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Academic overdose Students turn to stimulants when studying for exams Madeline Burns The Battalion acing pressure to succeed, many students do just about anything to get a competitive edge academically. For some, this means hours at the library. Others frequent tutoring services. Still more turn to large amounts of caffeine and nightlong study sessions. Some students, however, take their drive to maintain a high GPA to a new level, turning to pharmaceutical stimulant medications, such as Adderall and Vyvanse, without prescriptions. Adderall and Vyvanse are amphetamines — psychostimulants that increase mental acuity and allow individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, to concentrate. Students without a medical condition use the drugs to study more effectively and for longer periods of time. “It doesn’t make you any smarter than you already are, it just helps you focus,” said one student source who uses Adderall without a prescription, speaking under condition of anonymity. He added that acquiring Adderall for study binges is not difficult. It’s as simple as knowing where to look. “It’s just a matter of asking somebody,” he said. “I’m sure that everyone knows somebody who knows somebody that gets it all the time.” Another student, who also spoke under condition of anonymity, has medical need for Adderall but gives excess medication to friends as tests approach. He does not sell the drugs,


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and defended the practice as an act of looking out for friends. “The reason I am OK with distributing is because college is hard,” the source said. “My friends, we take care of each other. We are each other’s families. So I don’t feel guilty. I don’t feel like I am doing something wrong.” The source said he and his friends are able to use the drug when they need it for an explicit purpose, which is only on rare occasions. “My friends aren’t constantly asking for it,” he said. “They’re not abusing the drug and nor am I, so that’s how I rationalize it.” The first source did not consider taking Adderall without a medical condition to be cheating. But the student who distributes the drug recognized an ethical ambivalence in the issue, and was worried about the consequences if caught. “I’m sure that A&M could consider [distributing] to be academic dishonesty,” the source said. “But I don’t understand how A&M could reprimand a person for helping another. Especially with the Aggie network … How often do we use our connections as Aggies to get ahead with jobs?” The Aggie Honor System Office, which responds to cases of academic integrity at A&M, defines cheating as “intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices or materials in any academic exercise.” Tim Powers, director for the Aggie Honor System Office, said it was not clear whether this definition included stimulant drug use. He added that there is not precedent for this Roger Zhang and Josh McKenna — THE BATTALION

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Olympians dare Aggies to dream big

Christmas is the season for giving, caring and being jolly. That is, unless it’s Black Friday and someone stands between you and a good deal. Joe Terrell, lifestyles editor for The Battalion, takes a look at the true spirit of Christmas inside.

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construction Joe Routt, Stallings close Two campus roads closed Monday and will no longer be open to pedestrians or cars this semester. Joe Routt, which runs between the Memorial Student Center and the Zone PLaza, will reopen April 21. Stallings Boulevard, the road on the West side of the MSC, is expected to reopen Jan. 17. The sidewalk is also closed in front of Cain Hall. To travel around the construction, students need to take the sidewalk through Cain Park. According to Peter Lange, A&M executive director of transportation, Joe Routt will reopen with bike lanes on both sides of the road and a gate at the west end with limited motor vehicle access, open to the public between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Robby Smith, staff writer

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Olympian Nastia Liukin speaks with students during Deloitte’s U.S. Olympic Committee Road Show. The program included a meet and greet with the athletes and motivational messages.

The Battalion Students sat in silence, star-struck by speakers at the Deloitte “Take the Lead” seminar. Three U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes gave insight into their personal lives to inspire students to achieve their goals. Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, 2010 Worlds all-around bronze medalist Jonathan Horton and two-time Paralympic champion Marlon Shirley each contributed during the evening. Texas A&M is one of 17 colleges on the “Take the Lead” tour. The purpose of the tour is to allow students a unique networking experience that will give them tools to achieve their goals. Each athlete had a different story, and shared a unique key to success. Liukin stressed the importance of finding a passion and pursuing it. “I guess my goal … is to inspire at least one person,” Liukin said. “And to

teach at least one person and let them know that it is OK to dream big and go after those dreams.” For Liukin, pursuing her passion of gymnastics means seven-hour practices and missing out on the life of a normal 22-year-old. “I’ve never been to a college football game, actually,” Liukin said. After the 2012 Olympics, Liukin does not expect to continue competing in gymnastics. She looks forward to attending NYU and pursuing a career outside athletic competition. She said Olympic athletes are not exempt from the dreaded question: “What are you going to do with your life?” Liukin said she relates to students who feel they have not yet discovered their passion. “I’m kind of in the same spot as they are. After 2012, I probably won’t be competing anymore, so it’s finding See Olympics on page 7

