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[000:00:00;00] live . live. live plenty. to get their degree which will get them that dream job young americans no longer hesitate to put their health at stake is the first day of term on the columbia campus one of the most prestigious universities in the world more than eighty nobel prize winners have either studied. just as in many other ivy league american schools some students take drugs to boost their academic results. they can study through the night without showing any signs of tiredness you do my friend so
you. bring you to me and there are. two. in the united states the study drugs have become a public health issue more than a third of american students take them regularly. go to columbia thanks to an exam she took under the influence of unfair. to avoid a disciplinary action she will hide her identity i didn't have any expectations of getting in the essay i wrote was a hot a biography five pages i ended up taking a ph d. in medicine it just it puts you. in a mental space where you can focus entirely why not take a pill if everyone else is doing it to give you that competitive advantage. helping had that she got hold of very easily. a friend of mine prescription for a concert and he gave it to us for free i'm probably down like
a dozen times or so. and you will see how these pills are almost sold us over the counter drugs on campus. we walk through the streets around new york university with a hidden camera and. after twenty minutes of searching become across the stooges we'll call him. seriously. you know. it just doesn't seem to be shocked we ask him if he consulted sounds like. friends. like. people like. you the student got to three scription from a fairly unobservant doctor. many millions using. it. so josh deals the twenty five milligrams that he doesn't use and sell. after
a few minutes of negotiation he lets us buy one of his pills ten dollars for thirty milligrams of amphetamines you can't do it so they'd hear you you're. going to get. ten percent of students who take drugs become addicted. a lunch is very familiar with this phenomenon a journalist at the new york times he was one of the first people to raise the alarm. but i have to succeed i have to get an a i have to get into the best law school i have to be in the in the cream of the problem if average is no longer acceptable we're all in very big trouble among the most fragile students these pills can cause violence police nations and suicidal thoughts. despite the risks a real traffic of these trucks has developed over the internet. this classified ad
site well known by americans as dozens of office full study trucks. to attract students these miracle pills have even been renamed study. in order to get hold of them a simple phone call will do. the police have been looking at these new internet dealers for quite some time. oktober two thousand and twelve operation dot com led to the arrest of twenty one new yorkers who were operating on this site. among them a student at n.y.u. . the aim of the authorities is to break up any traffic where doctors may be involved. on campus the addresses of the specialists are being exchanged illicitly we went to interview one of them. and it was not the psychiatrist or what is it you know before i take a test or something and i pretend to be
a student who is having difficulties over. the years would trigger. exactly. no health scan no verification of my student status instead of any medical examination he just hands me a sheet. of red. or orange. this is do you have problems organizing yourself or concentrating do you have memory problems you know that this questionnaire put together by the world health organization helps diagnose attention deficit disorders among adults. to also works as a medical guarantee for this doctor. who will be able to. read. through the so. take a breath and return to a large intestine yeah exactly this with goals.
to protect himself from any possible prosecution the psychiatry's made to sign a disclaimer. that would support for ok the office there was a question. in two thousand and nine almost six million prescriptions like this were issued to young americans every month in four years this figure has more than double the to success. other students hedge their bets on another system of co-working which has stood the test of time. back at the university of kentucky. these great victorian like buildings are home to the famous fraternities on the front of each building greek letters identified. ronald reagan george w. bush steven spielberg mark zuckerberg all of them have been through these exclusively male secret brotherhoods. although they encourage support loyalty and integration as
a code of conduct many americans consider them as violent and sectarian. after a few weeks of negotiations some of them allowed us to film them. it's rush week the week for selecting new members and tonight it's operation charm at the sigma alpha epsilon house. so the owners can see you the aim to find future flatmates for this brand new house located in the heart of campus inside there's a fireplace a club arm chair paintings of the former alumni you could almost forget their students live here and we retire so these are all before any real change of heart so. tonight the fraternity will only be create the university's best pedigrees. graham has been an essay member since two thousand and ten he knows the selection
ritual well. for those who ventured their roles and events. which are a short history. there you go. the atmosphere is rather relaxed everybody is trying to make a good impression you're going to take over the house in a couple of years ago they will go for you. good for their candidates the first visit is only the beginning of a. on process selection hazing initiations to get a place here they will have to get through what are sometimes violent challenges but not tonight discouraging the contenders is out of the question their attack is still focused on the competing for eternity but for how far down the street they're building this new house it's going to feel like one hundred square feet here in ars just to be bigger than ours but they're doing it like a two million dollars budget is restricted here to for eternity is operate with huge budgets entry for the space he students cost between one thousand to three thousand euros
a year. the wealth of these fraternities is mainly gifted to them by former members it's you know kind of like a swede almost for two people but. benefactors who will become sponsors of these students once graduated this is a fraternity's main strength building a professional network to get re going jordan. davis our presence around that's kind of his role model. these fraternities are mainly hope to young white anglo-saxon americans. it's a great way of continuing a system of the elite and privileges spencer that they are a very bad place to hang out if. this student in the red shirt gets a slightly warmer welcome spencer is a different kind of candidate to the athletes. that i when you're that i feel as i do my big head. you know. you know it's. right there at the s.a.e.
