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Auburn Gay and Lesbian Association
battles for university charter
Citing Alabama sodomy laws, the Auburn U. Student
Government Association voted 23-7 to deny the Auburn Gay
and Lesbian Association
w " a permanent university
charter, even though
the group met all re-
quirements for campus
organizations. After
threats of a lawsuit from
the American Civil
Liberties Union, Pat
Barnes, Auburn's vice
president for student
affairs, overrode the
SGA vote and granted
AGLA a charter. A
petition then collected
3,000 student signatures
and 7,000 others from
around the state, and
was sent to the univer-
AUBURN PLAINSMAN, AUBURN U. sity's Board of Trustees
requesting that the
administration's action be reversed. In response, a gay rights
rally held on the Auburn campus attracted 300 participants
from throughout the southeast. About 100 counter-
demonstrators turned out to watch the rally. Some held signs
that read, "Faggots Go Home" and "AGLA, Auburn Gays
Like AIDS." The Alabama state government even joined the
fray. In an on-campus address, Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt said
he supported the SGA's efforts. And the Alabama Senate
passed a resolution commending the actions of the SGA and
students fighting the AGLA charter. "Although this one
battle has been won, we are only on the road to overcoming
the entire war against hatred and bigotry," AGLA's vice-
president said. Kimberly Chandler, Auburn Plainsman,
Auburn U.
Gibby the Cat fails in dark horse bid
for U. of Florida student body president
Her campaign for U. of Florida student body president
began as an attempt to make student government more
accessible to students, but it ended on election night when
she was disqualified by UF's Board of Masters before the
votes were even tallied. And all because she's a cat. Gibby, a
three-year-old Himalayan, ran as a member of the Pants
Down Party. Her owner, UF graduate student Christopher
Georgoff, said Gibby was disappointed she was disqualified.
Georgoff, who said his cat has been talking to him since he
got her last summer, said Gibby claimed to have been
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in a previous life. "Gibby
just wanted to help students," Georgoff said. Gibby and her
party ran on a platform of giving free beer to all UF students,
bringing 19th century Russian Communist leader Vladimir
Lenin to UF as a keynote speaker and putting softer toilet
paper in all campus restrooms. Even if Gibby had won the
election, chances are she would never have taken office. To
be student body president, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required,
and UF officials say they have no record of Gibby's GPA..
Mike Cumella, The Independent Florida Alligator, U. of Florida

Elvis may have left the building
but he's back in classrooms at U. of Iowa
From velvet paintings to commemorative plates to postage
stamps to... higher education? Yes, you can bet your blue
suede shoes: The King of rock'n'roll has gone to college. A
new course at the U. of Iowa titled "American Popular Arts:
Elvis As Anthology," created and taught by UI Professor
Peter Nazareth, focuses on the late singer's influences on
music and culture and the origins of those influences. And
there is much to be learned from Elvis' example, Nazareth
believes. "America is energy. You hear a lot of that energy in
Elvis - the energy to dare, the energy to try. Elvis decided
quite early on in his life what his goals were and where his
talents lay, and he worked hard to achieve (them)," he said.
UIjunior Gina Armbruster said the class has shown her Elvis
as more of a musician than a fat guy of the '70s who never
had a prime." * Loren Keller, The Daily Iowan, U. of Iowa
Hey, shut up!
I can't hear the library mime
Stetson U. 's Quiet Libary Society may be the least
demanding organization on campus. It has no meetings, no
dues, no officers, and the club's official spokesman, David
Alvin, doesn't say a word. Alvin, a mime, wanders through
the library of the Florida university wearing the club's
official T-shirt, white gloves and white make-up on his face
to encourage students to sign up as charter members of the
organization dedicated to making the libray a quiet place to
study. "People are surprised to see me at first," Alvin said.
"But we've signed up sixty members so far, and the noise
level has gone down." And that's exactly what Library
Director Sims Kline wanted when he created the club.
Robert Bullock, The Stetson Reporter, Stetson U.
Want to make big bucks?
