Life in college is a sort of juggling act, where students try to balance jobs, family, friends, hobbies, and school. So how are students able to stay fit and healthy? And how do they manage their time to do this?
The gym at the Pavilion on campus is free, yet many students still join other gyms around Bellingham.
Kevin George, a 22-year-old student at Whatcom, manages to work out on a regular basis at a gym he pays monthly for. He goes to Bellingham Athletic Club about three to four times a week.
“I usually go in the mornings before class,” George said. “I find that it’s a great way to wake me up and get my day going.”
Elon Langston, also a Whatcom student, is on the basketball team for the upcoming season. He gets regular workouts by going to practice, but also goes to Bellingham Athletic Club. The gym is a regular thing for him. “I try to go at least four times a week, although it’s hard with school and work to find time,” he said.
Langston works at the Pavilion building on campus, where he monitors people going in and out of the gym. “I use the gym here only sometimes,” he said. “It is too small and usually too crowded to get a decent workout.
George said there is a positive side to having the gym though. ” It’s good because it is free,” he said.
Krystal Kern works at the new All Time Fitness gym off Cordata street. As a personal trainer, she recommends that students work out three to five times a week, and for at least an hour at a time.
“The majority of people who attend our gym are Whatcom students,” she said. “It is very close to the college and open 24 hours a day.”
Kern said it is also essential to make working out a priority and to have some sort of fit schedule every week if wanting to achieve results.
Alicia Alvarez, a 46 year old Whatcom student, has stuck to TaeBo and other various workout tapes to achieve results. “I make time for working out, I make it a priority like I would taking a shower,” she said. “It’s the only way I am able to stay fit and healthy.”
Along with hitting the gym, another component of staying fit and healthy is simply eating healthy.
George noted that he makes up his meals at home a head of time, before going to school and work.
“I eat tons of sandwiches, basically trying to get my protein and vegetable intake for every day made sufficient,” he said. “But even if I don’t have a sandwich, there are tons of cheap healthy bars and snacks offered at almost any store and gas station.”
Alex Macleod, 21, is another student who is into eating healthy. “After gaining weight in high school, I made a decision to make working out a priority,” he said. “The only way I do not work out in the mornings is if I have a test to study for, but usually my homework is done the night before.”
Langston had a different view of eating healthy, though, “I eat whatever man,” he said. “I’m a college kid and don’t have mom cooking no more, so I eat whatever I get.”
Kern from All Time Fitness said that people tend to drink their calories. “Sugar is the one that really gets people!”
Bryan Hargrove, a personal trainer who works at All Time Fitness, commented on some of the cheap healthy foods students can get. “Trader Joe’s doesn’t use any preservatives or additives in their foods, which tend to be pretty cheap. They also don’t use shelf life extenders, which tends to make the food cheaper,” he said. “Also, produce in season seems to be cheaper, and always a good source of nutrition.”
“Staying healthy can be tough,” George said, “But once you realize that your health should be as important a priority as anything else in life, then you find the time to make it a lifestyle.”
All gyms encourage you to call and set up a meeting.
Any Time Fitness (360) 306-5858 Student Price
$49.99/month with 24 hour gym use
$50 off 1 yr contract (which means $35.00/month)
$39.99 for key FOB
Bellingham Athletic Club (360) 676-1800Student Price
$129.11 for 3 months
Bellingham Fitness (360) 733-1600
$29.99/month with no contracts
City Gym (360) 647-1511 Student Price (prepaid) $ 30.00/month
Gold’s Gym (360) 671-4653 Student Price
$39.99/month – A 12 month commitment
$59.99 Enrollment Fee Pavilion At Whatcom Community College Student Price
FREE with Student ID
The fall sports season has come to a close, and Whatcom’s teams have proven they are a force to be reckoned with. All three teams—volleyball, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer—qualified for postseason play.
Kris Baier, director of student life at Whatcom, was very proud of their success. “For all of our teams this season to go to postseason play was truly an accomplishment,” he said. “It reflected very well on WCC, and I view it as a tribute to our community.” Volleyball
The Whatcom volleyball team had a successful season with first-year coach Jeff McDonald, finishing the regular season second in the NWAACC North Region standings with a league record of 10 wins and two losses. The Orcas were 25-12 overall.
