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to work at the Michigan League, though his
schedule varies in shift times, length and
"(Before college) I was more of a morn-
ing person, but I'm kind of anything now,"
Broughman said.
His earliest class is at 9 a.m., and though
the latest he tends to get off work is 2 a.m.,
once a month each building manager pulls
an all-nighter to monitor the door to the
Inn at the League, the hotel in the League.
Broughman said the first few hours aren't
bad, but it can become a battle to stay
awake as the night wears on. However, he
claims to not be burdened by sleep debt.
"If I can sleep in just one day after, I'll be
fine," Broughman said.
Broughman added that he's used to a var-
ied weekly schedule since he started work-
ing in the Unions freshman year and has
m worked as a building manager for more than
a year. He's taking 16 credits, and though he
said academics come first, his job can get in
the way.
"There are times when it's kind of hectic,"
Broughman said. "I'm looking forward to
Thanksgiving break."
Linton said her work can be "frustrating"
and "physically exhausting," so she's only
taking 10 credits this semester and plans on
taking 11 credits winter term.
Sleep habits account for the largest
amount of discrepancy in the grade point
averages of college students, according to
a 2000 study published in the Journal of
American College Health. Later wake-up
times were most closely tied with lower
This is a study I can relate to. I had to take
two Incompletes in classes last semester, and
the largest contributing factor was the per-
sistent sleep problems I encountered that
made attendance difficult.
The study also claims low grades are very
closely associated with a high number of
paid or volunteer work hours per week.
This semester, I'm juggling 12 credit

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the leaders and the worst
by zach bergson and kaitlin williams

a week of dailv stories

* New York Times photographer Toni
Cenicola wants you to get in the
mood for Thanksgiving.

" llihanna's 777 tour - wherein she
flew with fans and reporters to seven
cities around the world in seven days
- spurred an onslaught of complaints
from her passengers. Shut up and sign
us up for the 888 tour.
* After tweeting about the Israeli-Pales-
tinian conflict, Kim Kardashian decided
to do something even more useless about
it, by announcing she plans to make
appearances in Millions of Milkshakes
shops around the Middle East.

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hours along with three part-time jobs -
one of which is in the restaurant industry.
The effects of this schedule on my GPA
remain to be seen, but for me, the only ben-
efit of a predisposition to getting less sleep
is more waking time to work and socialize.
Linton said despite working about 35
hours a week, she still manages to get
adequate sleep most nights. Her earliest
class starts at 1 p.m., and she seldom has
to wake up before 10:30 a.m. For Linton,
working nights is worth sacrificing social
opportunities and altering her sleep
"I'm taking out loans, and my parents are
very willing to help, but I'd rather make my

own spending money," she said.
Miles to go before I sleep
For others, staying up isn't a choice - it's a
part of who they are.
Jonathan Poczatek doesn't have a sleep
schedule. When we met at a coffee shop on
a Friday afternoon, he exclaimed that he
woke up at 8 a.m. for the first time in a long
The LSA sophomore's earliest class is at
4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While
sports and after-school activities kept him in
check in high school, Poczatek has become
accustomed to an adaptive, and at times
sleepless, schedule in college.
"In college, I can go all the way around the
clock," Poczatek said.
Poczatek was on a prescription for
Adderall, an amphetamine oftentimes pre-
scribed by physicians to treat attention def-
icit hyperactivity disorder, but he recently
stopped taking the medication because the
added benefit of increased concentration
didn't outweigh the downsides of crashing
and having to increase dosage for effective-
"It's-really just speed," Poczatek said.
Poczatek said it's "obvious" when stu-
dents are abusing amphetamines to focus in
class and -in the library, but he's not willing
to trade off sleep and well-being for the cor-
rective powers of Adderall and medications
of its kind.
I've tried several sleep aids, which have
worked to varying degrees, but, like Poc-
zatek's experience with prescription medi-

cation, the benefits weren't worth the side
Poczatek said a full night's sleep is rare.
Instead he operates on two-to-six hour
naps and he hardly ever feels tired. He
said he's tried cutting down on caffeine
and altering his schedule in the past, but
he's never slept much. He added that his
mother understands because she's always
been the same way, and his housemates are
getting used to his almost constant wake-
Even without the Adderall prescription,
Poczatek sometimes stays up all night to
participate in Hack-A-Thons or just play
video games with friends. He hopes to
transfer into the College of Engineering to
pursue computer science next year. Pocza-
tek said the life of a programmer - where-
in work can be done from home, at any
time, as long as its completed by a deadline
- appeals to his night owl preferences.
Poczatek told me his new espresso
machine is the "best thing ever," and he said
he'll use it frequently to stay alert as course-
work picks up near the end of the semester
and to play a new video game. He said losing
out on sleep will be compromising, but worth
"I'm not going to feel like a person for -a
while," Poczatek said.
There are times when I feel more like
a creature of the night than a person, but
there's no better place than college to find
fellow creatures. They're studying in the
UGLi until dawn. They're sweeping up the
bottles dropped at the bar. They're online,
asking, "you up?"

* In a sad twist of fate, munchie manu-
facturer IHostess ceased production
the week after two states legalized
marijuana But never fear! The owners
of PBR may purchase the rights, mak-
ing a ''vinkie and a beer the new go-to

Last Thursday, two student groups held events on the Diag to promote
peace and raise awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in
response to the killine of Hamas militarv leader Ahmed al-lahari

Walmart and other stores announce
they plan to open for Black Friday
shopping at 8 p.m.on Thursday.
Consumerism strikes again.

* "Fifty Shades of Grey " was nomi-
nated for a National Book Award.NWe
don't fel as if commentary on this
piece ofinformation is necessary to
convey how badly wve feel about it.


Monday, the University of Maryland Board of Regents voted to join
the Big Ten Conference, making it the 13th school to enter the com-
petition. Rutgers also joined the conference on Tuesday.


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