Work for the Stanford Bookstore
At Stanford, working at the school bookstore has become
an extremely profitable business.Just ask the store's general
manager, Eldon Speed. An eight-month investigation by
The Stanford Daily has revealed a host of perks for the store's
top managers that are unheard of at other college
bookstores, and
prompted an in-
vestigation by the
California Attor-
I Nney General. The
benefits offered
by the non-profit
Stanford Book-
-store, which
operates inde-
RAI CHANDRASEKRAN, pendently of the
Your book-buying dollars at work? clude use of a
vacation home, a
motor home, a sailboat and at least eight expensive
automobiles. The vacation home was furnished by the store
with such amenities as a hot tub and satellite dish, costing
$69,000. "Things like that are exceptional.... I haven't heard
of anything like that," said SteveJohnson, who conducted a
survey of managers' salaries for the National Association of
College Stores.. Howard Libit, The StanfordDaily, Stanford U.
U. of Pennsylvania donation
brings new meaning to 'campus stud'
For Rick Nahm, The Daily Racing Form may become
required reading. Nahm, who heads up the U. of
Pennsylvania's $1 billion fund-raising campaign, may use
the paper to trace the value of one of the most unusual
donations to Penn - sperm. The university has received
breeding rights to Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice for the
next five years. Nahm said the university has 15 oppor-
tunities to sell the right to stud with Bet Twice to willing
owners. Breeding seasons with Bet Twice fetch between
$15,000 and $20,000 each, and if he proves to be a "good
stallion" with prize-winning foals, the value will increase..
Kenneth Baer, TheDaily Pennsylvanian, U. of Pennsylvania

How smart are 'smart drugs'?
ByALEXGOLDFEIN English said, because he claims they are really
TheDaily Aztec, San Diego State U. engineered to induce peak performance,
whereas drugs limit a person's mental capacity.
Are they souped-up vitamins that enhance Jerome Cleland, a senior at the U. of San
memory and performance, or are "smart Francisco, said using a "smart drug" was
drugs" simply the lastestspharmaceuticalfad? nothinglike his experience with LSD.
According to Dr. Norman McVea of the "The two aren't even compatible," he said.
Oxygen Research Institute in Mill Valley, "Where your brain gets foggy from illegal drugs
Calif., and creator of Oxyhigh, a product he this kind of drugs does the opposite. You kind
calls "the ultimate smart drug," the substances of get a pickup and get much more in tune."
cause a natural high. Both McVea and English said their products
"People use it to increase their memory, are safe.
endurance, concentration and athletic per- "They're not drugs, they're oxygen," McVea
formance," he said. said. "Whoever's
"It's the only high I "V W tin mtalking to me and
know of that's not ' eIng me telling me they're
brought on from a they're against oxygen against oxygen better
(recreational) drug." better not be breathing." not be breathing."
McVea said his But the Food and
"smart drugs" - a - Norman McVea Drug Administration
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als, amino acids and oxygen - supplement the the substances.
oxygen supply you get through breathing. The According to Janet McDonald, an FDA
product typically is mixed either with food or spokeswoman, the "smart drug" fad is deceptive
liquid and ingested. because "smartdrugs" don'treally exist.
The result is an increased blood-oxygen level, "No studies have been done because there is
producing anon-chemicalinduced euphoria. no such thing," McDonald said. "To mislead
"Recreational drugs leave toxic residue in the public and call them smart drugs is an
the brain that can last days, weeks, and will unlawful activity. Labeling should be truthful
block oxygen systems in the brain," he said. and not misleading."
Some users of the "smart drug," McVea said, And Christopher Clark, a neurologist at the
stop taking recreational substances because U. of Pennsylvania, said oxygen improves
they prefer the oxygen-activated drugs. physical performance but notcognitive order.
At Big Heart City, a bar in the San Francisco "It sounds nice," he said. "But there's no
Bay area, a popular item is a creamy orange basis of reality for it. The brain is set up to get
drink laced with a natural "smart drug." Jim all the oxygen itneeds.
English, the creator of Smart Products, said the "If you're going to take a physics test, I don't
drinks make you more "focused." care how much oxygen you get. You better
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