Environmental Tip of the Week

I hope you’ve been able to participate in meat-conscious week. I know your diet choices may not seem like an obvious environmental cause, but the meat industry is incredibly resource intensive. Food, water, land, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and energy are all necessary for producing meat on the scale that the ‘Western diet’ requires. I have a hard time blaming the producers for using cheap corn, laced with antibiotics, on huge feedlots. They have the daunting task of supplying 112 million pounds of meat to the United States every day, over half of which is beef (USDA’s 2012 food intake estimate). This demand is outrageous, and there is an increasing body of evidence that consuming this amount is unhealthy.

The Mayo Clinic found that, in a study of half a million people, those who ate four ounces of meat or more (the national average is 5.7 ounces –USDA) every day were 30 percent more likely to die in 10 years for any reason than those who ate less.

Personal benefits aside, large-scale animal production requires large amounts of resources. In 2007, J. L. Capper tallied the resources required in beef production and published it in the Journal of Animal Science. He found that 5.7 ounces of beef requires 10 pounds of grain, 75 gallons of water and 1500 British thermal units of fossil fuels, enough to run a microwave for a half hour. Can we afford to use these resources on an unnecessary food source on every person, every day?

-SB Loder, Sustainability Coordinator

 

Chef Andrea Patton ’14 gets creative with this recipe for chicken and vegetables over rice.

She even gives us a side dish too!

Vegetarian alternative:

Follow the steps, but put everything in a bowl instead of on a plate, and replace the chicken/bacon with black beans.

Vegan alternative:

Follow the vegetarian steps, but don’t use butter or cheese.

 

Recipe of the Week: Chef Andrea

 

Fancy Chicken, with Garlicky Broccoli

 

1. First, take a bowl of broccoli (from the salad bar) to the Stir Fry station and ask them to cook it with garlic (no rice).

2. While those cook, put some diced onions and diced tomatoes in a bowl (make sure you get some of the tomato juice in there).

3. Put the bowl of onions and tomatoes in the microwave for two full minutes.

4. While they microwave, get a chicken breast from the Grille, and some brown rice from the soup station.

5. Put butter on the rice, then put the chicken on top.

Optional: Get bacon bits from the salad bar and put them on the chicken.

6. Retrieve your veggies from the microwave; put them on top of the chicken.

7. Get some cheese, put it on the chicken, then put the plate in the broiler next to the toaster, and turn the knob to two minutes.

8. When it’s done, get your broccoli and enjoy!

 

Want to share your culinary creations with the campus? Anyone can be a featured chef of the week. Just email Kim at KSchmitz13@wooster.edu or Wyatt at WSmith14@wooster.edu.

 

How to optimize your cardio workouts

Camille Schwartz

Do you ever feel that you’re not getting the maximum result out of your workouts?  Do you visit the Scot Center on a regular basis, but still find yourself unable to lose that extra five pounds?  When you go to the gym, do you spend a lot of time running or jogging?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be wondering why your sweat-fests on the treadmill or the elliptical have not been giving you the results you want.

Many people behave under the assumption that a greater amount of time spent at the gym equals a greater amount of burnt calories. While this is true to an extent, this mindset towards working out can be problematic over long periods of time. Wayne Wescot, Ph.D, fitness research director at Quincy College in Massachusetts, explained how the body becomes more efficient the more you run, which over time can cause you to burn less calories.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up working out all together. In fact, according to Women’s Health Magazine, by increasing the intensity of your workouts you can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time.

I personally have found that interval workouts are the most effective types of exercise for jump starting the heart rate and revving up the metabolism.  When you increase the intensity in your workouts, “your body becomes less efficient and has to burn more calories to do the same activity,” says Wescott.

That said, here are some quick interval sets you can do on campus. Note: before attempting any of these workouts make sure to warm up appropriately by jogging and stretching lightly.

Intervals for workout machines:

1) Speed up to a difficult, but doable speed for 30 seconds. Jog or walk for 60 seconds to recover. Repeat this set four times. Over a two-month period, make it a goal to work your way up to 10 sets.

2) Increase resistance by 2 or 3 levels for 45 seconds, running at a moderate pace. In between intervals walk or jog at a moderate resistance for 60 seconds. Repeat this set six to seven times, and eventually work your way up to 10-12 sets.

Intervals for indoor or outdoor track:

1) Sprint the straight part of the track and recover on the curvy parts. Repeat this 4 times if you are outside and 8 times if you are on the indoor track.

2) Run a quarter of a mile at a fast, but sustainable pace. Recover by jogging for two minutes.  Repeat this four to eight times.

