Oakland, Calif. - The campus tour began promptly at 3 p.m. and was attended
by a fairly
typical cast of characters. There was an affable, out-of-work engineer
looking to study for a new profession; a long-haired youngster all but
quivering with the certainty that he had found his collegiate "perfect
fit"; and, with him, a well-barbered elderly man who hovered nearby
looking taciturn but not unsupportive.
"I'm the grandfather, along for the ride," the man explained once the
group was inside the main campus building, his tone of voice conveying
a remarkable neutrality considering that, at the moment, he was
surrounded by potted marijuana plants. "I wanted to make sure that
this was all," he paused, "legitimate."
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This Is Most Definitely Not A Cautionary Tale
I never would have made it this far in graduate school without the aid
Perhaps the title of this column made some people think it would be a
cautionary tale. On the contrary, I think my pot smoking has helped
smooth out the roughness of a Ph.D. program. And frankly, I think the
disturbing issue with a younger generation of graduate students is
that they don't toke up enough. Instead many indulge in things far
worse, both for them physically and for the humanities.
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Opponents of a law that prevents students who are convicted of drug
offenses from receiving federal financial aid were handed another
legal defeat today.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, upholding a 2006
decision by a U.S. District Court, has refused to reinstate a lawsuit
that sought to strike down the law.
In its ruling the appeals court rejected arguments by the Students for
Sensible Drug Policy Foundation, which filed the appeal, that the
federal law is unconstitutional.
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The blogosphere lit up recently with wisecracks and speculation over
some videos that show a University of Florida management lecturer,
Howard J. (John) Hall, delivering a giggly, rambling lesson on
Boston, Machiavelli, and the origins of the middle-finger salute.
Mr. Hall, who is being popularly referred to as the "apparently baked
professor," did not respond to telephone messages from The Chronicle,
and officials at the university were also understandably
tight-lipped, saying only that he was placed on administrative leave
immediately after the lecture.
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A marijuana-legalization group has joined the campaign against campus
drinking - sort of
Matt Bakalar says his parents told him they did not mind if he smoked
marijuana as long as he did not do anything stupid or get caught.
He got caught. In September, undercover police officers arrested him
outside a dormitory at the University of Maryland at College Park
after he bought an eighth of an ounce from a friend. Mr. Bakalar, a
freshman, spent 14 hours in jail, and the university eventually barred
him from campus housing.
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The U.S. Department of Education has removed from its Web site
incorrect information about the eligibility for federal aid of
students with drug convictions, despite saying last week that it
could not fix the error until late July.
The corrected page, on the part of the department's Web site with
information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or
Fafsa, now instructs students to complete a "drug-conviction
worksheet" to learn if drug convictions affect their eligibility.
Previously, the page incorrectly stated that students "must not have
any drug convictions" to receive aid (The Chronicle, July 1).
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The University of Vermont has agreed to pay $7,500 each to two
students who were arrested at a campus rally last spring in support of
legalizing marijuana. The students asserted that their First Amendment
rights had been violated and that the university had pursued
disciplinary action against them even after local criminal charges had
The event, known as the "420" rally , has been held at the university
almost every year for nearly a decade. At 4:20 p.m. on April 20,
students have gathered on a campus lawn and displayed their devotion
to the cause of making marijuana legal. Past rallies have attracted
more than a thousand students and have included formal speakers and
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A federal judge ruled on Friday that Ohio State University must allow
a pro-marijuana festival to be held on the campus, in Columbus. The
university administration had canceled the ninth annual Hempfest on
"We are disappointed in the ruling," William Hall, vice president for
student affairs, said Friday in a written statement. "But we respect
the court's decision and will comply with the ruling."
This year's Hempfest was held as scheduled on Saturday.
The chief organizers of the event, Sean Luse and Mark Verhoff, said
they received an e-mail message on Tuesday afternoon from Pat Hall,
director of student judicial affairs, telling them that the festival
had to be canceled. The festival's sponsoring organization, Students
for Sensible Drug Policy, then asked Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the
U.S. District Court in Columbus to bar the university from canceling
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Wednesday, February 25, at 2 p.m., U.S. Eastern time
A study by a prominent researcher warning of the dangers of Ecstasy was
retracted last September after it was revealed that primates in the study
had been injected with a different drug. What does this mean for the future
of Ecstasy research? What are the implications for U.S. drug policy?
In an article published in the September 27, 2002, issue of Science
magazine, George A. Ricaurte, an associate professor of neurology at the
Johns Hopkins University, warned of new dangers attached to the use of
Ecstasy, including the risk of severe brain damage and debilitating
neurological diseases, even from just one night of taking the drug. A year
later, the article was retracted after it was revealed that Dr. Ricaurte
had mistakenly tested the effects of methamphetamine, not Ecstasy.
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A Retracted Study On A Controversial Substance Raises Questions About
The Reliability Of Government-Sponsored Research On Drugs
Until recently, Ecstasy had been very good to George A. Ricaurte. An
associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University, Dr.
Ricaurte is the nation's most prominent researcher on
methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, the chemical name for Ecstasy,
a drug that produces feelings of intense euphoria, heightened
sociability, and enhanced sensations like touch. His research in the
mid-1980s was the first to suggest that the drug might be damaging to
the serotonin system, which is important in regulating mood, sleep,
appetite, and other functions. He has also received nearly $10-million
in federal funds in the last seven years, and some of his research
results have become key building blocks in the government's
much-ballyhooed "war on drugs."
