Lifestyle » Campus News The latest Lifestyle news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:43:56 +0000 en hourly 1 3 Tips to Ensure Back-to-College Shopping Doesn’t Break the Bank Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:49:46 +0000 ABC News abc lynette khalfani cox kozimors ll 130814 16x9 608 3 Tips to Ensure Back to College Shopping Doesnt Break the Bank

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ABC News’ Paula Faris reports:

Just days away from leaving his family’s nest in Vienna, N.J., for his freshman year in college, Tyler Kozimor is quickly finding out that heading back to school means diving into the bank account.

ABC News originally met up with Kozimor in April after he’d received word that he’d gotten into his dream school – Ithaca College – to wrestle and study broadcasting. His original financial-aid package wasn’t enough, so the  “Real Money” team helped him reapply and found him an extra $30,000.

Missed the ‘Real Money’ story? Here are the tips to negotiate financial aid for college.

The Kozimors said they were surprised at the cost of just getting to school. New bedding, a minifridge, laptop and textbooks can all add up.

“You think it’s just the tuition,” Tyler Kozimor said. “It’s like you have to re-buy your whole life. … [It's] very expensive.”

According to the National Retail Federation, college students and their families will spend nearly $46 billion, an average of $836.83 per family, on back-to-college supplies this year. And the average, estimated, full-time undergraduate budget – including books and supplies, transportation and dorm expenses – totals $3,291.

Lynnette Khalfani Cox, author of “Zero Debt for College Grads,” said sending kids to college shouldn’t send parents over the financial deep end. She shared the following tips with the Kozimors and ABC News to help them save thousands of dollars a year on their back-to-school shopping lists.

1. For big-ticket items, prices can change minute-to-minute. At Decide, you can track products like laptops. And comparison sites like Priceblink, which attaches to your browser as you search the Web, can help ensure you get the best price. To find out whether your favorite store has any sales, use apps like Shopkick. It rewards shoppers with exclusive deals just for walking into retailers like Target.

“You’ll literally see rows and rows of stuff saying ‘college,’ which makes you think ‘Oh, OK, my kid must need this for college, right?’” Cox said. “Well, not necessarily.”

A minifridge was found for $129 at Walmart, $139 at Staples and $169 on Amazon. It was also on sale for $119 at Best Buy but on Priceblink, Cox showed Kozimor that the item could be purchased at Shopko for $98.88 and with free shipping right to his dorm.

2. Consider buying used textbooks on Amazon and renting textbooks at Rent-a-Text for 40 percent to 70 percent off. And for intro classes, use the website Boundless, which matches assigned books with free versions online.

3. Finally, avoid the campus bookstore, where prices can be marked up 40 percent, and leave your car at home if you live on campus. On average, Cox said, college students save $200 a month on gas by keeping their cars with their parents.

“I’m ready to go to college,” Tyler Kozimor said. “Thank you, guys!”

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College Students Downplay or Underestimate Female Intoxication, Study Says Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:16:37 +0000 Geetika Rudra
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A new study reveals that men and women use different words to describe levels of intoxication.

A new study suggests that college students are more likely to downplay or underestimate intoxication in women than in men.

“Our participants were more likely to say that women are only tipsy even when they are actually heavily intoxicated,” Ash Levitt, 32, a research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions at SUNY Buffalo, who published the study this year, told ABC News.

“On the contrary, our participants were able to accurately say how drunk a male was,” Levitt added.

Participation in the online survey was open to the entire student body; almost one in three of those who participated were in a fraternity or sorority, and they received  academic credit for participating. So while Levitt’s study is limited, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as part of the National Institutes of Health, young adults ages 18 to 24 pose a higher risk for alcohol abuse than older adults.

“It’s possible that people simply do not know how to tell if a college-aged woman is moderately or heavily intoxicated,” Levitt said. “Or it could be the case that they do know how intoxicated a college-aged woman is, but they are trying to minimize it.”

This could be especially true for women determining how intoxicated their female friends are.

“Our study showed that women are less likely than men to accurately tell how intoxicated other women are,” Levitt said.

