Issue 40 | November 13, 2015
THREE THINGS THIS WEEK
1. ADDERALL AND ALCOHOL
What It Is: It’s getting easier for students to obtain and abuse prescription drugs and alcohol. The “study drug” Adderall continues to be a temptation for students, while underage teens are buying alcohol at CVS Pharmacies.
Why It’s Important: Formative habits are hard to break. The average person spends 40% of their waking hours engaged in habitual actions. Once a perpetual behavior is set in motion, it takes a great act of the will to cease and desist. Ask your students to imagine what their lives will look like in 15 years if they are enslaved to addiction.
What It Is: Tim Wolfe resigned as the University of Missouri system president after months of escalating racial tension and student criticism about racial injustices on campus.
Why It’s Important: Students continue to be at the forefront of political, social, and economic change. (Remember Tiananmen Square, the Vietnam protest at Kent State, or the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement?) This article will help you think through the power and history of student activism and how to engage your students around positive change. Oh, and #MillionStudentMarch just started trending on Twitter.
What It Is: For three days this past week, Shia LaBeouf has been camped out at the Angelika Film Center in NYC watching a movie marathon of his own movies, screened in reverse order. The event was free, and anyone could pop in and watch Shia watch himself.
Why It’s Important: More important than Shia LaBeouf and his specific art installation is the question of art in and of itself. Do we know what art even is? Can we tell good art from bad? The church used to be one of the main benefactors of art, influencing the world through pieces of beauty and truth. Art still has tremendous influence in our world today, shaping culture and imagination whether we acknowledge it or not. Take some time to learn more about art with your students.
TOP 10 ALBUMS THIS WEEK
1. “Traveller” by Chris Stapelton (Country/Bluegrass)
2. “Storyteller” by Carrie Underwood (Country)
3. “Mr. Misunderstood” by Eric Church (Country)
4. “Now 56” by Various Artists (Recent top songs)
5. “Beauty Behind The Madness” by The Weeknd (Pop/Hip Hop)
6. “Fetty Wap” by Fetty Wap (Hip Hop/Rap)
7. “Sounds Good Feels Good” by 5 Seconds of Summer (Pop Punk)
8. “We Love Disney” by Various Artists (Disney covers by current artists)
10. “Def Leppard” by Def Leppard (Rock)