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    At least 11 University students were hospitalized on Sunday, Feb. 22 for drug overdoses believed to be caused by Molly/MDMA, according to two all-campus emails from Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley.

    “A Wesleyan sophomore was transported to Middlesex Hospital early this morning and is in critical condition as a result of an apparent overdose,” the first email reads. “Two other students were transported in less serious condition but with similar symptoms.”

    Cross Street Fire Station Battalion Chief David Anderson confirmed that the eight students were taken from the Butterfield Dorms, the Foss Hill dorms, and 200 High Street. In a further email, Whaley told The Argus that the number of hospitalized students had increased to 11, with a few students checking into the hospital on their own.

    A second email in the early afternoon informed students of three more hospitalizations and urged all students to ensure that their friends do not require medical attention. Ambulances have been present at the Butterfields and West College throughout the day. By 5 p.m., Anderson said the reports coming in to the fire department had slowed significantly.

    "We haven’t had any activity for those types of calls in a couple of hours,” Anderson said.

    The students are being treated at various hospitals, and Whaley encourages students to stay calm and wait for further updates from the University.

    “Several [students] are in serious condition but I can confirm that none have passed,” Whaley wrote in an email to The Argus.

    Public Safety and the Middletown Police are investigating the situation. Anyone with any information should contact Scott Rohde, Director of Public Safety, 860-685-3333.

    In Sept. 2014, a number of University students were hospitalized over the course of several weeks after taking MDMA, according to an all-campus email sent by Health Services on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

    MDMA stands for methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. According to University Medical Director of the Health Services Department Dr. Thomas McLarney in article published by The Argus on Sept. 18, 2014, the drug is a stimulant and psychedelic substance that increases the amount of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Effects can include anxiety, dizziness, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure. It takes a period of days to weeks for the brain to recover as the released neurotransmitters must be replaced.

    by Sofi Goode

    Simon Korn/Contributing Photographer

    February 22, 2015



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    I wonder if they will bother testing the pills to find out which RC they are made of. I highly doubt there is any mdma in the pills.
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    Three of four students arrested after Molly sickened a dozen people at Wesleyan University. From left: Eric Lonergan, Rama Agha Al Kakib and Zachary Kramer. (Middletown Police Department via AP)

    Four students have been arrested on drug charges and suspended after 10 students and two visitors who took MDMA, popularly known as “Molly,” were hospitalized at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The charges all relate to possession and distribution of drugs.

    The Associated Press reported that police said the drug came from a “bad batch.”

    “This particular batch may have had a mixture of several kinds of designer drug chemicals, making the health risks unpredictable and treatment to combat the effects complex and problematic,” Middletown Police Chief William McKenna said.

    The arrested students were identified by police as Eric Lonergan of Rio de Janeiro; Andrew Olson of Atascadero, Calif.; Zachary Kramer of Bethesda, Md.; and Rama Agha Al Kakib of Lutherville, Md. They are due in court on March 3.

    A letter from Wesleyan’s president was circulated Monday and urged students with information about those using and distributing Molly to come forward.

    “We will do everything we can to make our community as safe as possible,” university President Michael Roth, who occasionally writes for The Washington Post, said in a statement.

    Elite New England liberal arts schools are no strangers to drug use, and Wesleyan is no exception. On Niche, a Web site that says it provides “college reviews for students by students,” Wesleyan earned an “A+” overall grade — but a “D-” for drug safety.

    “Wesleyan is, well, Wesleyan,” one commenter wrote in 2012. “Drugs are everywhere. I can’t step out of my dorm without smelling marijuana. On Saturday and Sunday morning, you can easily walk through campus and see red Solo cups and beer cans strewn about. In spite of this, Wesleyan does a relatively good job on drug safety with presentations … only your freshman year though.”

    In 2010, the school banned “misuse and abuse” of prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall not because they are dangerous, but because they are unfair.

    “The misuse of prescription drugs was banned not because of concerns over health, safety or illegality, said Michael J. Whaley, Wesleyan’s vice president for student affairs,” as Inside Higher Ed reported, “but because the activity violates the spirit of the student honor code.”

    Then there’s the school’s assortment of drug-taking holidays named after “Doonesbury” characters.

    Students and the administration squared off in 2008 over the celebration of Zonker Harris Day, a spring festival honoring a marijuana enthusiast from Gary Trudeau’s comic strip. Substances not found in the average drugstore’s candy aisle are traditionally consumed on the holiday, which competed with a university-sponsored event called “WesFest.”

    “I think parents of prefrosh” — “frosh” is Wesleyan’s gender-neutral term for “freshmen” — “have called up and said that they don’t like to go to a place where there’s drug use on 4/20 and Zonker Harris Day,” the president of the dormitory sponsoring the festival said at the time. “I think the administration is trying to whitewash WesFest for the hoity-toity Upper East Side parents.”

    The administration wanted the holiday renamed, along with another festival named after yet another “Doonesbury” drug enthusiast called Uncle Duke Day.

    “Zonker Harris Day should not be on the calendar next year, and it won’t be,” Roth said at the time. “The institution should make it clear that it’s not supporting things that are stupid.”

    When Trudeau caught wind of what some students called censorship, he produced a number of comics focused on the controversy in 2010.

    “President Roth declared the holiday ‘stupid,’ which is what I’d always thought smart people look for in a break,” Trudeau said. “It made no sense to me. But it was just one letter, so I stayed out of it. I didn’t want to be presumptuous.”

    In a statement, the university said it was “flattered to be satirized” by Trudeau — and, in 2011, let the festival go with its original moniker.

    “I have come to a better understanding of their position with respect to the name of the event,” Whaley wrote in an e-mail to the campus newspaper at the time. “I think that they have also better understood my concerns about some of the very problematic behavior associated with past festivals (when the ZHD moniker was last used). When I met with them this week, we agreed that they would be able to call the event ‘Zonker Harris Day’ this year and that we would all work to prevent unwanted behavior that would jeopardize the future of the event.”

    by Justin Moyer

    February 25, 2015

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