2007-08 CSPE Student Fellows

George Aloupas '08
Drug Legalization and The Controlled Substances Act
My topic consists of looking at the controlled substances Act and determining that after over 35 years of this act in place, that the act has not accomplished its said objective.  After over 35 years of having this ineffective policy implemented, why does it not work, and why is it still around?  who benefits, and who pays the price.  To conclude, what can we do to make it better?

Bryce Auker '09
Currently a junior at Hampden-Sydney College, Bryce Auker is currently pursuing a double major in History and Mathematical Economics.  His career plans involve either working as a banking/analyst or a teacher.  The field Bryce is studying consists of the Czech Republic in the transitional decade of the 1990's.  Specifically, did Vaclav Klaus, the current president of the country and a current critic of global warming's constraint of freedom, actually continue in pro-market policies according to his often extreme positions on the transition utilizing the "big-bang" approach and his classical liberal views in political dialogue.    

Dash Kelley '08
Misfire: A Look at the Unintended Consequences from Hunter Safety
One of the biggest problems facing hunting today is the lack of new and young hunters entering the sport.  It is becoming increasingly rarer to see new hunters whom do not have a hunter for a parent.  Without a stronger younger generation to carry on the past time, there is much worry that the sport could flounder in the future.  Being directly protested by animal rights organizations and some environmentalists, the sport of hunting must strengthen politically and economically to survive.  One of the contributing problems is that many states have mandatory hunter safety courses.  Today forty-nine states require a person to have completed a hunter education course to purchase a hunting license.  Although many hunters tout these classes as being essential to preserving tradition, promoting safety, and encouraging conservation, the inconvenience of these classes is directing many would-be-hunters away from the sport.  It is impossible for hunting to be 100% safe.  The hunting industry is currently learning the first law of demand.  With the number of hunting accidents already low, local legislatures are making hunting too costly in the name of safety.

Matthew Lane '08
The drug trade and trafficking business has grown exponentially since its beginnings in the early 20th century.  Two questions beg to be asked: what did the indigenous people of the drug growing regions do before they began to work in the cocoa and marijuana fields, and why did they changed their professions? Mr. Lane's paper will make the assertion that due to tariffs and import quotas have made it difficult for native citizens to find work in legitimate business due to a lack of demand, so they must instead work in illegal industries.  An in depth analysis will also have to focus on how new and recent free trade agreements have affected drug trafficking.
Mr. Lane is a senior working towards on a major in General Economics and a minor in French from Hampden-Sydney College.  After graduating he plans on continuing his education in a graduate level economics course.

Gregory Mascavage '08
"Making the Cut"
Mr. Mascavage's project is motivated by personal experience as an EMT and career aspiration in healthcare administration. 
Canada's government provides  universal health coverage to all of its citizens. As a result, Canadians are filling doctors offices, emergency rooms, and surgical suites. The government has begun to restrict its spending which is cutting the amount of available  care provided to its citizens. Although vital surgical procedures may be needed, most Canadians are put on a waiting list or given pharmaceuticals as an alternative. In the United States, patients pay for their health coverage, however they are guaranteed immediate attention to effectively control or eliminate their disease. Through a comparison study of the health systems in Canada and the United States, Mr. Mascavage intends to prove that government-ran  health systems put aside individual patient welfare in order to maintain a universal healthcare plan to all of its citizens.