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October 19, 2009 www.theAccent.org Volume 12, Issue 3 New regulations proposed on downtown panhandling Veteran’s GI Bill benefits delayed Christopher A. Smith Campus Life Editor Many veterans attending ACC have found it difficult to pay for books, rent and tuition this semester. Distribution of GI Bill benefits by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has been delayed and many ACC student veterans, as well as student veterans across the country, have yet to receive the money they are entitl
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  October 19, 2009 www.theAccent.org Volume 12, Issue 3 Christopher A. Smith Campus Life Editor  Veteran’s GI Billbenefts delayed Students voice complaints, ideas at trustee orum Many veterans attendingACC have ound it dicult topay or books, rent and tuitionthis semester. Distribution o GIBill benets by the Departmento Veteran Aairs (VA) has beendelayed and many ACC student veterans, as well as student veterans across the country, haveyet to receive the money they areentitled to.ACC has been doing whatit can to help those veterans.uition payments or veteranswho are still waiting on theirbenets have been put in ashelter so that they will not bedropped or non-payment.o try and alleviate theproblem, the VA began handingout emergency checks o up to$3,000 this month to student veterans who are still waitingor the GI Bill benets to beapproved. Veterans can apply or the check online and receivea check in the mail, or they candrive to the Waco or HoustonVA oce to pick up the check inperson.“Unortunately there are alot o guys or whom this is theirsole income. Tey planned oncoming back to school, and they banked on receiving this money.Teir rent and all o that stu doesn’t stop just because they arenot getting money,” said RandallLuce, an Army veteran and ACCstudent.Luce is a work study in theACC oce o veteran aairs,and he has talked to and helpedmany o the veterans comingthrough the oce wonderingwhen their money would comein.Te emergency checks havecome in just in time said Luce.“I (the VA) hadn’t come outwith (the emergency checks), Ireally think a lot o people wouldhave had to drop out.”“We knew this was coming.We all knew this was going to bean issue,” said Mark Harden, themanager or veterans aairs atACC. Harden has been workingcontinuously since the start o the all semester getting veteransregistered with the school andall the appropriate paperwork sent to the VA oce. He says theincrease in student veterans, thepopularity o the new Post 9/11GI Bill, and an overwhelmed VAhave led to the delay in benets.“I’ve had a lot o calls romstudents distressed. What I’vetried to do is provide them whatI knew,” said Harden.Tis is the rst semester thenew Post 9/11 GI Bill has beenan option or veterans. Te newbenets package pays tuitiondirectly to the school and thengives veterans the money they need or books and a monthly housing allowance. o qualiy or the new bill, a veteran musthave served at least 90 days o active duty beginning on or aerSep. 11, 2001. However many student veterans have yet toreceive their benets.ACC student and Navy  veteran Sean Saenger has beenwaiting or his Post 9/11 GI Billbenets to come in since thestart o the semester in August.Saenger served in the Navy rom2003 to 2007 and then worked at various odd jobs beore enrollingat ACC.“I decided to go back toschool because it was thesrcinal plan seven years ago,and because I was in between jobs, and I needed the money (rom the GI Bill),” said Saenger.“Tey were supposed haveour rst check at the end o August, which turned intomid-September, which turnedinto end o September, whichhas now turned into Nov. 1,”said Saenger o the delays.“Obviously none o us budgetedor that.”o get by, Saenger has had toborrow money rom his parentsand his girlriend. On Oct. 14,he drove up to Waco and got oneo the emergency checks andwas able to start paying themback. Saenger, and many other veterans in the same position,have been going weekly tothe Riverside campus oce o erry Cotton, Veteran AairsSpecialist at ACC.“Te new GI Bill, it’s asweeter deal…and the vets arecoming home, so more vets areusing this resource. Plus with theeconomy, even the ones that may not have thought about usingtheir benets, but now are out o work, realize that, ‘hey I’ve gotthis GI bill that I can all back on,’” said Cotton o the reasonsor the high number o veteransapplying or the new GI Bill.Cotton is now advising the veterans that qualiy to signup or the emergency $3,000checks.In a press release, VASecretary and Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki explainedthat distributing the emergency checks was an extraordinary action, “but it’s necessary because we recognize thehardships some o our Veteransace.”Te Downtown AustinAlliance (DAA), along withseveral residential groupsand downtown churches areproposing an extension o theexisting ban on night timepanhandling. Austin’s currentordinance that regulatespanhandling, the Austin City Solicitation Ordinance 9-4-13srcinally adopted in 1992, allowsnon-aggressive panhandling,but includes restrictions on thetime, place and manner in whichsolicitation may legally occur. InDecember 2005, the Austin City Council amended the SolicitationOrdinance to make panhandlingillegal between the hours o 7p.m. to 7 a.m. in the downtownbusiness district, basically banning the activity at night. Tearea where the DAA is asking ora ull ban on panhandling wouldcover rom the IH-35 rontageroad to San Antonio Street, and11th to Cesar Chavez.Te aect panhandling couldhave on downtown businessesis another reason the DAA isproposing the ban.