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Volume 71, Issue 135, Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Staff Editorial


                Chris Elliott                        Zach Lee                  Christian Palmer
                Geronimo Rodriguez       Blake Whitaker       Kristen Young

Beans, beans are good for your heart

Coffee beans, that is.

Well, they may not be all that good for you, but at least they're not bad for you. That news comes at a good time for college students: finals time.

A study published Monday in the Journal Circulation found that there was no greater risk for heart disease among most heavy, long-term coffee drinkers of filtered coffee. The results come after researchers followed 128,000 men and women for a period of 20 years.

Latte addicts should note that the study did not examine the effects of espresso, but three or four cups of coffee can do a lot to fend off fatigue in the middle of an all-night study session.

And ‘tis the season for those.

We've said that rest and relaxation is important at the time of cramming and writing term papers, and we stand by that. But the deadlines are continuing to approach. Some have passed, but some are waiting just around the corner.

And for students who have spent too much time going to Astros games and playing baseball video games, the number of available options is continuously shrinking. At a certain point, depending on deadlines, the all-nighter becomes the only thing left on the table.

The smartest students will get a little sleep in the middle of the night and then use a cup or two of joe to jolt them out of their beauty rest and back into the zone. 

Isn't that what people with real-world jobs do anyway? 

Starting a coffee habit now is like an internship for your morning routine, and we all know internships give you an edge over the competition in the job market -- even if it does make you a little jittery. 

Obviously, students shouldn't rely too heavily on the java juice to keep them on point, but it's nice to hear that keeping the stay-awake training wheels on throughout your college career most likely won't result in a heart attack 20 years down the road. 

And we'll always be here if you need something to read while you drink your morning cup.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Nobody likes the guy who snores in the computer lab.

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