitive person, I always have been. I used to be a 3 sport athlete in high school: football, wrestling, and track; but running came natural to me so I stuck with it through college. I believe I have untapped potential and can compete at the highest level. I’m going to continue training after college, and I aspire to make it to the Olympics. Sports and fitness have just become a way of life for me. What made you decide
to come to Saint Peters? I actually went to Kean University my freshman year; however, Kean dropped their track program. Lucky for me, Coach Massone saw my times and offered me a scholarship to come here to Saint Peters. I feel truly blessed to be in this position and am very thankful. I’ve never heard of this institution before I was recruited here, but I can honestly say it has been a wonderful experience. How do you feel about the Track Team this year? The team has a lot of young talent. I feel the girl’s squad is powerful and is in good
standing to take down another MAAC title. The men are also in a spot to surprise people, but everyone has to do their part. We will have to rely on some new faces to step up, but overall I’m confident. I plan on giving this team everything I can in order to win a possible conference championship. What are your goals as an athlete and a student? As a student I want to graduate with my GPA above 3.8 and improve my resume for teaching. As an athlete I
want to win ICAAAA in the 500m, where I placed 3rd last year, and run 47sec in the 400m. I also wish to re-brake my 500m and 4x400m records from last year. My biggest team goal would be to lead this team to its first conference championship. Favorite Quote: “Pray as if everything depends on God, act as if everything depends on you” Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite Athlete: Ray Lewis Fun Fact: I was a Scandinavian folk dancer as a teenager.
UPCOMING FEBRUARY 22ND AT ELON, ELON HOME TOURNAMENT, 4:30 PM
DAY IN THE LIFE
FEBRUARY 23RD VS HAMPTON, AT ELON, ELON HOME TOURNAMENT 10:00 AM
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FEBRUARY 23RD AT ELON, ELON HOME TOURNAMENT, 4:45 PM FEBRUARY 24TH VS TEMPLE, AT ELON, ELON HOME TOURNAMENT 10:00 AM MARCH 1ST VS ST. FRANCIS, UMBC RETRIEVER CLASSIC, 4:00 PM MARCH 2ND AT COOPIN ST., UMBC RETRIEVER CLASSIC, 12:00 PM MARCH 2ND AT COOPIN ST., UMBC RETRIEVER CLASSIC, 2:15 PM
© KRISTI KANEYUKI
Hala Mostafa, #14 (Left), Antonia Smith, #5 (Center) and Assistant Coach Sandra Nunez watch on from the sidelines during the ‘Pink Game’ as the Peahens push
SOFTBALL CLINIC from page 12
years. “It’s a good opportunity for our team to fundraise and scout players for the future,” head coach, Ranae Bart says. “And we had a pretty decent turnout this year.” A total of fourteen girls came, including 5 catchers, 7 pitchers, and 2 fielders. All of the girls who attended the clinic aged from 14-20. “I was impressed with how many pitchers showed up today,” said sophomore Taylor
Corretjer. “That’s what we’re looking for.” The event, in total, was a three-hour clinic where the campers learned both offensive and defensive skills. The softball team arrived at 8 AM and began setting up the stations and the registration table before the campers arrived. At 9 AM, for the first hour, the pitchers and catchers threw, and the remaining two fielders went around in different stations testing their ability
of the game. The second hour included all campers where they participated in and practiced their hitting and sliding drills, which tested their power, speed, and mechanics. The last hour was a scrimmage where the coaches split up the campers 7 & 7. The girls of the softball team filled in for any empty positions. “We saw some great players here”, said sophomore Tori Feorenzo. “They would be a good addition to this team in
the future.” By the end of the clinic, Coach Bart had three campers that she had an interest in recruiting. Overall, the 2013 Winter Clinic was a success. The Saint Peter’s softball team raised 1200 dollars from this clinic, and 100 from the clothing sale they had set up after. “We’re really trying to buy a nice screen for the outfield,” said Bart. “But it costs 3000 dollars, so we’re half way there after this clinic.”
