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Does Dexedrine Stimulate Concentration?

Surprising as it may seem, there
have been fewer requests for stay-
awake pills from Health Service
this year than in the past - tri-
mester or no trimester, its direc-
tor, Dr. Morley B. Beckett, said
He hastened to add, however,
that any number of requests for
such pills, especially around exam
time, is a bad sign; as they are
no substitute for good study
Dr. Beckett explained that only
two such drugs were obtainable at
Health Service, neither of which
could be acquired without a doc-
tor's prescription. Of these drugs,
one - Dexedrine - is a stimu-
lant, while the other - Dexamyl
- is Dexedrine with a sedative
added. Dexedrine is often used to
promote one's ability to stay
awake, whereas Dexamyl contains
just enough sedative to relax the
nerves without putting the user
to sleep,
Discourage Prescriptions
The dispensing of such pills by
Health Service is not a simple case
of supply and demand. "We try to
discourage the use of both Dexe-

drine and Dexamyl," Dr. Donald
L. Schaefer, director of the Health
Service Mental Clinic, added. He
pointed out that the student
should try to get through the
exam period on his own motiva-
tion. "Only with a good medical
indication that such pills will ease
him from a state of severe emo-
tional tension should he be given
Dexedrine, Dexamyl or any similar
Dr. Beckett noted that Health
Service dispenses about 400 pre-
scriptions for these drugs a se-
mester; but of 25,000 students on
campus, that is not a large per-
centage, he added.
If a student requests' a stay-
awake drug from a doctor in
Health Service, the doctor first
sits down and talks with him to
find out why he wants it, Dr.
Beckett explained. If the student
is desperate and would be terribly
upset if he had to rely on his own
drive to get through the exam per-
iod, the physician will allow him
to have a few tablets with explicit
instructions regarding their proper
Psychological Problems
If the problem seems to be a
psychological one, the student is

referred to the Mental Health
Clinic of Health Service, Dr.
Shaefer added.
Dr. Beckett noted that the stu-
dent who takes Dexedrine for a
quick pre-exam pickup tends to
feel quite tired after the effects
of the drug wear off. "In fact, he
will feel more exhausted after the
effects of the drug wear off than
he would if he hadn't taken it in
the first place," he said.
If these drugs are taken cor-
rectly and for a limited period of
time, they are not especially
harmful; but if the student con-
tinues to take the pills indiscrim-
inately, he soon gets to the point
where he is psychologically unable
to do without them. Dr. Shaefer
explained that this is not a case]
of addiction but one of habit. The
difference is that an addict must
continue to take increasingly
greater amounts of something as
his body tries to build up a toler-
ance to it.
Unpleasant Effects
Dr. John S. Wyman, director of
the Health Service Medical Clinic,
doubted that any student would
want to keep taking Dexedrine
anyway, as its effects are not

pleasant. An overdose of the stim-
ulant results in "rapid pulse,
quickening heartbeat, a feeling of
being unable to breathe, cramps
in the stomach and intestinal
tract, and 'shakes'." Dr. Beckett'
added that it is a "matter of de-
gree" as to how much of the drug
constitutes an "overdose" which
would touch off these reactions.
Taking an overdose of a seda-
tive generally defeats the purpose,
as the muscles tend to become
fully relaxed and the student falls
Many students decide to buy
pills such as No-Doz through1
drugstores; no prescription is nec-
essary for these drugs. One No-
Doz tablet has roughly the caffein
content of one cup of coffee.
"Most pills that can be bought
without a prescription don't have
much harmful physiological effect;
but if a student took too many of
them, it might be a different
story," Dr. Beckett said.
Pills and Grades
Dr. Wyman noted that a study
of the correlation between schol-
astic averages and the use of stim-
ulants or sedatives could prove to
be highly interesting. "No good
study thus far has shown that a
student performs better under the

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To Suggest
State Locate
for NASA
(Continued from Page 1)
of the larger engineering schools"
and that "its graduate student
output ranks among the top
The second criterion establish-
ed by the committee is that the]
site selected must display a high
degree of cooperation between uni-
versities and industry.
On this point, Burroughs noted
that this University has a "long-
established relationship with in-
dustry as far as research is con-
cerned," dating back to 1920 when
the Engineering Research Insti-
tute was made a part of the engi-
neering department.
Business Standing
"This also puts us in the front
in having established a relation-
ship of the type needed for the
NASA program," he commented.
The third criterion named by
the NASA committee states that
the location must have a favor-
able climate for recruiting person-
"The climate here is very favor-
able for employment of profes-
sional personnel. The three area
universities - Michigan State,
Wayne State and the University-
plus available cultural activities
in Southeastern Michigan make a
definite contribution to a desir-
able climate," Burroughs said.
Area Exceptional
"There are very few areas that
can offer as many advantages and
at the same time be as readily ac-
cessible as this one," he added.
After hearing presentations
from the 25 areas seeking the NA-
SA center, Simpson will narrow
the choices down to five or six.
The site-selection committee will
review the relative advantages of
these areas, send its representa-
tives to view them and ultimately
report to James E. Webb, NASA
Webb and NASA will select the
site and Congress will issue the
ultimate approval. The final deci-
sion should be made by February,
University officials predict.
Other officials accompanying
the Michigan delegation on Tues-
day will include University Vice-
President for Research Ralph
Sawyer and representatives from
Wayne State and Michigan State
Universities and Michigan indus-
tries. They will not participate in
the formal presentation but will
be present to answer questions
Simpson and NASA officials may

