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College Students Using Adderall to Study for Exams

It used to be that when a student had a test or a paper coming up, he would start preparing for it weeks in advance. He would find motivation to study from within by wanting to do well in a class, and that motivation alone would be enough to help him stay concentrated and driven during his study sessions.

Flash forward to 2011, and there’s a new factor in students’ studying habits. It’s not what every student does, but many do, include Jared Gabay, a senior at Auburn University. What could this new factor be? Gabay and many other students use a “study drug” to give them a little extra study boost.

“I’m more driven,” said Gabay about how he feels when he takes Adderall, a prescription drug that was created to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. “I don’t focus on anything else [except my studies when I have taken an Adderall]. If I have a paper, that’s all I’m doing. No distractions, no socializing, just on with it.”

Many students on campuses across the nation are using Adderall and other ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, to help them study.

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Heisman Trophy Awarded to Cam Newton in a Landslide

Auburn‘s Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy this past weekend, and really, it was a competition devoid of drama. Take away some moral grandstanding, and this was an out and out landslide.

Yes, there were a number of voters-105 to be exact-who, perhaps wary of the possibility of a Reggie Bush-type “vacating” of the award down the line, left Newton completely off the ballot.

But of the 781 ballots that did have Newton’s name on them, 729 of them saw the Auburn signal-caller’s name at the top- with good reason. This year, the Tigers’ QB had 4,000 yards of total offense and 48 touchdowns and was a threat with his arm and with his legs. He guided his team through the gauntlet that is the SEC and let several stirring comebacks. He was, without question, the deserving winner.

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Cam Newton’s Dad Attempted to Extort Mississippi State

Cecil Newton, father of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, has been accused of trying to extort money from Mississippi State in exchange for his son’s signature on a letter-of-intent. Kenny Rogers, a recruiter for an NFL agent and former MSU team member, has also been accused of soliciting money on behalf of the Newton family. USA Today reports that Rogers was told it would take $100,000 to $180,000 for the Bulldogs to sign Newton out of Blinn College.

“If somebody’s asking for that kind of money, I don’t have it,” Rogers said in an interview Thursday. “I just called somebody I was close to, to see if he knew of anybody, or to let him know about it so he could tell somebody else what was going on.”

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College Football BCS Standings Reaction

Auburn UniversityBoise State, Utah and TCU should be cursing Missouri and Michigan State right about now. The Spartans and Tigers both lost, putting Alabama directly behind the three BCS busters in the most recent BCS standings, and that could kill the trio’s hopes of a Championship Game appearance.

More on that in a second. For now, let’s start at the top, where Auburn and Oregon have a massive lead in the top two spots. There’s no point in debating Oregon’s mostly awful schedule; if they and Auburn run the table, there will be no BCS-busting this season. Read the rest of this entry »

See Ya, Sooners: Oklahoma Loss Highlights Week 8 in College Football

missouri tigersFor the third straight week, the #1 team in college football went down, as Oklahoma fell to Missouri, making the BCS picture a little more cloudy.

Highlights from week eight:

1. Missouri gets past nemesis— The Missouri Tigers had been snakebit when it came to the Oklahoma Sooners, losing 19 of their past 20 games to their Big 12 rival. But for the second straight week, the country’s top team allowed the opening kickoff to be run back for a touchdown and Missouri ripped off 16 straight fourth-quarter points and took home a 36-27 win. The victory means the Tigers are in control of their own destiny in the conference, but they have to survive an upcoming trip to Lincoln, and a probable rematch with the Sooners in the Big 12 Title game. Read the rest of this entry »

Few Upsets Loom in Week 7 of College Football Season

texas longhorn footballThose of us hoping for major shakeups in the college football polls this weekend might be disappointed. There are only two games between ranked opponents, and many of the elite teams don’t have tough match-ups.

Nonetheless, here are the biggest match-ups of the week:

1. #1 Ohio State at #16 Wisconsin I suppose this game being at Camp Randall makes it an upset possibility, although the next decent team Wisconsin beats will be their first. The Badgers are coming off a rivalry game victory over a dreadful Minnesota team, but this OSU team is a heck of a lot better. The Buckeyes are coming off a thrashing of a decent Indiana team, and have won in Wisconsin before. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Boise State Pass the Test? College Football Week 4 Preview

Boise StateWith conference play (mostly) upon us, there’s a full slate of compelling games for the fourth week of the college football season, so let’s take a look at the best of the best.

Reminder: All ranking reflect the USA Today coaches poll, which has a bearing on the BCS.

#1 Alabama at #11 Arkansas— Boy, Mark Ingram didn’t miss a step, did he? The Crimson Tide’s Heisman winner came back with a bang last week and lit up Duke in another easy ‘Bama win. This week promises to be more challenging, as the 11th-ranked Razorbacks figure needs to put up some points behind Heisman candidate Ryan Mallet, who has thrown for over 1,000 yards in three games. The game is the first of three straight contests the Tide will play against ranked conference foes. Read the rest of this entry »


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