3) 30 second sprint, followed by 10 burpees, 20 jumping jacks, 30 mountain climbers and 30 sit ups. Rest for one to two minutes in between. Repeat this set four to six times.

For optimal results, try out these interval workouts once or twice a week. Remember that these workouts are not meant to be long. Work hard for 20-30 minutes, and then allow yourself to recover. Make sure to consistently switch up your interval workouts regularly in order to maximize your overall efficiency at the gym.

Camille Schwartz is a writer for the Voice and can be reached for comment at CSchwartz14@wooster.edu. She writes a blog, which can be found at consciousindulgence.blogspot.com.

 

Medina puts on a Civil War Christmas

Historical Society commemorates war’s 150th anniversary

Kim Schmitz

Features Editor

 

The Medina County Historical Society will offer Civil War Christmas events this season to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Historical Society workers have pulled out all the stops, bringing in re-enactors, period decorations and much more. On nine days between tomorrow and Dec. 9, visitors will take themselves on a self-guided tour through the John Smart House Museum, where everything will be lavishly decked in Civil War memorabilia.

“The last two years, we’ve had Christmas open houses with more Victorian-style themes,” said Mary Jane Brewer, secretary of the historical society. The adornments were very extravagant at these events, but “this year the decorations are much simpler, more like they would be during the Civil War.”

Not to worry — the simplicity does not reduce the entertainment value by any means. In fact, the historical society appears to have outdone itself this year, making the event much more interactive. “Every day we’re going to have a different program,” said Brewer. “We will have re-enactors, Medina County living history characters, Civil War music, [and] special Civil War displays.”

Some historical objects that will be displayed include a “huge exhibit of artifacts from Antietam,” according to Brewer, Civil War rifles and excellent daguerreotypes (a type of photography from the period), mostly of Civil War soldiers. Also authentic to the tradition of the period, tabletop Christmas trees will be used instead of full-sized ones. In addition, Brewer promises that gingerbread cookies will be a part of the festivities.

When asked how the event came about, Brewer said, “it came about as a fund raiser. We used to be supported by the county commissioners, but [then] the economy went downhill.”

The historical society lost almost all of its funding a few years ago, and has made drastic adjustments to stay afloat, including remaining open only one day a week, aside from special events. Ready with a silver lining, however, Brewer commented on what he called the change’s “double-edged sword.” “We’ve lost our funding but had to work a lot harder.” Several of the events that they now host were created in an attempt to acquire basic funds.

One such event is an upcoming Civil War banquet. “We have an excellent chef who cooks a dinner for a raffle winner every year. Last year we had six people eating and ten people waiting on them.” This year, all of the servers will be dressed in period character.

Other recent Medina County Historical Society events included a Victorian-style tea party for young girls where they learned Victorian etiquette, an antique show and simultaneous community yard sale, and an ongoing author series that invites writers to speak at luncheons. Recent featured authors included Tom Batiuk, creator of the comic strip Funky Winkerbean, and Donna VanLiere, author of the book the Christmas Shoes.

Each Civil War Christmas event costs $5 per person. It will take place on Nov. 17 and 18 from 2-8 p.m., Nov. 24-45 from 1-6 p.m., Dec. 2 from 1-6 p.m., and Dec. 9 from 1-6 p.m. It will take place at the John Smart House Museum, 206 North Elmwood Street, Medina, Ohio. Group tours may be scheduled by calling 330-722-1341.

Swimming finishes third in Greater Cleveland Tourney

Julie Kendall

Sports Editor

  Wooster’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up the Greater Cleveland Tournament last Saturday by outscoring Lake Erie College with a combined score of 330-225. The win, combined with last weekend’s strong results against Hiram College and Oberlin College earned the Fighting Scots third place overall in the tournament.

The victory over the Storm was thanks in large part to the women’s team, who hammered their opponents 212-63. Samira El-Adawy ’13 highlighted the competition by winning all three of her individual events, which included the 200 freestyle (2.00.08), the 200 backstroke (2:17.87) and the 400 IM (4:49.72). El-Adawy additionally teamed with Rachel Appleton ’14, Colleen Kill ’15 and Clare Walsh ’13 for the winning 200-medley relay, which finished with a time of 1:55.91.

For her role in four victories for the Scots, El-Adawy was named the NCAC women’s swimming and diving Athlete of the Week.