“We looked at things likedoes 6th Street live up to itsinternational brand. What couldbe done to help improve thesaety o the down town area, tomake it more attractive to visitorsand conventioneers? One o theways to improve this is to reducepanhandling,” said Lacy Laborde,Marketing and CommunicationsDirector or the DAA.“Te human services groupsall say the same thing, that i people who are homeless wantood or shelter, it is available.Oen times panhandling is notbecause o desire or ood, butbecause o addiction problemswith alcohol and drugs. One o the things we will be working onis educating the public on whatlocal social service and charity groups to donate money to or volunteer with to help people thatare actually seeking help.”Front Steps, which managesthe Austin Resource Centeror the Homeless (ARCH), issupportive o the ban becausepanhandling doesn’t actually serve the best interest o thoseasking or money on the street.However, general publicreaction is mixed. Many eel thati panhandling is banned it may lead to even worse actions.“I panhandling is banned itcould easily lead to other things,like the, and robbery,” said Gary Smeltzer, English Proessor atACC’s Northridge Campus. “I they aren’t hurting anyone, thenthe city should leave them alone,and it should be an individual’schoice to give to them, not thecity saying they can’t even ask.”Te exas ACLU has not saidi they would ght such a ban inthe courts, however, they havestated opposition to such anordinance.“Someone asking or money,or assistance, regardless o howthey are dressed, or where they do it is protected as ree speech.I they are aggressive aboutit, that can be another matter,but otherwise, i someone isasking or change to go and getsomething, say a cup o coee,they have a right to do that, nomatter where they are,” saidDotty Grith, public EducationDirector or ACLU o exas.Many other cities haveplaced bans like the currentproposal into eect. Te Austincity council has seemed to bereceptive to the idea o extendingthe current ban.“Tey came as a conversation,not with a hard copy proposal.We meet with groups all day,every day, to talk about ideasor the uture, but until we havesomething like that in writingwith cost and how it will make animpact on the city, it is very hadto orm an opinion,” stated MattCurtis, communications directoror Mayor Lengwell. “Tepanhandling issue downtownis something that causesconcern because o aggressivepanhandling.”Te DAA says that they andother groups will be in continuedpursuit o this initiative.ACC students at RiversideCampus advised college leaderson Oct. 13 as part o theACC Student Forum hostedby the Student GovernmentAssociation.Te college representativeswho attended were rusteemember Barbara Mink, Deano Student Services VirginiaFraire, and Campus ManagerFrank aylor.“It was a good opportunity or students to speak out,” PeterRamirez, an ACC Student, said.Te topics discussedincluded student desk size,computer availability oncampus, Capitol Metro busroutes and parking.Tere were some questionsthat were answered at theorum. aylor explained thatthe school is currently in theprocess o purchasing newdesks. Te type o desk hasalready been chosen, andthe inormation is currently being sent to the Facilities andOperations Department orprocessing.“Ideally I would love to haveit by the start o spring,” aylorsaid. “Hopeully within thisacademic year or sure.”On the topic o computeravailability on campus, Mink suggested that there should besome ground rules that wouldprioritize which students coulduse the computers.“I people are checkingtheir e-mail, they can have 15minutes,” Mink said.Other questions were notas easy to answer and willrequire urther attention. Mink explained that she and theother campus leaders couldn’tdecide on anything at themeeting.“I’m one o the boardmembers, so I can’t say theboard will do this or that,”Mink said. “Tat’s why we’reall taking notes: to get it to itsspecic place.”Not all topics discussedwere serious ones. One studentcomplained about the toiletpaper being positioned too lowin the bathroom stall. Mink tried to get things back on Ordinance would ban panhandling atall times in a greater area o town track.“I have to make a report o this,” Mink said. “I’m not goingto sit in ront o the board andreport about toilet paper.”Students who were unable toattend the event can still voicetheir opinions beore the board.Mink explained that once amonth the Board o rusteesopens the oor to anyone whowould like to speak. Tesemeetings are held at 6 p.m. atthe Highland Business centeron the rst Monday o eachmonth.Overall aylor elt theorum was a success.