house spencer is already a little at home. his place in the house is reserved it's a family heirloom. i don't know if you're serious very serious it's yours if you prefer. their preferences. or it's courteous. at the university of kentucky twenty five fraternities shared the campus and the pick of the students quite apart from their parent teaches him they also indulge in fierce competition in terms of parties and alcohol. what's up. for and this is what gives a fraternity its reputation these nights of heavy drinking at the end of the afternoon and about on a campus delta sigma fi house has already started to party we need more pitchers.
delta is saying this is a new channel twenty two he's organizing the feeling he's in charge of the fraternity social life his mission for the days to motivate those who are choosing the new members and they begin by going over the classics. a very great joy. it is a game best of the met is best is. there anywhere you go. there was a little booklet for turning it gets a rally and we chant this song and yeah we all rushed in for an l o. yeah but it's welcome like well well you know how it's. all these much obituaries have only one objective tonight the brothers for life who i would push you might say if he wasn't up by
a good live guys. even though i would go he would do this is. aside from the camaraderie the fraternities also have another purpose to enable them members to meet go hey this is mary gearin she's about to make out with t. ball of. their favorite targets aren't waitresses but so ritchie students the female equivalent of fraternities on campus. both of nine pm in the deltas at a house the party is in full swing. it was among the thirty or so excited goes we see luciano delta six party guy. he's come on a scouting mission thanks so. much are doing. thanks he was of the on campus fraternities and sororities form
a single community one big dating club the students from good families where everything go below was of that of that what happens here stays here was thank you normally it's the fraternity is that host the sorority so that these young ladies don't have to pay each fraternity member contributes two hundred dollars perturb it is all done to encourage making connections times with frat parties it's all free however how i told her it was like the only guys who really associates are hearing this are pretty much only talk to her right only boys yeah yeah i'm. sure you did this you knew email evidence was there and your friends are dating guys who answer paternity you say like that's just actually do but then we'll make fun of can we can make fun
of like yeah people who are injured they have a name oh g.-d. i which is means i mean depended thank you on american captain says academic success relies on integration into these elite societies to get in some students will do anything even the most barbaric afresh the initiation. there are some nazis in the fifty it's not the mass of the a fifty voters but you know saying that our culture of atonement. oh remembrance of nuns nazi crimes is wrong that's too much it's the attitude of some people in the. fifty which by the way is now in the process of tearing
itself apart. with the whole make its manufacture consent to step into public wealth. when the ruling classes protect themselves. with the final merry go round the certainly the one percent. we can all middle of the room six. million more you knew. we had to have no film the east coast of the united states. here we have taught us
one of the oldest american universities. upon leaving its graduates all among the country's top six highest salaries. in promotional images of an elite campus without history where one out of every two students is a member of a fraternity. and juno's was one of them just like his grandfather and brother before him. let's start with the. there and over here too so actually like every time every time i want to go to sleep it's like underneath. the student isn't bitter however his initiation nearly killed him. they spared him nothing this was actually the night of rush everyone gets kidnapped and taken to this other spot where they don't know where they are. only to charge a lot of six cups of beer you know as fast as you can the first person who gets into the trash can loses and then the winner on the research head in contrast to
the principle of support among fraternities hazing fresher initiation is a time of and this humiliation about the vomit couple pledges vomit into a pan and one of the pleasures cracked you know eggs and cheese and big in the oven and on the plate just out to eat. and you're a snow angel he has inflicted upon others the very same tortures he did out says before daring to testify about them in one of america's biggest magazines rolling stone confessions of an ivy frat boy among these confessions there is something that nobody has forgotten when i first saw the kiddie pool it was like a shock people vomited in and people your new. people are jocular. the year before someone defra kid the pleasures were swimming around in your like bow ties. at dartmouth his confession exploded like a bomb but once the scandal was over the university tried to bury the matter i
tried to get them to investigate and they never did you know in a real way if you really want to know what i think yeah it is the money it's you know there were the alumni who give the most you know a lot of them are in for tourney's and a lot of them are well some of them are on the board of trustees or were on the board of trustees and. you know millions of dollars changes hands. andrew left dartmouth before graduating even though he survived the fraternity violence others weren't so lucky. you're ten am at the long island courthouse. jack omarion pâté meehan have chosen to break the law of silence by pressing charges against their son's fraternity. to court to indicate my son's save. to die from alcohol poisoning. this civil trial marks the end of four years of relentless legal battle according
