This Week in the Voice: The consequences of study drugs

studying with stimulantIn this week’s Feature, Lindsay Leasor investigates how study drugs affect the brain, their prevalence amongst Georgetown students, and whether they are infringements of the Honor Code.

The prevalence of recreational use of cognitive enhancers is staggering. In 2010, 60 Minutes reported that 50 to 60 percent of college juniors and seniors have abused psychostimulants, either by stealing them, falsely reporting symptoms to obtain a prescription, buying them from another student, or trading them for other drugs. Students increasingly view these drugs as a means to academic success, raising the question of whether the illegal use of an enhancer without demonstrated medical need is academically dishonest.

On the Editorial page, the Editorial Board argues that the District should implement a needed worker-protection program for employees at the Wal-Marts that will be opening in D.C. soon.

In News, Connor Jones reports on the Math Department’s plans to propose a new PhD program.

On the Sports page, Chris Castano analyzes Georgetown’s men’s soccer team’s win against the Syracuse Orange in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.

In Leisure, Julia Lloyd-George reviews the film adaptation of Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina.

And in Voices, Sadaf Qureshi reflects on her Thanksgiving break trip to Tennessee with eight other Muslim students and their Imam, and how the trip helped her realize the importance of trying to understand things foreign to her.

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