This week, the Gender Issues Committee of student government is trying to promote conversation about body image and understanding through Love Your Body Week.“We have a lot of students here who are perfectionists,” Monica Daegele, director of the Gender Issues Committee, said. “Everyone is well-rounded and talented at a number of things. But with that kind of perfectionist mentality can sometimes come dangerous behaviors and obsessions. The point of Love Your Body Week is to bring into perspective this mentality that a lot of students have.”Daegele said the events planned for the week will emphasize that body image issues are relevant to both men and women.“Eating issues, body-image issues, they are not just a female problem. A lot of men struggle with them, as well,” Daegele said. “A lot of research done in the past 10 years has illustrated that there are so many undiscovered body image issues for men. I think people would be surprised at the number of men who feel uncomfortable with their body, who are trying to fix parts of their body.“In the past, the eating disorder fact sheets we’ve used have largely focused on women, and this year we have one for women and one for men.”Daegele said Love Your Body week will address the stereotype that men don’t have eating issues or body issues.“It’s really quite the opposite — I think one of the statistics is that 43 percent of teenage boys have said they feel uncomfortable with their bodies,” she said.Daegele said events for the week include free RecSports classes and presentations by the University Counseling Center and the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education. A talk Tuesday night will focus on how advertising portrays male and female bodies.On Wednesday, there will be a screening of the documentary “Happy,” which analyzes happiness in various parts of the world.“Essentially what it looks at is what really makes people happy,” Daegele said. “It does a great job of putting everything into perspective and allowing a greater message to be received.”Daegele said representatives from the University Counseling Center and Office of Alcohol and Drug Education will discuss disordered eating Thursday evening.“They’re going to make it very applicable to Notre Dame,” she said. ‘The title of the presentation is ‘Eliminate the F Word’ — ‘F’ being ‘fat.’ That’s a common theme that will also be present throughout the week, getting students to understand the negative effects it can have on everyone.”On Friday afternoon, there will be free massages in the Sorin Room of the LaFortune Student Center, Daegele said. RecSports will host a workshop Sunday that teaches women how to utilize weight rooms.“There’s a huge stereotype that women shouldn’t lift weights or build muscle,” Daegele said. “This will walk women through the different weights available and show how lifting weights is actually very good for you.”Daegele said the events of the week will take a holistic approach to body appreciation.“We want to show why our bodies are important to us and why taking care of our bodies is so important,” she said.Tags: Body Image
This week, the College Seminar, the College of Arts and Letters’s signature interdisciplinary requirement, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.Implemented in 2005, the College Seminar requirement was initially intended to provide students with a traditional “Great Books” style of education and serve as an integration of the liberal arts. Now, the College Seminar serves as a course that both enhances students’ oral presentation skills and offers a variety of unique topics centered on a faculty member’s specific field.“[The] idea behind [the] College Seminar really was to give people an introduction to the three areas of the College [the arts, humanities, and social sciences],” Professor Essaka Joshua, professor of English and director of the College Seminar, said. “The idea was to take the classroom to the dorm and get people fired up about interesting issues connecting with what they were reading.”As part of the Seminar’s 10th anniversary, the College of Arts and Letters, in conjunction with its Department of Communications and Finances, is hosting a 10-day Twitter competition for students to share their personal lessons and experiences from their College Seminars. From April 10 to April 19, students can respond to questions tweeted by the College of Arts and Letters on its Twitter (@ArtsLettersND) using the hashtag #CSEM10 and receive prizes for the best answers. Prizes for the best tweets range from coffee mugs and campus gear from the College of Arts and Letters to Starbucks, Au Bon Pain and Hammes Bookstore gift cards.“Doing it on Twitter was a way to include everybody,” Joshua said. “We decided, in conjunction with the Office of Communication for Arts and Letters, on a Twitter competition that would be open to all current students.“The aim was really to get people talking about CSEM, sharing their experiences of it and, for those students who were not in Arts and Letters or who had not yet done it, to let them know what it is [that] we do that is distinctive within the College.”Several students have already participated in the competition, Joshua said.College Seminars have become unique for their interesting and diverse topics and focuses, Joshua said. Courses taught by Professors Andrew Weigert and David O’Connor are known to be especially popular, Joshua said.“CSEM gives you that opportunity to go for something outside of your discipline, because it is interdisciplinary by nature, and to go out of your comfort zone, which is nice because you end up with exploration as well as engagement,” Joshua said.Joshua views the genuine interest, engagement and bonding between students and professors as a measure of the success of the College Seminar, she said.“I measure success in whether ‘Are the students engaged? Do they love it? Do they come out talking about it afterwards and are they talking about it before they get to class?’” Joshua said.Tags: College of Arts and Letters, college seminar, CSEM10, Essaka Joshua, tenth anniversary