WASHINGTON (0P) -- The No. 1'
federal housing official said yes-
terday that the coming year
should see the start of a signifi-
cant dispersion of Negro families
from "the segregated ghetto into
the general community."
Robert C. Weaver, administra-
tor of the Housing and Home Fi-
nance Agency, in a report on the
first year following the late Pres-
ident John F. Kennedy's anti-bias
housing order, said:
"The first essential to make
housing available to all, without

ning discrimination in federally
financed housing Nov. 20, 1962.
Weaver summed up what followed:
Predictions False
"Predictions that the President's
non-discrimination order would
result in a sharp downturn in
home-building . . . proved false,
as we thought they would. Home-
building has risen, and 1963 prom-
ises to be one of the biggest home-
building years on record."
There were protests by civil
rights leaders last year when Ken-

influence of such
pointed out.
Dr. Wyman added
students who have
night and sit in a
their test, writing

Weaver Sees More Housing Integratio

drugs," he
that tales of
been up all
daze during
nothing but

Weaver put it this way: "Non-
white homeseekers are like all
others. They do not move en
masse. Buying or renting a home
is an individual decision as to tim-
ing and type and location of the
housing desired.
"As more housing comes on this
racially open market, we can ex-
pect an increasing number of mi-
nority families, able to afford to
do so, to go shopping for better
Negligible Resistance
Weaver said resistance to the
equal opportunity order in the
first year has been negligible.
The Federal Housing Adminis-
tration has received only 12 com-
plaints during the first year on
housing that was subject to the
order, he said, with six of these
resulting in agreements by the
builder to sell without regard to
Weaver said three of the cases
await fact-finding hearings; the
sellers in two of the cases have
said they will sell to qualified
buyers and the other case awaits
a final decision.
"As more minority families
move into the growing market for
this housing," Weaver said, "we
expect the number of complaints
will increase. We hope, however,
that they will continue to be the
Military' Base
Cuts Scheduled
(Continued from Page 3)
"I've been preaching economy
for all these years and I'm not
going to start screaming now just
because they shut down something
in my backyard."
Before the Pentagon announce-
ment was made, there had been
speculation, arising from Congres-
sional sources, that Navy ship-
yards would figure big in the cut-
back. This didn't happen-now.
But there were definite indica-
tions that cuts were coming later
for Navy yards.
McNamara said: "There are 12
Navy yards, 11 of them large; the
small San Diego facility now is
scheduled for closing; studies of
the other yards are under way.
"There is no question but that
we have excess capacity," and the
studies of the remaining 11 yards
will be completed "sometime in
the next 12 months."
Identification of the seven bases
to be closed overseas was with-
held in yesterday's announcement.

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their name over and over again,
demonstrate the harmful psycho-
logical effects the student might
experience because he has used
an overdose of these drugs.
Dr. Shaefer noted that use of
the pills can indeed cause the
student to think faster than he
can write, because of the state of
unreality such drugs could induce.
Sometimes a student will begin
writing on on6 idea and suddenly
switch to another, because his
thought process has become "dis-
oriented" through use of a seda-
tive or a stimulant.
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BOY NEXT DOOR-Scenes like this will become more common-
place as the anti-bias housing order of the late President John F.
Kennedy becomes effective. Robert C. Weaver, administrator of
the Housing and Home Finance Agency, said that as of the
first anniversary of the housing order, there has been significant
progress and very little resistance.

discrimination, is to provide the,
housing. This is being done, on
the private and public market and
in the redevelopment of our urban
Avail Themselves
The next step, he said, is for thej
Negro families "to avail them-
selves of the choices provided."j
Weaver said there presently are
some 600,000 housing units, com-
pleted, under construction or in
application form, and about 800
urban renewal projects under way
or in planning that come under'
the executive order's requirement
that they be open for occupancy;
regardless of race, creed or color.
Kennedy signed the order ban-'

nedy limited the order to federally
financed housing. The late Pres-
ident, however, told a September
news conference that there would
be no change in the order any
time in the foreseeable future.
Presumably, President Lyndon
B. Johnson has no plans to make
a change, although he has given
no indication of his views. White
House sources indicate they have
received no word from the Presi-
dent of his plans along these lines.
Some government sources have
said privately that housing is be-
coming available, but Negroes are
slow to move into new communi-
ties among strangers of a different




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