“It denitely helps usas a college to know whichdirection we should go toresolve the issues.” David Saenz ã Sta Photographer Austin's Homeless — Auk,a homeless Vietnam veteransits on the corner o Guadal-upe and 29th street. Auk, likemany other panhandlers, willbe aected by DowntownAustin Alliance’s proposedpanhandling ordinance. Jason Haydon Staff Writer  Michael Needham Staff Writer  VETERAN AFFAIRS — TerryCotton, veteran aairs spe-cialist, advises students at heroce. Cotton has been help-ing vets attending ACC dealwith the delay in GI benefts. PANHANDLING ORDINANCE — A young man that preers not to reveal his name stands at the corner o Parmer and Metrichoping someone can spare some change. When it is 90 degrees outside and with an empty stomach “anything helps”. TRUSTEE MEETING — Director o Student Lie Cheryl Richard,Campus Manager Frank Taylor, Dean o Student Services Dr. Vir-ginia Fraire, and student Malinda Echert listen Tuesday September13th at the Trustees Meeting at the ACC Riverside campus Teodora Erbes ã Sta PhotographerHanlly Sam ã Photo/Web Editor Jose Padilla ã Sta Photographer New regulations proposedon downtown panhandling  F orum www.theAccent.org Editor-in-Chief  ....................................................................................................................Sarah Neve Assistant Editor ..........................................................................................................David Rodriguez Photo/Web Editor ..............................................................................................................Hanlly Sam Layout Editor ........................................................................................................................Chris Scott Layout Intern ...........................................................................................................Karissa Rodriguez Campus Editor .................................................................................................... Christopher A. Smith Ofce Intern .................................................................................................................. Teodora Erbes Accent Adviser ....................................................................................................... Matthew Connolly Accent Coordinator .........................................................................................................Lori Blewett Student Life Director ...................................................................................................Cheryl Richard Writers Trevor Goodchild, Jason Haydon, Shiphrah Meditz, Michael Needham,DevonTincknell, Diana Leite, Adrienne Annas, Sarah Vasquez Photographers Teodora Erbes, Jose Padilla, Tina Schumacher Artists Karen Kuhn ACC President Dr. Steve Kinslow Board of Trustees Nan McRaven– Chair; Veronica Rivera—Vice Chair; Dr. James McGuffee — Secretary, Dr. Barbara P. Mink, Allen Kaplan, Jeffrey Richard, John-Michael Cortez, TimMahoney, Raul Alvarez All rights reserved. All content is the property of Accent and may not be reproduced, published or retransmitted in any form without written permission from the Ofce of Student Life. Accent is the student newspaper of Austin Community College and is printed by the Texas Student Publications. Accent is published biweekly. ACC students may submit articles for publication in Accent to RGC’s Ofce of  Student Life Room 101.1; e-mail articles to accent@austincc.edu or fax submissions to 223-3086. ACCdoes not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national srcin, gender, sexual orientation, age, political afliation or disability. Accent offers ACC’s faculty, staff, students and surrounding community a complete source of information about student life. Accent welcomes your input, as well as informationabout errors. If you notice any information that warrants a correction please e-mail accent@austincc. edu. Individual views, columns, letters to the editor and other opinion pieces do not necessarily reect the views of Accent. ADVERTISING 512.223.3166 EDITORIAL 512.223.3171 FAX 512.223.3086 OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE RGC, 1212 Rio Grande St., Room 101.1 Austin TX 78701 Karen Kuhn ã Sta Artist When I was a kid, I lovedHalloween. By the time I’dgotten down to the dregs o my candy haul, which took almost a month thanks to my parents’ obnoxious insistenceon “moderation,” my brain wasteeming with ideas or nextyear’s costumes. Te seriousstages o costume design startedas early as June when my momand I would check out patternsand abric at the cra store.Even rom a young age, Iremember having nothing butdisdain or the lack o creativity and shoddy crasmanshipinherent in store boughtcostumes. Halloween wasparadise or a eedback junkielike me. It was a chance to showthe neighbors how clever I was,not to mention my mother’smore than adequate seamstressabilities. Parading rom doorto door delivered more thanmere candy. It was about thewonderul, condescending tonethat accompanied the inevitable,“Well, i it isn’t a little _____.”No matter how cold, itchy,awkward, or uncomortable acostume might be, that shred o recognition made it worthwhile.God orbid any idiotic adultshould be oolish enough toutter, “What are you supposedto be?”Unortunately, Halloween just isn’t as un as it used to be.Unlimited year-round accessto candy takes all the “un”out o un-sized Snickers,and I’ve nally given up ontrick-or-treating. I was able topush it urther than is socially acceptable, well up into my highschool years, by pretending thatit was ironic, but once you’re 23it’s just not okay to go door todoor in a costume anymore. Itdoesn’t matter what holiday it is.Sure, there is the “Halloweenor adults” 6th Street pub crawl,but ghting a crowd or cheapbeer lacks the mystery andinnocence o true trick-or-treating. Instead o crossing my ngers and hoping or a kingsize candy bar, I cross my legs inthe epic bathroom line and hopethe guy dressed like Will Ferreldoesn’t pick a ght to impressthe Playboy bunny on his arm.Te downtown