Strain on College Athletes

    College athletes are some very hard working people. The stress of classes can be a extremely tiresome burden on the average college student. Athletes sometimes face a very large burden compared to the average college student. But what is it exactly that makes the juggling of athletics and sports so hard?

    All athletes need to train, and stay in shape. Without there necessary requirements a athlete’s performance would be very poor. Training takes up a large segment of a athlete’s week. In a USA Today article about practice time, it was revealed that the NCAA only allows coaches to take 20 hours out of a athletes week for training. 20 hours is almost a whole days worth of time that is sunk in to the improvement of athletic performance, and physical fitness. With all of this time spent on just training alone a college athlete has less time to finish homework than a average nonathletic student. Grant George, a member of the UAA track and field team, said he  spends a total of 640 hours training from September to the last week of May. This is not including all the time that track meets take.

    Injuries are always a risk in college sports. Students from campus all around the nation suffer from a variety of sports related injuries. Dealing with these injuries take a large physical burden on athletes. Livestrong.com says that some of the most dangerous college sports are football for men, and cheerleading for women.

    Athletic competitions require athletes to travel, and miss classes. With the loss of these classes athlete’s can miss the opportunity to take in valuable information that they would gain in class. Traveling can require plane flights, and lots of nights spent in hotels.  According to facilityfocus.com, research has show that students who show up to class more often do better on exams.

   With such a strain on college athletes it is important for a athlete to work extra hard, and manage their time. If one does not manage their time their grades will plummet. Keep on working hard athletes your schools are cheering for you!

Sources

USA Toady NCAA story: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/2011-01-14-ncaa-survey_N.htm

Grant George: ggeorge10@alaska.edu

Livestrong College injuries article: http://www.livestrong.com/article/513231-frequency-of-injury-among-college-athletes/

Facilityfocus attendance article: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/do-attendance-policies-influence-student-learning/

Are Video Games Harmful to Children and Teens?

    Video games are a source of entertainment for all ages of people, but two of the most discussed age groups are children and teenagers. Since the early days of arcades and home gaming the question has remained, Are video games harmful to young people?

The biggest concern that arises is physical activity. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention “Children 8—18 years of age spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including TV, computers, video games, cell phones, and movies.” With the increase of a growing dependance on technology it seems that we are always viewing some type of screen. It is very important for children to get exercise for physical development and good health. A good example of not being a couch potato can be found in one of America’s most well known Presidents. Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child, and suffered from asthma. This quote that is in a article from the website artofmanliness.com is from Theodore’s father,“Theodore you have the mind but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind cannot go as far as it should. I am giving you the tools, but it is up to you to make your body.” Because of this he worked hard, and became a very athletic, and was able to fight the asthma had caused him much weakness.

Another topic of concern is violence in videos games. According to an article at Mirror.co.uk, “Alison Sherratt, president of the Lecturers and Teachers Association, insists such extreme violence should not be included in video games.” The Article goes on to talk about how children imitate what they see. The overall argument from this side is children should not be subjected to video games with extreme violence. This seems like a very good case, but video games with extreme violence are given a rating of 17 or older(In some countries this rating can be 18 or older). Anyone who is not at this age cannot buy this game. One can then argue that it is the parent’s responsibility to monitor what their children watch, and that parents should not buy their children these kinds of games.

When it comes to video games, and young people the answer seems to be very simple. Parents need to be responsible, and monitor what children take in. Children also need a good amount of physical activity. Activity is important for the mind, body, and overall spirit of a child.

Sources:
Mirror – http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/staying-in/video-games/gta-5-torture-row-

teachers-2278689
CDC – http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/problem.html

Art of Manliness – http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/02/04/lessons-in-manliness-the- childhood-of-theodore-roosevelt/

The Smartphone

    The smartphone, a relatively new piece of technology that is in the hands of many people world wide. They have become increasingly popular. Everywhere you look there is someone on a smartphone, and it doesn’t seem that the popularity of these devices will die until something new comes out.

The very first phone, that incorporates the features that could possibly define it a smartphone, according to Time Magazine is the IBM Simon. Released in 1994, It cost $1,100 dollars, and show cased features such as email access, and fax messaging.

Rolling into the 2000s technology was advancing rapidly, and the smartphone became what we think of them today. One of the most noticeable, or most well known phones of this type is most likely Apple’s iPhone released in 2007. Cnet.com reported that Apple has sold 1.4 Million iPhones as of October 22 of that year. Smartphones exploded with popularity with many different phones coming from many different companies.

The introduction of text messaging, mobile web browsers, and the popularity of social media on smart phones have changed how people interact with the world around them. Popularity has risen according to emarketer.com, “The global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 and will total 1.75 billion in 2014.”

