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New Mexico Aggie (Newspaper) - February 1, 1972, Las Cruces, New Mexico new mexico Volume 21 IHIM I February 1S72 Alumni Association Housing plans definite, date set for August Badly needed student housing on campus came a step closer to reality Jan. 12 when the State Finance Board approved the leasing of uni- versity land for construction of an apartment and shopping center complex. NMSU will lease 18.7 acres on the north side the Las Cruces cam- pus to the Whittaker Community Development Corp. Whittaker plans to have 145 apartment units completed by August, 1.972, as the first phase of its program, according to Pres. (See Housing Plans, page What would you give for one of this man's tamales right now? (See page eight.) Even if drug usage is small at NMSU Drug usuage at NMSU is less than half the average reported nationally among universities and colleges. But according to a survey of marijuana and drug use on campus, "the reported conservatism at NMSU does not, to any extent, minimize the problems confronting NMSU." The fall, 1971 survey of of NMSU's 9.100 enrollment also shows that freshmen use all drugs except marijuana more frequently than upperclassmen. Two per cent of the students surveyed reported having used narcotics and 30 per cent have smoked marijuna. Between 5 and 10 per cent of the students reported using hallucinogenics, barbituatates. amphetamines, and less than 5 per cent reported using glue, gasoline, paint or other volatiles. Most students tend to use these drugs irregularly. Dr. David Sachs, assistant pro- fessor of psychology, received information from the stu- sO Z W O i 10 tO O dents, representing 39 per cent of NMSU's total enrollment, during fall semester registration. "In a survey of this Sachs said, "you always have the problem of the reliability 'of from your sample population. Some may respond that they use a drug frequently, when in fact, they have never used drugs. "Others may answer that they do not use drugs, when they actually do. The extremes should tend to average out, though, especially in a sample as large as this one. "Hopefully this type of study will continue. When the students realize their answers will be anonymous and. will hlep the stu- dent services better serve them, future surveys will probably give an even more accurate picture." Dr. Gerald W. Thomas, president of NMSU, said that so many con- flicting estimates of drug use had begun work on a three-pronged approach to the drug continued Thomas. "The education program will expose students, faculty and staff and the com- munity to the extent and nature of the drug problems here. The health and rehabilitation program will help individuals overcome the effects of drug use and the university also will maintain its responsibility to enforce state and national laws. "But our study shows that drug abuse is not only a university pro- Thomas said. "It is a state- wide concern we all must work on together. There are many who feel drug abuse is our number one social problem because it cuts across all social, economic and educational lines. It deeply affects our young people at all levels of society and it must be approached with a coordi- nated program throughout New Mexico." In the report, Sachs said, "a major component of the current, problem is the trend for drug usage to be high among incoming fresh- men. "In this light, the greater, usage of narcotics by-freshmen is alarm- ing and points to a need by the university drug programs." Of the 30 per cent of the sample who said they had used marijuana, 15 per cent said they smoked it daily, 22 per cent weekly and 16 per cent monthly. In a national survey of less than students from 60 schools, done in 1971, 62 per cent of the students reported smoking marijuana. Approximately 10 per cent of those responding had used amphetamines. Six per cent had used barbituarates and nine per cent, hallucinogenic drugs. The majority of the students who had taken these drugs responded that their frequency of use was usually "several times per year" or "less than five times." (See Drugs, page twenty) Confrontation on budgets underway New Mexico Governor Bruce King's administration is recom- mending a funding level for state colleges and universities that is to 2 million below the million request submitted by the Board of Educational Finance. At a time when university departments are having to fight for every dollar, the administration's Department of Finance and Administration and the Legislative Finance Committee are attempting to make recommendations far below the state's BEF request. The Department of Finance and. Administration requested a budget under the BEF's proposal for NMSU; the Legislative Finance Committee has called for a cut in the board's recom- mendation. "We're hoping the legislature wUl.be sympathetic .to the BEF said Dr. Donald C. academic vice president at NMSU. In response to the King adminis- tration's aspirations for a budget below BEF's request, board chair- man Bill McConnell has said any- thing below BEF's recommendation would jeopardize higher education in the state, Roush related. The three boards presented their recommendations to the House Appropriations Committee at press time; institution presidents of New Mexico were on hand to answer questions at the hearings. "In the past, the legislature has listened to the Board of Educa- tional Roush said, "and we're hoping it does the same this' time." However, if cuts are made, it will be "across the is, each (See Confrontation, page twenty)