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Drug analysis found at referral
'By DAN BURNETT
Collegian Staff Writer
;John, a first termer at the
•i-University, just bought an
ounce of what he thought was
"columbo" for $3O. To his
dismay, this great deal
turned out to be a real
bummer because he bought
low potentcy domestic pot
rather than imported
If John had contacted, on
Drugs (OD) to find out about
the' quality of pot in State
College before making his
purchase, he could have
saved himself from being
ripped off. OD has learned
ibrdugh its , drug analysis
program and from talking to
local" heads" that most of the
pot in this area now is low
potentcy domestic and
Mexican and much of the
,hash is simply compressed
OD, located on S. Allen
Street, is a non-profit, non
biased organization designed
to provide area residents with
information and help con
cerning drugs and alcohol. All
contacts with OD by law are
OD will have any drug
analyzed by a licensed
toxicologist free of charge. To
keep the drug owner or in
terested person strictly
anonymous, the person
mply comes to the OD office
Cheating described in cadets' affidavits
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Sworn statements by
vadets accused in West Point's worst cheating
scandal depict a climate marked by the casual
exchange of test answers and the possibility of
buying an innocent verdict if accused.
The affidavits (150 of them) signed by about 60
cadets, , tell of lying, stealing and pervasive
"I remember many instances in . which poop
- 11 sessions were given by someone who had already
taken the exam," one cadet swore. "The size of the
poop sessions ranged from five to ten to literally the
entire company, and from there it spread to other
companies through the regiment, usually by word of
The affidavits tell of "cool" cadet honor
sepresentatives who will cast the single innocent
vote needed to exonerate a suspected violator, of ak
$1,200 bribe to one honor representative, of falsely
completed attendance reports and of advice on
cheating from upperclassmen.
These documents, implicating an additional 687
cadets in the scandal, were given to the White House
Saturday in an effort by attorneys for cadets
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and picks up a coded en
velope. He then takes the
.envelope out of the office,
places the drug in . it, and
mails it. Within seven to ten
days the person interested in
the drug's content can call or
stop in the OD office to find
out the results of the analysis.
"Only 26 per cent of the
sample drugs analyzed in
State College have been what
they were supposed to be and
the national average is 50 per
cent, so State College is rip-
Violation of the honor code which says "a cadet
will not lie, cheat l or steal, nor tolerate those who
do," is punished by expulsion. Suspected violators
first face a cadet honor subcommittee, then a 12-
member honor board which must vote unanimously
on an allegation. Boards of officers hear appeals.
One affidavit alone listed the names of 109 alleged
Here are some excerpts:
"C.M. offered to help Cadet B. fix his honor board
for EE3O4. He knew of supposedly five 'cool' honor
off prone," says Norman
Brown, director of OD.
There is also a 24-hour drug
and alcohol hotline and drop
in center at OD. Here, trained
personnel will try to answer
any question concerning
drugs, or simply just talk. All
members of the staff have
completed an extensive ten
week training program
consisting of basic counseling
skills, emergency first aid,
suicide prevention, legal
awareness training, and a
thorough education con
already charged to get those accused reinstated on
the ground that they are victims of a defective
honor system in which cheating was prevalent.
The affidavits were disclosed on the condition that
names of the cadets who signed them and of the
cadets cited be kept confidential.
So far, 149 cadets have admitted guilt, been
convicted by boards off officers or left West Point
for other reasons, leaving the allegations against
Of the 203 cadets implicated so far—nearly a
quarter of this fall's senior class—cases against
only four are pending..
cerning drugs and their effect
on the body. Ongoing training
sessions are held regularly to
update the staff's skills.
OD's most vital function is
emergency dispatch service
which is available to anyone
in need free of charge. Staff
members gladly come to the
scene of an emergency to help
out. In severe emergencies,
such as a massive overdose,
they see that the person gets
the proper medical attention.
reps. He gave B. and myself the names."
"H.R., R.S., and P.A. called me up one evening at
the company after 2000 hours (8 p.m.) and asked me
to mark their cards 'on limits' when in fact they
were AWOL off post."
"M.W. and J.O. each gave $6OO to buy off an honor
representative. They told me that they gave $1,200
to an honor rep to vote not guilty at A.G.'s honor
board in 1973. The vote at the board was 11 guilty
votes and 1 not guilty vote."
• "M.F., member of the Army ... team, told me my
plebe year that cheating was the only way to get by
the academic year and still play athletics ... I was
aware that cheating and toleration existed. M.F.
would get together with G.R., 8.M., S.W., J.G.,
J.R.,' W.S. and pass around the questions and an
swers to daily written tests and written partial
reviews ... from plebe year until they graduated,
this process of exchanging answers went on. S.W,,
J.R. are generals' sons and J.G. is a colonel's son."