Austin crowdhas never been particularly modest, but somehow the Jagerdamaged set has managed totranslate “wear a costume” into“show more cleavage.” Femaleoutts run the alphabet, startingwith Slutty Alien and endingwith Busty Zebra.Guys aren’t much better.Lucy In Disguise supplieshigher quality are than theplastic Power Rangers masksthat irked me as child, butHalloween costumes should beabout creativity, not putting acleaning deposit on your creditcard. Tose that really put in theeort to construct somethingelaborate or wear somethinguncomortable end up as theloser robot who can’t sit downat a party where the other dudes just went with a ake mustache.New Year’s, Christmas,Tanksgiving, even ColumbusDay, all warrant a day o romwork, but All Hallow’s Eve getsbupkis i its unlucky enough toland on a week night. For mosto my adult lie, Halloweenhas been a hal-assed event,curtailed by inconvenient early morning work schedules. Tetimes when I’ve managed tomake it out o the house, there’stoo much competition rom rivalparties, and the night devolvesinto an endless quest or thetruly happening scene.Alternately overcrowded andsparsely attended, Halloweenparties present too many options, making it hard todecide between that rumoredrager and your desperateco-worker’s little get together.Tankully this year’s Halloweenalls on a Saturday, making thatnight the de acto choice orrevelry.A Halloween unlucky enough to land on a uesday can mean partying across theweekend until nally, the nightitsel arrives. Even an extremely well made costume is startingto show wear and tear by thatpoint.Rather than going out onthe town to drink with thezombie Michael Jacksons andoverweight Brunos, I’d preer tospend this Halloween at homethis year. I I didn’t live in WestCampus, where pumpkins getsmashed and decorations gettrashed, I could happily sit onmy porch with a mug o hotcider, a slice o pie, and bigbowl o candy bars. When theyoungsters approached, I wouldsound as sincere as humanly possible whilst saying, “Well,aren’t you a darling little HannahMontana.”Te kids who were smartenough to compliment my costume would be rewardedwith a king size candy bar.Austin City Limits (ACLor riends) music estivalhappened on Oct. 2-4 at ZilkerPark. But who doesn’t knowthat? With the number o billboards all over downtownAustin and on the pedicabs(those little carriages riddenby actual people that look toomuch like slave work, despitethe green initiative), only themost distracted Austinites andtemporary residents were notaware o the concert until therst week o October.Te ones that really didn’t(seriously, under what rock do they live?), or sure oundout on Oct. 2. Aer all, it is very hard to ignore the absurdamount o busses with “AustinCity Limits” written on theside. Te initiative o oeringa whole day ree shuttle toall that who were going tothe estival was a smart one.It helped people avoid trac jams, parking problems andthe possible accident caused by alcohol intoxicated drivers.On that rst day, the sky wasn’t blue, but it was hotnevertheless, and very humid.With the crazy autumnweather, a day without pouringrain was the best the AustinCity Limits goers could hopeor. But, that was just the rstday.Te crowd was eclecticwith mothers with their baby carriages, children o all shapesand sizes, senior citizens (someo them looking like they couldhave been in Woodstock) but,o course, the majority o thecrowd was composed o collegestudents.Everybody was dressed as i they were going to the beach.Shorts, ip-ops, baseball capsand sunglasses in all shapesand colors were eatured onthe green, velvety “catwalk”.-shirts with unny sayings orsome band’s tour schedule onthe back were pervaded theestival.Add all the people sitting inolding chairs or blankets, andthe only thing missing to makethat day a perect “going tothe beach day” would be sandand salt water. Other beachparaphernalia, like sun block smell and tiny bikini tops werethere. But, o course, the mainattraction wasn’t palm shade orsand castles, but the bands.Te rst day was so packedwith internationally recognizebands and artists that it wasdicult or anybody to decidebetween, or example, TeCrocked Vultures and AndrewBird (the person who made theschedule sure had a sense o humor, provoking a cockghtor audience between the two“eathered” bands) or YeahYeah Yeahs and Kings o Leon.It was dicult to get a goodspot i one o the excellentbands nished a show justwhen another amazing bandstarted to play at another stage(especially or the ans who areonly 5 oot 3).Te most enthusiasticans just had to come earlierand camp (almost literally)in ront o the stage in orderto guarantee a good view o the artists. Disregarding thepatience and commitmentrequired to stand (or sit) underthe greenhouse eect sun ormore than an hour, once theconcerts did start, the audiencewas awully still, behaving liketone-dea zombies. Tere wasno jumping around, no singingat the top o the lungs, no goingcrazy. Te connections betweenartists and appreciators just gotlost somewhere between thestage and the green grass.Te ew ones that didseem to be truly enjoying theperormances looked likelunatics: shaking it, playing airguitar and air drums, singingwith the lyrics and mimickingthe instruments sounds asi their lives depended on it.But they were so ew and arapart, a singer or two may havegotten really disappointed.No wonder a lot o Americanartist all in love with oreign,overenthusiastic ans.Contributing to the