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Drunkorexia: Saving some calories today can lead to damage later

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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

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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: “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 [...]

TEACH club holds annual conference, students get advice from local professionals

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March 28, 2012 By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter  THE TEACH CLUB conducted its second annual Bruce Beck Conference Saturday on the West Campus. Beck, a former Amarillo Globe-News reporter, wrote several articles about the need for educators in the Texas Panhandle. After his death, a donation-based scholarship was created in his memory to provide future educators the opportunity to finish school and pursue their careers. “The TEACH Club officers and members have worked hard for the last couple months in getting this conference organized and ready,” said Mary Clare Munger, chairwoman of the education and child development department. The conference began at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with an introduction of the TEACH Club officers, guest lecturers and adviser. Munger then introduced keynote speaker Mike Brown, superintendent of Highland Park Independent School District. Breakout sessions were offered throughout the day for students to have a chance to  listen to teachers share advice and stories. The lecture topics included creating video production in the classroom, smartboard resources for the high school classroom and how to organize and use iPads in the classroom. A panel discussion with six lecturers took place during lunch. Students who attended were given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. The day ended with Brown’s session on the use of technology in the classroom. “The conference was fabulous,” said Michael Seemann, a secondary education math major. “Great information with fabulous speakers – just a wonderful, all-around day.” The food for the day was purchased from Donut Stop and McCalister’s. Sponsors for the event included the Amarillo College bookstore, Walgreen’s, General Office Supplies and Steelcase. “The conference was very informative, very well thought out and excellently planned,” said Amanda Rouse, a special education major. “I had a blast and learned quite a bit more Read more [...]

Club participation offers future benefits

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February 29, 2012 Opinion By: Chad Fewell THERE HAVE been some questions on campus lately asking why people should join and get involved in campus clubs. Especially because Amarillo College is a two-year school, some people think clubs just take up time and money and serve no purpose. There are several reasons to join one of the 40 or so clubs available on campus: networking, friendships, community service opportunities, leadership skill building  – and they help make a person’s transcript look good. Not only have colleges added a second page to the official transcripts, other colleges and even businesses are in search of those who have developed the particular skills gained from joining and participating in clubs. People who join clubs gain the ability to help plan events and organize others. Participating in a club in college looks fantastic to potential employers. Clubs help you develop knowledge and know-how that can boost your performance in the work force. Clubs provide you with a wealth of opportunities that may not be available to you otherwise, offering unique experiences and providing a social context in which you can grow and greatly boost your resume. A club will encourage you to form relationships with your peers. It not only will provide you with friends during college but also may lead to important business contacts in the future. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with people who have similar interests, and clubs help promote education and awareness about the field or subject you are interested in. The most exciting aspect of college is broadening your horizons. Various clubs can provide you fortunes of information on a large array of subjects. Your participation in clubs will greatly increase your perspective. Joining a club will encourage you to participate in activities you never have done before, enriching your college experience. It’s likely that college students will make several friends in Read more [...]
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