Drugs on Campus: How to Deal With It

BY RYAN HATHAWAY // APRIL 12, 2016 //

The Curry freshman arraigned last November on gun and drug charges was back in court in early April, as his case moves through the legal system.

Darius Boodoosingh was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Nov. 19, 2015, and was released on $10,000 bail with the condition that he stay away from the College. His next scheduled court date is in June.

Boodoosingh pleaded not guilty to charges of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, possession of a class C drug (mushrooms) with intent to distribute, possession of a class D drug (marijuana) with intent to distribute, multiple counts of possession of a firearm (a .22 revolver) without a license, possession of class E drugs (acetaminophen with codeine and Vyvanse, a controlled substance used to treat ADHD and eating disorders that can cause irregular heart beat, panic, psychosis, delirium, and heart failure), with intent to distribute, and possession of class B drugs (cocaine and LSD) with intent to distribute.

Darius Boodoosingh, 18, was arrested after Public Safety found a firearm in his Lombard Dorm Room // Image Credit: Milton Police Department via CBS Boston
Darius Boodoosingh, 18, was arrested after Public Safety found a firearm in his Lombard Dorm Room // Image Credit: Milton Police Department via CBS Boston

It has not been confirmed whether Boodoosingh was selling drugs to students on campus — he was arrested at Curry with $140 cash in his sock — but a number of Curry students believe he likely was.

Senior Communication majors Matt Ferrara and Mark Maradei say drug use on campus is more pervasive amongst freshmen and sophomores. “I think [with the underclassmen] it’s more of a problem,” said Ferrara. “Those kids who do drugs weed themselves out.”

“By the time you become a junior or senior, all these kids are gone or barely hanging on,” said Maradei.

Spencer Post, a freshman Business Management major, said he knew Boodoosingh through mutual friends on the football team. Post said the problem is a complicated one because if students are looking to buy drugs, they’ll eventually find a seller.

“If one [dealer] goes away, I’m sure more will pop up in its place because that’s what people do. They find what they can’t get,” he said.

Micaela Lovering, a junior nursing major, believes the college needs to do more to root out those who sell and do drugs at Curry. “It’s illegal, and it should be stopped on campus,” she said. “We don’t want that around here.”

There were at least two student incidents involving heroin last semester. Both were investigated and adjudicated quietly through the college’s student conduct process.

We Are Not Children Anymore

BY JILLIAN DESOUSA // SEPT. 18, 2012 //

Our parents don’t want to admit it. They all think their children are perfect angels who would never do recreational drugs or drink a little too much.

We are adults. We now have the freedom and the ability to do things we were never allowed to do under our parents’ and guardians’ watch. And because we have heard the word “no” for most of our lives, many of us are now taking our newfound liberation pretty far.

Some students take too much advantage of life without parental supervision at college. // STOCKVAULT.NET

Of course, there is truth to having too much of a good thing. College students are notorious for getting carried away with their new freedom. Some abuse it to the point where they are missing classes because they are too hung over or even getting in trouble with school authorities. Missing class means losing a chunk of tuition money, or enduring a heated lecture from your parents for poor grades or worse.

So, be careful with alcohol. Take the time to educate you and your friends about alcohol poisoning. Some warning signs for alcohol poisoning can include slow or irregular breathing, extreme confusion, pale skin, or if one vomits while passed out. It’s a good idea to keep all of this in mind when you’re at a party.

And it’s not just alcohol that first-year students need to be careful of. Drug use is also an issue. OK, weed might be less harmful in comparison to drugs like cocaine, heroin or acid (do people even do acid anymore?). But it’s hardly an innocent drug.

Take the time to learn about the affects of drugs. According to the link, not everyone who smokes weed experiences the same type of “high.” It can differ because of “…potency, dose, chemical composition, method of consumption and set and setting.”

As a little incentive, a new policy has been added to Curry’s financial aid system: If you are caught doing drugs on campus, you will lose your financial aid. So, keep that in mind if you ever decide to smoke pot on campus.

Being careful and responsible is the bottom line. Use your new freedom wisely. Because if you don’t, you might find yourself out of school and back living at home with your parents.

Chris Herren, Former NBA Player, Speaks About Addiction

BY BRITTANY JENNINGS // APRIL 11, 2012 //  

Chris Herren, a boy from Fall River, Mass., had big dreams. He played guard at Durfee High School and was a star on the court. He later scored 2,073 career points, was Boston Globe’s Massachusetts Player of the year in 1992, and was inducted into the Durgee Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Before any professional fame, Herren attended to Boston College, but transfered to Fresno State University where he was ranked fifth in the nation for assists in 1998-99. He was 2nd on the schools career assists with 465 as well as 7th with 138 career steals. He had it all as a college athlete.

In 1999, he was the 2nd round pick in the NBA draft and went on to play for the Denver Nuggets from 1999-2000, then played for the Boston Celtics from 2000-2001. Herren has a Career-high of 18 points for the Celtics against the Dallas Mavericks on 4/6/00. The star also played in Europe for Turkey and in China until 2003.

Herren will be at Curry tonight, Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 P.M., in the Student Center Gymnasium.

Many may think that becoming a professional athlete is a perfect life, but for Herren it wasn’t. He struggled with substance abuse for most of his career, and every year it seemed to get worse. Alcohol abuse turned into cocaine adiction and eventually heroin, the worst of all.

A turning point in Herren’s life was when he was found unconscious with a heroin needle hanging from his arm in the driver’s seat of his car. He attended rehab and has been drug and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008.

In May of 2011 his memoir, Basketball Junkie written with Bill Reynolds, was released. There was also a film documentary on ESPN about Herrens addiction.

Herren will be at Curry tonight, Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 P.M., in the Student Center Gymnasium.

I encourage all students and faculty to attend this event. Herren lived a life of incredible highs and lows. Herren turned around in triumph and has been sober since 2008.

This event will be sponsored by R.A.G.E., Alcohol & Drug Awareness, Residence Life & Housing, Student Activities, Athletics, First Year Studies, and Fitness & Recreation.