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Senate to discuss student fees, nondiscrimination Robby Smith The Battalion Texas A&M’s Student Government Association will consider proposals for two pieces of legislation Wednesday evening. One bill seeks a compromise to address a divide between the Student Senate and Student Body President Jeff Pickering on student fees. The other bill presents a nondiscrimination policy for the A&M System. Amanda Hatheway, speaker pro tempore of the Student Senate, said she is uncertain about the support the nondiscrimination bill will re-

ceive because this will be the first time it has been presented before the assembled body. “[The bill] is sponsored by 10 of the approximately 70 student senators within the Senate,” Hatheway said. “A few senators have announced that they are unsure if this bill is necessary or needed by the System.” The bill’s content requests that the System change its current nondiscrimination policy to include protections for discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, said bill author Andrew Jancaric, student senator representing the

Dwight Look College of Engineering. “A&M is ranked the least friendly to GLBT’s by the Princeton Review among college campuses,” said Jancaric, who is also vice president of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Aggies student organization. “I want to make A&M a more welcoming place. [The bill] is designed to make the System take a bold stance in person that we support the nondiscrimination of people based on their sexual orientation.” Though the Board of Regents will decide

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possibly come from somewhere else,� Wilson said. Wilson said that his personal concern with the library fee is subscription to academic journals. The cost goes up almost 10 percent each year for journal subscriptions, which is more than the rate of inflation. “The compromise bill says we support the increase on the computer access fee and instructional technology fee, and for the library fee,� Wilson said. “Also, the bill has been proposed to support the increase in the fee to the writing center. But, this is more of a backup bill.� Earlier, Pickering ased Thomas McNutt, chair of the Student Services Committee, to chair a separate committee on student fees. After the nine-member committee conducted research, the body voted against all fee increases. The Student Service Fee Advisory Board, which is in the Department of Student Af-

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Joe Terrell: ‘Let’s be honest, you have enough stuff’

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More than 226 million Americans, either in store or online, participated in the apocalyptic shopping event known as “Black Friday” on the Friday after Thanksgiving and spent a recordbreaking $52.4 billion. Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and has become synonymous with news footage of crazed customers storming through Wal-Mart’s automatic doors. While I didn’t participate in this year’s shopping festivities like 75 percent of Americans, I did happen to stumble upon a photograph that altered my view of the day’s events. The photograph showed two images side by side, Both were taken on November 25. The picture on the left showed over a thousand customers crammed into a retail store fighting over a crate of Xbox games. The second image was of a line of refugees in Africa waiting for their emergency food rations from the United Nations. It’s amazing what a little perspective can do. I love Christmas. I love the cold weather, the holiday decorations, the music, gathering together as a family and what it represents for my faith. I’m also a fan of nostalgia, which means as soon as the holiday season rolls around I’m reminiscing about all those magical Christmases from years past. As I get older, I realize that most of my

cherished Christmas memories have nothing to do with what I “got” that year. And I think of a lot of you can probably relate. If that’s the case, then why are there people lying bloody in the aisles of Wal-Mart on the day after we are supposed to give thanks for all that we have? We have a “stuff” problem in America. Whether or not we would care to admit it, most of us are consumed by this semi-psychotic, compulsive desire to acquire “stuff” that frankly, we know we don’t need. It’s like a sickness that whispers to us that if we get the new this or that, then we will be happy and fulfilled. Let me spoil the ending for you: All those material objects are never going to satisfy you. If you participated in Black Friday last week, I’m not picking on you. In prior years, I’ve stood in those same lines. I struggle with materialism just like everyone else in America. I’m just suggesting that we rethink the ways in which we approach Christmas. It’s a conversation we need to have. So how do we break the cycle? Take a look at organizations like World Vision and World Concern. Both are humanitarian organizations dedicated to ending poverty in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Both organizations offer a holiday gift guide

in which you can purchase items in someone’s name that will be donated to those in need. For example, you can buy livestock, farm animals, school supplies, water wells and immunizations for children,.These gifts will be sent around the world to help impoverished people groups. And most of them cost between $25 and $100. I’ve been there before. Christmas is approaching and you don’t know what to get your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, etc. How about instead of spending that $35 on something “nice” that they don’t need, you purchase clothing for a child in need through one of these organizations in their name. You’ll be sent a thank you card addressed to that person that you can give them when you exchange Christmas presents. I know several people who think that we shouldn’t help the poor and those in need. To them, poverty is a political issue. Fortunately, my faith doesn’t allow me the luxuries of those types of technicalities. Let’s be honest. You have enough stuff. The people you’re going to buy presents for probably have enough stuff as well. This Christmas, make a difference in someone else’s life that truly needs it. As Aggies, let’s extend the same love and gratitude we have for each other to people groups across the world. Let’s be the generation that takes Christmas back. Joe Terrell is a junior telecommunication major and lifestyles editor for The Battalion.