overallstillness o the crowd were thereshly sel-designated “space”deputies: mostly huge youngadults that both blocked the view and the way o those ewenthusiastic ans who aren’t as vertically blessed as them and just wanted to take a glimpseo the gig while simultaneously cracking bad jokes andoended people who wanted togo by. Who gave them a badgeanyway?Tat green, hot and quietday was just the rst one. Tepouring rain that started toall over Austin on Oct. 3,beore ACL’s gates where evenopened, and haunted the crowduntil Sunday didn’t, however,managed to ruin the mood o those who went or the musicand or the un. In act, therain made those who wereumbrella covered, dressedin impermeable ponchos (orplastic garbage bags, in the caseo the people who missed theweather report) and holdingtheir muddy shoes in theirhands wake up rom the dead.Te second day had bigmusic names, but none o themhuge like Kings o Leon on therst day or Pearl Jam on thelast, nevertheless the crowd hadun under the nasty weather.Te muddy oor prevented thelazy rom lying down on theirblankets or sunbathing on theiroldable chairs. Tere was nosun. Not having anything betterto do, they walked closer to thestages and watched the bands.On Oct. 4, the rain stoppedalling. One might haveexpected the grass to be dry,but the emerald green, velvety grass rom the rst day hadcompletely disappeared. ZilkerPark looked like it had beenattacked by an angry bualoherd overnight, and it didn’tsmelled much better thanTe United States Senate is strugglingto pass a bill to extend unemploymentinsurance. On Oct. 13, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked or clearanceto pass this bill, but it was shot downby GOP senators who have issues withhow the extension would be undedand with the act that the bill did notequally include all states. It is importantthat these issues be resolved and thispasses quickly to help the Americanswho are running out o unemploymentinsurance.Sen. Jim Webb (D) VA, whoco-sponsored the proposal, said in apress release rom his oce that almost2 million Americans will run out o unemployment insurance by the end o the year.Te unsuccessul bill would haveextended unemployment insurance orthe states that have an unemploymentrate above 8.5 percent. A possibleamendment to the bill would be toextend those benets to all states.Tis amendment would help thebill pass more easily the next time itcomes to a vote, and it would helpmore jobless Americans weathertough economic times. exas, whichhas reached an unemployment ratehigher than it has been or the last 20years, has still not lost enough jobs toqualiy or the extension without thisamendment. However, when the over900,000 jobless people in exas runout o unemployment insurance, it isnot going to be any less hard on themthan it would be or the 8.6 percento unemployed people in Maine orPennsylvania.Tis is undoubtedly a complicatedissue, but it is one that collegestudents should care more about.As young people about to enter theworkorce, issues surrounding notonly unemployment insurance, but allaspects o the job market should be apriority or college students as voters.College age students areexperiencing a record joblessnessrate that some experts believe has thepotential to cripple an entire generationproessionally. According to a BusinessWeekly analysis, college graduatesunder 27 years old are having almosttwice as hard o a time nding jobsthan their 28-50 year old counterparts.Studies have shown that this kind o slow start to a proessional career candecrease the amount o income one canexpect to make in their lie.Tis bill should be passed quickly,and college students should care aboutthis bill passing quickly and about the job market in general, because it aectsthem more than anybody else.  Job market a biggerissue or studentsthan ever beore Every state needs more unding or unemployment bualo ertilizer either.Te rain boots were the newtrend, but most o the musicappreciators had their shoes onone o their hands and mud upto their thighs. Some lookeddisgusted, others just tried toenjoy the music despite theertilizer, dirt and straw goothey were stepping on and athird group just orgot aboutbasic hygiene and dived, headrst, on it.Te innocent bystandermight have thought “did I buy tickets or a trash horror movieinstead o the concert or amusic concert I wanted to goto?” because o the astonishingquantity o mythic monstersamong them; rst the zombies,then the muddy people. At theend, isn’t it all entertainment?Be it a gig or a horror show,what really matter is the unpeople had, and people surehad un at the ACL.   ACL muddy, fun For    Devons    Sake ’ Halloween Costumes Devon Tincknell Staff Writer  Diana Leite Staff Writer  -Sta Editorial- page 2 | Forum Accent | October 19, 2009     All calorie counts are approximate Having just one o most common drink isn’t going to undo anyone’s day, however there are dayswhen you really, really, want more than just one. Instead o going on a liquid diet in order tocompensate or a ew drinks, take a look at this chart. Just knowing what exactly you’re drinkingcould help you shave o enough calories to ft in a ew extra guilt ree cocktails. Sarah Neve Editor-in-Chief  Accent | October 19, 2009 Forum | page 3 Chris Scott ã Layout EditorKaren Kuhn ã Sta Artist Drunk   S k i n n    y  S k i n n y  These have a slightly higher calorie countshot per shot than other spirits, but they alsotaste better on the rocks with maybe just