The University is planning an offensive this spring to encourage students to think about quitting their tobacco habit. It's funded in part by the recent settlement of lawsuits against the tobacco companies.
Health Iowa of the Student Health Service will participate in a four-county
grant called "4 Counties 4 Tobacco Control." The counties applied
for and received money from the state of Iowa tobacco settlement fund.
Sarah Hansen, interim director of Health Iowa, says the counties will
introduce a "Quit and Win" contest this spring to encourage
students to think about quitting smoking now.
Dance Marathon, which supports special programs to families served by the Childrens Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, raised a record $540,000 in its recent 48-hour dance in the Iowa Memorial Union.
The event raises money through dancer pledges, corporate sponsorships, and freewill donations. It is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the United States.
The event benefits Childrens Miracle Network.
Officer Brad Allison of the Department of Public Safety writes about the drug Ecstasy in the February 2001 issue of Crime Prevention News, an on-line newsletter. It is available in PDF format here. (You'll need to have Adobe Acrobat installed to read the PDF file.) Other issues of the newsletter are available at on the Public Safety site.
Ecstasy is one of the club drugs synthetically developed by underground chemists and used by young people in bars, nightclubs, and the all-night dances known as "raves." Allison notes that the drug has many names and many different shapes, and some Ecstasy is adulterated with other drugs that may have different harmful effects.
Ecstasy greatly increases the levels of a chemical neurotransmitter called
seratonin in the users brain. It is a stimulant and causes a "high."
However, it also causes a corresponding low with numerous problems after
the high wears off. More information about Ecstasy is available on the
Student Health Services site.
If youre wondering whom to call for a particular question or problem, this web site might help. Look for a link to "Who Does What at The University of Iowa."
The document is available either as a PDF file you can download (youll need to have Adobe Acrobat installed) or a Microsoft Word document.
While youre at the site note that it has University calendars and a wealth of other information about the University.
The Womens Resource and Action Center has announced a free, confidential financial counseling service for all University students called "Paper or Plastic?"
A counselor is available on campus to help students develop workable budgets, pay off debts, regain control of their finances, and learn money management skills.
Students can make appointments to meet with the counselor by calling 335-3239. The counselor has office hours in 379 IMU: Mondays, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Cosponsors of the program are Consumer Credit Counseling Service, the Office of Student Financial Aid, Support Service Programs, Residence Life, Womens Athletics, Cashiers Office, Alumni Association, Iowa State University Extension-Johnson County, and the Center for Credit Programs.