In addition, “research shows that a double standard exists here. In one case women feel pressure to drink just as much as men. But at the same time women feel pressure to appear as though they do not drink too much,” Levitt said.

Levitt and a team of researchers collected data from 139 college students who were asked to describe the intoxication level of fictional characters.

“We had the participants read a fictional story about a character going to a bar to celebrate their birthday. The story described the character’s gender, how much they drank, and how they behaved,” Levitt explained.

Then the participants had to describe the character from a list of words researchers have found people naturally use to describe intoxication levels.

“The words either described moderate intoxication, like ‘tipsy,’ or heavy intoxication, like ‘hammered,’” Levitt continued.

Levitt is conducting further tests to see how well these words describe intoxication compared to actual blood alcohol content.

“If our findings show that words like ‘hammered’ describe high blood alcohol content and words like ‘tipsy’ describe low blood alcohol content, then we would suggest that future alcohol education programs targeted at college students use these words in their lessons,” Levitt said. “Research shows that the more tailored alcohol education programs are towards individuals the more effective they become.”

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Baseball Player Gets Death Threats After Cheap Shot Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:21:10 +0000 Matthew Rosenbaum abc ann baseball fight ll 120410 wblog Baseball Player Gets Death Threats After Cheap Shot

A student at Yavapai College in Arizona received death threats after a video showing his epic cheap shot was released online.

The Yavapai College baseball team was hosting Scottsdale Community College March 29 when a bench-clearing brawl broke out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

As players from both teams gathered angrily on the first base line, the runner on second maintains his position, staring at the unfolding events with his back to the outfield. Then, out of nowhere, the left fielder from Yavapai College, identified as Austin O’Such, is seen slamming into the base runner at full speed as he heads towards the brawl.

The base runner, who was clearly blindsided by the attack, lay on the ground for a few minutes before struggling to his feet.

Yavapai College Athletic Director Scott Farnsworth told ABC’s Arizona Affiliate KNXV that the school has received numerous emails and voicemails about the incident, some of which have contained death threats against O’Such.

O’Such is taking online classes and plans to transfer to a California school at the end of the semester. Farnsworth told KNXV that the threats are being investigated by campus police.

Yavapai College released the following statement on its website in response to the incident:

“Yavapai College and the Athletic Department aspire to the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play. In no way do we condone the behavior as recorded in the video, which occurred on March 29, 2012 at the Yavapai versus Scottsdale Community College baseball game. The YC player involved was immediately suspended by the college and will be suspended from play for the rest of the season. The college has implemented this action and will continue to work with the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) on current and future sanctions following conference procedures. Per conference rules team members from both teams involved in the on field incident have already served their suspensions.”

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NYC Bans Halloween, Birthdays, Aliens and More on School Tests Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:49:56 +0000 Katie Kindelan Students in New York City’s public schools cramming for tests can delete words like birthdays, junk food, Halloween, dinosaur and even dancing from study lists.

References to such words have been banned from city-issued tests in an edict issued by the city’s Department of Education for fear the words could “appear biased” or “evoke unpleasant emotions” in students.

The department included the list of 50 banned topics in a recently issued request for proposals to companies interested in creating new versions of tests given to New York City students throughout the year to measure progress in  English, math, science and social studies.

“Some of these topics may be perfectly acceptable in other contexts but do not belong in a city- or state-wide assessment,” reads the request, first obtained and reported on by the New York Post.

Dinosaurs, the Post reports, were banned because they reference evolution, which fundamentalist students might not agree with.  Birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses and Halloween suggests paganism, so they are not allowed, and so is dancing because some sects object, according to the paper.

Also on the list of topics that companies are asked to stay away from are “creatures from outer space,” homes with swimming pools, computers, vermin, junk food, abuse, terrorism, divorce, any references to disease and holidays.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education told the Post the banned topics do not constitute censorship but a way for “students to complete practice exams without distraction.”

The city is in line with creating guidelines for its tests but the list of forbidden topics runs twice as long as one recently issued by a group of states, according to the Post.

