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18 U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER

Student Body MARCH 1989,

18 U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER Student Body U MARCH 1909

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Financial fallout Eating it up Card games Mind conditioning
Some athletic departments Cereal makers are cashing These winter meetings Hypnotherapy is helping
need outside help to balance in on health-oriented bran are where the biggest athletes reach their full
their budgets. products. trades are made. potential.
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Studying time
in 'trenches'
still loses out

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in race for
nwLUMre et
By Sonya Donaldson
* University Times
California State U., Los Angeles
Jesse Owens. Bruce Jenner.
Mark Spitz. All are Olympic
athletes who have been recognized
and praised for individual accom-
plishments. Names that have
earned them recognition and re-
spect.
Male athletes in particluar have
earned the respect and admiration
of many while their female counter-
parts have sunk into virtual
obscurity.
Remember Debbie Brill, Olga
Korbut or Wilma Rudolph? Each
has contributed tremendously to
her sport; Brill and Rudolph in
track and field and Korbut in gym-
nastics.
Everyone remembers the great
men who contributed to their sport.
Few women athletes, by con-
trast, can say they have received
respect for achievements. How can
thegreatwomeninsports, pastand
present be remembered tomorrow
when instead of being given due
credit, they are called "cute" and
"adorable."
The media and the public seem to
concentrate more on the appear-
ance of a female athlete than the
skill she exhibits. No one remem-
bers the perfect 10, the broken re-
cords or a skillful tennis match. In-
stead, the athlete's makeup, the
color of her eyes, orher"perky"per-
sonality is the focus.
Women want and need to be tre-
ated as athletic equals. They have
contributed just as much to their
respective sports as their male
counterparts. A gymnast's looks, a
highjumper's diet or the length of a
runner's nails shouldn't matter.
What should matter is the skill of
the athlete. Howfast does sherun a
mile? How high can she jump?
What was her score on the beams?
These should be the questions
asked. Personal appearance,
"perkiness" and whether or not the
costume matches the color of the
individual's eyes should have no
place in sports. It'stime we take our
female athletes out of the past and
put them where they belong: in our
future.

" By Mike Larkin
S The Daily Californian
U. of California, Berkeley
W ) Sure, all those intercollegiate
J athletes at the power athletic schools
don't study. They just play football and
basketball. But how about athletes at
U. of California, Berkeley (UCB), where
the academic environment sometimes
resembles the grind of trench warfare?
You bet they study, say the players.
But a report released this winter by
6 the NCAA shows that football and bas-.
ketball players nationwide are spend-
; ig more time playing their sport than
5 they spend in the classroomor studying.
Kit Coleman soaks up some artificial rays. UCB was one of the 42 Division I in-
stitutions sampled.
ThIe debate over tanning safeyThe nationwide $1.75-million study
surveyed over 4,000 students, compar-
lea es a burning ing experiences of football and basket-
it? ball players, players in other sports, and
Is that bronzed look uorth itstudents involved in extracurricular
activities.
By Duane Marsteller actually goes into the skin ... but, Football and basketball players
The Alligator when used right, tanning machines spend an average of 30 hours per week
U. of Florida are safer than the sun." on the field or the court during the sea-
An owner of a popular tanning Pierce said, "Tanning booths do son, while spending13.7 hoursperweek
salon said most people have "no idea damage the skin, and the eyes can be in the classroom, according tothe study.
of what they're doing" when they en- permanently damaged without prop- Students in other sports spent 24.6
ter his studio, but a U. of Florida er protection. The light emitted by hours playing and 14 hours in the clas-
(UF) dermatology professor said if tanning lamps are somewhat safer sroom per week. Students involved in
they did, they would avoid the places (than the sun), but they still can extracurricular activities spent 20 and
altogether. damage the skin." 15 hours in each respective area.
Both JayiFogle, owner of All Sea- UVB is the most damaging ray in "The study basically confirms what
sons Tanning Studio in Gainesville the ultraviolet light spectrum while we already knew (about athletes' sche-
and assistant professor Doug Pierce, UVA is the least damaging, Pierce dules)," said UCB Athletic Director
chief of Dermatology Services at the said. Dave Maggard.
Veterans Administration Hospital, UVB rays penetrate melanocyte The study also showed that the aver-
agreed that too much exposure to cells in the lower-most layer of the age grade point average for football and
ultraviolet rays is damaging to the epidermis, which forms pigment basketball players was 2.46. For other
skin, but disagreed on tanning booth particles that slowly rise to the skin's athletes, it was 2.61, and for students
safety. surface. When UVA rays reach these involved in extracurricular activity it
"There is no totally safe way to pigments, the skin turns brown due was 2.79.
tan," Fogle said. "Most people who to oxidation and causes a tan. "GPA isn't as important a statistic as
walk in have no idea of what they're
doing. They have no idea of what See TANNING, Page 19 See REPORT, Page 19
Ecstasy: Sorting the myths, finding the facts

By David Dudenhoefer
Colorado Daily
U. of Colorado
Ecstasy, a drug tried by 20 percent of
Colorado U. (CU) students, remains an
under-studied substance, and "each
and every one of you who are using it is a
guinea pig," according to a CU health
expert.
The one certain thing about Ecstasy,
or methylenedioxymethamphetamine,
is that not enough is known about its
side effects, said Michaela Cooney-
Polstra, a drug and alcohol counselor.
A 1987 survey found that 20 percent
of CU students have tried Ecstasy, and
90 percent of them had tried it for the
first time at CU. Ecstasy is a popular

drug among students, and may be re-
placing cocaine for many students,
Cooney-Polstra said.
Students said the drug's popularity
was because of its pleasant effects, low
price and lack of a hangover. One man
"Each and every one of you
who are using (Ecstasy) is a
guinea pig."
- MICHAELA
COONEY-POLSTRA
described the drug's effects as a "six-
hour orgasm."
The ignorance about possible dangers
of the drug stems from the fact that it is

illegal, Cooney-Polstra said. Ecstasy is
classified by the government as a "sche-
dule I" drug, which means it is as illegal
as heroin or LSD.
The illegality of Ecstasy means that
the government doesn't encourage in-
stitutions to study it. That makes it
hard to monitor Ecstasy's effects on
society because users won't report that
they use it for fear of arrest.
A recent primate study published in
the Journal of the American Medical
Association indicates thatEcstasycould
cause sleep disorders.
Cooney-Polstra, in her talk entitled
"The Truth About Ecstasy and Your
Spinal Fluid," dispelled the rumor that
See ECSTASY, Page 19

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