Crimson Tide players visit the White House

[caption id="attachment_35924" align="alignright" width="300" caption="President Barack Obama poses alongside Alabama football coach Nick Saban, center left, and Alabama football players with his new Alabama helmet and personalized jersey on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Washington.

Survey shows rise in trend known as 'drunkorexia'

There are some things in life that just don’t mix well. A recently developing trend, dubbed “drunkorexia," dangerously combines two such items: eating disorders and substance abuse. According to a clinical report published in the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education in August of 2010, the name of the behavioral pattern, which displays increased prevalence on college campuses, “was coined by popular media in 2008 to describe the practice of resisting calories so more alcohol can be consumed without gaining weight.” In their survey of 692 first-year college students, the authors of the article found 14 percent of the sample participants intentionally limited calorie intake on days when they were planning to consume alcohol. Delynne Wilcox, assistant director of health planning and prevention at the Student Health Center, said the possibility of saving money on grocery costs and potential for getting intoxicated more quickly are significant driving factors for the behavior, though weight gain avoidance is most likely the primary motivation. “There is a lot of pressure, especially on girls in the college-age population, to stay thin and maintain the ‘accepted’ body image,” she said.

Tide to visit Obama

[caption id="attachment_35460" align="alignright" width="300" caption="President Barack Obama delivers an address on the economy, jobs and taxes at Florida Atlantic University, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Students sound off on Trayvon Martin case

The death of Trayvon Martin has been a subject of national news stories for several weeks and some UA students feel that a lack of evidence will keep the case from having any impact on the nation's guns laws. Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed on his way home by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who claimed he fired his weapon in self-defense, according to an article from Huffington Post. Nicholas Caluda, a freshman English major, said he noticed a lot of people on Facebook liking pictures of Martin demanding justice and decided to look into the situation for himself because he felt there was probably more to the case than he saw on his newsfeed. “When I read some of the things that haven’t been reported, that we have no proof Zimmerman continued to pursue Martin after the dispatcher told him not to or that the tapes had been edited by NBC news broadcasts to give the case a racial overtone, I was shocked,” Caluda said.