Companies have until April 23 to submit their proposals.

The results of student testing in New York City public schools gained an even higher profile earlier this year when the Education Department released data estimating the performance  of more than 12,000 teachers in the city’s public schools.  The teacher evaluations, released in February, are based primarily on how students in their classrooms perform on the city’s standardized tests.

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Why a Rising Women’s Basketball Star Left Hoops Heaven for the Home Team Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:05:00 +0000 Alexandra Ludka ap elena delle donne dm 120320 wblog Why a Rising Womens Basketball Star Left Hoops Heaven for the Home Team

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When 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne, the number one recruit in the country, chose the University of Connecticut, it seemed like a perfect fit of star player and powerhouse team, but just 48 hours after she arrived on campus, Delle Donne left.  Nearly four years later, Delle Donne says it was the best choice she could have made.

Instead of joining the most dominant team in women’s college basketball back in 2008, she moved back to her home state and immediately enrolled at the University of Delaware, just 20 minutes away from her family in Wilmington, Del.

Many were stumped by the superstar’s choice to give up playing for a top team like UConn, but Delle Donne’s reasons had nothing to do with basketball.

Her older sister Lizzie, 27,  is both blind and deaf and was born with cerebral palsy. So when Delle Donne moved to Connecticut, she could no longer communicate with her sister at all.

“Skype, cellphone, texting, email — doesn’t work with Liz,” she said. “We’ve never spoken a word to one another so the only thing we have is our physical contact. So that’s our whole relationship. It’s everything.

“She knows me by my smell and my feel, so, physically, physical contact is the only thing she knows,” she said. “So when I did leave, I lost Lizzie basically. Well, she lost me and I wasn’t OK with that when I left.”

And even though Lizzie can’t come to many games, she is always with her sister, even on the court.

“I have a tattoo right on my rib and it says ‘Lizzie’ and is inside angel wings,” she said. “And during the games, I even tap my side right before the game or when the game gets tough just to know Lizzie is out here with me to keep fighting.”

Lizzie does more than just give her luck on the court, Delle Donne said.

“She teaches me that you just fight no matter what,” she said. “And on the court when things aren’t going our way, you just never give up and that’s something I’ll never do and you’ll never see me put my head down and give up.”

“I would watch her struggle and I would watch her persevere through her struggles and that was something that always helps me put my life in perspective,” she said. “She overcomes battles that I will never face and thank God I will never face those, because I’m nowhere near as strong as Lizzie. And only someone like Lizzie can get through those battles.”

And even though Delle Donne didn’t end up where she thought she’d be, she says it was worth sacrificing a place on a top team for her family.

“They’re definitely my rocks and when I went away from my rocks, I realized that it wasn’t the right thing,” she said. “I wasn’t going to be happy if I was separated from my family.”

When she arrived at Delaware,  she said, she was burnt out, so she took her freshman year off from the game she once loved and instead played volleyball for the school, where she studies early child education.

The following season, she started playing basketball again and has helped turn the Blue Hens into a team to be feared.

“I love everything that is involved in this sport,” she said. “It’s just a lot of fun. And when I stopped enjoying it, I stepped away from the game because I wasn’t going to do something that wasn’t for me. Now I play it for the passion and love of the game.”

The women’s team won a NCAA tournament game for the first time in the school’s history Sunday night, defeating the University of Arkansas Little Rock, 73-42, and giving the team a record of 31-1.

Delle Donne, a junior, scored 39 points against Arkansas, just three less than her opponents total score. She led the nation in scoring with an average of 27.5 points a game, three more than anyone else this season.

But she knows she stands out as much for choice as for her basketball skills.

“It’s the poem ‘The Road Not Taken.’ And that’s kind of my theme here,” she said. “And that poem really means a lot to me and my family. And this really has been the road not taken. And it’s been incredible.”

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Weightlifting Cheerleader Says No to $75K Modeling Contract Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:40:18 +0000 Katie Kindelan

Anna Watson may don the red-and-black uniform of the University of Georgia cheerleaders and line up on the sidelines every game day to cheer the Bulldogs on to victory, but she’s not your average All-American cheerleader.

