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Drunkorexia: Saving some calories today can lead to damage later

May 4, 2012 By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter COLLEGE GIVES many young teens the opportunity to experience life without the constant supervision of their parents. With that freedom, there also are consequences. Many incoming freshmen find themselves gaining a significant amount of weight and also find alcohol more readily available. Heavy alcohol consumption and eating disorders are common among teens and college students. The mix has led to a new disorder named “Drunkorexia.” “It’s a methodology of drinking,” said Dr. Robert Banks, a professor and substance abuse counselor. “But if you don’t eat for a day or so and your stomach is empty, you hit it with a little alcohol, well, that little alcohol goes a long way.” The disorder, found throughout the U.S. college population, affects more female teens and female college students. Sufferers reserve their caloric intake for alcohol and binge drinking. A study found that college students are doing it more often so they don’t have to worry about weight gain from drinking. They also do it to get intoxicated faster because they have no food in their stomachs. “It is a sociological behavior that depends on the individual, quantity and type of alcohol they drink,” Banks said. “It goes on every day. It’s common and has been around since the ’50s. The only thing that has changed is that they’re getting younger.” Being drunkorexic can lead to many physical and emotional consequences, including blackouts, seizures, sexual assault, comas, alcohol poisoning, alcohol-related injury, violence, illness or hospitalization. Drinking on an empty stomach lets alcohol reach the blood system more quickly, which raises one’s blood alcohol content more quickly, which can lead to more brain impairment. “I think it’s kind of stupid, personally, to do that to your body, because you can have a good time and not go all out,” said Maghan Rodecap, a general studies major. People who participate in Read more [...]

Students face tuition increase

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April 19, 2012 By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter STUDENTS WHO plan to attend Amarillo College in the fall are facing a tuition increase as another effort to handle budget cuts. In-district students will be faced with a 10 percent increase overall in cost, paying $7 more per credit hour. Out-of-district students will pay $10 more per credit hour, a 9.5 percent increase, and out-of-state students will pay $11 more, a 6.6 percent increase, according to the 2012-2013 tuition and fee proposal the board of regents approved at its regular meeting last month. The increase was amended to include a $1 tutoring fee to help fund the staffing of AC’s Science and Outreach Centers. “We don’t take any joy in it, but we have no choice,” said AC president Dr. Paul Matney “Poverty is usually described as economic hardship, but it’s also got a technical use, and that is to verify where people fall under the poverty line,” said LuLu Cowan, special assistant to the president. During the 2001-2002 academic school year, 3,502 students out of 8,757 received  Pell Grants. Ten years later, during the 2010-2011 academic school year, 6,084 students of 12,149 students were receiving Pell Grants. “The poverty threshold for two parents and two children in 2010 was four people living in a family making $22,113 or less a year,” Cowan said. AC also has opened a website specifically for finding and using resources available both inside the school and in the community. The Benefit Bank includes Amarillo College and community resources – with numbers and specific details needed – and a list of the top 10 student needs, all available on the website. “We created our website to link it to other ones that are more extensive because they’ve already got them up and running, they’re well maintained and they keep them current,” Cowan said. “There isn’t any reason for us to recreate that.” Identifying the top 10  needs involves more than just Read more [...]

What’s the app

April 11, 2012 By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter In recent years, smart phones and applications, better known as “apps,” have become as commonplace as breathing. The need to have the newest and coolest apps means there is a large number of people who see these little programs as necessary in everyday living. With the iPhone, there are several apps that people feel are absolute must-haves. They fall in three separate categories in iTunes: top paid, top free and top grossing, based on downloads by all iPhone users in the United States. Read more: http://www.148apps.com/top-apps/top-paid-iphone-apps/#ixzz1rgh7dJW8 “I love to use Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Draw Something and Scramble,” said Sydnee Parkhurst, a studio arts major. “I use them every day.” Top paid apps: 1.     Angry Birds 2.     Draw Something 3.     Clear Vision 4.     Infinity Blade 5.     Camera Plus 6.     The Night Sky 7.     Fruit Ninja 8.     Whatsapp Messenger 9.     Free Music Download 10.   Cut the Rope 11.   Where’s My Water 12.   Bejeweled 13.   Color Text Messaging 14.   Life 15.   Mad Coaster 16.   Scramble with Friends 17.   NBA Jam 18.   Tetris “I love Facebook, Calendar, P-Tracker, email and Mahjong,” said Susan Hartfelder, a forensic anthropology major. “It would be great if there was an app to help me keep track of all the human bones and where they are supposed to go.” Top free apps: 1.     Draw Something 2.     Geared 3.     Rat on a Snowboard 4.     Clear Vision 5.     One Minute to Kill Him 2 6.     Burn the Corn 7.     Blueprint 3D 8.     Instagram 9.     Archer World Cup 2 10.   Flashlight 11.   Doors 12.   Video camera 13.   Bike Race 14.   Plumber Crack 15.   Facebook 16.   Temple Run 17.   Scramble with Friends 18.   Stickman Cliff Diving 19.   Photo Age The top grossing apps Read more [...]

New chairs could improve classroom interaction

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March 28, 2012 By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter   Amarillo College has done what it can in light of budget cuts to keep classrooms up-to-date with the latest in technology. AC is looking at another way to modernize the classroom: the new Node desk. Most of the older classrooms on AC campuses still have traditional wooden desks and chairs. The Node desk, made by Steelcase Education Solutions, is designed to be mobile and flexible. The wheels on the desk-chair combination allow students to easily move from lecture-based mode to a team-based, group mode. “The universal design and functionality of the desk is remarkable, allowing for several options in managing the classroom efficiently,” said Mary Clare Munger, chairwoman of the education and child development department. The Node has a flexible seat with simple adjustments, which is designed to keep students comfortable in a variety of postures. An open seat design offers easy access for more than the typical student;  it also allows for larger students and students with disabilities. Casters lend mobility for quick, easy transitions between classroom modes. A base under the chair keeps backpacks and personal belongings out of the aisle. A swivel seat keeps open sight lines between the student and the instructor, the whiteboard and other students. There also is an adjustable desktop, non-handed and large enough to support digital and analog resources. Some students already have been given a chance to test the new chair and share their feedback with faculty and staff. “The new desk is way more comfortable than the old wooden desks we have in our class,” said Noah Hightower, an equine business and industry major. “The work area is on a swivel, which is better than the stationary style on the older desks.” Research has shown that new technology in the classroom allows students a more interactive learning experience. Some modern classrooms are shifting Read more [...]