"P.G. told me that ( name deleted) had frequently
fixed boards by planting an honor rep to vote not
guilty. Since he was secretary, he assigned the
members who were on individual boards."
In other cases the staff
members will assist
wherever possible and refer
those in need to a more
specialized counseling or
The staff of OD is backed up
by the most extensive drug
and alcohol . library in the
area. Information is received
regularly from the most
prominent sources in the
nation, including the Student
Association for the Study of
Hallucinogens (STASH) and
the Do It Now Foundation.
The public is encouraged to
use OD's library facilities for
both research projects and
OD began in 1970 as a class
project by a group of
University students who saw
a need for a center offering
non-biased factual in
formation on drugs. Since
then,. OD has grown into a
round-the-clock help and
Despite its growth, the
basic philosophy of OD has
remained unchanged. The
staff will provide anyone with
help or information con
cerning drugs, alcohol, or
emotional problems. (On
Drugs is located at 235 A S.
Allen St., 237-5855, 237-5856.)
The Collegian will regularly
print the code numbers and
results of OD's drug analysis
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PSU researchers find
potential source of fuel
Improvements made by four University
scientists in a hydrogen gas research
project may mean a new source of in
dustrial fuel and a lessening of demand for
The four scientists, working on a
Commonwealth Campus and at University
Park, said they feel they have a system
that Ss on its way to becoming com
mercially practical for industrial use.
John F. Houlihan, and David P.
Madacsi, assistant professors of physics,
and Edward J. Walsh, assistant professor
of chemistry researched the project at the
Shenango Valley Campus. Laxman N.
Mulay, professor of solid state science at
University Park participated also.
The • system produces hydrogen fuel
through an electrolysis process of passing
a weak electric current through water to
separate the hydrogen and oxygen.
Existing systems of this kind are
uneconomical because of the storage
batteries used to supply the electric
The Penn State system produces
electricity by exposing an electrode of
titanium dioxide to sunlight. The electrode
FDA removes prescriptions
of 10 cold, allergy remedies
The government yesterday
approved the over-the
counter sales of 10 drugs
designed to temporarily
relieve the coughing and
sneezing of the common cold
and such allergies as hay
The Food and Drug
Administration announced it
was removing, at least for the
next year or two, the
prescription requirement for
10 of 14 ingredients recom
mended for unrestricted sales
by one of its advisory panels.
It rejected three of the
preparations and reserved
judgment on the other.
New cough and cold
products containing the
ingredients will be on the
market this fall, FDA of
ficials said at a news con
Marketing is conditional for
the next year or two, they
said, while the agency
reviews the panel's 1,000-page
report on the $755 million a
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is immersed in a sodium 'hydroxide
solution which reacts with the electrode to
produce an electric current.
Houlihan said this electrode is more
efficient and less expensive than other
Houlihan said other scientists have
achieved better energy ratios by using
silicon cells but these cannot be produced
in large sizes as inexpensively as titanium
Houlihan said the system must reach an
efficiency of five or six per cent before it
can be considered commercially prac
tical. But he said the efficiency can be
raised by improvements in the
engineering of the basic process.
He said he can see uses for the stystem
in the chemical industry to produce
hydrogen fertilizers and as a fuerfor coal
gassification. Other industries could use
the fuel as a alternative to natural gas
Another use of the hydrogen fuel could
be in hydrogen fuel cells. These produce
water as a result of hydrogen combustion,
making the entire process a closed,
non-polluting system, Houlihan said.
year industry covering 35,000
to 50,000 nonprescription cold
Dr. Francis C. Lowell,
chairman of the advisory
panel and associate professor
of medicine at Harvard, said:
"For the millions of
Americans who correctly
self-diagnose a 'common
cold,' the ingredients and
products which we have
reviewed and found effective
will provide some temporary
relief from the symptoms and
thereby make the user more
comfortable while the disease
runs its own course."
Lowell stressed that such
preparations are capable only
of temporarily relieving the
effects of a cold, for which
there is still no generally
accepted preventive or pure.
It rejected claims by Nobel
Laureate Linus Pauling that
Vitamin C is effective in
preventing or treating the
common cold, saying that
while they are not "totally
unfounded" they "are not
justified" and need further
The Health Research
Group, a consumer
organization affiliated with
Ralph Nader, called the FDA
ruling "a major concession to
the mammoth ."
But the Proprietary
distributors of non
prescription medicines, said
the ruling will give con
sumers a wider choice of self
medication and "relieve the
The 10 ingredients ap
proved by FDA include two
pheniramine and chlor
pheniramine; four bron
chodilators to ease breathing
amine and three different
salts of theophylline; and
four nasal decongestants,
oxymetazoline, two salts
of pseudoephedrine, and xy
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