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veryone is looking down these days. It’s not that people are sad or depressed, it’s that everyone is plugged in, sending text messages, posting something on Facebook or Twitter, or browsing songs on their iPod. We are all getting sucked into this virtual world and, as a result, we are disconnected from the real world. Today we live off cell phones. People lose their minds when they lose their phones. How many phone numbers do you have memorized? I remember a handful of numbers but there was a time I knew all of them. Text messages have taken the place of phone calls. When you talk to someone, you hear their tone, their personality. In a text, there’s little nuance. You’re either :) or :( or lol. Before I left Facebook, I had 313 “friends.” I talked to 10-15 of them at most. Some people stress over how many Facebook friends they have and many think it’s necessary to let their friends know when they’re in a relationship. How many times have you heard, “Now it’s official because we’re Facebook friends?” Facebook can alienate

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people who don’t build their friends list. The size of your friends list becomes a status symbol where hundreds of “friends” you never speak to translates into a kind of popularity currency. I will stick with real friends. Even dating has become virtual in today’s society. There was a time when, if you liked someone, you had to ask him or her out. Maybe you got a phone number and had real conversations. Romance may mean buying chocolates, flowers, cards or stuffing notes in lockers. Now computers decide whom we are compatible with. Are you kidding me?! How in the world can a computer tell if people (living, breathing things) are compatible with each other? When are people going to realize

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his year’s Black Friday raised consumerism to the next level with nationwide reports of shootings, stabbings fights, assaults with pepper spray and trampled customers.

that there is no formula, no explanation for love? As an engineer, I have tried to figure out what makes a relationship begin, grow and even end. Calculus is easier than relationships. The dating websites keep people from interacting and taking chances. This risk does allow for the possibility of failure. But with failure comes wisdom, and from wisdom comes patience and understanding. Little by little, people are becoming too plugged in. We’re creating our own “Matrix.” People are afraid of everyday things like face-to-face conversations, asking a person out, or going outside to play games. Technology is incredibly valuable, but let’s not forget that we are people. We must be able to communicate with one another face-to-face and heart-to-heart. In the virtual world there are no raw emotions, no body language, and no tone. Let’s unplug ourselves and get back in touch with the real world. Michael Rodriguez is a senior industrial engineering major and opinion columnist for The Battalion.

I understand how the economy is, but how can transportation spend so much money on these three-wheel Segways when staff cannot get their yearly raise? I am a student worker and my wage could not go up its yearly extra quarter, nor can my department afford a golf cart to better serve the eight buildings we take care of. I called the company from which Transportation Services purchased these new Segways. They cost an average of $9,000 and one lady who was writing tickets told us they bought the $10,000 models! How is it fair or right that transportation can be throwing away $80k in new Segways while the scooters they used to use, are sitting in the parking garages with no one to use them! This is wrong when everyone cannot get a raise and is struggling with payments, but Texas A&M approved this purchase which allows for even more parking tickets to the students and staff the University already charges so much money for being here.

From Sarah Szuminski, Class of 2004 Watching Mike Sherman bow his head in defeat and avert his eyes from the final play in Thursday’s end to the Aggies’ most storied rivalry was perfectly illustrative of his coaching persona. This season I’ve watched Sherman stoically grace the sidelines as our team’s energy and confidence melted down game after game, studying his playbook when he should have been rallying our boys. A&M is home to the Twelfth Man: a passion and energy that is second to none. Sherman’s indifferent sideline manner belongs back in the NFL where no one has any heart, not in Aggieland. He’s failed our team enough.

From Chandler Headington, sophomore political science major The Nov. 4 guest column “All mixed up” centered on the premise that AfricanAmericans view heritage incorrectly. The author notes that he does not reference his past heritage, instead he exemplifies his current identity by saying he is an American. Is this any better a way of thinking? The original article illustrates a ubiquitous and erroneous explanation of ethnicity, tradition and heritage. I suppose the “All Mixed Up” author isn’t as Italian as I originally thought. Oh, wait. Later on in the article he does say his ancestors were Italian. He is an ItalianAmerican, regardless of whether or not he identifies as such. Following his line of reasoning, he doesn’t eat Italian food either. wYeah, Right.

