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Holiday shopping does cause more hardships to college students

By Melissa Pierson

Holiday shopping can cause more stress to students, when the shopping time and final exams are at the same time. Some students try to plan this trip, and others are worried and know that they might be unable to do their holiday shopping. With six quotes from college students from six different colleges, to show what they go through and their views on this time of the year.

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Chipotle Ends the Qdoba Monopoly in Peoria

By: Alexandra Hess and Meg Ryan

After Qdoba’s long-reigning monopoly of Mexican grills in Peoria, Chipotle is moving in. Peoria locals now have a choice when it comes to oversized burritos made with fresh ingredients without having to travel to nearby cities over 30 miles away. Chipotle allows consumers to customize their own burritos, providing options even health-fanatics will enjoy. (more…)

Adopting for the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on December 10, 2012
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BY AMANDA STOLL

Adding a new member to the family around the holidays seems like a great idea, especially if that new member is furry and friendly. TAPS Animal Adoption Center and Shelter is a no-kill shelter in Pekin that can make that a reality for people in the area this holiday season. Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the shelter and see what the volunteers and staff who keep the place going do on a daily basis. (more…)

BU Police fight crime on campus

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on December 10, 2012

The Bradley Police Department is increasing efforts to keep students safe entering winter break. Historically, in the month of December crime rates increase leading BUPD to introduce the Hilltop Safety Cruiser. Detailed crime stats and a night out on campus looking for the cruiser highlight the coverage.

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Bradley’s Valiant Effort Falls Short to #3 Michigan at Carver

The Bradley Braves lost to the Michigan Wolverines 74-66 on December 1 at Carver Arena.  Along with the fan’s perspective, is a video featuring senior Milos Knezevic talking about the expectations for the game and what needs to be done for a victory.  A podcast interview with The Voice of the Braves, Dave Snell, and an interactive Google map of the opponents Bradley and Michigan have played prior to the game is also included.

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Intramural Sports at Bradley University – The Insiders Guide

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on December 10, 2012
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By: Kendra Newlon & Andrew Meier

Intramural sports are a great way to stay active, hangout with friends, and have fun. Every student on campus can easily get involved and play. No matter what sport you are into, intramural sports has it and you can compete with others on campus. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into getting everything set up and ready for students. Nick Kramer (Assistant Director of Campus Recreation) is in charge of setting up all the sports, along with referees and those who run the time clocks for events. We have included interviews with the student referees and we get insight on what it is like to referee your peers. Intramural sports is a major part of Bradley University’s campus. Also included is a map outlining the different venues for which intramurals are held- beneficial to transfer students, freshman, or those who have never played intramurals before. This package provides insight for those who may have taken advantage of the hard work everyone puts forth in intramurals.

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Students Stressed Over Finals

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BY: JACKSON JUNKER & BOB PAARLBERG

It should come as no surprise finals freak people out. There’s more pressure than peace. More focus than fun (unless you’re in to this sort of thing). Relief and relaxation take a break as strain and studies make a permanent residence. How to cope with it? What can be done to take the mind off school if at least for a short while? Why does there never seem to be an end in sight? The slow tick tock of the clock grows ever slower as tedious toiling over minute details strains the brain to the point of breakdown. You discover that at 5 a.m. the library is the most popular place on campus. You discover there is a 5 a.m. There is more caffeine flowing through the blood veins than actual blood and there still isn’t enough caffeine to keep you going. Yeah, that sounds like finals. Below is a story, video, podcast and map outlining what finals are doing to students and how they deal with them. (more…)

Mary Jane’s Last Dance??

Mary Jane’s Last Dance In Illinois?

By: Dan Bradley and John Porter

PEORIA, Ill.– The current deadline to approve a medical marijuana bill in the state of Illinois has been extended by 30 days, according to Mark Wachtler of examiner.com. If the bill passes, Illinois will become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The current medical marijuana laws are widely regarded as the strictest in the nation. The Illinois State Senate has already approved the measure; however, the State House has repeatedly shut down similar bills.

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Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on December 10, 2012

Mary Jane’s Last Dance In Illinois?

By: Dan Bradley and John Porter

PEORIA, Ill.– The current deadline to approve a medical marijuana bill in the state of Illinois has been extended by 30 days, according to Mark Wachtler of examiner.com. If the bill passes, Illinois will become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The current medical marijuana laws are widely regarded as the strictest in the nation. The Illinois State Senate has already approved the measure; however, the State House has repeatedly shut down similar bills.

 Recent polls indicate Illinois citizens are in favor of the legalization of medical marijuana, with 65% of those polled in favor of decriminalizing for medical purposes (however, recreational use would still be a crime).

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 While Federal Law currently prohibits the use of marijuana, 18 states and the District of Columbia currently allow marijuana’s medicinal use. Additionally, In November 2012, Colorado and Washington State voted to allow marijuana for recreational purposes. It is believed that Illinois’ passing of this bill would reopen a debate between the supremacy of State vs. Federal law.

 In a recent interview with Dr. Alan Galsky, Vice President of Student Affairs at Bradley University, Dr. Galsky spoke about the federal and local implications of marijuana’s legalization.

“It’s possible in these states [including Illinois] that Federal Government would probably look the other way unless the use was so egregious,” Dr. Galsky said.

 “I don’t think [the Federal Government] wants to get into that.”

 Galsky believes there is legitimate scientific evidence for the effectiveness of cannabis as therapeutic treatment for pain, especially chronic pain such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. 

In 18 states and the District of Columbia, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor charge. In other states, such possession is a felony charge.

 Cannabis has been controversial throughout the course of history. It has been labelled as a “poison,” and for a while was linked to violent crime and overly sexual behavior, especially during the 1930’s. 

The following is a video of the interview with Dr. Galsky in its entirety:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIjyZ1a3tw0&list=HL1355097528&feature=mh_lolz 

 

To see a timeline of the legal history of marijuana, please see the link below.

http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/79269/History-of-Marijuana-in-the-United-States/#vars!date=1915-07-27_15:16:10!

 

 

Note: The following works were referenced in the writing of this article:

1. http://www.examiner.com/article/illinois-medical-marijuana-bill-gets-one-more-chance Viewed 12/7/12

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_the_United_States Viewed 12/9/12
  2. http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_698e1855-607b-54af-9e01-a607a28f84e0.html?mode=image&photo=0 Viewed 12/7/12

Campus Construction Enhances Renaissance Theme

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on December 10, 2012

by Jason Morash and Logan Wilson

The new Bradley Renaissance movement has changed the shape and culture

of our campus. The university’s 15 year plan is already well in motion and isn’t

stopping any time soon. The campus already has an abundance of new buildings

(the Markin Center, Renaissance Coliseum, the Alumni Center, Westlake Hall, etc.).

But Bradley University still has several plans for the coming future. Get a glimpse of

a new convergence center that no other university in the nation has ever modeled

before. See how campus has changed over the years through a historical timeline,

or see what is in the works in a podcast with student body president Alan Bukingholtz. (more…)

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