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Scholarship deadlines approaching!

In Features on May 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Each day, the seniors become one day closer to one of the biggest days of their lives. A countdown hasn’t started just yet, but the days are winding down quicker and quicker. With a class of 50 or more students, at least one of them a day says something about how excited they are to graduate or how we will be going to college next year. These kind of things are so exciting to hear, yet unbelievably scary at the same time. Applying for schools and federal student aid is a very confusing and overwhelming thing, but after all is achieved and you are accepted to your schools, it all seems worth it. This next part seems to be one of the biggest pains for the seniors; applying for scholarships. Read the rest of this entry »

“Drunkorexia”

In Features on November 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Taylor Jo ’12

A new dietary trend has been put in the spotlight that is both a way to slim down and save money… oh, and get drunk faster. This epidemic has turned into a lifestyle for many, shown mainly through college girls and celebrities, and is showing big trouble in recent research. It is known as Drunkorexia. Says Dr. Kevin Prince, an Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program Coordinator, in an article by Ashley Jennings posted on ABC News, “Abuse counselors are putting the word ‘drunkorexia’ in line with other eating disorders because the patient uses the same type of methods as anorexia and bulimia- they just mix it with alcohol too.”

Studies define this trend as someone who restricts food intake to reserve calories for alcohol and binge drinking. Like mentioned before, drunkorexia is expressed more through the college scene. Colleges lately have been trying to track down this behavior, but with the attitude of mainly all students, it’s a bit of a battle. According to Savannah, a 22-year old University of Texas graduate,  “I’ve always watched my weight and skipped meals to account for a high calorie count of alcohol. It was just something I always did while in college as a normal part of my diet so that I could stay skinny but still go out and drink.” Now Savannah is clearly not the only one doing this… and the trend isn’t expected to stop anytime soon. However, all is said and good with this lifestyle until the effects of it begin to set in.

Both eating disorders and alcohol abuse pose serious health problems for those experiencing them. As if aftermath problems with those weren’t hard enough to deal with on a single basis, combining those two sound like a sure downfall. What makes drunkorexia so dangerous is that a person deprives their brain of nutrients and energy when exposed to alcohol. Adding that calories before that exposure are being restricted, research has shown that those people have a higher chance of having alcohol abuse issues and are involved in more risky behavior as a whole.

Whichever way you look at it, drunkorexia is both an illness or addiction. You catch it in college or through the media, you experience it, and you suffer the consequences. As a big part of this is the stress of remaining thin, the hype is directed towards women. This hysteria has been going on for years, and as it is recently been getting more exposure and taken into concern of the public, there will certainly be more attention paid to these cases.

The Senioritis Epidemic

In Features on September 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

Andrea Valentini ’13

Most people would say that the flu is the most common illness among high school students. Many teachers, however, might beg to differ after dealing with classes full of seniors who have come down with senioritis. Senioritis spreads like wildfire, feeding on the weak and the lazy, becoming worse as time creeps on. Unlike the flu, even the worst cases of senioritis aren’t fatal; the end result is graduation. I decided to investigate this epidemic and talk to the people who are infected or are at risk. The most common symptom is procrastination. Every single person interviewed said this was one of the major issues they experienced. Other symptoms most noted by the seniors include laziness, boredom, and a general lack of caring. One student said that he found himself back talking more often and occasionally trying to find a reason to ditch class. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet 16 Preview

In Sports on March 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

With the NCAA tournament down to only 16 teams the stakes are high. This tournament has many upsets and the sweet 16 features 5 possible Cinderella teams. Including Butler (8), Florida St. (10), Marquette (11), Richmond (12), and VCU (11) who was also a play-in team.

Match-ups:

Duke (1) vs. Arizona (5)
Expected winner: Duke

SDSU (2) vs. UConn (3)
Expected winner: SDSU

Florida (2) vs. BYU (3)
Expected winner: Florida

Wisconsin (4) vs. Butler (8)
Expected winner: Wisconsin

Ohio St. (1) vs. Kentucky (4)
Expected winner: Ohio St.

UNC (2) vs. Marquette (11)
Expected winner: UNC

Kansas (1) vs. Richmond (12)
Expected winner: Kansas

VCU (11) vs. Florida St. (10)
Expected winner: Florida St.