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Rugby Program Expanded

Rugby Program Expanded
Life Welcomes Women’s Rugby Team
Will Renfrow, DC Student

My understanding of rugby was limited to misguided generalizations. You see, where I’m from we have football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. My impression was that rugby was a sport played by stubble-faced foreign guys; a sport of the gnarliest variety of machismo. I could see toothless gorilla-men running around and drop kicking each other to smithereens. Somehow a funny looking football was also involved.

You may be able to imagine my horror when I heard there was such a thing as women’s rugby and that some ladies I knew would be playing on Life University’s very own rugby team. Of course, I immediately imagined toothless gorilla-women grunting and pummeling each other into the mud and somehow a funny looking football was involved in the madness.

Intrigued, it was time to experience this international sporting phenomenon and famed Life tradition for myself. On January 18 the Life U. women’s rugby team played in their first official match versus Emory.

The atmosphere of the stadium was very warm and inviting despite the frigid weather. The teams on the field wore thin jerseys and shorts. Taylor Swift was blasting from a loud speaker during pauses in the game action. I had always wondered what kind of music got female athletes in a mood to wreck each other without mercy. At one point a young man yelled out, “break her legs!” A nervous wiener dog paced up and down the bleacher; its nails clicking on the cold metal with each miniature stride.

Not only was the ball funny shaped but everything seemed a strange ballet of both intensity but also beauty. womenrugby1At one point a bunch of girls decided it would be a good idea to lift another girl up into the air like they were going to toss her over the fence. I feared for her safety. A moment later a different girl went down and a group of girls surrounded her to form a mosh pit and kick her around some. After running and lateral ball movement they were at it all over again. It wasn’t long before I was an authority on the ins and outs of rugby. To show off my newfound prowess I struck up a conversation with the nearest spectator.

That fan turned out to be Rosanna DeGraaf of the local Archangels club team. Rosanna took some time to explain the game to me including the “ruck” which is actually used to determine ball possession on a down player. I learned that scoring is called a try and is worth 5 points if unconverted and 7 points if converted. Girls being tossed into the air were attempting to catch or deflect the ball thrown by the hooker in a lineout.

DeGraaf encouraged me to contact Archangel teammate and Life player Kristin Cardell to catch up on Life’s women’s rugby squad. It’s no secret that Cardell; who plays on two different rugby teams, is wildly passionate about her sport. Not just rugby either as she plays an Irish game called Camogie on her off days.

What drives Cardell to be so passionate and involved? “Rugby in general in unlike any other sport. The bond rugby players share is unique and yet universal regardless of where you are.” she said.

In addition to a student internship Cardell devotes her time to practice with the Life team and the Archangels. She also allocates time for training and fitness for her athletic pursuits, as she points out, “rugby is easily ten times more fun when you are in shape.”

Cardell did not hesitate to identify the foundational supporters of the women’s team. Director Dan Payne has provided organization, leadership, apparel, and fundraising opportunities. Newly appointed Coach Rosalind Chou, JV/Varsity men’s teams, and manager Andrew McNeil were other names Cardell accredited with devotion to the women’s squad.

womenrugby2Cardell reported she was pleased with the girl’s performance against Emory in mid-January despite the loss. Emory was reportedly short two players and gained a slight advantage when two Women’s Premier League players filled Emory’s roster gaps.

“Our goal is to step on the field, play hard, and be a better player when we step off. This team is so very coachable because they listen,” said Cardell.

Female Life students interested in playing rugby are encouraged and welcome to show up to a practice. Cardell stated, “Just give it a try, you will know very quickly if it is for you. I was hooked after my first practice…it’s not as scary as it seems.”

I asked Cardell, “what was your worst injury?” she replied she has remained healthy except for a minor dislocated shoulder. She did however, see a male player with a broken femur who appeared to have two knees on the same leg.

