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Giamarese Farm to provide hungry families with food for the holiday season. UNIVERSITY, PAGE 3

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As Halloween approaches, scary stories become seasonal customs. Inside Beat takes a look at some of Hollywood’s most bone-chilling films. / INSIDE BEAT

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Counselor charts rising use of opiates among students BY HANNAH SCHROER CORRESPONDENT

Young adults who otherwise may never consider using heroin are being introduced to the drug through opiate painkillers, said Frank Greenagel Jr., recovery counselor at Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services. While he saw some cases 10 years ago, the trend has been getting worse since 2005, said Greenagel, who oversees recovery housing at the University. Prescription drugs are combinations of chemicals manufactured by multinational corporations in laboratories, which makes them more socially acceptable, Greenagel said. The social acceptance of prescription drugs takes away its stigma, so people find it more acceptable to take painkillers than use heroin, he said. “They just don’t have the same stigma as traditional illegal drugs,” he said. The Recovery Housing program, a branch of the Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program,

is a housing model that fosters active participation in recovery programs to build a community for recovering addicts, said Eric Arauz, vice chairman for the Governor’s Task Force on Opiate and Heroin Abuse alongside Greenagel. “If a college student tries to get sober by themselves, they have a 1 in 5 chance of making it,” he said. “With a supportive recover y community, they’ve got an 80 percent chance of making it.” College life can have an undertow effect that makes recovering addicts feel like they do not belong, Arauz said. “Recovery housing offers a community to offset that undertow,” he said. “[We] try to create a college experience without alcohol and drugs.” The University’s Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program began in 1983 after an intoxicated student fell from the football stadium bleachers and was paralyzed in the ’70s, said Lisa Laitman, director SEE

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ELECTIONS 2012

Council candidates plan to work through city crime, education BY GIANCARLO CHAUX CORRESPONDENT

Panelists discuss how religion is not as talked about in this year’s presidential election as it was in 2008 in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. SHAWN SMITH

Faculty panel brings attention to religious issues around election BY SHAWN SMITH CORRESPONDENT

University faculty yesterday weighed in on how religion will affect the upcoming election and how people perceive different faiths through a political lens. Although religion was largely covered in the 2008 election, it has fallen by the wayside this season, said Andrew Murphy, a professor in the Department of Political Science, during a panel discussion in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. “There has been very little talk of religion by the candidates in this elec-

tion,” he said. “There isn’t the same rhetoric this time around.” Murphy said the candidates are focusing more on current issues — like the economy and foreign policy — and less on President Barack Obama’s Protestantism and Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. Gary Merrill, a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience who practices Mormonism, said Mormonism is not as scary as people make it out to be. “Suspicion and fear are how people describe Mormonism, and people believe the two go together. ... I’m not

sure what people are fearful of and suspicious of,” he said. Merrill said he and Romney share a few things in common and that he is concerned with women’s health. “We are the same age and the husband of one wife only,” he said. “I am concerned about women, starting with those closest to me.” Merrill said Mormons are the subject of ridicule in today’s popular culture more often than other religions, and no one sees a problem with it. He said people do not understand the reliSEE

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As Election Day approaches, candidates for New Brunswick City Council are looking for ways to solve some of the city’s most pressing issues concerning education and crime. Councilman Glenn J. Fleming, Councilwoman Elizabeth Garlatti and city resident John Anderson are running unopposed in the November election for the three open seats on the council, said Fleming, a lifelong New Brunswick resident and teacher at Hamilton West High School. Fleming said the New Brunswick City Council essentially acts as the legislative arm of the city government, and is responsible for passing resolutions as well as voting on various laws. Fleming said he often hears criticism of the gap in representation between the council members and residents, but insists that many of those in office have lived in New Brunswick all of their lives and continue to hold positions within the community. Anderson, who was born and raised in New Brunswick, agreed and said city council members should be looked at as neighbors instead of politicians. “I don’t have goals beyond [city council],” Anderson said. “ I think that I am just representing the people of New Brunswick, just trying to get some things done and bring some fresh ideas and fresh faces.” Fleming, who currently holds a temporary position on the New Brunswick City Council, said officials have been put under pressure to solve the city’s education issues. Much of the criticism surrounding public schools in New Brunswick are based on faulty statistics, Fleming said, like the 59 percent high school graduation rate the state determined for the city.

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