asplash o water, whereas vodka, rum, gin andthe like are more traditionally mixed withother things and thereor higher in calories. I you drink whisky sours or bourbon and coke,all you’re doing is adding more calories to adrink that is perectly good on its own. I’ve attended my air share o college parties over the years.I recall searching the sweaty crowds or a ace I recognize in small cramped apartments,weaving my way over to the beer taps and watching a ew rounds o beer pong.Attending a real rager is exciting, but a night out on Sixth Street with my closest riends iseven better. Our goal or the night is never to get drunk, just to escape everyday stresses andhave un.While I am all or partying hard occasionally, I’ve come to understand the dangersassociated with it. However, a new phenomenon concerning college students, binge drinkingand extreme dieting, has emerged throughout colleges nationwide and piqued my interest.Tis new trend is called drunkorexia. o be clear, this is not an ocial medical term, butthe phenomenon is becoming more prevalent among college-aged women.Tis trend involves individuals who want to lose weight or stay skinny, but still want topartake in drinking and partying. Drunkorexia links binge drinking to other eating disorderssuch as bulimia nervosa.As a college-aged woman mysel, I am intrigued and stunned that some o my ellowschoolmates could be subjecting themselves to this type o behavior, so I decided to learnmore about it.Basically, partygoers believe that i they rerain rom eating then they can drink withoutworrying about calories and get drunk aster on an empty stomach and stay skinny.Tis leads me to believe that drunkorexia is less about wanting to get smashed and moreabout underlying body image or psychologicalissues.Students may be engaging in this behavior ora number o reasons including relieving stress, butthere are deeper issues that should be addressed orsome students.At Austin Recovery, a non-prot drug andalcohol rehabilitation center, Chie OperatingOcer Jimmy Ochs explained that duringtreatment sessions “it was not unusual to haveyoung women admit to limiting the amount o calories o ood based on the drinks they wereconsuming.”Ochs, a licensed chemical dependency counselor, has treated a great number o youngwomen or alcohol-related dependencies, but was not amiliar with the term drunkorexia.“25-30 percent o emale patients are involved in eating disorders like anorexia andbulimia,” Ochs said.Ochs explained that most patients will not designate a ood problem or are willing to admitto one. He believes this is because patients eel more shame over ood issues than chemicaldependency issues.Being unamiliar with the details eating disorders, I contacted the Eating Disorder Centero Denver (EDC-D) to understand how drunkorexia and eating disorders are linked.Over this past summer, the center treated a group o young women or bulimia nervosaand elt the need to inorm the public through a press release dated Oct. 1, 2009 aboutdrunkorexia aer learning that 75% o college-aged women enrolled at EDC-D met thecriteria or alcohol abuse.“Each o them had discovered that i they went without ood during the day, they couldthen get drunker aster on less alcohol,” Clinical Director amara Pryor, Ph.D. said.“Although this in itsel is not new, the manner in which they described using the alcoholis exactly the same way in whichthey binge on ood aer going longperiods o time restricting their oodintake,” Pryor explained.Upon researching the topic, I rstbelieved that the root o the problem wasthat young women are constantly exposedto society’s unrealistic views about health andtness.However, Pryor explained that there area number o reasons or young women to try practicing drunkorexia.Most notably, “more oen our patients experiencea lack o sel-awareness, low sel-condence, anxiety,depression and diculty with regulating and copingwith dicult emotions,” Pryor said reerring to individualsdiagnosed with a substance abuse and eating disorder.Since drunkorexia hasn’t been ocially classied as adisorder, no ormal statistics are available about the topic.“In the elds o substance abuse and eating disorders, theco-existing presentation o an eating disorderand some orm o substance dependence isquite amiliar, and the individual is given twoseparate diagnoses and treated or both conditions,”Pryor said.Pryor doubts that drunkorexia will be given its owndiagnostic category.Side eects o this phenomenon include academicproblems, relationship issues, and signicant psychologicaleects, Pryor said. Also, when under the inuence o thistype o behavior you are more susceptible to placing yoursel in sexually compromising situations, Pryor added.Whatever the reason or ollowing this trend, the biggestconcern is the overall health o women who show signs o drunkorexia I believe.