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issue being judged as one of academic misconduct. “It would be an interesting conversation to have, but to this point, we don’t have a policy on it,” Powers said. Instead, misuse of stimulant medications such as Adderall, Vyvanse or Ritalin — another ADHD medication — has fallen on the lap of Student Conflict Resolution Services and is treated as a substance abuse issue. Susan Kimbrough, program coordinator for alcohol and drug education programs, said misusing medications is a violation of student rules and is handled accordingly. She said the University wouldn’t typically press charges against a student, but treats the violation as a student conduct issue. Kimbrough said students who are found responsible for distributing or misusing these medications could face a wide array of University consequences, up to and including expulsion for those caught distributing. “It would probably be a minimum of some length of conduct probation,” Kimbrough said. “I would think, depending on the severity of the details that were to come out, if someone is dealing a controlled substance on our campus, it could be a separable offense, so that could mean … a suspension or expulsion.” The University Police Department, UPD, may be involved as well. In 2011, UPD has made 40 arrests for drug offenses, most of which involved marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Only four involved controlled substances, one of which was Ritalin. Allan Baron, a sergeant with UPD, said police work closely with Student Conflict Resolution Services when investigating these cases. When trying to determine if a student is distributing prescription medications illegally on campus, he said police consult confidential informants, conduct surveillance and obtain search warrants. “Medication such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse … are widely used by today’s generation. It’s one of those things where you hear that students are taking it, or getting it from their roommate, or buying it from their roommate,” Baron said. “There is definitely an issue. There can be severe consequences for that.” The first source, who has used Adderall without a prescription multiple times to study

for exams, said the fact that it is illegal to take another’s medications is not a concern. “I feel like speeding is against the law but we still do it,” he said. “Even though it’s illegal, and you shouldn’t be taking other people’s prescriptions, it’s out there in mass volumes. Especially for hard majors like biomedical sciences or engineering, it really helps you out.” Under Texas law, it is a felony for individuals to be in possession of controlled substances including Ritalin, Vyvanse and Adderall without a prescription. Punishments are graded based on the amount of the substance in possession at the time of arrest. According to the Texas Penal Code, having less than one gram of an amphetamine without a prescription is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years and a fine of as much as $10,000. The maximum penalty — for possessing more than 400 grams illegally — is a seconddegree felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of two years and a maximum of 20 years, in addition to a fine as high as $10,000. Baron said students are often unaware of the gravity of their conduct. “I would think that some probably are aware of the consequences and some are not,” Baron said. Dr. David McClellan, program director at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, said students endanger themselves when they take prescription drugs without medical need or outside of a physician’s instruction. “These are potentially very useful medications for the right individuals, but I think they also have the potential for significant side effects and adverse reactions,” McClellan said. “That’s why the FDA believes they should only be prescribed by physicians.” The side effects from misuse of stimulant medications such as Adderall range from emotional distress and fainting to, in rare circumstances, death. McClellan said undiagnosed conditions play a role in the medication’s effect on an individual, and pose a threat to drug misusers. McClellan cited undiagnosed personality and mood disorders, high blood pressure and structural heart defects as factors that can contribute to adverse reactions. Even in the face of pressure as finals approach, he said students should act prudently. “People taking these medications should be under the care of a physician that can monitor them,” McClellan said. Robert Carpenter contributed to this report.

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4bd/2ba 2-living, +study. Available now, 1112 Berkley. Close to campus. Completely remolded! Short-term lease available. No pets. $1100/mo. 979-731-8257. 4bd/2ba House. 2-Blocks to campus. Refrigerator, W/D, $1100/mo. 105 Fleetwood. 832-541-6450. 4bd/2ba house. Close to campus, wood floors, tile floors, ceiling fans, granite countertops, W/D, fenced yards. 979-776-6079. Beautiful apartment! (Woodland sublease) -Available now till the end of July. Furnished 1 bed 1 bath of 3 bed/3bath apartment. Washer/Dryer included. All utilities included (cable, Internet, ect.) for $575.00 Call today! 409-550-0338 or 409-550-3952. CS nice 4/2/2 vents W/D partially furnished, water paid, 6 mo. lease, available January, $1350. 817-559-2932. Duplex for sub-lease, 2bd/2ba on Tabor Road right off Hwy.6. $725/mo. Lease ends 07/15/2012. Call Michael, 832-451-7844. Free ethernet and extended cable. Great prices. 979-693-1906.