“Losing to just one team in the conference was a big accomplishment [as well as] maintaining an excellent record overall,” McDonald said. ”We’ve beaten some really tough teams and our losses included just one sweep, the rest of our losses being in five [games].” At the NWAACC Championship Tournament in Gresham, Oregon, held Nov. 19 through Nov. 21, the Orcas defeated Pierce Community College, three games to two, in the first round. They then lost to Mt. Hood Community College, three games to one. Freshman Sabrina Schwindler had 18 kills in the match, while sophomore setter Katie Cowan gave 50 assists and freshman libero Alex Storino added 29 digs. In their third match, the Orcas’ season came to an end with another loss, two games to one, against Chemeketa Community College. Several players had especially outstanding seasons, as Cowan led the entire NWAACC with an average of nearly 11.5 assists per game. Schwindler finished the season ranked sixth overall in kills and fourth in hitting percentage, and sophomore Sarah Cicchitti led the conference in service aces. “I feel that I have created some very smart players this season,” McDonald said. Kelsie Meenderick, a member of the team, said she has had fun playing with the girls on the team this season. “I like spending time with them,” she said.
The men’s soccer team clinched their fifth-consecutive North Region championship with a league record of six wins, two losses, and five ties. After defeating Everett Community College 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs, their season ended with a 3-1 loss against Spokane. Freshman Nino Tursic scored at the 40-minute mark of the game to bring the Orcas’ their only goal. “I am proud of the way the returning players have stepped up and been a positive influence on the first year players,” commented head coach Josh Turpen about the team. As for the women, they won their first North Region title in the program’s second season, finishing with a league record of 9-3-1. After defeating Everett 3-0 in the first playoff game, they also lost in the second round of playoffs, against Colombia Basin, in a tie-breaker shootout. Whatcom led the game 1-0 after a goal during the sixth minute of the game from sophomore Rachel Rexroat. Colombia Basin tied the game during the 55th minute, and was able to win the game in the shootout by a final of 4-1.
“I am very pleased with the way they have bonded as a team and play together, as opposed to playing as a group of individuals,” Turpen said. “I am proud of the way the women have played defensively, only giving up 8 goals this season.” There will be an all-star game that will be held on December 5, at Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver, Washington. The North-South all-stars will take on the East-West all-stars. The women’s game is at 12 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 2 p.m. Whatcom soccer teams will send seven women to the all-star women’s soccer team, and four men to the men’s all-star soccer team. “Players on Whatcom’s soccer teams have truly shown they are great players, working very hard, some of them placing on the all academic team as well,” Baier said.
The Whatcom jazz band, along with the collegiate choir, will put on their fall concert tonight, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. The concert is free to all Whatcom students and faculty.
Laying down the law
Talk to a lawyer for free on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when Street Law’s student legal services will be available for the final time this quarter. Held in the Career Center (LDC116), there will be two sessions of Street Law—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m.
Students can have questions answered regarding civil and consumer law, debt collection, and more.
Bowling with IFC for free!
The International Friendship Club will hold their final activity of the quarter, a bowling party, on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 20th Century Bowling. The event is free with a WCC student I.D. card.
Student art show at Co-op
The opening of an exhibition of WCC student art works inspired by fruits, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, and other produce will take place Dec. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cordata Community Food Co-op.
Drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastel and paintings in oils and acrylics, created in the art classes of Gena Grochowski, Caryn Friedlander, Catherine Morgan, and Ene Lewis will be on display.
The artists will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit, and refreshments will be served.
The WCC Communication Club will be holding their second annual Trivia Bee (in conjunction with the Business Club Book Sale) on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.
In addition to the trivia bee, there will be free food and raffle give-aways, including a day’s ski lift (and ski or snowboard rental package) to the Mt. Baker Ski Area.
Admission is $4 (no presale), or $2 with a nonperishable food donation. To compete in the bee, each team must sign up and pay a $30 entry fee (at the cashier’s window in Laidlaw to guarantee a spot; or 30 minutes prior to the event, if there’s still space).