Watson, a cheerleader since age 5, could probably hoist most of the football players she cheers for.

The 21-year-old junior can bench press 155 pounds, squat 255 pounds and dead lift 230 pounds, according to her school newspaper the Red and Black.

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What started out as interest in fitness for the junior exercise and sports science major turned into a potentially lucrative obsession.

“When I first went to school [UGA] I would just do cardio all the time to relieve stress,” Watson said today on “Good Morning America.”  “And a trainer in Hawaii was like, ‘Why don’t you try weight lifting?’ So I started lifting.”

Watson spent hours in the gym and transformed herself from a 125 pound college student to 175 pounds of lean, cut muscle.

“I just got in the gym and started lifting weights and I kind of got hooked,” she said.

Her body soon caught the eye of a fitness modeling agency who offered her a $75,000 contract, as long as she used a legal steroid to add roughly 50 pounds of pure muscle mass to her body.

While the average college student may have jumped at the five-figure contract and potentially even more lucrative and glamorous future, the deeply religious Watson said no.

“I’ve grown up in the church and I’ve been in the Word my entire life and just reading the truth and seeing that this is really not something that God wanted me to do,” Watson said.  “I feel like my body was created the way it’s supposed to be and it’s a temple and putting artificial things in it was not something that I was willing to do.”

Describing her story as a modern-day version of Daniel in the Bible, Watson made the decision to focus instead on cheerleading and spreading the message to young people that  too much of anything can become an addiction, as it did with her and exercise.

“I just put it off as an excuse that exercise was healthy, but I realized that something that you love, a passion, becomes an obsession, that’s when you know it’s too much,” she said.  “It’s a tough balance.  If you go too far one way it just throws your life.”

Despite being sidelined from cheering for the Bulldogs much of last season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, Watson says she’s happy, both with her decision to forgo the modeling contract and with her body.

“No matter what I look like, I’ve been 175, 125 [pounds], I wasn’t satisfied until I realized that my identity and my image is in the Lord and how he created me,” she said. “I’ve found peace.  I’m excited.”

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Watch: LSU Cheerleader’s View From Air and Field Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:07:34 +0000 Katie Kindelan

Football fans accustomed to sitting in the stands can now see firsthand what it’s like to be on the field, and flying above it thanks to the innovative use of a camera by a cheerleader at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

LSU junior and cheerleader Sadie Landrieu strapped on a GoPro camera along with her skirt and pompoms for the school’s Nov. 25 home game against Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas in Baton Rouge.

The 90-second video of her efforts gives a dizzying, birds-eye view of what it’s like to be on the field in front of more than 90,000 die-hard, collegiate fans, and what it’s like in the final seconds before a team of hungry, game-ready football players runs onto the field behind you.

Landrieu’s perspective also shows what it’s like to be a “flyer,” the young woman who stands on top of the pyramids and gets thrown into the air.  She’s thrown into the air and back down to earth several times, all with the roar of the fans behind her.

The idea to capture Landrieu’s game-day experience came from fellow student Chris Parent, a student photographer in the university’s athletics department.

“Myself and a few friends were sitting in our office before a football game and trying to come up some ideas for new things we could do,” Parent said.  “And the idea was born to put it [the GoPro camera] places that we can’t be or couldn’t reach.”

Landrieu wore the Go Pro HD Hero2 camera using a chest mount, and Parent built the footage into a YouTube video that has now been viewed more than 300,000 times.

Adding to the experience, and the drama, captured on-camera is the frenzy of the pre-game hype among fans rooting on their LSU Tigers, currently the top-ranked college football team in the nation.

Parent and Landrieu also picked a good game to record.  The Tigers walked away with a 41-17 win.

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High Schooler’s Touchdown Scores More Than Just Points Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:15:01 +0000 Katie Kindelan abc patrick myshrall dm 111025 wblog High Schoolers Touchdown Scores More Than Just Points

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The touchdown Patrick Myshrall scored for his Worcester, Mass., high school football team put only seven points on the board in a game that wasn’t even close.

