Alcohol is ultilized in herbal medicine to allow for easy absorption and preservation of all-natural remedies. (JESUS PICHARDO / THE STATESMAN)
Alcohol is one versatile organic compound. It can be chugged in cans, gulped in glasses or squandered in red Solos. The ignorant suck it out of hand sanitizer, and the wise tape it to their bodies to pass security. They even give it out for free at church. But alcohol is also used in another, more important aspect—in medicine.
When Bobbi Anne DePierro got a 3:30 a.m. call from a state trooper that her 21-year-old daughter was driving under the influence and had lost control of her car getting off the Sunken Meadow Parkway, everything stopped. Her daughter’s car went into a tree and she was in a coma. She lost her bodily functions and was in the hospital and rehab for months before she completely recovered.
A new trend with deadly consequences is sweeping social media. Recently in the United Kingdom, a drinking challenge claimed the lives of at least five young adults.
Hangovers, called veisalgia by those in the medical field, are a dreaded after effect of alcohol consumption and a familiar experience for many college students. Characterized by symptoms including headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, stomach problems, drowsiness, sweating and cognitive impairment, hangovers are certainly not a fun ordeal. Despite their prevalence, the cause of hangovers is still an enigma to scientists.
In about a week, Stony Brook students will be on spring break. While some students may go to a crazy party in the hot sun on some beach or simply use the free time to catch up on sleep, Stony Brook’s Alternative Spring Break Outreach will spend the week in Colorado, building houses, removing debris, working at soup kitchens and shelters and volunteering at a local Boys and Girl Club.
After Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Matthew Lerner, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University, spoke to a commission evaluating Connecticut’s mental health programs. Lerner, one of several experts at the hearing, testified that there is a disconnect between autism and violent criminal behavior.
Trevor Pernice, a sophomore electrical engineering major, took an Indian studies course in his freshman year at Stony Brook, but the professor’s heavy accent made it hard for him to take comprehensive notes. He started wondering what the other students had written. It is out of this curiosity that Nerdy Notes was founded.