Writing opportunities for students
The WhatcomReads! Committee, in preparation for author Tobias Wolff’s appearance at Whatcom on Feb. 8, has two contests available to anyone in the campus community. The first is a six-word story contest, catalyzed by Ernest Hemmingway’s response to write a memoir in only six words. Anyone interested can go to www.whatcomreads.org and submit their entry.
The second contest, called “Deception,” will name one winner from each participating high school or college. The winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the authors will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books.
New modern dance course offering
A new course, “Modern Dance & Movement,” will be offered for winter quarter through the WCC Learning Contract Program in conjunction with the WWU Dance Program. The course is an introduction to movement and dance featuring Pilates-based warm-ups, strength building, and fluidity through movement sequences and improvisation.
No dance experience is necessary. To register for the course, contact Beth Tyne in Entry and Advising (LDC116) at 383-3088, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free tech help
The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw to help any student, staff, or faculty member who brings in their home computer or laptop.
Donuts rocket into Dockside
Famous, locally produced Rocket Donuts are now available at the Dockside Café. The donuts will be available every Monday and Wednesday.
Drama students nominated for scholarship
Three actors from the drama department’s recent performances of two one-act plays by Will Eno have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, part of a national festival that will take place in Reno in February.
The three nominees: Colleen Ames, for her performance in “Intermission,” as well as Emily Lester and Tim Greger, for their performances in “Tragedy: A Tragedy.”
New Professional Tech Advisor
David Knapp has joined Whatcom’s advising team as the new Educational Planner-Technical Professional Advisor. Knapp replaces Meg Delzell, whose duties were reassigned to that of Division Chair for Health and Human Development.
Knapp, who has over ten years of professional technical advising experience, was Worker Retraining Coordinator at Bellingham Technical College for the past two years, and has extensive experience supporting and assisting recently unemployed workers and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds as they learn to navigate the complexities of college.
Knapp received a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University.
European Union Winterfest on Dec. 3
Whatcom’s German, French, and Spanish clubs are sponsoring a European Union Winterfest on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.
The event will feature many activities and presentations, including:
● British and Irish songs performed on the Celtic harp by Rebecca Blair
● German winter dances from the Women of the German Heritage Society of Whatcom County
● Classical carols sung by the Collegiate Choir and conducted by Carol Reed-Jones
● Songs of Spain, as sung by the Spanish Club
● Songs France, as sung by the French Club
● Songs of Germany and Austria, as sung by the German Club
● A traditionally decorated German Christmas tree with real candles
● Skits, sonnets, and songs by Whatcom students
● Instructors Earl Bower on guitar, and Patti Braimes on piano.
Refreshments will include the cookies and pastries of France, Germany, and Spain, accompanied by spicy hot apple cider.
Dickens’ Carol Comes to Life
The Whatcom Community College Radio Players will present a “radio-type broadcast” performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. Cast and crew members include Guy Smith, John Gonzales, Ron Leatherbarrow, and Dr. Christopher Roberts, among others.
Admission is free, but Toys-For-Tots donations will be accepted. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the show running from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.
Public Memorial for Fallen Police Officers
A public memorial for the four Lakewood, Wash. police officers killed Nov. 29 will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham. The memorial will occur from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and is being held to, as a flyer for the event says, “help heal some of these wounds that the law enforcement community has suffered.”
Those who want to attend can “bring a friend, bring an umbrella, a candle if you can, and bring your support for our men and women in uniform that risk their lives every second they wear that badge. It’s only going to take 30 minutes out of your Saturday, and you can just show up for a few minutes and leave. Stop by on your way to work or out of town, or be here in thought.”
Drama Fund Request
The Drama department has requested $500 in order to put on and fund a musical in the spring quarter. The musical would include various types of dances and styles, and would be a collaborative effort between different clubs. Council JacketsThe motion for the student council to have custom WCC jackets has been passed. The motion called for it to not exceed $250, and obtain jackets for current student council members. MLK Day Service Project
The student council has proposed a community service project. The project will be run through Habitat for Humanity, and will involve working on reconstructing homes for people in need. It will take place on January 18th. Students are encouraged to get involved.
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