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Student SEPTEMBER 1989

SEPTEMBER 1989 NewAtures



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Blind, sighted
benefit from
ski program
By Adamay McAdow
The California Aggie
U. of California, Davis
"I was kind of scared - my major
fear was that I might break my leg
or arm. I already have one handicap
- I don't want one more.
"But the night before we went, my
friends told me you have to be an
expert to break something," the U.
of California, Davis student said.
The trip was successful, and an
enthusiastic Ramana Polavarapu
was able to ski six more times,
attaining intermediate-level status.
Polavarapu's handicap is blind-
ness, and he skied because of a few
UCD students who've linked up
with Discovery Blind Sports
International as guides and instruc-
tors for potential blind skiers.
"The benefits are tremendous for
both blind and sighted skiers," said
Program Coordinator Doug
Huberman. "It's not just a blind
person doing something he's never
done before but a blind and a sighted
person doing something together."
This is the first year for the pro-
gram at Davis, Huberman said. A
graduate student at UCD, he had
already introduced Polavarapu to
weight training, ice skating, fishing
and tandem biking.
"It basically started out as me
finding a way for Ramana to ski. He
found out that DBSI out of
Kirkwood (Ski Resort) certified indi-
viduals as instructors for the blind."
"It's strengthened me by seeing
the bravery of someone like
Ramana. It's easy to view the blind
as incapable of things like skiing,
and many people are shocked to see
them out there," he said.
"But ifyou're guiding, you see that
this is not a blind person learning to
ski, but a buddy, a fellow skier, who
just happens to be blind."
The teaching program at
Kirkwood is co-directed by blind
UCD alumnus Mike May and his
guide, Ron Salviolo.
Polavarapu has agreed to take
over as program coordinator in
Davis after Huberman graduates
this year.
The benefits for blind persons who
learn to ski are tremendous,
Polavarapu said, noting that there
are no age restrictions for skiers eli-
gible for the program.

. _
Student event goes
big time at SUNY
By Brenda Kube
Albany Student Press
State U. of New York, Albany
Thirty-five students competed in the first student-run
National Physique Committee-sanctioned bodybuilding event
in the country last spring.
The proceeds from the Mr. and Ms. State U. of New York at
Albany Body Building and Physique Competition were donat-
ed to the Ronald McDonald House.
Nine professional NPC judges evaluated competitors and
there were special guest appearances by professional body-
builder Tom Terwilliger and an amateur local bodybuilding
favorite, "Ms. Capital District" Debbie Davis.
To prepare for the event, each competitor had to be dedicated
to a special diet and strenuous, steady workout program.
Bob Schwartz, who placed second in the men's middleweight
division, said the sacrifice can be difficult. "Everyone around
you is eating pizza and chicken wings while you're eating egg
whites and plain rice. You also forget what beer tastes like for
a while, but you have to watch your calories and body fat."
Jon Friedman, a men's lightweight competitor, said the
preparation is also psychological.
"It's not just taking your body to the extreme, but also your
mind," he said. Friedman said he learned "to train smarter,
not harder" by reading fitness magazines and talking to other
The winner of the "Mr. SUNY" title was second-year com-
petitor William Gibbs, a sophomore. The "Ms. SUNY" title went
to Alisa Parrish, a senior competing for the first time.
Although there was some dispute about the number of spec-
tators, about 1,000 attended according to SUNY Student
Association officials.

