Adderall Abuse on Whitewater’s Campus (Capstone Audio Story)

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 (Me)-  If a person decides to go to college, it can be a very hectic time in life.  Students are forced to balance schoolwork, work, friends, fun and many other things involved with college life.  For many students it seems like there isn’t enough time in a day to fit everything in.  Most students cope with the lack of time by staying up late to cram for school.  But with a lack of energy already, students are forced to use stimulants to stay up.  Some students chug energy drinks and coffee while other students have found another way to stay up all night.  It’s called Adderall and it has flooded college campuses.  According to the United Health Center of Wisconsin, Adderall is a Schedule 2 narcotic prescribed to treat ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The feeling you get from taking Adderall is a lesser intense high that the illegal drug cocaine provides.  Adderall has become a danger on college campus’, not only because of the negative side effects that can occur while taking it, but also because of how common it is shared amongst college students.  According to a New York Times survey, as many as 20 percent of college students have used Adderall.  But why do students choose to use Adderall?

Jenn Boaz 1- Clinical Health Educator- The biggest thing that I hear from students that come in and I’m talking with.. They say that they’re using it to help them to study.. That they maybe procrastinated and they know that if they take it then they’ll be able to kind of pull an all nighter to be able to finish a paper or a project… get some extra studying in.  I’d say that’s the biggest reason I hear.  I don’t hear of too many of the students I talk to using it for recreational purposes but I know that it is something that does happen.

 (Me)-  That was Jenn Boaz.  She is a Clinical Health Educator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and she is exactly right on the reasons why students take Adderall.  I managed to connect with two Whitewater students who currently take Adderall.  One student is prescribed and the other one isn’t.  Both students have different ways of obtaining the drug, but use it for very similar reasons.  Both students have requested to have their names remain unanimous.

 Un-Prescribed 1-  Personally I only use it, id say as funny as it sounds, as a need be basis.  I would use it for when I have a, say, higher than a usual workload as to schoolwork or outside work as my job or what not.  Other than that, I would say definitely a recreational part does come in play when say going to the bars or parties or a longer night to that instant.

James (Me)- That was the student who isn’t prescribed Adderall.  You might think that this student’s reasons for taking the drug may be outlandish but the prescribed student was no different.

 Prescribed Student 1- I use Adderall usually for studying and pretty much all the time on the weekend when I drink.

 (Me)-  After interviewing both students I was interested on how easy it is to get Adderall on campus.  According to a study done by the Royal Purple, Out of 236 students who admitted to using Adderall, 83 percent of the students obtained the drug through a friend or someone they knew on campus.  Not through a prescription.   I stopped into the Campus Police Station to talk to Police Chief Matt Kierderien.  I asked Chief Kierderien why he believes so many students abuse this prescribed drug.

Chief Matt Kierderien 1-  I believe that there is a false notion that since it’s a prescription drug, it’s not as dangerous, that its helpful in different scenarios and those types of things.  The unfortunate reality is, like any other drug that you abuse or use inappropriately, there can be unintended side effects that can affect you pretty severely.

(Me)-  The false notions Chief Kierderien alluded to are the two main common myths that most students have about Adderall.  Most students think Adderall helps them study and will allow them to drink more and stay up longer when partying.

 Amanda Crintz- Wellness and Alcohol and other drug Educator at UHCS– There have been no studies that have shown that Adderall actually helps retain information.. It helps you just stay stimulated and stay awake.

(Me)- That was Amanda Crintz who is a wellness, alcohol and other drugs educator here at Whitewater.  Amanda also described that using Adderall with alcohol can mask the effects of alcohol on the body until a student has drunken to much.. Resulting in alcohol poisoning.  Jenn Boaz described the doctor’s instruction of using Adderall with alcohol as being prohibited and very dangerous.

Jenn Boaz 2- I know that our doctors here with prescribing the medication… so again going back to students that are actually prescribed the medication, they tell them to not be using alcohol in it at all.  So obviously there is a danger there and then when you have people using the medication not prescribed to them, they maybe don’t know about all of the different types of side effects that go along with using it.

(Me)- Physical side effects aren’t the only problem a student can face from acquiring Adderall; there are legal consequences too.  I was very curious about how scared the student who is un-prescribed to Adderall is to have the drug on him, but I was very surprised by the answer.

Un- Prescribed 2- I’m not gonna lie, its never really on my mind.  It never overpowers my mind; it’s more on the backburner.  I don’t exactly think about it.  I know that there can be legal consequences, pretty extreme even…. Maybe even academic.

(Me)-  Chief Kierderien would be the first one to tell you to not obtain Adderall illegally because of the legal problems you may face.

