Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 29, 1986
More women mg weights
By EMILY KAHN
Women aren't just taking iron pills
out of a bottle anymore. In increasing
numbers, women are pumping iron,
not swallowing it.
Between 200 to 250 University
women flex and tone their muscles
with the men at the Central Campus
Recreational Building every day, ac-
cording to David Waymann, an exer-
cise consultant at the University's
Fitness and Research Center.
A SPOKESMAN for the CCRB's
Recreational Sports Board speculated
that the number may be even higher,
although he could not provide specific
Wayman attributes the growing
number of female bodybuilders to
changes in 'he sex roles that occured
in the 1970s. - points out that women
have ris, to more stressful positions
in the business hierarchy, creating an
increased need for them to develop
fitness programs to cope with the
Female students who weight train
say they enjoy the mental and
emotional release. Yet sometimes
they must deal with the problem ofj
men who aren't quite used to female
in the weight room.j
"It's not so much that guys offer to
help you like you can't do it yourself,
but some guys use this condescending
voice. That's what really annoys me,"
said LSA sophomore Carol Hawkes.
SHE ADDS, however, that these in-
sults happen only rarely. In general,
women are usually welcomed in the
weight room, she says.
Todd Creighton, a business school
junior, said he has encountered
hostility from women he tries to assist
in the weight room.
"Sometimes I'll offter assistance to
a girl and she'll get all insulted. I don't
mean to insult her, it's just my up-
bringing, that's all," Creighton says.
Gail Tate, a masters student in
kinesiology who specializes in adult
fitness, reports positive reactions
from men in the weight room. She also
notes that women are showing up in
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Action Sports Wear
Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
LSA senior Louise Furukawa flexes her biceps as she works out recently at the Central Campus Recreational
weight-training facilities in record
IN ANALYZING female
tiates between bodybuilding and
weight training. Bodybuilding
remains a primarily male-dominated
sport, since it emphasizes bulk and
building up muscles for aesthetics,
Female students and faculty mem-
bers flock to the CCRB for weight
training to improve their speed, en-
durance, and muscle tone.
Much of this weight training is
aimed at specific sports, Waymann
says, citing the track and crew teams.
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Because of the need for precision
and strength in these sports, women
athletes spend at least three to four
hours-and sometimes as many as
eight hours-at the CCRB each week.
FEMALE athletes employ training
programs similar to those used by the
men, Waymann adds, and despite
popular beliefs, women actually can
become just as strong as their male
Any difference between the sexes,
Waymann says, occurs in the area of
muscle size. A hormonal imbalance
prevents women from matching men
in muscle strength, he explains.
As far as diet goes, the only
requirement for the female training
regiment is eating well-balanced
meals. Waymann says women weight
trainers generally don't use any
specific type of diet.
Some women who are less serious
about weight training but interested
in a systematic workout find that Om-
ni Kinetic weights to be useful.
Women lifting at the CCRB said they
find them less rigorous than conven-
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Khadafy offers possible end
to Arab terrorism in Europe
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy will appeal to Arab terrorists to
refrain from attacks in Europe in return for a guarantee that the United
States will not attack Libya, Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi said
At the same time, Libyan radio quoted Khadafy as saying that
President Reagan is "power mad" and that he is using U.S. military
maneuvers in the Gulf of Sidra to challenge "the freedom of the Libyan
As the U.S. 6th Fleet continued its maneuvers in the Mediterranean off
the coast of Libya, Khadafy held a private meeting with Algerian
President Chadli Benjedid in a Saharan Desert summit that diplomats
said was a bid by Khadafy to enlist Algerian military support against
But one diplomat said Algerian support was unlikely, because Khadafy
"is held in almost as much suspicion in Algiers as he is in Washington."
S. African blacks end boycott
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Black students ended two years of
school boycotts yesterday and streamed back to classes to prepare for the
new academic year on the strength of a pact parents reached with the
Attendance was heavy as schools reopened in urban centers including
Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, where boycotts
cut attendance for much of 1984 and 1985.
