The Kirkwood Call

Needle in a haystack

Needle in a haystack

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

December 4, 2018

Chatter fills the Senior Hall as Principal Dr. Michael Havener, smiles and greets students. Hearing his phone ring, he diverts his attention to the voice on the other end of the line. The news he receives knocks the wind out of him. He asks them to repeat. Everything, the bustle of heading to class,...

Prescription for addiction

art by Maggie Burton

Jack Anderson, features writer

November 30, 2018

A woman named Emily from Rochester, New York, had a doctor who prescribed her painkillers for fibromyalgia and arthritis. She grew up in an upper-class suburb and according to PBS, after taking the painkillers for years and building a physical dependency, her doctor made the decision to stop writing he...

A new lease on learning

A new lease on learning

Holden Foreman, web editor

April 13, 2017

Erving Goffman, Canadian-American sociologist and writer, determined three targets of stigma: overt or external deformities, known deviations in personal traits and “tribal” affiliations. Yet, according to 53 percent of students (110/206), prescription medication usage is also stigmatized in American...

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