My opinions and concepts regarding rugby have changed drastically. It’s not about wearing spandex in the winter, or listening to Taylor Swift to get aggressive, or girls who slam each other into the mud for fun. It’s about a shared passion, relationships, and aspiring to push the boundaries of personal and collective potential. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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a bunch of girls decided it would be a good idea to lift another girl up into the air like they were going to toss her over the fence

“Rugby in general in unlike any other sport. The bond rugby players share is unique and yet universal regardless of where you are.”-Kristin Cardell, Team Player

Life Women Invited to Join – “Just give it a try, you will know very quickly if it is for you.”

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Movie Review – The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis
Directed by Peter Jackson
Review by Palmer Rubin

I’m going to lay it to you straight: if you’re a die-hard fan of Lord of the Rings, you’re going to despise this movie. If you’re only a casual fan like me, who likes to re-watch the original trilogy every so often, and ooo and ahh at the battle sequences, you’re going to like this a lot. I actually only watch the second one now, as I consider it to be far more fun than the incredibly depressing first and third entries. To me, that one deserved the Oscars because it perfectly combined action and humor. And considering how inexplicably adorable Gollum was—in that movie only—I can’t help but smile whenever watching it. The battle at Helm’s Deep is also among the greatest scenes in film, ever.

But enough about that, The Hobbit, based after my favorite Lord of the Rings book (well, the first third of it, anyway), is not for the die-hard fans at all, and at the same time, it sort of is. You cannot, CANNOT watch this without having seen the other movies first. It’s not like The Avengers, where you can get away with not seeing anything else. Random facts will be mentioned so often that if you don’t know anything about Lord of the Rings, nothing about the movie will make sense.Hobbit But most people have seen the movies, so most of you should be fine. It’s also a far more personal story, and only features a single human character, instead of the numerous ones in the original. Ian McKellen’s portrayal of Gandalf is better than ever. Mainly, you’ve got a couple hobbits (Bilbo—the title character—and Frodo, who appears briefly, only to connect this film with the other movies) and a whole lot of dwarves.

Bilbo Baggins, the uncle of Frodo, is played by Martin Freeman in one of the year’s best performances. Unlike Frodo, who was kind of a wuss and never very likable, Bilbo is a hysterically funny and refreshingly normal character, and is the only one without the over-dramatic Shakespearean dialogue that most of the characters employ. Freeman’s so good at being “human” that by the end, Bilbo will be your second favorite character, without a doubt. Peter Jackson found the perfect actor to portray the character. And of course, we can’t forget my personal favorite character, Gollum, who immediately deserves the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (Andy Serkis does, anyway) for yet another incredible performance. When Gollum appears, the movie is at its best.

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The movie itself is also hysterically funny, to the point where you will actually be crying. I’m not kidding. It actually has musical and dance sequences. When the movie’s in this mode, and being insanely funny, you will enjoy yourself immensely. It’s when Jackson decides to repeat every mistake in the original movies (as great as they are, they had a lot of errors) that it gets incredibly boring. For example, the random shots of various forests and mountains, basically acting as product placement for New Zealand’s tourism industry, are back, and there are even more of them this time. It was gleefully stupid back then, since such a shot had never been seen before, and now you’ll laugh only because you know that Jackson put them in, thinking that’s what people liked. The insanely over-dramatic dialogue, every line a monologue, and the almost stage-like way that actors will stand around, are also back. Thankfully, this does not happen much. The score also appears to simply be the same from the originals, just changed around.

There has also been a lot of controversy about the film being made with a different frame rate (essentially, how many frames shown in a single second), and how it makes the film look like a terribly made video game at times. It’s not nearly as bad as people say it is. At certain moments it gets a bit much, but when it shines, it shines. With improvement, it could become the norm.

All in all, I liked this movie much better than I thought I would. A great cast, some truly epic battle sequences, and Gollum make this one of the better adaptations of the year.