to their lawyer this tragedy should serve as an example or get a gauge. that they're going to be. live on a chance for whatever damage that we can. get the jurors to work. for the loss of their son the parte millions are claiming damages against the paternity as president as well as two other frat boys who were present on the evening of the hazing. the university itself is not involved the tragedy took place off campus. a man was nineteen years old he was the only child from jacka merriam's remarriage. and this is just before he went to college and the long hair was an a student. he was very smart very capable. among wanted to be a doctor but on the twenty eighth of february two thousand and nine his dreams were
crushed his hazing turned into a tragedy after he was very very drunk and that he was trying to stop drinking they kept. pouring bucket down the straw that's when the. party disband that they took my simple already had passed out and they took him up to the house and. put him to bed. they hit me i'm they just they really they left him there and he just i. but i almost thought. the next morning the police discovered our mom's lifeless body the alcohol content in his body was seven times the legal limit. since the tragedy time has stood still at the parte means house that. was. just putting stuff in here right now so i just can't bring myself to take it out of
them. the poor of. the first char saw the three students sentenced to a weekend in prison an injustice for nicole and sister and a sign of impunity of these fraternities weekends in jail going on friday a comma and suddenly didn't even make it he said you know but now they can organize and get married and have kids and do whatever to not. have kids downstairs that have not got there they don't know this is so the parte me and spada civil lawsuit to get compensation. the culprits were finally sentenced to pay a fine of millions of dollars in damages. on american campuses alcohol has become a real problem. once a year students from across the whole country gather for a heavy drinking session. we are in south padre island texas the spring break
template. sixty thousand students meet here every year it's three pm on the largest beach of the island rowdy has been drinking heavily student discovers the joys of spring break for the first time we. were really curious where it was really the girls are going to read. what's in store for them dance competitions and drinking. american students forget the pressure of the upcoming exams in the mean time anything goes for good or for showing for a show there are agreed to give them a shot. from their families and what they used to these youngsters no longer know their limits to drugs and alcohol many of them finished their afternoon in a medical tent set up a few metres from the beach there or be hydrated their drugs and this modern life.
accustomed to such depaul cheree the state of texas is not to mean with its resources that two hundred first aid workers are hired so that the party does not turn into a tragedy in charge of the fire chief bernie the sad sad sad bring regular course like we have a disaster is controlled chaos. every day one hundred spring breakers are admitted to this field hospital. today about he has managed to get back to his hotel without any problems you. know all but in the girl's room some haven't stomach the alcohol so well they get too drunk at the beach for their care and here in the past. we've got to keep going rowdy and out and have their own technique from abuse they came in here in stop drinking if they really can't drinking then they would have been and they were going to party and just like us. for these students spring break
records the effort they've made throughout the year. so they party day and night. a few hours later the girls get to second with. emily and cherie are two students from dallas with a clear objective means we are here for a baby. and again tonight the team gets going. headed to was one of the biggest nightclubs on the island that's loose in the city spring breakers are the cause of many out to the sheriff mike is the tense this period of the year right now we're just sure that we're in the park and watch we're trying to make sure that. the wires your cars are trying to break into the steal cars. since last year mike has been able to rely on a very special form of support to help them control the situation feels by his
ability to up there to watch thing that people don't think about. a control tower several meters from the ground i don't with night vision cameras we have one camera that located on top. of the tower and what does it all straight about three hundred sixty degrees which i think you have here play station actually we can move that camera all the way around we can actually and you can tell me pretty close. mike has just received a call from the tower an individual has been spotted dealing cannabis. use i didn't read the story right after the tower allows my to arrest you don't sue infringe that will. take you in two thousand and thirteen the south padre island police makes three hundred and forty five arrests over eight days. we find rowdy in the queue for the nightclub. tonight he's planning to dance and drink all night he's out for
a night. the problem is he's only eighteen what it was for you. sir the student has a fake id he's pretending to be the legal age for drinking alcohol. free entry. rowdiest managed to get past the barry unlike these underage girls. it turns out that he an out and have been planning this for a long time. and please. take your picture. on a sixty dollars zero. zero zero to have a great night out these two boys have saved up almost five hundred dollars the equivalent of two months of student job salary. by twenty six still.
a. lot of. a silly. every year spring break brings in around one billion dollars for the american economy. after several hours of partying roundy and elgin are a little hungry and just as well because outside a pancake stand awaits that and there are catholics from all over texas cooking at the stove but i'm sure you love to stick their hand to frame every really here. every evening these volunteers prepare more than six thousand pancakes to help the party goes absorb some of the alcohol they've been drinking. in ten years spring break has become a non miscible event on the schedules of american students tomorrow we get up early we go to the beers and we continue to just party unity. like cool spring break is rowdy and old and will be going back to campus to take their exams. for that have
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