Popping pills: Do study drugs actually affect academic performance?

Leaving things to the last minute requires solid concentration skills to get everything done, and popping pills or guzzling caffeine and energy drinks to finish that essay is a common narrative among students. Coffee, energy drinks, and drugs that treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), like Adderall, are what the scientific community call “stimulants”— substances that excite and speed up the brain to increase alertness, attention, and energy, according to Health Canada. But should students rely on stimulants to help them study, and do they actually impact academic performance? Why do students use study drugs? Charlotte Halliday, a third-year psychology student at Carleton University, said she uses caffeine and Adderall to help combat the anxiety of completing last-minute assignments and […]

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Letter: Humanism can’t serve as a substitute for feminism

When I tell another person that I am a feminist, the general response is, “well, I’m a humanist.” Although this term has unofficially become an alternate to the feminist movement, it’s not. The ideas of humanism first originated during the Renaissance, a time when women were not even considered people. Humanism initially stressed the idea that human beings have value over religion. Although it is often thought of as such, humanism is not a current political movement but rather a philosophical position. Feminism, however, is a clearly determined cause that fights for the equality of the sexes. While identifying yourself as a feminist is considered too radical for some, it is the term that best captures the movement to end […]

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