Marc Bamman, senior in exercise science, planned, organized and pro-
moted the first college conference bodybuilding competition.
Student bodybuilder
organizes competition
By Craig Hamric
Kansas State Collegian
Kansas State U.
"You see a lot of guys who really get into the numbers. They
worry about what the tape measure says, and how much weight
they lift.
"I just go by the mirror. If I see that I need to build up a certain
area, I go into the gym and try to sculpt it," said Marc Bamman,
a senior in exercise science at Kapsas State U.
For the past year, Bamman has organized and promoted the
first college conference body building competition. He originally
planned a "Mr. and Ms. K-State" competition, but when not
enough body builders showed an interest, he expanded the scope
to include the entire Big Eight Conference. Forty competitors
entered the competition, which is not limited to college students,
but targets that age group.
Bamman intends to continue a career in bodybuilding.
"Bodybuilding is what I love ...," Bamman said. "I'm sure I'll
continue to promote and judge beyond my competitive days."
Muscle, dry ice, music
draw 2,800 spectators
By William Fitzsimmons
The Daily Targum
Rutgers U.
It claims to be the biggest event of its kind on the collegiate
level. Last winter 2,800 attended the bodybuilding competition
at Rutgers U. The amount of preparation for the show was
almost as intense as the bodybuilder's training, say the athletes.
Dry-ice, clouds and state-of-the-art lights and music systems
have helped the contest turn a profit. Gail DeResi, who has
watched or participated the last three years noted the improve-
"When the people running it took it more seriously it caught
on like bodybuilding in general has caught on," she said.

Student movement
evoked freedom,
revealed corruption
By Jillana Enteen
. Crimson White
U. of Alabama
Last year, I taught English in the
People's Republic of China. My students
were an elite group, and I doubted they
* would join in the strike.
Before the violence began, I received a
letter from my favorite student, a 16-
* year-old freshman. What follows are his
words, abridged but without corrections.
My notes and explanations are in paren-
Dear Jillana:
It seems a pity that you have not been
staying in China for these days. The stu-
dent's demonstration and hunger strike
have been so vigorous in China, especial-
ly in Beijing. Almost all ranges of people
rose up to support students.
I've taken a part in this movement.
First, Ijoined the parade in Tianjin with
my classmates. We went to Beijing, and
just caught the one-million people
parade in Changan Avenue on 17 May.
After the parade, we settle down on
Tiananmen Square and began our sit-in
At that night, the Square was full of
people. When I pushed my way to the
monument and looked down, I was
dizzied to see so many"black heads." And
I also saw some fasters. In a short while,
there were four students fainted and be
carried out in front of my eyes! Their ded-
icating spirit were really moving.
Now the demonstration inclines to be
subsided. I think the main reason is the
ideology of freedom and democracy were
still rather meager in the Chinese mind.
The populace pursuit could be color TV
set, electric refrigerator, more money,
etc., but as to freedom, democracy, these
are just, dispensable to them.
So when they rose up, their motive
werejust to show sympathy for students,
to express their resentment to the gov-
ernment, but few pursue the supreme
destination - freedom and democracy.
So the students couldn't gang with them
really and tightly.
So when they rose up, their motive
were just to show sympathy for students,
to express their resentment to the gov-
ernment, but few pursue the supreme
destination - freedom and democracy.
After some time, when the government's
principle became firm, and when they
saw it would form a deterrent against
their promotion, bonus, going abroad . .
., they hung back.
Without the support of these populace,
only students certainly couldn't main-
tain any longer to oppose the powerful
However, I think this movement was
successful. In some degree, it evoked the
populace's consciousness of freedom and
democracy Itrevealed and denounced
the government's corruption.
After this movement, the conservative
power will be enlarged. By its protection,
the previous corruption, autocracy will
continue. And the coming check in gov-
ernment and all religional mechanism
will put an ominous atmosphere on
everybody's political life. Chinese will
experience a long, dull, silent period.So
I feel disappointed to the government. I
think, going abroad, making my career,
and returning with honour may be the
optimal way for me.
Your genuine friend (Name withheld)

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1. Do you think the U.S. government
should support the actions of
Chinese student protesters?
2. Do you think the following should be a
requirement to receive financial aid
for college?
(a) military service (b) community service

Rutgers U. accounting major Mary Fellner participated in the Mr/Ms.
Rutgers bodybuilding show. Participants say that the show was taken
as a joke the first two years, but has since gained popularity and respect.

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