 Chief Matt Kierderien- There’s the potential criminal prosecution that takes place, there can be suspension or expulsion from school.. All those types of things can occur.  So again, it’s not just a fun recreational thing, or even a study aide.  It can be very serious in a long-term effect.

(Me)- According to Wisconsin Law and the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater’s rules, the penalty for possessing Adderall illegally is a misdemeanor charge with a $500 fine.  Students can also face up to 30 days in prison, have to pay court fees and could face suspension from the school based on their past behavior.  If a student were to get caught selling Adderall it would be a scary situation for him or her.  The penalty for manufacturing Adderall is a class H felony that has a fine up to $10,000, and the student would be facing up to six years in prison.  Along with all the legal charges, they would immediately be suspended from school and most likely expelled.  With all the risk of Adderall brings, why do students still choose to use it?  Chief Kierderien personally knows how hard it to crack down on Adderall abuse.

Chief Matt Kierderien 2- I can only think of only one or two occasions where we’ve actually had arrests for Adderall use or inappropriate possession.  There are so many people that have the drug prescribed… we run across it a lot but we don’t necessarily run across the abusive aspect that often.

(Me)- Although it is easy to obtain Adderall and very hard to get caught, students should restrain from using Adderall if they do not have a prescription or have not talked to a doctor about their personal health risks of taking Adderall. According to drugabuse.com, Adderall’s side effects are insomnia, headaches, possible heart disease, anxiety, hallucinations, depression, mood swings and many more serious effects.  Not only that but Adderall is addictive just like other schedule 2 narcotic.  So the next time you’re forced to cram for school or to tired to go out and drink, find a healthier and more legal way to go about it.  Your body will feel better about it and so will your conscious.  For Whitewater News, this is James Sayers signing off in Whitewater.

 

Farewell Whitewater

Just like many people who go to college, I had no concrete plan when I arrived on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.  I had a tarnished view of college based on films and shows that it is a crazy place full of pool parties and drinking.  Sadly enough, I came to realize that I would never attend a pool party in Whitewater, but instead I would turn into a man.  Life in high school was really relaxed and the worries were slim.  After the first week of living in the constricting dorm room and sleeping on the slim bed, I wanted out.  I remember calling my mom in a depressed mood and saying I want to come home.  She ensured me everything would be ok, and that I needed to just give it my best shot.  I quickly learned that I couldn’t just rely on other people when I had problems anymore; it was up to me to solve them.

Life got better after the first week.  I met a whole floor of new friends and was busy with all the work of college.  Sure I didn’t have Mom’s amazing meals every night, but the freedom turned out to be worth the poor nutrition of the college meal plan.  College taught me how to problem solve.  Not just math problems, but REAL LIFE PROBLEMS.  When I got sick it was up to me to go to the doctor and buy medicine while also remembering to take it every night.   Every year I became smarter and smarter and my thinking skills only increased.  I started finding ways to deal with stress.  Drinking became one of them (although I didn’t always enjoy it), but on a serious note, I found another way: working out.  Working out was something I never really did in high school, because I was highly involved in playing basketball and really didn’t have time.  Once I started getting into working out I never looked back.  It turned into my number one passion and hobby.  I can’t go a day without doing it because not only does it provide fun for me; it is also my way to vent problems in life and is my own personal therapy.

When it came time to declare a major, I had no clue what I was going to do.  I enjoyed writing and playing sports, so I decided to become a print journalism major.  I started out by writing stories for the Whitewater football team on an alumni site called whitewaterfootballclub.com.  I finished off the year of writing for the website to learn that it just wasn’t for me.  It was too late to change major though, because I wasn’t the kid who wanted to stay in school forever, so I just decided to add a minor in marketing.  Marketing became my passion in school.  I acquired many books to read on my phone and became heavily involved in the idea of marketing.  Although I didn’t want to become a journalist, I began to realize that learning how to write would only help my marketing skills.  Why? Because most business students I’ve ran into throughout my college experience CAN’T write.  I found my own niche position in the business world.  I had marketing knowledge with refined (no where near perfect) writing skills, and that is how I advertised myself to companies.  It landed me a nice summer job at Lexus of Brookfield, where I would write descriptions for cars while also doing online marketing for the company.  For once I was excited about my journalistic future, because I could integrate my major to real life businesses without having to write stories everyday.  It made me think about this world a different way.  I knew that working hard enough would get me the college degree I’ve came here for, but I could also create my own path into the business world without having to follow the “typical” path.  I’m hoping the current opportunities I have at Lexus will open the doors into a new career that will be full of wealth and exciting opportunities.

