Equine Scholars take the fight to the track
Team ‘Kandi Kochera’ participates in the annual Susan G. Komen Race For the CureBy HILLARY THORNTON
Members of the Equine Scholars program ran in the Susan G. Koman Race For the Cure in Lexington on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. They did so in memory of someone close to the Equine Scholars program. They formed Team Kandi Kochera in loving memory of senior Equine Scholar Seth Kochera’s mother. Kandi Kochera passed away this past Sept. 11 from a hard-fought battle against cancer.
Her struggle with cancer began in 2003 and was a minor issue at first and simply required one surgery for the time being. Then, in late 2006, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. This fight was much longer than the first round in 2003. It required numerous surgeries, hospital visits, chemotherapy treatments, and radiation treatments. She was in the late reconstructive stages in January when some serious problems were noticed and she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Seth was told it would be a miracle if his mom lived for two to three months. However, she fought hard and lived for over nine months.
Seth took care of his mother as her health decreased. Seth had been through this before with the passing of his dad in 1994. Obviously, this was a huge undertaking for Seth, but he feels very honored and blessed that he got to help her during this hard and difficult time in her life. Seth credits Georgetown College and the Equine Scholars program for providing him with tremendous amounts of support through all of this. The Equine Scholars have always been there for him in various ways.
The Equine Scholars felt it appropriate to participate in this year’s ‘Race for the Cure’ in memory of Kandi Kochera. This year was the 13th annual running of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lexington. This race raises a lot of money and these funds go many places. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised stay in Kentucky. Last year alone, $520,000 stayed in Kentucky and helped the state’s uninsured and under-insured get the treatment, screening and education they need. The remaining 25 percent of money raised goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to fund National Research for breast cancer.
Seth is very thankful for all of the loving support and help through the hard times and trials he has encountered. Seth said, “I would like to thank everyone for their support, whether it be something little like a Facebook wall post or a card or something huge like helping me clean out Mom’s house or taking me to dinner. It all means so much to me.” The race was special this year as Team Kandi Kochera took the field in honor of Seth’s mom.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is something that lends a helping hand towards so many people in the state of Kentucky and beyond. For more information on the Susan G. Komen Foundation or if you wish to donate go to http://www.komen.org.
Guts and butts? Cardio Crazy? Take your pick at GC
Excersise classes are starting to pick up this Fall at GCBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
For those who have never been to an exercise class, I’m here to tell you that it’s not that bad. I mean it. Really. After the relative success of my Butts and Guts review last semester, I decided to give it another go and attend Cardio Crazy one Tuesday morning.
We started warming up by walking laps around the gym and gradually added on intervals of jogging and sprinting. Next, we moved on to a set of ten stations, some of which I remember the official names for: jumping jacks, side hops, mountain climbers or planks, jump rope, high knees/step ups, wall hops, scissor jumps, squats and punches, those fast football runs, and finally, some sort of up-down push-up jumping activity that I wasn’t so good at. By the time the class was over, we’d completed two cycles of these activities—30 seconds each the first round and 45 each the second round, separated by a set of laps around the gym.
I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not in great shape, but I made it through the class while fighting off a cold and lived to write this article. Endurance isn’t necessary, since the higher intensity activities last for 45 seconds maximum, and the general attitude of instructor and participants is laid-back—if you honestly can’t do something, take it slower, and just keep moving. We even got a few water breaks. Between the ten different stations and the laps around the gym, Cardio Crazy has a lot of variety to it. No equipment is necessary, and the exercises at each station are familiar and easy to follow. The remixed, up-tempo versions of popular songs playing in the background help establish a good pace, and the instructor was friendly and enthusiastic.
I can’t praise the time frame here enough. Cardio Crazy meets at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, guaranteeing that academic classes won’t interfere (though you might have to miss a CEP/NEXUS event). The class wraps up around 11:50, allowing you enough time to get cleaned up before that 12:45 class, if you have one. Another option would be heading straight to the Caf. An added benefit of working out right before lunch—you might find that after burning all those calories, you just can’t bring yourself to eat a cheeseburger or pizza, and you’ll reach for fruit and salad instead.
Personally, I enjoyed some Simply- to-Go hummus and an apple after class. Then I took a nap. Or, if Cardio Crazy isn’t enough for you, Butts and Guts meets right afterwards, at 12 p.m. I wasn’t brave enough to attempt the two back-to-back on this particular Tuesday, but if my experience from last year is any indication, the two classes are similar in difficulty level, and the same friendly instructor is there to guide you.
Whether you’re looking to add some variety to your work-out regime, or you want to get started somewhere, I would definitely recommend Cardio Crazy. If nothing else, you can make it through one class, and it’s worth trying out, considering that all exercises classes are free with your G-Card.
Around the wheel we go
College football gets crazy
Another week and guess what? More upsets. Oregon ran over Cal in Eugene, the Gators ate up the Commonwealth and Virginia Tech played Beamer ball all night in Blacksburg to get a huge win over the Canes. I lost two games last week and that dropped my record to a lowly 6-3. There are a number of games on-tap this weekend and upsets to be had. Here are the big three for the weekend:
No. 4 LSU vs. No. 18 Georgia Even though Georgia will come back home between the hedges they will still go down due to one of the top defenses in the SEC. LSU in a close one here folks.
No. 7 USC vs. No. 24 California This is going to be a shoot out. Cal is coming off a humiliating loss to Oregon and is loking for blood. USC is always looking for a good fight. Im taking USC by six points.
No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 17 Miami What a game! Jacory Harris against the OU defense and two of the best coaches in the game. In the end, Miami will squeeze out a victory.