“When a person takes the majority o their calories in the orm o alcohol, they end upnutritionally deprived. Tis negatively aects mood states, the ability to ocus, rememberand recall, and impacts sleep states,” Pryor said.Individuals who engage in drunkorexia needs to receive proper treatment and will need toaddress both the binge drinking and ood issues separately.It’s bafing to me that someone would believe that this was a great way to lose weight. Ina act sheet provided by EDC-D, a patient explained that “it’s another way to just numb outand get rid o this awul stu in my head,” when asked why she binge drinks in addition to hereating disorder.As a student mysel, I completely sympathize with the patient and others who eel thesame way. Sometimes I also eel the need to escape everyday stresses and enjoy a night o debauchery. However, consistently hurting yoursel by engaging in this type o behavior issimply damaging yoursel physically and emotionally and will only make whatever issue youmay have about yoursel only worse. Wine    About 130 calories A glass o vino, red or white, comesin around 130 calories or a ve ouncepour. While red wine as been praisedor its antioxidants and even hearthealth benets, it’s still an alcoholicbeverage and has residual sugar in itrom the grapes. It is still a good choice i you’re the kind o person that will sit andsip a ew glasses all evening. Shots  About 90 calories Most hard liquors will come in right round60 calories an ounce, but most shots are 1.5ounces. That’s around ninety calories a shot. I you start drinking shots with mixers in themlike cordials, or juice, the calorie count willskyrocket. Another problem with shots is thatthey don’t last very long, so you move on toanother drink aster. Margarita 250-700 calories  The huge diference in calorie countis because a traditional margarita mightonly be 250 calories, but the rozen ruityconcoctions in sh bowl sized glasses canrack up over 700 calories. Keep the size o your glass in mind, and drink margaritasmade with resh ingredients by hand, notout o a machine that looks like it coulddispense sot serve ice cream. Rum and Coke  About 180 calories Switching to diet can shave of a lot o the calories, but it’s the two ounces o rumat about 130 calories that really makes thatnumber jump. Order them tall with dietsoda or a drink that will last a little longeror ewer calories. Otherwise toss a lime inthere, call it a Cuba Libre, and only drink them on occasion. Vodka Red Bull  About 115 calories One ounce o vodka mixed with hal acan o red bull is just over 100 calories. Aswith all drinks, a heavy handed bartendercan have a huge efect on how muchactually goes in the drink. Using sugar reered bull (i you can stand the taste) willknock quite a ew calories of this drink. Hal a can o the diet red bull is only 5 calories.  Jager bombs  About 200 calories Jagermeister is about 100 calories a shot,Red Bull is about 100 calories a can, tossingthem together in a pint glass and chuggingthe mixture with your riends is not only goingto leave you with a wicked headache, it’ll addan explosive 200 calories per Jager bomb. Gin and tonic  About 64 calories Gin on its own is just about thesame as vodka or silver rum at onlyabout 64 calories an ounce. However, Tonic water is like club soda’s evilcalorie laden twin. It might not tastelike it, but those cute little bottleso tonic water they keep behind thebar are just as bad or you, ounce orounce, as coke. Beer  About 64 -350 calories Beer is tricky. Most light beers will beabout 100 calories, but when you get intothe wide range o beers available, it easy toend up with a beer that is well over 200 oreven 300 hundred calories a bottle. Avoidholiday and seasonal brews, and anythingwith the word “malt” written clearly on thelabel. Scotch/bourbon on the rocks  About 70 calories Karissa Rodriguez Layout Intern E xplains    ALL it  K arissa   An increase of binge drinking among collegestudents has revealed a dangerous new formof extreme dieting  Advice on how to pick a drink that has less calories, so youdon’t have to choose between dinner and happy hour  and  and   N ews www.theAccent.org page 4 | News Accent | October 19, 2009 The disTance isnoThing. iT’s onlyThe firsT sTepThaT is difficulT. Learn to think.  ®  — Mq  d realize your dreaMs. You’ve taken the frst step toward your dreams atACC. Get ready to realize them at St. Edward’sUniversity. We welcome ACC students and canhelp you make a smooth transer toward earningthe degree you need to land your perect job. Take The nexT sTep now! Learn more about our easy transer process andoptions or fnancial aid. (Over 80 percent otranser students at St. Edward’s receive fnancialaid.) Meet with our transer admission counselor, Tracy Canales at an ACC Campus, or contact herat 448-8500 or tracymc@stedwards.edu . MeeT your Transfer counselor Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.,Riverside Campus Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.,Cedar Park Campus Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.,Riverside Campus Thursday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.,Cedar Park Campus www.gotostedwards.edu Gol Fiesta to raise moneyor Latino scholarshipsLatino reception amiliarizesstudents with resources at ACC Te ACC Chapter o the exas Association o Chicanos inHigher Education (ACHE) will be raising money or Latinoscholarships at the rst “Gol Fiesta eam Scramble.” Te gol tournament will be held Oct. 27 at Riverside Gol Course. Tetournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and there willbe an award ceremony at 1:30 p.m..Te deadline to sign up is Oct. 20, and there is a $75 ee perperson or $300 per oursome.