By Darbie GranberryUniversity of GeorgiaMost commercially grown fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the United States are wholesome and free of the microorganisms that could make you sick. But what about the fruits and vegetables you grow in your own garden?If you follow a few basic guidelines, the likelihood of getting sick from the vegetables you’ve grown in your garden is negligible.Food-borne illness is a serious problem in the United States. More than 250 food-borne diseases have been described, and the most common symptoms include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.Symptoms are often more severe in infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Many bacteria, viruses and parasites are known to cause food-borne illnesses.Raw foodsRaw or undercooked meats are the most likely foods to be contaminated, but fresh produce can harbor human pathogens, too. In fact, the number of illness outbreaks attributed to eating raw vegetables, fruits and unpasteurized juices has increased during the past 15 years.Fortunately, the fruits and vegetables grown for U.S. consumers are among the safest in the world.Growing safe vegetables in the garden isn’t complicated, either. Vegetables themselves aren’t a natural, initial source of human pathogens. Fortunately, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that may infect plants don’t make us sick.Garden vegetables are free of human pathogens unless they become contaminated. Our task as gardeners is pretty simple — don’t mess up a good thing. Preventing contamination is the key to food safety.Contamination sourcesThe three main ways garden vegetables can be contaminated are animals, animal manure and people.Although infected people can spread disease-causing organisms to garden vegetables, chances of this happening in the home garden are quite low. Gardeners generally practice good hygiene and are careful not to contaminate their fruits and vegetables.Because they often contain human pathogens, though, animal manures and feces can be contamination sources in the garden.Organic gardeners and many conventional gardeners know animal manure or litter is a good source of organic fertilizer and provides organic matter, too, that improves garden soil.Use composted manuresTo get these benefits and make sure garden produce remains free of human pathogens, too, use composted manures. When manures are properly composted, the heat generated in the composting process is enough to kill any pathogens in the manure.As an added precaution, keep pets and domestic animals out of the garden. They can contaminate garden vegetables with pathogens by direct contact.Contaminated water can foul garden fruits and vegetables, too. Make sure any water you use for irrigating or spraying vegetables is of drinking-water quality.If your garden gets flooded, be cautious about eating produce from it. This is especially important if the floodwater may have been contaminated by waste from septic tanks or by runoff from areas such as barns and feedlots that have housed livestock.Careful harvestBe careful that you don’t contaminate your veggies after you pick them. Harvest and store them in clean containers and protect them from domestic animals, birds and rodents.Cool fresh-picked fruits and vegetables as soon as you can. Finally, wash them before you eat them, and be especially careful to avoid cross-contamination.Fluids and juices from raw foods — and hands, counter surfaces and cleaning cloths that have touched raw food and haven’t been sanitized — can cross-contaminate garden produce.Keeping pathogenic microbes away from garden fruits and vegetables isn’t rocket science. It’s pretty simple.First, identify the potential sources of contamination: animal manures, animal feces and contaminated water.Second, use common sense and recommended gardening practices to prevent contamination.You and your family and friends can then enjoy the fruits of your labor without worrying about the local version of “Montezuma’s revenge.”(Darbie Granberry is an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
This is the team chosen by coach Joe Schmidt:15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster)11. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster)9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s/Leinster)2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)4. Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)6. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster)7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) The Nenagh native will once again line up alongside Devin Toner in the second row.As expected, Johnny Sexton returns to the starting XV after injury and replaces Paddy Jackson.Captain Rory Best is back too after missing the victory over Italy in Rome through illness.