But it scored well beyond that in other ways, capturing the spirit and hearts of his fellow teammates, students and the entire Worcester community.

Patrick, a 17-year-old junior at St. Peter-Marian High, has Down syndrome.  He’s just 5-foot-4, weighs just 125 pounds and wears glasses and hearing aids.

Patrick joined the varsity football team this year, unbeknownst to his parents, because he saw the players wearing their uniforms at school and wanted to be part of the team, his mom, Kate Myshrall, told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB.

He attends practice every day, but had never played in a game before last Friday night’s game against rival Doherty High School.

In a storyline straight out of a movie,  the coach for St. Peter-Marian’s team, Tom Henrickson, asked the Doherty coach, Sean Mulcahy, if he would let Patrick  join the game and even put some points on the board, providing the game wasn’t close.

Mulcahy agreed. St. Peter-Marian took a big lead early on in the game and, with the scoreboard reading 33-6 and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, Patrick got his shot.

The junior took the handoff from his quarterback and ran the ball 12 yards straight into the end zone.

And, just like in the movies again, the crowd of 1,500 fans on both sides of the field went wild.

Days after his varsity football debut, Patrick continues to get the movie-star treatment with calls from well-wishers pouring in and local media clamoring to interview the high schooler who stole so many hearts.

Patrick’s story, however, doesn’t end on the football field.  He’s not just the only member of the school’s football team with Down syndrome. He’s the only student with the genetic condition, a chromosome deficiency, that causes problems with the way the body and brain develops, to ever attend St. Peter-Marian, a private Catholic high school in this suburb of Boston.

Patrick does not attend special education classes and has the resume of which many a high school student dreams.

He belongs to the National Honor Society, was a member of the Student Council and ran cross-country for two years before he switched his allegiance to the gridiron, WCVB reports.

Even with all the attention on his guts and the glory 12-yard touchdown run, Patrick has kept his eye on the prize and remained a team player.

“It was very exciting,” he told WCVB.  “My team was pumped up.  I really liked it.”

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Basketball Player Slam Dunks Over His Mom Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:59:54 +0000 Katie Kindelan

College basketball player Josh Thompson can go home for Thanksgiving, after all.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., risked a tough welcome home had he not successfully completed a daring dunk that placed his mom at risk of a crushing blow.

Thompson wanted to do something that would make him stand apart from other competitors in the dunk contest held during Wagner’s Midnight Madness basketball event last Friday night.

So he turned to the woman who brought him into the world, lining his mom up in front of the basket, with her back facing him.

As the crowd, not to mention his mom, held their breath, Thompson jumped over his mom on his way to successfully completing a slam dunk.

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Though a happy ending, Thompson’s daring dunk wasn’t entirely smooth soaring.  He just barely cleared his mom’s head on the way up to the net.

But, ball in net, son on ground and mom with no visible bruises or injuries, all walked away happy.

To be more precise, son walked away looking relieved, and mom walked away looking a bit shell-shocked.


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University of Maryland New Football Uniforms Draw Mixed Reviews Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:33:29 +0000 Sarah Parnass While rarely touted as fashion forward, college football has taken the style spotlight for a potential faux pas this season.

The University of Maryland’s Terrapins took the field Monday night against the University of Miami in new garb: white Under Armor pants and a top with shoulder pads and helmets split down the center, each side reflecting half of the university’s logo.

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Maryland won the game but could not avoid scorn in the blogosphere for the clash of gold, black, red and white that adorned its uniforms.

ESPN’s Paul Lukas called the Terrapins “bonkers.”

“The good news: No team can possibly go further around the bend than this,” he wrote. “The bad news: Sure they can.”

Former Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels — who played for the University of Georgia back in the day — panned then flayed the team’s fashion on Twitter, capping off several disparaging Tweets with:  “Afraid to go to sleep. #Terps uniforms might get me. #Scary”

But as is often the case, popular opinion flies in the face of the media. In an online Washington Post poll posted after the game, 47 percent of viewers voted  in favor of the change saying:  “It’s a look no one else has.”

That’s for sure.

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