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"It has serious real-world impact - helping to attract top
student and academic talent, and encouraging industrial
investment and benefactions."
- PHIL BATY, editor at the Times Higher Education, about the recent
list placing the University with the twelfth-highest ranked university
reputation in the world.
"I think that was the best game we've played all year. We
started hot, finished hot, and we were great all around."
- MAC BENNETT, junior hockey defenseman, about the Michigan's
sweep ofNorthern Michigan University during the first round
of the CCHA playoffs.
"Every time I would drop a girl at the University of
Michigan, she left the car with the same line, 'Sam, I never
want to see you again.'So that city brings tears to my eyes."
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of her one-woman, no prop rendition of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' " alum, about hisfeelings towardsAnnArbor.
- Facebook user Eliot Hedeman
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Mary Jo Desprez, Alcohol and Other Drug
Policy and Prevention Program Administra-
tor, leads the University's effort to educate
students about the potential dangers of drug
and alcohol abuse. Desprez said that stu-
dents could face major legal consequences
when dealing with prescription stimulants.
u' "It is illegal to share a prescription drug
with someone else," Desprez said. "The pen-
alties could include jail, although that's the
extreme case."
Students found with non-prescribed med-
ication in their possession may face different
consequences based on whether the police
feel the student shows intent to distribute,
Desprez said. Therefore, a student found
with 100 Adderall pills will face very differ-
ent treatment than a student found with one
or two.
One concern for the University is the
trend among students to use stimulants in
conjunction with alcohol or other drugs,
a potentially life-threatening combina-
tion. Desprez's office has worked to create
resources to educate about the dangers.
However, due to the prevalence of alcohol
abuse on campus compared to prescription
-drug abuse, the AODPP primarily incorpo-
rates drug abuse information within its alco-
hol abuse educational programs.

"One of the things we try to do is be
good stewards of resources and match our
outreach to the level of damage and use,"
Desprez said.
Even with the sustained efforts by uni-
versities across the nation, an increasing
number of students are opting to use - in
some cases, promoting the use of - pre-
scription stimulants.
Debate erupted last November when
the University of Miami student newspa-
per, The Miami Hurricane, published an
opinion article by student Robert Pursell
avidly promoting the use of stimulants by
students without prescription.
"The worst thing that anyone has ever
done on Adderall is clean a dorm room and
look up far too many song lyrics," Prusell
wrote. "It's hard to abuse a drug whose
main side effects are productivity and
finding linear algebra interesting."
The article ended with Prusell's call to
action: "Medicate Miami. You've earned
it."
Prusell's article drew criticism and sup-
port from across the nation. And here at the
University, students are equally divided on

the issue. While many support the use of
stimulants, some are taking an active role
in speaking out against their misuse.
LSA senior Anjali Bisht and LSA junior
Clancey D'Isa first studied prescription
drug abuse in a Women's Studies course
last semester. As part of the course, they
conducted an independent research study
to examine the nature of stimulant abuse
among University undergrads.
About 370 University students completed
the survey. The students were asked a num-
ber of questions regarding their experiences
with stimulant medications, as well as basic
information about their lifestyle and stand-
ing at the University.
"(Prescription drug abuse) is prevalent
across ... ethnicities, race, sex and class,"
Bisht said. "We want this (study) to raise
awareness to the campus wide community
that something needs to happen."
Their women's studies profesor, Carol
Boyd, was primarily interested in the price
of illegal stimulants on campus. Through
their survey, D'Isa and Bisht found that stu-
dents pay an average of $5 per pill during
most of the semester, a cost that can rise dur-
ing exam times.
The study found that for many students,
the primary motivation for abusing stimu-

lants is better grades. However the research
found almost no evidence confirming an
increase in academic performance with the
illegal use of these drugs.
D'Isa and Bisht emphasized that these
drugs have confirmed positive impacts for
individuals with ADHD and other similar
conditions, but that there have been almost
no studies on students who take the drug as
a "study aid."
"There's a lot of people who would like to
tell you how helpful it is," D'Isa said. "(How-
ever) you could probably give people sugar
pills and see them respond the same way."
D'Isa said that these drugs will present a
challenge for University officials to regulate,
given how they differ from other controlled
substances.
"It's easier to get stimulant pills than alco-
hol if you're underage," D'Isa said. "The fact
that people are getting it from their family
and friends means they are connected in a
very intimate, personal way - not like going
to a dealer."
Bisht and D'Isa concluded their study
with the hope that the University "can lessen
the impact that misuse of prescription stim-
ulant medications has had on our campus,"
as well as increase education about "the non-
medical use of prescription stimulants."

Papal candidate Cardinal
Bonifacius Steuer's
chances of being the next
Pope are slim, after
45. photos of the cardinal on
his 2007 Spring Break
trip to Florida surfaced
on Facebook. The album,
"Tampa Phun," was filled
with alcohol, strip clubs
and the Dutch cardinal
enjoying it all.

Tweeting his birthday in London was his
"worst birthday," Bieber's weekcontinued
with a two-hour late entrance to his
concert, a pap spat and a woozy spell.
When in London, don't do as the Bieber.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's push to limit
soda beverages to 16 ounces was struck down
on Monday, causing havoc for restaurants that
already "ordered smaller cups," according to
AP. Celebrate with Big Gulps!
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Actress Danielle
Fishel graces the
cover of this
month's Maxim
magazine, showing
a whole new side of
Topanga. But keep it
in your pants, boys
of the 90s - she's
engaged, and her
character is a mom
on, "Girl Meets
World."
w -o

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