The other women’s relay teams brought in big points for the Scots by finishing 1-2-3 in both the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle events. The winning 400 freestyle relay team was particularly dominant, consisting of Kate Hunt ’13, Morgan Hughes ’15, Alex Desotelle ’16 and Walsh. Their official time of 3:48.01 was nearly ten seconds faster than the second place Scots team (3:57.51).

The women’s competition featured two double-winners for the Fighting Scots. Hunt took first in the 50 freestyle (24.87) and the 500 freestyle (5:25.02), while Hughes won the 100 freestyle (54.25) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.20).

Also contributing first-place points were Kara Markham ’14 in the 1650 free (18:47.65), Mariah McGovern ’14 in the 100 backstroke (1:04.48), Anna Duke ’14 in the 200 butterfly (2:18.05) and Acacia Cordova ’16 in the one meter dive (123.30).

In contrast to the women’s dominant victory, the men’s team suffered a narrow 162-118 loss to Lake Erie. Individual victories came from Peter Parisi ’13 in the 50 freestyle (21.51) and Bryan Smith ’16 in the one-meter and three-meter dive events (173.20 points and 162.95 points, respectively). The 400 freestyle relay team, consisting of Parisi, Imre Namath ’13, James Love ’15 and Zack Pool ’16 also claimed first place with a time of 3:22.42.

The Scots kept the score close with several second-place finishes, including the 200-medley relay. The team of Alex LaJoie ’13, Parisi, Brian Maddock ’15 and Namath touched just 0.13 seconds behind the winning Lake Erie team with a time of 1:37.28.

Maddock would also take second in the 100 backstroke (52.64) the 200 backstroke (2:02.62) and the 400 IM (4:31.05). Other near-wins came from Travis Burgess ’16 in the 200 butterfly (2:08.81), Namath in the 100 freestyle (49.98) and Parisi in the 100 butterfly (52.93).

The Fighting Scots will face Westminster College for a non-conference dual meet in New Wilmington, Penn. tomorrow starting at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

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Why we should all be glad to see the BCS go in 2014

Travis Marmon

 

For a brief, frightening moment this weekend, I thought I would miss the Bowl Championship Series when it is replaced with a playoff format in 2014. Texas A&M’s upset of Alabama meant that there would, in all likelihood, be no team from the Southeastern Conference in this year’s National Championship Game, ending the conference’s reign over the rest of college football. The one consistent positive of the BCS was revealed yet again — it gives college football the most exciting regular season in sports. Every game counts.

The possible matchups that have now arisen should make any fan salivate. Imagine a wild shootout between Kansas State and Oregon, or even better: one of those teams beating the crap out of Notre Dame. But then I remembered the horrible outcomes that could result from the BCS system. If all three undefeated teams remain perfect, who gets bounced from the championship? What if that team wins in their bowl game and has a legitimate claim to a title of its own? What if that team is Notre Dame, making them even more annoying than usual?

Then I realized the worst possibility of them all: two of the top three teams lose and we get a one-loss SEC team in the championship, meaning either Alabama inevitably earns another trophy for the dark lord Saban, a Florida team with no offense to speak of makes an appearance, or Georgia plays their third quality opponent all year. Remember 2007, with its wild regular season where it seemed like every team in the nation was ranked No. 2 for a week? Remember how awful it was when a 10-2 LSU team backed into the National Championship Game and steamrolled Ohio State? This would be like an even more dissatisfying version of that season.

While I love the college football regular season, a system in which one conference dominates the postseason based on its reputation is unacceptable. Yet it is one that has ruined the end of the season time after time. The SEC has won six championships in a row. Five of those have been horrible football games, peaking last year in an incestuous SEC West rematch between Alabama and LSU, during which an Alabama team that should not have even been on the field won 21-0 with five field goals and a touchdown.

Viewers were robbed of the matchup between Oklahoma State’s offense and LSU’s defense because the Cowboys’ schedule was deemed inferior due to … nothing. It’s true that Oklahoma State’s sole loss to Iowa State was worse than Alabama’s loss to LSU, but that should not have robbed us of an actual national title game instead of Part Two of the SEC West championship.

The playoff system that is quickly approaching will not be perfect. Teams will be left out that have legitimate claims to be in the mix. But much like the schools that get snubbed from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, those teams will probably not be legitimate title contenders anyway. While there is a case for getting on a hot streak at the right time, the talent disparity of college football will most likely prevent any wannabe New York Giants (or even football versions of George Mason or Virginia Commonwealth) from making noise in a playoff.

The regular season will still be exciting — one loss can make or break a conference championship too — but the end result will no longer anger and disappoint the way it does now. I say good riddance to the BCS.