One sore subject that seems to follow smartphones are the retail prices. The price for a phone that is contract free, according to Forbes, ranges around $300-600. Some phones like the new iPhone 6 Plus are listed on apples website with a retail of $949. Considered one of the top phones you can get, the price is still very high. When looking into the lifespan of the smartphone smallbusiness.chron.com reported that the life span of a smartphone is around 21 months. Accidents will happen, and with all of this in mind some do not find the price of buying a new phone worth it. One more factor that must be taken into consideration is the fast evolution of technology. Computers constantly receive upgraded software. To run good software one needs good hardware. Eventually that smartphone, that is really a small computer, released a couple years ago will no longer be able to run newer programs.

A final concern that has had some popularity is the amount of radiation a cellphone emits. Since cellular technology is very new, and is always changing, little is really know about how the radiation that they emit affects the user. The National Cancer Institute has said, “Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly.” Due to the lack of knowledge on this subject some have come to avoid usage of smartphones.

The smartphone has come a long way, and with the constant evolution of technology one can only image what is to come. Peoples hunger for the next big thing seems to override concern over expense or safety at this time. The advances in tech creates an environment where it is always good to look at the big picture. Think of how much of an impact smartphones have made. They have come a long way, and it seems that they are not going away anytime soon.

Protecting those Pearly Whites

    Ever had a friend that did not brush their teeth very often? Even in todays age of heightened hygiene some of the people around us do not work to maintain good oral health. There are many reasons for brushing ones teeth often. There is no real reason to not take care of ones teeth.

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) said “1 out of 20 middle-age adults are missing all their teeth.” This is still a large number of people who do not have teeth, and we do not need to contribute to it any longer. Brushing one’s teeth is good for ones health. It reduces the chance of getting cavities which can cause pain during everyday activities such as eating. Brushing ones teeth also protects your gums from harmful bacteria.

Ask most anyone and they can tell you that not brushing your teeth is bad. When asked about people not brushing their teeth, UAA athlete Grant George said, “They are going to encounter dental problems soon.” When college student Maiong was interviewed, she said, “Their teeth could go bad.” This practice of brushing teeth should be something everyone does now. Brushing teeth is essential to protecting your mouth from loss of teeth due to gum disease which is the receding of the gums due to infection. The CDC states that diseases such as diabetes increase the chance of gum disease. This is a great reason to be serious about oral health.

A final reason to keep ones teeth clean is self image. Bad breath is not something others want to smell. When asked “How do you feel about people who do not brush their teeth often?” Hugh Barnett, a college student, said “laziness to be honest.” How a person takes care of themselves gives people a picture of what that person must really be like.

Tell your friends to take better care of there teeth or they may just lose them. For more information about oral health check out the CDC’s website http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/.

Sources:

Interviews:
Hugh Barnett – hbarnett2@alaska.edu Maiong – myang14@alaska.edu
Grant George – ggeorge10@alaska.edu

CDC information:

http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/factsheets/adult_oral_health/adults.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/pdfs/150-healthy-teeth-matter.pdf

Surviving Winter

    With winter just around the corner one would have to think about how they will get through this long stretch of cold. A never ending onslaught of that horrible white stuff. How do Alaskans survive the winter? After further investigation some fellow Alaskans have released there solutions to battle the coming months of winter.

A good way to defeat the winter blues is to embrace it. Get out in the cold, and do all one can to make winter a friend. Amber Reichardt, a student at UAA, said she rides her bicycle “all year round.” For all those that stay inside she says “Just have to have a reason to get out.”

Doing some actives outside is not a bad idea. Physical activity is good for everyone’s health. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that physical activity helps to give a individual better weight control. The CDC also says it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers. Bone and muscle strength as well as overall health and mood are improved. With all these benefits one would want to get outside.

Indoor activities are a good way to take the mind off of the ice and snow. It may be video games or it could be working out at the gym whatever helps to make ones thoughts positive. UAA student Rian Allen said she power lifts and that during the winter months she spends that time training. In her own words, “Keeps me sane.”

After final investigation a it has been found that some do not even have the time to dread the winter. Instead they just keep on doing what they have to do. Maeseng Lee, a busy college student at UAA, says during winter its “just school and work.”

For all of those that will be staring out the window dreading the coming months. The best advice one can get is do not be idle. Do something, it can be work, school, or extra curricular activities. It is shown that Alaskans are not idle, and the best way to get to the glorious summer months is keeping the mind occupied. For more information on how physical activity benefits a persons health go to the CDC’s website.

