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Friday, March 30, 2012

Adventures in Caking: Hunger Games

Last weekend, while waiting to go to The Hunger Games movie adaption, I decided to bake a cake in commemoration of the opening. This is what I came up with in the late hours of the night. I wish I had fondant to smooth some of the rougher edges, but it turned out well regardless. It was delicious! Enjoy!










'Til next time!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Whitney's "The Rivals" Comes to Life

All of those who read "The Rivals" by Daisy Whitney would be interested in this article I found in the University of Minnesota Duluth's newspaper, The Statesman. It's all about a case study pertaining to prescription drugs that enhance academic performance. Read a preview and then follow the link to read the rest!

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A case study: Prescription stimulant abuse on campus

BY ALEX KORTE
korte029@d.umn.edu
Prescription stimulant abuse is on the rise on U.S. college campuses. Professor Rebecca de Souza is wrapping up a four-semester-long study on stimulant abuse here at UMD.  Photo by iSTOCKPHOTO
Prescription stimulant abuse is on the rise on U.S. college campuses. Professor Rebecca de Souza is wrapping up a four-semester-long study on stimulant abuse here at UMD. 
Photo by iSTOCKPHOTO
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. In fact, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health says that nearly one-third of people ages 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.
Regarding college campuses specifically, use of prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin–traditionally used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)–are also on the rise. ONDCP cites one study at a large university that reported 34 percent of students had used a prescription stimulant medication during times of academic stress.
UMD Assistant Professor Rebecca de Souza, who teaches health communication courses in the Department of Communication, is witness to these numbers here on campus.
“I asked my students in my class, ‘Have you heard about [prescription stimulant abuse]?’ and almost everybody raised their hands and almost everybody said that they either knew somebody who was doing it close to them or that they themselves did,” de Souza said. “They all had heard about it and seemed to think it was the norm.”
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 Extremely interesting! Let me know what you think!
 'Til next time!
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