On some days in recent months, more than 200,000 black students
boycotted classes out of 1.7 million enrolled in urban areas. The boycotts
have been a central factor in 17 months of racial unrest that led to the
deaths of more than 1,000 people, most of them blacks.
Outside a school in Johannesburg's huge black township of Soweto,
police used tear gas to break up groups of chanting students, residents
said. But there were no other reports of trouble, and the fragile accord
appeared to have opened the door to normalizing the long-troubled black
Pentagon charged with fraud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon rigged tests on the Bradley Fighting
Vehicle, the Maverick anti-tank missile and other weapons systems for
which it seeks billions of dollars, raising serious questions about their
safety, a veteran House investigator has charged.
These "unrealistic" tests enabled the weapons to gain congressional
financing despite design flaws that threaten the lives of service mem-
bers, staffer Anthony Battista said in his report made public yesterday by
the House Armed Services research and development subcommittee.
Battista suggested the panel consider scrapping the Army's $11.3
billion Bradley armored personnel carrier, charging the services
manipulated tests on that vehicle, the Air Force's $6.1 billion Maverick
air-launched missile and other unnamed weapons.
He said the Bradley, which is equipped with a cannon, machine gun and
missile launcher, left unresolved questions about its vulnerability and
Cardinal demands monitoring
of Filipino national elections
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' top Roman Catholic church
official yesterday demanded that independent pollwatchers be allowed to
monitor next week's presidential election in an effort to prevent fraud.
The admonition from Manila Cardinal Jaime Sin came as President
Ferdinand Marcos campaigned on the island of Mindanao and opposition
candidate Corazon Aquino stumped in towns south of Manila.
"In my capacity as archbishop of Manila, I demand that what NAM-
FREL (National Movement for Free Elections) is asking should be
given," said Sin.
NAMFREL chairman Jose Concepcion said Sin, among other things,
was referring to demands that the group be allowed to conduct its own
"quick count" of returns from the Feb. 7 election.
Sin's statement during mass was followed by the reading of a pointed
pastoral letter from all Filipino bishops, who said they see signs of fraud
and violence similar to the pattern of past elections.
Fourteen people have been killed in election-related incidents in the
month-old presidential campaign.
Skill loss may be reversible
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - New results from a study of elderly people
indicate that the partial loss of certain mental skills may be due more to
disuse than disease and can be reversed with simple mental exercises.
A study of 229 members of Puget Sound Group Health, a health main-
tenance organization in Seattle, showed that of those whose inductive
reasoning and spatial orientation skills had declined since 1970, about 40
percent were able to recoup the losses after five one-hour training
The findings are important because "in studies of later adulthood the
assumption has been made that when decline begins to occur that it is
irreversible," said researcher Sherry Willis, a human development
associate professor at Pennsylvania State University.
Willis suggests that senior citizens flex their mental as well as their
physical muscles for better health.
"I would say that much of what we call decline is presumably not
irreversible; that what we call decline appears to be, for many people...a
function of disuse," Willis said.
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Lack of counselors hurt poor
NEW YORK (UPI) - A shortage of
guidance counselors in American
schools is forcing poor children who
are "good college candidates" to drop
out of high schools and thus fencing
them out of thehAmericantdream.
"There is considerable waste of
human talent in the way our schools
are operated today," said Howard
Howe, chairman of the board's Com-
mission on Precollege Guidance and
Counseling, which issued the report,
titled "Keeping the Options Open."
"YOUNGSTERS who would make
good college candidates are dropping
out of school," the report said.
"Children are failing to learn, not
because they lack ability but because
they lack encouragement and sup-
port. These are preventable tragedies
in thousands of young lives."
Because of recent tightening of
school budgets, counseling in-
creasingly has been viewed as expen-
dable, it said, and even was "largely
ignored in the recent national debate
"If more students are to be given a
reasonable chance to fulfill their
potential, counselors need to spend
time on activities that guide students
toward improved self-understanding,.
better use of their academic talents
and increased knowledge of the op-
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