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HELP WANTED ARE YOU READY FOR BASKETBALL? NEED EXTRA CASH? We need officials for our Youth Basketball League. Pay ranges from $9.00 to $11.00/game. Games last about one hour. Training begins 01/14/2012. Email call 764-3424 Athletic men for calendars, books, etc. $100-$200/hr, up to $1000/day. No experience. BMI Defense Systems, Soft Goods Assemblers - Soft Goods Division. Now hiring for the remainder of fall as well as the spring semester. Local manufacturing company has immediate multiple openings for assemblers in our Soft Goods Division. These are part-time positions working 4:45pm to 9:00pm Monday-Friday. Motivated, energetic individuals will be required to perform general production type tasks which include positioning parts and materials for processing, and assembling heavy duty textiles in a high energy environment. Textile knowledge a plus. Requires good hand-eye coordination, extended sitting, standing, lifting, pushing and pulling of 20-40pounds, as well as the ability to follow written and verbal work instructions. Requires a HS Diploma or GED. Starting pay is $10 per hour. Pre-employment background checks and drug testing required. Job Referencs: 11-004. Send resumes to EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Cleaning commercial buildings at night, M-F. Call 979-823-5031 for appointment. COACHES WANTED! We need enthusiastic, positive, motivational volunteer coaches for YOUTH BASKETBALL. Season begins early 01/2012! Email call 764-3424. Full-time medical technician for growing allergy practice wanted. 4-year degree and 1-year commitment required. December graduates welcome! We are looking for an intelligent, positive, friendly person to join our team. We teach skills that are an asset for anyone interested in a career in healthcare and can help a candidate get into medical school. E-mail resume to Leasing Consultant needed, individual needs to be energetic, customer oriented, have a professional appearance and able to work weekends, base pay plus commission, PT available, apply in person at 950 Colgate, CS , The Trails at Wolf Pen Creek.

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Gymnast Jonathan Horton, right, won the silver medal for high bar in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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myself and finding a new passion,” Liukin said. Marlon Shirley spoke about leadership and overcoming obstacles. He was forced to overcome a grueling childhood. His father prostituted his mother, which led to him being sent to an orphanage at 3 years old. While living there, Shirley lost his foot in a lawnmower accident. He was later adopted at the age of 9, and Shirley said his new family set an example of how to succeed. They gave him the love and support he needed, and were important leaders in his life. However, becoming a world champion athlete did not come easily for Shirley. “When I started running the hundred, I was butt-naked last … for two years I lost every race I ran,” Shirley said. Then one day, it clicked. Shirley overcame the physical and personal difficulties he faced to achieve his dreams. He said that he has learned how to be a leader through his athletic career. Shirley won the 100 meter dash in the 2000 Paralympic games. “Like with my coaches, I just have to trust them,” Shirley said.

“Trust that they know what they are doing, and if I went in there and second-guessed everything they are doing then I think I would fail as being a leader.” Jonathon Horton encouraged students to push past barriers on the way to achieving their dreams. At the 2006 World Gymnastics Championships, Horton fell in 5-out-of-6 of his events, and considered quitting gymnastics all together. Rather than quit, Horton intensified his training to achieve his dreams. “You hit barriers, you hit a wall in your career. I think no matter what you do in your life, you’re going to hit a wall,” Horton said. When his team lost two members right before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Horton said he refused to let this barrier stop them from winning. “Just like I did in the past, I was able to refocus. And not only refocus myself, but I was able to get my team to jump on board,” Horton said. They went on to achieve the bronze medal. “If it’s something important to you, no matter how many people doubt you, no matter how many barriers you face, if it’s important to you its worth fighting for,” Horton said. “So put everything on the line, and make it happen.”

Two college students were arrested for drag racing on Wellborn Road Saturday. The officer noticed two cars pull out of Wave’s Z-Islander apartment complex and accelerate to approximately 80 mph, in a 45 mph speed zone, before the officer turned around to pursue the speeding vehicles. Abdulla Alkhoori, the driver of a Mercedes AMG, attends Texas A&M and Rommel HawitMedina, the driver of a Camaro, attends Southern Methodist University. Both students are 20 years old. Drag racing is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by jail or a fine of $2,000. Robby Smith, staff writer

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