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Congress this month asked the National Institutes of Health to justify
its support of more than 160 academic studies that involve sexual
behavior, HIV transmission, or alcohol and drug use, after several
lawmakers criticized some research projects in those areas as an
apparent waste of taxpayer money.
Such requests are not unprecedented, but the number of studies
included in the latest inquiry appears to involve significantly more
projects than past requests from Congress to any federal agency that
supports academic research.
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A team of scientists at Johns Hopkins University has retracted a widely
publicized report on the harmful health effects of the drug Ecstasy after
concluding that most of the laboratory animals in its study had mistakenly
been given a different substance.
In a retraction scheduled to be printed this week in the journal Science,
the researchers say that all but one of the 10 primates in its study were
mistakenly given methamphetamine rather than the intended drug, which is
popularly known as Ecstasy and technically referred to as
methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA.
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One stupid mistake can cost you everything. Perhaps no one knows that
better than David C. England.
On March 12, while Mr. England was president of Des Moines Area
Community College, some 20 Iowa narcotics agents raided his home and
found a smoky room and more than two pounds of packaged marijuana
along with some seedlings. That day, as agents searched his cozy
suburban house, Mr. England, 51, thought, "My life is over."
To be sure, his career in higher education may be. After resigning the
presidency and resolving the criminal charges with a plea bargain, Mr.
England is hoping to write a book about his experience and has started
applying for administrative jobs at two-year colleges. But many who
believed in him simply shake their heads and wonder why he threw it
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Drug arrests at the nation's colleges increased for the 10th consecutive
year, rising by 5.5 percent in 2001. The number of liquor arrests also
increased in 2001, rising 4.7 percent.
Many college police officials attribute those changes to tougher
enforcement on campuses, and some of them say students are increasingly
intolerant of substance abuse among their peers -- and more likely to
contact campus officers when they confront it.
The figures are based on a Chronicle analysis of data from 4,711 two-year
and four-year, nonprofit and for-profit educational institutions that are
eligible for federal financial aid. The statistics were released earlier
this year by the U.S. Education Department.
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Police officers arrested 11 students of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
on Friday during an early-morning drug sweep of campus housing and nearby
Two dozen officers and several drug-sniffing dogs from more than half a
dozen local jurisdictions in northwestern Pennsylvania conducted the raid,
which netted undisclosed amounts of marijuana, a prescription anti-anxiety
drug, and substances that students allegedly had passed off as cocaine and
Ecstasy, according to an account published on Saturday in the Erie Times
News, a local newspaper.
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It's easy to name all the professionals we wouldn't want nursing a drug
We'd like our airline pilot not to amble giddily toward the cockpit, his
mind on the pleasure palaces of Kubla Khan. We value the surgeon whose war
experience with morphine makes him extra sensitive to side effects, but
somehow prefer his drug-free judgment when he has scalpel in hand. We fear
that the lawyer who shows up with one toke too many will metamorphosize
into Al Pacino in ... And Justice for All, suddenly frothing at the mouth
and ranting that it's his client who's a dirty, rotten, guilty son of a bitch.
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As I write, the panic over the Washington-area sniper appears to have ended
with the arrest of a truly bizarre father-stepson combination, but, until
it was over, the saga held us agog for the better part of a month.
Like the exploits of Jack the Ripper in the darkened East End streets of
late-Victorian London, the almost-daily attacks filled us with terror, kept
us glued to the news outlets of our day, and, during the weeks of
uncertainty and rumor, dramatically changed people's daily routines.
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Campus police officers at Dartmouth College can search students' dormitory
rooms for illegal drugs without first obtaining a search warrant, New
Hampshire's Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
The court's decision
a ruling by a state district court in a case involving a student who was
charged with marijuana possession after campus police officers found
illegal drugs during a search of the student's dorm room. A lawyer for the
student, Adam Nemser, argued that the search had violated the student's
protection against improper searches and seizures, under the Fourth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The student charged that the evidence
had been gathered improperly and that the charges should be dropped.
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One morning three years ago, Ansley Hamid was awakened by a thumping on
his door. First, the anthropologist says, he thought it might be the
pest-control man. It wasn't. "This is the police. Open up!" Groggy and
shirtless, Mr. Hamid complied, peering out above the security chain.
He asked if he could get dressed and began to close the door. But one of
the federal agents stuck his toe inside, keeping it open. Once the
professor let them in, there was a flash of activity: four men, one woman,
guns, badges. They took pictures, looked in closets. There was talk of
misusing a federal grant, of snorting heroin, of arrest.
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The philanthropist Peter B. Lewis -- savvy businessman, patron of the arts,
financial supporter of educational institutions, iconoclastic billionaire
- -- is a dedicated libertarian as well. He smokes marijuana and favors its
legalization, donates millions to the American Civil Liberties Union, and
lustily exercises the Constitution's guarantee of free speech.
"I like stirring the pot," Mr. Lewis, 68, says at lunch, biting into a
hamburger ordered rare. "I like challenging the status quo."
Among the beneficiaries of Mr. Lewis's largess -- and the targets of his
free speech -- is Case Western Reserve University. It has used $36-million
of his money to erect a stunning new home for its business school,
dedicated this month. All swerves and curves and undulating steel, the
building was designed by the famed architect Frank Gehry, a friend of Mr.
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