Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 Volume LXXXVI, Number 8
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Registration delays frustrate St. Joe’s SAM KOCH ’11 Editor-in-Chief
Julie Boyle ‘14/the hawk St. Joe’s students participated in “Boo Crew” on Friday, Nov. 5 with elementary school children across Philadelphia.
Four Loko too crazy? St. Joe’s administrators express concern over students’ health LUIGI CONDINA ’12 News Editor Saint Joseph’s University administrators believe that Four Loko, a hybrid of an energy drink and alcohol, is responsible for recent hospitalizations of students with higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels. According to Cary Anderson, vice president of the Office of Student Life, as Four Loko has increased its popularity on campus, doctors have informed the university of “an uptick in the BAC levels.” Anderson also said that hospitals do not share specific records of a student’s condition with the university. The university gathers information from
students at the time of the incident and then again during an educational followup program through the Wellness, Alcohol and Drug Education (WADE) office. “We ask people what they had to drink, so the [emergency room] doctor knows what to do, and we started seeing Four Loko come up as something that people had been drinking that got them to the point where they needed hospitalization,” said Anderson. Alison Dougherty, director of the WADE program, said that she has seen student BAC levels at levels as high as .35 to .40. “Once you get above that .30 level, it’s kind of a scary [and] dangerous line to play with,” Dougherty said. “So when you have students anywhere from a .370
to .40, you almost should be dead at that level.” In response to the increased consumption of Four Loko, Anderson and the Office of Student Life have been trying to inform students and faculty about the dangers of the drink. Last week, Anderson sent out an email to university faculty encouraging staff to “help reinforce the message that combining energy drinks with alcohol is more dangerous than students may know.” Anderson said that no specific incident prompted the message, but that a suggestion was made at a cabinet meeting to reach out to faculty members. Anderson said that he believed it was
As seniors across campus geared up to register for their final semester at Saint Joseph’s University, many were confronted by an unexpected bump in the road: delays in course schedules and registration times. Originally scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 8, seniors are now slated to register for spring courses on Wednesday, Nov. 10. University Registrar Gerard Donahue said that the delays in registration this year were caused by both internal and external issues in the Registrar’s Office. According to Donahue, a long-time employee of the registrar’s office, Dotty Bruder, retired at the end of the 20092010 academic year. Currently, Bruder’s position remains unfilled, leaving the registrar’s office shorthanded during the implementation of this year’s course scheduling and registration. “[Bruder’s] main thrust was the academic schedule. Losing someone of her longstanding history and experience here at the university was difficult,” Donahue said. The Registrar’s Office is still seeking a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Bruder, along with an additional position made available at the approval of the university’s administration. Beyond the internal issues associated with personnel shortages, Donahue said that finalizing the details of the university’s newly-established General Education Program (GEP) has also created significant issues for the Registrar’s Office. UNDERSTAFFED, p. 2 >>
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Look inside for your copy of the 2010 men’s and women’s basketball previews
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INSIDE THE HAWK THIS WEEK: Get Your Concert On Check out reviews of Dawes’ and Guided by Voices’ latest concerts, page 11.
Double the Pleasure Double standards abound for young women and men in college when it comes to sex, page 9.
INDEX News...................... 2 Op-Ed..................... 5 Classifieds............... 6 Basketball Preview...B1 Features.................. 9 A&E........................ 11