Marijuana usage among college students at an all time ‘high’

By Paul Hadish

More college students in the United States are smoking marijuana than anytime in the past 36 years. 1980 was the last time statistics of marijuana usage in college has been this high. According to a study done by the University of Michigan, 1 in 17 college students regularly use marijuana 20 or more times every month and 34% of students report marijuana usage in the last 12 months.

With states legalizing marijuana, the growing number of users, and influence from the media, college aged students are becoming more accepting of the drug. NORML Iowa State, a marijuana activist organization, feels as though the drug has been given a bad rep and it should be more widely accepted.

Anastasia Smith, a member of NORML, discusses the club’s view on marijuana and what they are hoping for the future of the drug.

“Hopefully we see it completely legalized throughout all 50 states,” said Smith. “It’s a big jump to have because there’s a huge war on drugs going on right now, but hopefully we can get more word out there about medical uses and the good things that marijuana can bring to the United States.”

According to the same study done by the University of Michigan, 53% of Americans say they support marijuana legalization however, MDMA and cocaine usage among college students has also gone up which means marijuana could be a gateway to other drugs.

Trenton Mein, a freshman in criminal justice, says how he thinks safe usage of marijuana can be beneficial.

“College is a very stressful time for students and I think they can use marijuana to just calm down and relax,” said Mein. “I think eventually it will be legalized everywhere, I think it will take a while, but I think before anything it will be used medically in the next couple years.”


Study abroad through Iowa State University

By Paul Hadish

AMES, Iowa- There are many different opportunities for students to go on experience trips to other countries through Iowa State study abroad programs while they take classes to fill requirements for their majors. Semester programs, year long programs, and summer programs are all offered through Iowa State as well as affiliate programs to dozens of different countries across the world.

To spread the word to students about these programs, Iowa State hosted a study abroad fair on September 15th in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The study abroad fair helps put students in contact with directors and past participants of a wide variety of study abroad options and to help them make comparisons between programs to find which one best meets their needs and interests. Dozens of booths were set up in the Great Hall that contained information about various programs. Students that had previous experience with study abroad, talked about their experiences and why they would encourage others to go abroad.


Students gathered in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union for the study abroad fair on September 15th. The fair hosted booths from different countries around the world and provided information about the various programs.

“I would encourage students to study abroad because it helps them to learn about different cultures,” said senior, Faye Assmann. “Being able to experience things like different foods and cultural customs first hand is really just eye opening. I would strongly encourage others to study abroad because it was the best experience I’ve had in college, it was a dream come true.”

The study abroad fair helps to narrow down program options for students, but with all of the choices it may be a hard decision. In case people miss out on the study abroad fair, they are able to set up a meeting with a program director in the Study Abroad Center on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union. Students can set up a short meeting with a director to hear more about the programs and the logistics of setting up a trip that works with their major and class requirements.


Faye Assmann, a past participant in the study abroad to Wales program, stands at her booth to discuss her experiences with students who are new to study abroad.

Many prior study abroad students have only good things to say about their experiences. Lukas Schmitt, an exchange student from Germany, comments about his experience studying abroad in the United States.

“It’s always good to learn about different cultures,” said Schmitt. “I have met so many new people and learned many things from my experience here.”

If students are interested in finding out more about the study abroad programs, they can contact a director in the Study Abroad Center, or they can find out more on the ISU Abroad website.

Iowa State University enrollment increase may cause problems

By Paul Hadish


AMES, Iowa- Iowa State has posted a record enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. The total enrollment is up to 36,660 students, which is 659 more than last year. This may sound like an accomplishment, however some students are noticing some problems that come with the new flourish in the population.

“It’s just extremely crowded,” said senior, Jon Laczniak. “My freshman year there felt like there was room to breathe but that just doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I’ll be walking in the Memorial Union and there’s just hordes of people everywhere which makes it hard to get from place to place.”

Iowa State is making some changes to accommodate all the new students and to maintain its high quality standards. New dorms have opened on the top floor of the Memorial Union that will help house some of the new incoming students. The university is also constructing a second Buchanan Residence Hall that will house 700 undergraduates starting this spring. Housing isn’t the only thing that’s having to expand; there are new professors and sections of classes to make sure lecture halls don’t overflow with people. With the new adjustments being made, the tuition prices for students have risen this year to cover the costs.

Another change that has been made this year is the downsizing of meal bundles to provide enough meals for everyone. Some students are not too happy about this change.

“I’m upset with the meal bundle situation,” said junior, Rohan Nayar. “It just doesn’t seem like enough food for me anymore, I don’t know how they can offer less food for the same price as last year.”


If this enrollment increase trend continues, the university will have to make more and more improvements to keep up. Overcrowding can become a major problem if the university continues to admit more students.

The goal for the university is to continue to expand to become more diverse. Iowa State will continue to strive to be affordable and reasonable and will keep a high acceptance rate. According to an article released by Iowa State, the university believes that they will be able to maintain these standards even as state funding struggles to keep up. It is important for the number of students being enrolled to grow at a reasonable pace, so the budget will be able to cover costs for high quality living situations and for excellence in education.