If I could go back and change the path I took throughout college, I probably would go into accounting and marketing or possibly personal training.  I do not, however, regret any of the decisions I’ve made because these important decisions have shaped me into the person I am today.  I learned that I can’t look back and dwell at the past but instead should look into the future and be excited about possible opportunities.  I have come to realize, as graduation is right around the corner, that I could not have had these learning experiences and life lessons without going to college.  It has been an amazing experience that I will cherish forever, and I am more than grateful for everyone I have met during this crazy ride.  But it is time for me to move and an attack the real world head on.  Goodbye Whitewater, thanks for all the memories.

Not Your Average Day Job

Most people dream about having a job they truly love; to some, it is unrealistic.

For Bill German his only job ever was for Rolling Stones, chasing after the band he loved.

During a presentation for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater about his life, German talked about how his determination for his dream turned into a reality.

“I was chasing after my favorite rock band and writing about it,” German said.

As a 16-year-old in high school, German began to create a newsletter about the Rolling Stones dubbed “Beggars Banquet”.

German did his best to chronicle the “Stones”, even publishing his newsletter in a computer room in his High School.

“I wanted to mix my hobby and profession,” German said.

With persistent effort, German ended up meeting band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood outside of a nightclub in New York City and gave them a copy of the newsletter.

It wasn’t until the newsletter started getting publicity did the “Stones” invite German to hangout with the band.

German started meeting up with the “Stones” every time they were in New York City and was able to report through an unrivaled view into the “Stones” every move.

According to the book, “Under Their Thumb; How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with The Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It)” written by German, it wasn’t all smooth sailing hanging out with the “Stones”.

From spilling orange juice on Mick Jagger’s expensive rug in his house to being called out as a narc by friends of the band because of his unwillingness to do drugs, German was determined to let nothing stand in the way of his dream.

The Rolling Stones ended up taking German under their wing and made “Beggars Banquet” the official newsletter of the Rolling Stones.

German’s dream came true, forcing him to drop out of school and focus on what he needed to do.   German starting following the “Stones” on tour after letting his parents know he dropped out.

“School is interfering with my education,” German told his parents.

It turned out being the right decision for German.  The newsletter ended up being a trademark of Rolling Stones, being advertised on albums, promoted by the band and opening the door for other opportunities for German.

German ended up writing two books from his band experience; one with guitarist Ron Wood titled “The Works”, and got to follow his favorite band for over 17 years.

It all came to an end when German decided to quit in January of 1996.  German was able to seize his dream early and quit after writing 102 issues.

German ended the presentation by saying, “Persistence is key and don’t give up on your dream.”

Although German stated he wasn’t an average kid, his story shows that dreams do come true with the right amount of risk, sacrifice and hard work.

 

 

Jefferson Begins Plan for Highway Shop With Large Check

(Jefferson)- The Jefferson County Board approved to forked out $1.2 million dollars to Miron Construction during the county board meeting Tuesday Mar. 11.

The large check was the first of many to cover the estimated $15 million dollar cost of the highway shop being constructed on County Highway N in Jefferson.

The board chose Miron Construction’s base-bid because it was around $205,000 under their targeted price for construction of the highway shop.

The highway shop facility will have garages, repair facilities, truck wash stations, meeting rooms and extra rooms for the Jefferson County Highway Department to use as storage.

The big debate of the board meeting was how the highway shop will be sustainable, and while the current plan calls for geothermal systems to provide the energy, many board members did not believe it would be feasible.

Geothermal is heat that is derived from the earth’s surface used to create power.  However, with this innovative sustainability comes cost and maintenance.

It would cost around $345,000 for the geothermal systems. It would take around 69 years for Jefferson to pay the money back, and it would need to be replaced around four times during those 69 years.

Supervisor Dick Schultz voiced his opinion on the new source of energy, “We have a responsibility to look down the road and look to the future. … We do have to look at green energy. That being said, geothermal doesn’t make sense. We are looking at alternatives in solar. … We should not take our focus off the future.”

Other supervisors came up with other ideas for alternative energy, one being Biomass.  Biomass is an energy source derived from living, or recently living organisms.

Supervisor Greg David spoke highly of Biomass saying, “Biomass could be useful as a potential energy source. It would keep those energy expenditures right here in Jefferson County and give us local sovereignty.”

The board voted against the geothermal systems with a 28-0 vote and will keep an open mind to other forms of renewable energy.

Sheriff’s Contracts

Under Act 10, a state law restricting bargaining rights for public employees, deputies of Jefferson County have previously been exempt, however, the board approved of new three-year contracts for the deputies.