Sources:

Amber Reichardt
Email: aljohnson9@alaska.edu

Maeseng Lee
Email: mleelo5@alaska.edu

Rian Allen
Email: rjallen4@alaska.edu

CDC

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/health/index.html

Advise on Winter Driving in Alaska

    Alaska winters are known to make driving a hazardous task. With a lack of traction, and low visibility anyone can end up in a unsavory situation. A great way to improve the everyday drive is to learn from the experience of others. I asked a few residents of Alaska what their best advice for driving during winter would be, and here is their best advice.

I asked a Oregon college student Ryan Cain, who has lived in Alaska for 19 years, what is the best advice he could give. He said, “For two wheel drive cars put sandbags in the back, studded tires are much better than all season tires.” The most important phrase he said that should be remembered by everyone in snowy conditions is “Everything that you do, do it slow.”

Grant George, a student and track athlete at UAA, said “Apply brakes early, if your trying to stop on ice, look for snow patches, and do not make sharp turns.” A few simple thoughts, but essential to helping one stay safe.

I interviewed David Ward, a 19 year old resident, who is going to college in Minnesota. He said, “If you spin out, turn your wheels to where you want to go, and don’t touch the gas or breaks. Give some room in front of you at a stop incase someone behind you cannot stop, then you can pull forward. Always make sure to wipe off your car, and scrape the windshield. When you leave your house, speed up and the hit your breaks on your road to test the slickness.”

    Lander Simmers another student at UAA had a wealth of information to give. He said “Slow down about a double length before you get to a stop or turn. You also never need to be in a hurry, and leave plenty of space in front of you at all times. Another key point is to make sure your vehicle is road ready, studded tires are a plus, also make sure to have bright headlights for the dark.” Keeping some space, and going slow can help anyone from being in accident.

All of this helpful information can make winter driving safer for everyone. For more additional information on driving safely in the winter anyone can go to the Department of Motor Vehicles, or go to their website and download a driver manual. The manual is full of information such as recovering from a skid to simple procedures that might be overlooked by the average driver. Every bit of information is helpful to making driving a better experience.

Sources

Ryan Cain: rycain@gci.net
Grant George: ggeorge10@alaska.edu
David Ward: daw72764@bethel.edu
Lander Simmers: ldsimmers@alaska.edu
Alaska DMV Drivers Manual: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/dlmanual/dlman.pdf

What is News

My kind of news may not be someone else’s kind of news. There is a large number of people in this world and they all like different things. The news can carry a solid definition, but the kind of news people observe and digest can be different. There are several different things that I get my image of news from. What makes news, the different mediums of news, and different news for different people are all things that in my mind really help define what the news is here and now.

What makes news is information and the stories that are created from that information. All of this information is packaged to the readers in the form of a story and sent to the readers through various different mediums. This type of content from which different news stories are created can range from political campaigns to brand new consumer products. Everyone sees news differently. Somethings that might make headlines in ones mind might not be headlines in the mind of another. News helps to inform the populace about important information of various forms to help citizens be active in their surrounding community. Everyone is effected by everything. If something happens around the world somehow it will effect something in ones own home.

There are different mediums for the packaging of news. These mediums allow people to digest information in easy ways. Probably the most well known and longest used medium is the newspaper. Newspapers are put in stores everywhere and allow reader to read interesting stories that are about the community. Television news networks are a major sources of information for people today. These news programs being hour long shows help to give people daily information. 24 hour news networks have gained popularity, such networks such as FOX and CNN are played on television sets everywhere giving people breaking news. One of my favorite mediums is to gain information through magazines. One can gain information through many different magazines about many different subjects. I read muscle car magazines and these give myself the latest information on newest parts and information to help improve the classic car hobby. Magazines like this keep the readers informed with news about their type of interest. Today the internet helps to give people information faster than most all media out there. With the growing number of news sites available for viewing. Any kind of news can be accessed at anytime. The most recent type of news medium is through social media. With social media breaking stories can be told to thousands of people instantly through a tweet or status update.

Not everyone is the same, there are some people that just can not agree on anything. News does not always seem important to some people. A good example of this is maybe the news runs some little stories along the lines of cute puppy jumps on baby. This is not news or something that really sparks my interest. Another example would be a celebrity couple breaking up. Now to people who are interested in these kinds of things it might be news, but to myself it is not. This is on the border line of entertainment and not really news. It doesn’t really help people in anyway. Since everyone has different tastes it is hard to get news that shows issues that should be taken care of instead of entertainment.

The news industry is always changing and always working hard to get the next big story to the people. All different types of information makes up our news. There are many different types of mediums from which news is distributed to the public. Not everyone likes the same kind of news. All of these things define what news really is to myself. I gravitate toward news that helps to better our current situation, and inform the citizen about what is going on in the world around them.