“Te money rom the tournament will go toward Hispanicstudent scholarships here at ACC,” said Shari Rodriquez, Presidento the ACC chapter o ACHE.Te Oce o Student Support and Success Systems will hostthe second Latino Student Success Reception on Oct. 22 at CypressCampus rom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Te rst was held on Oct. 14 atEastview Campus.Sylvia Orozco, the excutive and ounding director o the Mexic-Arte Museum, was the keynote speaker at the Oct. 14 reception.Marta Cortera, writer and political activist, will be the eaturedspeaker on Oct. 22.Te receptions are meant to provide students and their amilies,as well as aculty and sta, with inormation about resourcesavailable to them at ACC. News Bries Accent covers Obama’s vistto the Presidential Forum onService at Texas A&M Accent reporters were in College Station on Oct. 16 to coverPresident Barack Obama’s speech on community service.Obama was invited to the Presidential Forum on Service by ormer President George H. W. Bush. Te event was hosted by Bushand the Points o Light Institute at Rudder Auditorium at exasA&M University. Te contributions o 4,500 Daily Point o Lightaward winners was honored as well as Bush’s legacy o service andcivic engagement.Te Accent collaborated with Te Battalion, the exas A&MUniversity student newspaper, to cover the event.o see video, photos and articles about the event, go to theaccent.org Students learn to teach Students rom around thestate that are going into teachinggathered at ACC or theconerence, Reading the Future:Preparing exas Educatorsoday or the Students o omorrow, on Oct. 10. Teconerence, sponsored by ACC’sCenter or Public Policy andPolitical Studies (CPPPS) andthe Arts and Humanity Divisionwas at the Highland BusinessCenterFrom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.students rom St. EdwardsUniversity, University o exas,Huston illotson University and ACC listened to presentersspeak about the uture o education and what skillsthey will need to be eectiveteachers.Director o the CPPPS,Peck Young and the Dean o Arts and Humanities Division,Lyman Grant put this eventon with a ocus o teachingSpanish speaking students. Teimportance o literacy was acenter point o the presentationsgiven.“exas is going to be amajority-minority state. Wealready have in Del Valle schooldistrict, Manor school districtand AISD, that the majority o students are Hispanic,” Youngsaid.Te rst speaker was ormerMayor Gustavo L. “Gus” Garcia.He has served on a number o community and proessionalorganizations such as the exasSociety o CPAs, and the GreaterAustin Hispanic Chambero Commerce (who awardedhim the Lietime AchievementAward). In 1972 he was electedPresident o the Board o AustinCommunity College, and in2001-2003 served as Mayor o Austin.Garcia said there was nohigher calling than education.“Whether you’re goingto teach elementary or highschool, you can shape someoneelse’s uture, and you need tounderstand that,” Garcia said.“He really hit home or me;even the story about his lie hitme because when I rst startedcollege I didn’t do so well, butnow I’ve ound my way and amgetting mysel back on track,”John Sanchez, education majorsaid.Other speakers at the eventincluded Council Member MikeMartinez, Dr. Donetta Goodalland Dr. Ramon H. Dovalina.Dovalina, who was namedPresident o Laredo Community College in 1995 and alsolaunched an environmentalscience center emphasized thatstudents who couldn’t speak English well would be hamperedin emergency situations orwhen having to communicatemedical needs. “English shouldbe taught through the 12thgrade, as o now it is not,”Dovalina said.Part o his reasoning orEnglish being taught all throughgrade school is that many Spanish speaking studentshave no reinorcement to learnEnglish at home.Dovalina said that aertaking a class, they (englishas second language students)go home and are surroundedby Spanish speaking amily members and Spanish speakingtelevision and radio programs.“Tis doesn’t encourage themto retain any uency in Englishthey might’ve gained whiletaking the class.”“What I loved was thereceptiveness o the audienceto learning about new ideas oreducating bilingual students,”said Carla Jackson, associatedirector o CPPPS.Aer the speakers nished,there was an open discussionled by a panel o students withup to 20 years o teachingexperience. Tey answeredquestions among themselves aswell as rom the audience.“By having them expresssome o their ideas and issues,we were all able to learn moreabout what’s needed when itcomes to bilingual education,”Jackson said.Leading the panel was Dr.Giao Phan, Associate Proessorand Chair o the EducationInstruction Department atACC. She maintained theinteractive discussion betweenstudents and teachers on thepanel, centered around thegrowing number o Hispanicstudents.Te learning o Englishwas denitely vital to Garcia’scareer as a CPA and eventually as mayor. Garcia spoke abouthaving a gi with numbers, butnot knowing enough English touse that talent.“I couldn’t read tax codes.I couldn’t do anything,” Garciasaid.Te event wasn’t aboutsimply teaching English, butbeing able to connect withnon-English speaking studentsand understanding their culture,according to Young. He wasnot alone in the sentiment o wanting to use the teacher’s roleto empower uture students.Garcia told the gatherededucation majors, “you’re thelink between what they can beand what they want to be.”  Trevor Goodchild Staff Writer  TEACHING CONFERENCE — (From let to right) Austin CityCouncil Member Mike Martinez, ormer Mayor Gus Garcia, andDr. Ramón H. Dovalina gather together on Oct. 10 at ACC’sHighland Business Center. They spoke to a crowd o prospec-tive teachers about the importance o literacy in Texas schools. Trevor Goodchild ã Sta Photographer
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