MARCH 2ND VS ST. FRANCIS, UMBC RETRIEVER CLASSIC, 2:14 PM MARCH 3RD AT UMBC, UMBC RETRIEVER CLASSIC, 2:00 PM MARCH 11TH VS BUTLER, REBEL GAMES AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 5:00 PM MARCH 11TH VS WAGNER, REBEL GAMES AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 6:30 PM
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S O F T BA L L WINTER CLINIC A HIT FOR TEAM BY KRISTI KANEYUKI Staff Writer
© DYLAN SMITH
Members of the Saint Peter’s University Women’s Basketball team huddled during their game versus Iona College during their annual ‘Pink Game’, an event aimed to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Saint Peter’s hosts annual “Play 4 Kay” Women’s Basketball game By ALEXANDRIA LIVINGSTON
4 Kay” game in efforts to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research on Thursday, February 14th in the Yanitelli Recreation Center. Free admission, prizes, and giveaways were offered in order to pack the house for this
The Saint Peter’s Women’s Basketball team played Iona College in their annual “Play
special cause. Breast cancer is a disease that effects many people, both directly and indirectly. According to current U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, “about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer
over the course of her lifetime” and “just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers”. With these statistics, it is obvious that breast cancer is a widespread disease and people need to know the facts and ways to help find a cure. see PINK GAME | page 10
The third annual Softball Winter Clinic was at held at 9am on Sunday, February 17, at the Yanitelli Recreational Center in hopes to help fundraising efforts of Saint Peter’s softball team. The event was an “all-skills” based clinic, which aimed to help women become better at the sport and to look at potential future players for the softball team. The clinic also tackled many of the basic skills within softball, hoping to encourage younger girls to take on the sport. The Saint Peter’s softball team, the team behind the event, held it in the Yanitelli Center both previous see SOFTBALL CLINIC | page 11
UPCOMING MEN’S TENNIS:
MARCH 1ST, VS QUEENS N.Y., 3:00 PM MARCH 3RD, VS LAFAYETTE, 2:00PM
SAINT PETER’S STAR
MARCH 8TH, AT MONMOUTH, TIME TBA
WOMEN’S TENNIS: MARCH 1ST, VS SETON HALL, 3:00 PM MARCH 2ND, LIU BROOKLYN, 1:30 PM
© SAINT PETER’S ATHLETICS
Desi Washington at the point setting up the offense for another basket.
© ONE NEWS, ISRAEL
Sadaoui, right, and a teammate share a laugh at training.
By Jamie Lisanti Staff Writer
On a warm, clear summer evening this past August, the Saint Peter’s men’s soccer team beat the Seton Hall Pirates for the first time since 2003, a victory made possible by a three goal performance by sophomore forward Noah Sadaoui. Today, over 5,000 miles away in Kfar Saba, Israel, Sadaoui, 20, is living out his lifelong dream of playing professional soccer for the Hapoel Kfar Saba Football club in the Liga Leumit in Israel. Since he
was six years old and playing club soccer in his native Casablanca, Morocco, Sadaoui has always been a standout, goal-scoring force on his high school and club teams, and it was by good fortune and chance that he was discovered while playing in New Jersey. “A few months ago, the Maccabi Haifa youth team came to the U.S. and played against my team, Jersey Express, and because some of their players were injured, I ended up playing with them against my own team,” Sadaoui see PRO | page 11
Peacocks Surge in Second Half Over Siena By JamES SMITH Staff Writer
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks (8-16, 3-11 MAAC) used a forty point second half to eliminate a seven-point deficit in a comeback win against the Siena Saints. The men’s basketball team used strong shooting from the foul line, led by Desi Washington’s 10-10 effort from the line, to take the win 72-62. The Peacocks and Saints went back and forth in the first half with 18 lead changes, and no lead was greater than four points until the final eight seconds of the half. The Saints went into halftime on a 9-2 run to lead 39-32.
Saint Peter’s played tight defense in the second half, holding Siena’s O.D. Anosike to only two points, both on free throws, in the second half. Washington erupted for 18 points in the second half, along with Darius Conley’s seven rebounds, to help the Peacocks run away with the game in the second half. Saint Peter’s shot almost 54% from behind the threepoint line, their best percentage since their game against Central Connecticut State, and shot almost 74% form the freethrow line. Of the last fifteen points scored by the Peacocks, see VS SIENA | page 10
MARCH 7TH, QUEENS N.Y., 3:30 PM
TRACK &FIELD: MARCH 1ST, VS ECA/IC4A @ NEW YORK, NY MARCH 2ND, VS ECA/IC4A @ NEW YORK, NY
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Persson is a senior for Men’s Track & Field Team. See Page 11 for a Q&A with him by a fellow teammate.
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