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This weekend, 10 students and 2 visitors were hospitalized at Wesleyan University from what was deemed to be a bad batch of MDMA, a drug more commonly known as Molly.

According to speculation, the “overdoses” arose from the sample containing unknown substances and other designer drugs, which were harmful in combination. On Monday, two of the students were in serious condition, and two were critical. In the wake of these incidents, four Wes students were arrested for possessing substances and paraphernalia. It is unclear what the ties are between these students and last weekend’s hospital influx. The students have been named and linked to photographs in this Rolling Stone article.

Naturally, this incident will be a major conversation point for Wesleyan’s campus, but with the popularity of this club drug, and the publicity of the hospitalization, the effects may be far reaching. In the context of Brown University, a Herald Poll indicates that less than 10% of Brown students have ever used MDMA. However, as the article touches on, perceived usage is much higher for many students on campus, especially during times like Spring Weekend.

On Spring Weekend, Molly engages both experienced and novice users. Here are some quotations from Brown students who have taken it before, on how the recent incident as Wesleyan will affect their future usage:

“I’ve always tested my drugs so I’m not worried.”  – ’15

When I was doing [Molly] regularly, I tested every batch with a kit that anyone can buy for $60 online. The funny thing about drugs is that it’s usually not the regular drug users who get in trouble–it’s the ones who do it once with non knowledge and without bothering to educate themselves on what they are putting in there bodies.” - ’16

I don’t plan on doing Molly again; it is an incredibly dangerous drug and I think college students don’t realize just how dangerous it is.” - ’17

I have leftover stuff from last year, but I’m probably never buying anymore.” - ’16

“Molly is dangerous because it’s illegal, and there’s no fear of being fined/jailed for giving out faulty or dangerous products, because you’re gonna be jailed for selling it regardless.” - ’16

As one student pointed out, testing kits are essential to look into the purity of your purchase. A New York Times article investigating the phenomenon in 2013 warned that “despite promises of greater purity and potency, Molly, as its popularity had grown, is now thought to be as contaminated as Ecstasy once was.”

You can purchase testing kits online (one student suggested dancesafe.org) or request one–anonymously and for free–from Brown’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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Students Who Do Cool Things: Julie Christian, policewoman extraordinaire

Julie Christian is full of unlikely combinations. She can look you in the face with utmost humble sincerity and say, “I am so proud to wear a uniform.” Her favorite part of being a police officer is “witnessing the positive impact one can make in every event or call.” Julie is 49 years old. Oh, yeah, and don’t let me forget to mention—she’s a student at Brown.

Julie is able to study at Brown through the Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program, which admits a small number of students who have been out of high school for six years or more and are looking to complete or begin a college education.

Clearly, Julie is a bit more than six years out of high school. In the time that elapsed between then and now, a lot’s happened that made her into who she is today: a police officer, police dispatcher, Eucharistic Minister, mother, and a Brown University first-year.

You might be shocked that someone so prim and put-together is a policewoman on the side. You might be shocked that this ex-stay-at-home-mom is a college student. You will be even more shocked to know that all of this—returning to school, becoming a policewoman—has only happened in the last three years of Julie’s life.

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The college movie Oscars

The Oscars are behind us, and wow, what a ride. We at BlogDailyHerald’s unofficial Academy, however, noticed a disconnect between the people with whom we were watching and the show — none had seen the majority of the nominees. While this didn’t matter for categories like “Best Documentary Short,” people were saltier than Skewers’ horrible pita chips over Boyhood‘s loss, if they had yet to see Birdman. Therefore, we decided to create our own Academy Awards featuring college-themed films: because everyone loves a good college movie. The nominated films and our predictions are as follows…

Best Picture

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Nominees:

21 & Over
22 Jump Street
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Animal House
Legally Blonde
Neighbors
Old School
Pitch Perfect
Social Network

Verdict:

There are lots of worthy movies in the running for best college movie of all time, but one movie clearly stands head and shoulders above the pack. The case for the others: 21 & Over features Miles Teller at his most charismatic; 22 Jump Street makes us cry with laughter upon each viewing; Accepted’s premise is hilarious and well-executed; Legally Blonde, though technically a law school movie, features the smartest lead character and tons of memorable moments (bend and snap anyone?); Neighbors has Rogen’s schlub up against Efron’s ultimate bro; Old School makes Will Ferrell streak through the quad and it invented “earmuffs”; Pitch Perfect has Fat Amy; and, the Social Network nearly won Best Picture at the (real) Oscars. All these films owe a great deal, however, to Animal House: the OG of university films. Upon rewatching, this movie feels like it could have been made within the last decade, and the toga party scene still stands as the best-ever party scene (besides maybe Project X). Eminently quotable quotes, impossible to replicate performances, and memorable hijinks, all add up to make Animal House the gold standard of college movies, and very deserving of the Best Picture Oscar.

Winner: Animal House

Runner-Up: Legally Blonde

Best Actor

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Nominees:

Miles Teller – 21 & Over
Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street
Justin Long – Accepted
Nick Cannon – Drumline
Adam Sandler – Waterboy

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A Look at Fusion Dance Company’s Spring Show

After 32 years of performing, Fusion Dance Company knows how to entertain. With 16 dances, five interludes, and countless shouts of “Fu Fu?… Fusion!”, the Fusion Dance Company Spring Show is a must-see. At times intimate, at times high-energy, and always artistic and creative, each dance attempts to capture the essence of Fusion Dance Company, and the diversity within the group and the members. No words can really do this show justice, so instead…

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How do Brown students deal with the hair down there?

It started with a quest to answer the question: is the bush reemerging as a trend at Brown? It developed into an extensive investigation into the norms and preferences surrounding pubic hair on campus. Last week, we distributed a survey about the “hair down there” to a bunch people via Facebook. We got 300 responses and this Valentine’s day, we present to you. . . the results!

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Why does nobody know about Newton’s tree?

Brown’s campus has over one hundred trees. None of these trees should go unnoticed, but there is one in particular that should stand above the rest. In the center of the parking lot between Hope and George street, an apple tree was firmly rooted. This tree, unlike others like it on campus, came from a graft of the legendary tree that dropped an apple on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, which famously led to his theory of gravity. While Brown’s campus is home to this piece of living history, most people on campus do not even know it exists.

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15 years ago, Professor Humphrey Maris of the Physics department, ordered a piece of the famous tree from a plant nursery. It was no higher than 3 feet when Professor Maris planted the tree in between the Applied Mathematics building and Barus and Holley.

In May 2014, plans for a new Applied Mathematics building were announced. The location was set to be right where the infamous apple tree stands. Construction began in November 2014, and Brown released a picture of the site just days before ground broke. And in the photo: all the trees still firmly rooted into the ground.

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