The contract will increase the deputies’ pay by 2.5 to 3 percent but hold them accountable for paying 93% of the premium on their health plan.

Due to all of the recent sacrifices by public employees, the board agreed this new contract was the right thing to do.

New Courthouse Parking

Also during the meeting the county board approved purchasing a property at 211 E. Washington St for the purpose of a parking lot across the street from the courthouse.

Some board members were not pleased with the steep price the county paid for the 12 parking spots, but the county courthouse and sheriff’s department is in need of more parking.

Next Meeting

The county board had many conflicts in schedule for the next meeting but came to a decision to meet at 5 p.m. on April 15.  The April 15 meeting is where board members select a chair and while all 30 members are up for election on April 1, only six will face competitors.

During the meeting, Pam Rogers, Sarah Bregant and Greg Torres were honored with cake and applause for their service on the county board.  All three decided to not seek re-election.

Supervisor Greg Torres lightened up the mood during the sustainability debate, reciting the importance of his last meeting, “I am glad that at my last County Board meeting we can be rescinding a bad piece of green policy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitewater’s On-Zoning Problem

(Whitewater, WI)- Tension was high during Tuesday’s Whitewater City Council meeting after councilwomen Stephanie Abbott blasted the councils’ inability to meet and make a decision on residential and industrial-commercial zoning changes.

Abbott’s rant was quickly followed by applause by unhappy landlords including Mr. Kachel, owner of DLK, who spoke on the zoning subject praising Abbott for her determination to get the zoning decision process rolling.

Abbott works for DLK, and it proved to be her priority to get residential properties rezoned quickly.

With the increase in student population, it is obvious that more student housing is needed in Whitewater. The city council agreed to hold a hearing on the residential changes on Mar. 10.  A hearing for industrial-commercial changes will take place Feb. 25.

The landlords were not the only upset residents in Whitewater.  Local resident Richard James of Freemont Street spoke about his long-lasting flood problems.

James Explained how his backyard has had awful flooding problems ever since his son’s graduation party years ago and questioned the city council’s effort to act on the problem.

“Why has nothing been done in 5 years?” James ended his complaint and did not seem happy as he walked out.  He wasn’t the only resident to have flood problems; local resident Mr. Simon complained that the flooding ruined his garden and backyard.

Whitewater has flood problems all around the city and according to the multiple studies; it is due to insufficient storm city pipes.

Whitewater’s draining system is outdated and in various locations around the city there are large pipes draining into small pipes, causing excess water to flood properties.

At the intersection of Whitewater Street and Church Street lies the Home Lumber facility, which has experienced serious flooding due to not having a positive overland flood route.

The storm sewer aligns under the Home Lumber facility, which makes it difficult for city staff to access the pipes and fix the problem.

In order to fix the flooding problems, Whitewater would have to install larger storm pipes, which would not only be an expensive venture but would also sacrifice trees.  The city council will be faced with two options to improve the storm sewer problems.  Option one is a 25-year plan that would cost the city around $469,000.  Option two is a 100-year plan that would cost the city around $600,000.

The city council intended to only hear input on the flooding problems and had a discussion about the subject but did not make a decision.

Whitewater’s Police Department will be welcoming a new member and partner.  With many generous donations, the police department of Whitewater has reached its financial goal to acquire a K-9 unit.

According to Chief of Police Lisa Otterbacher, the department was approximately $12,000 shy of the goal until a large donation was received from Stan Kass, owner of Skylark Automatic Vending Inc. of Milwaukee.

Now that fundraising is done the next step for the Whitewater Police Department is to implement a K-9 program, which has been decided to be Steinig Tal Kennels out of Campbellsport, WI.

Stening Tal Kennels is responsible for the training and purchase of the canine, while the police department is responsible to find a fitting handler.  Once the unit is selected, they will participate in a two-week training course.

According to the Whitewater Police Department’s website, goals of the K-9 unit include detecting controlled substances, searching for people and teaching the community about the negative aspects of drugs.

Searching for controlled substances will include traffic stops, search warrants and consent searches.  People searches include locating people who are lost and tracking fleeing suspects.

The K-9 unit will be present in the community by going into schools, churches and community groups to talk about drugs.  Although the police department has successfully raised enough money for the K-9 unit, this merely covers the first year of expenses and will require donations and sponsorships to keep the unit going.

Once the K-9 unit has finished training, the program isn’t officially over until the canine swearing in ceremony.  Although it seems unusual, it is necessary for the canine to swear in to be treated as an officer in the eyes of the law.

Canines are smart dogs, but it will be interesting to see how it takes the oath.  Whether it knows it or not, swearing in to the police department will change its life and hopefully make Whitewater a safer place to live.