Grade: B+

Holla Back Y’all – Not Just Another Pretty Face

Holla Back Y’all
Not Just Another Pretty Face
Michael Hollerbach, DC Student

Meryl Adis is a dynamic, caring, positive woman with a zest for life and a love of people. Loving people so much, she has committed her life to one of service. She is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been here at Life University for nearly three years. Meryl has completed an undergraduate degree, majoring in psychology. She is the proud mother of Emma, 22, and Olivia, who is 27. She is a graduate of numerous Landmark Education courses and has impacted many Life University students during her time here, having developed very close friendships with students both young and old. Meryl graduated magna cum laude this June.

MH: What are your feelings about Life University?

merylMERYL: “This is a very very special community. Being that I am the age of most people’s mother here and for me to be able to fit in, enjoy it, grow, be included in whatever goes on and feel very comfortable with it really points to how special it is. It is a very open group of mostly young people who are full of possibility at this school. And that makes a lot of things possible in all ways.”

MH: Why did you choose the psychology program?

Meryl: “I did originally come here to be in the DC program, since I had an application to go here when I was 23, and I never sent it in. Long story short, I thought, ‘Why not?’, even though I had been an art major 35 years ago. After taking my pre-reqs here and learning more and more about it, I realized I wasn’t willing to do what it would take because I really don’t know how all of the DC students do it. I have an even deeper appreciation for chiropractors for having endured all that this program can put them through. So I happily stayed here, I figured why not, and just finish my undergrad degree. I liked it here and I like the sunshine, and on June 14th I [graduated]—woo-hoo!—with a bachelor of science in psychology, which I am as passionate about as I am chiropractic. We have really good professors here. The psychology department here is a match for our school. It appreciates being under the roof of a chiropractic college, and the conversations tie into that. I wish the chiropractic students were required to take more of the undergrad psychology classes because they’re such a match. I think that is a lot of what kept me interested and focused, because they have a vitalistic approach, more existential approach, and sometime soon, they will have a master’s program here, and if they keep going the way they are, it will attract a lot of people that have never heard of Life University.

MH: What do you like to do away from school?

MERYL: “The most exciting positive thing I have done recently is that I was trained in transcendental Meditation. I wanted to do this when I was in the 11th grade, back in the 70s, and back then I needed my parents’ permission, and they wouldn’t give it to me. Since then, I have meditated and done a variety of things like that, but I figured why not? So I did; I was trained by the local TM teacher. I learned a lot about it, and just meditation in general in my psychology classes, so it was intriguing to me. And learning how to do it, I have found it to be my new best friend. It is such a very interesting, exhilarating, peaceful practice. But, much to my surprise, within six weeks’ time, I had a check-up at my cardiologist. I have been on blood pressure medication for ten years, and even though I am not considered to be overweight and have been very fit at times, even still, my blood pressure was high—it runs in my family, across the board. So, I have been taking those medications. When I went for the check up six weeks after I was trained in transcendental meditation, much to my and my doctor’s surprise, my blood pressure was so low he was forced to take me off of one of my medications. And that was not why I even started to meditate. I figured if that was a by-product a year from now, cool. Who knows what other health benefits and spiritual benefits meditation is going to provide for me, or for anybody.”

MH: What do you like to do for fun around town?

MERYL: “One of my saviors here has been Darwin’s Burgers and Blues on Roswell Rd. in Marietta. I didn’t know about this place for the first year and a half I lived here; then some dear friends of mine mentioned it to me. I love live music and I love the blues—I forgot how much I loved the blues. Darwin’s was a place where I was willing to go to by myself. It became what I call “my house of joy”. The music is so great—it’s a small place and you are right up there next to them while the musicians are playing. The people that hang out there and the staff have become my family. They save me a seat at the bar.

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They are just wonderful wonderful people. Darwin’s was the balance for me since I would say the biggest depravation for me since I have been here is not having contemporaries—people of my age bracket that have the same concerns and issues I have and can relate. I love everybody here, but it has been a big imbalance and by going to Darwin’s, it made my heart sing because it literally tapped into something that was so necessary for me. In turn I have made some older adult friends that have really gotten me by.

Another thing that I really enjoy about Atlanta is the Dekalb Farmers Market. Darwin’s and Dekalb Farmers Market are my two joys of Atlanta outside of Life University.”

X-Men: First Class – Palmer Rubin, UG Student

one of the best superhero films ever!

Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon. Directed by Matthew Vaughn

As far as superhero films go, the “X-Men” series has always been among the better ones, despite the fact that the last two films in the series, 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” and 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” were among the worst superhero films ever made, with cheesy characters and horrible plots. “X-Men: First Class” is essentially the “Batman Begins” to this movie franchise, and surprisingly enough, it’s not only the best of the “X-Men” movies, but one of the best superhero films, period.

Other great Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the recently released Thor have succeeded because the characters were translated directly from the comic books to the screen with respect, instead of just taking what was needed and making an embarrassing mess (read: “X-Men Origins”, the second Fantastic Four movie, and “Spider-Man 3” as examples.) Spider-Man was just a nerdy kid who suddenly became a superhero, and the first two films showed perfectly how he dealt with it. Iron Man did not treat itself as a mere superhero film, portraying villains who actually existed in real life such as terrorists and greedy corporate executives, as well as casting the perfect actor to play Iron Man.
But X-Men is the first superhero film that could actually work even if there were no superheroes in it. Even “The Dark Knight,” considered to be the best superhero film because of Heath Ledger’s amazing performance as the Joker, would not work without Batman. But if you had no mutants in this film, it would still work perfectly without the X-Men.
The story revolves around two mutants, or people who gain superpowers as soon as they reach puberty, named Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. The movie briefly shows their childhoods, with Xavier neglected and alone inside his parents’ giant mansion, and Lehnsherr as a prisoner inside a Nazi concentration camp. Xavier meets another mutant named Raven, who can shapeshift to look like other people. Lehnsherr discovers his control of metal while his parents are being dragged off by Nazi guards and he pulls a barbed wire door apart in a desperate effort to get to them. Things get even worse for Erik as a Nazi doctor named Sebastian Shaw, another mutant, sees this and kills Erik’s mother while trying to get him to use his power again.
The rest of the film revolves around Erik and Xavier twenty years later, along with several other mutants, trying to stop Shaw from starting a nuclear war, which ends up being the real-life Cuban Missile Crisis.

The film is extremely creative with its story by using real life history to create the plot. Though X-Men Origins tried this to an extent, this film does a much better job by actually trying to preserve some realism in the process.
The best actors in the film are James McAvoy (Wanted) who plays Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) who plays Raven, Michael Fassbender plays Erik, and the best one by far, Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. Shaw is, by far, the best supervillain since the Joker. He is actually both scary and funny at the same time. He casually offers Erik a chocolate bar before killing his mother in the beginning, using his mutant power (absorbing and releasing energy) to place an energy ball down the throat of another mutant, causing him to explode from the inside (just as an example.) Every time Shaw appeared, the movie got better.
This film is not perfect. It has several flaws which don’t detract too much but are still noticeable. The biggest flaw is that according to the comic books (and I only learned this after seeing the movie,) most of the characters in this film were not alive in the 1960s, which is when the bulk of the film takes place. A slightly more interesting fact is that one of the characters changed in gender and race, and is involved in the worst part of the movie (this character literally has flaming spit balls as a power).
Other than that, the flaws are tiny. Some hammy acting, a couple of stupid plot points, stuff so tiny it doesn’t really do anything to the film.
Another cool fact about this movie: it was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who also directed the extremely funny superhero film “Kick-Ass.”
In conclusion, this is currently the best superhero film of the year, and you’ll have to wait till the Captain America movie comes out to see if it is the best superhero film of the year. See this film!
Rating: A-

 

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Sudoku – Carriage House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill each section, row, and column with the letters for “Carriage House.”

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