Posts tagged ‘UH Manoa’

December 3, 2012

Soccer Sundays invite all to play, regardless of skill level

A soon-to-be registered student organization (RIO) invites students of any skill level to play soccer at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday at the T.C. Ching field on lower campus.

There was a small group this day, but everyone was in good spirits. Photographs by Harley Diven

There was a small group this day, but everyone was in good spirits nonetheless. Photographs by Harley Diven

“We’re looking for anyone who is down to have fun, down to be open-minded and try something new… We want more friends, more people to hit up,” says UH Manoa student Matthew Kubick (pictured above, second from left).

Some play what is aptly referred to as “Soccer Sundays” to quench their passion for soccer or to get exercise, and some just come to hang out. The focus is on relieving the stress of the work week by doing something fun and laid-back on the weekend.

“It’s not necessarily about the competition; it’s more just about meeting friends and having fun,” says Kubick.

Health benefits

Indeed, research has shown that playing soccer has not only physical rewards, but mental rewards as well. A 2009 study conducted by Siobhain McArdle that was reported to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology found that groups of men from ages 18-40 who participated in a soccer-based exercise program had “showed significantly lower symptoms of depression” than those who did not participate in the exercise program.

According to Science Buzz, a study by the University of Copenhagen compared the physiological benefits of running versus playing soccer. The research concluded that soccer may be even better for your body than running; the soccer players body fat went down, muscle mass went up, and actually felt less tired than the runners did.

Soccer SundaysSwitching up the rules

Because Soccer Sundays’ goal is simply to have fun, the players don’t insist upon adhering to the traditional rules of soccer. Depending on the skill levels of the players that day, they may create uneven teams to make the game more competitive. The games are usually played barefoot or, if the turf is too hot, with socks. And, if the ball goes out of bounds, they keep playing it. It’s as if the field is the widest field imaginable.

The conception of the club

Soccer Sundays came to fruition when Kubick and his roommates asked one of their friends what their goals were.
“We like to help people reach their goals,” mentions Kubick.

The friend spoke English as a second language, so he wasn’t clear on the meaning of goals. Kubick and his friends explained it was somewhat similar to a passion. The friend answered that he was passionate about soccer, and thus Soccer Sundays was born.

Soccer Sundays typically consists of around 8 players, hence the open invite to anybody who is interested to show up and play.

At one point, they were simply asking anybody who walked by if they wanted to join in, remarks Kubick.

When asked why people should come by and check out what Soccer Sundays is all about, Kubick answered, “Some people are looking for more friends, but have no way to initiate it. The people we have right now are open-minded, not judgmental or anything like that. And, yeah, it’s a good way to exercise.”

The group is in the process of completing and submitting the required paperwork to become an official RIO, at which time it intends to register to use the practice field outside of Gateway.

October 1, 2012

What is this young candidate’s campaigning style?

Greggor Ilagan is a candidate for County Council District 4 in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii.

February 27, 2012

The REAL Message targets youth, spreads awareness

The reported amount of high school students who ever used cigarettes decreased by almost half, from 63.3 to 36.9 percent, between 2000 to 2009, according to the 2009 Youth Tobacco Survey data summary compiled by the Hawaii State Department of Health.

Members of REAL want that number to just keep going down.

“Tobacco-related deaths are the most preventable cause of death on the planet,” said Nicole Sutton, director of REAL and a member that has been involved since the very beginning.

REAL Activists in Hawai'i. -- Photo courtesy of The REAL Message.

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February 25, 2012

Transitions in Hawaii Review

Change, lives in flux – transitions make up the 75th issue of Hawai‘i Review. “[The works feature] just moving from one space to the next,” said Editor in Chief Rachel Wolf, describing the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s biannual literary journal.

Although Wolf didn’t begin by narrowing down submissions with a theme, the common thread emerged on its own. “I found as we were starting to accept things they were all starting to gel around the common theme of change. So we went with that.”

But more than words go into creating an issue of the journal. Visual editor Scot Lycan scoured art shows both on and off campus before he found Peter Chamberlain’s abstract artwork to use as front-cover art. “The image is striking and very bold, and we really felt it spoke to us all,” said Wolf. “His [Chamberlain’s] vision seemed to match very well with what we were going for.” Although the journal is managed by students, Hawai‘i Review accepts non-UH submissions as well. Well-known writers, such as Margaret Atwood, have been published in the past. Wolf admits that finding a completely student-run journal that also publishes from outside sources is a rarity. “We publish the best of the best, but we do try to do a good balance of students and outside submissions,” she said.

Fiction and poetry have been the primary genres of past submissions, but all types of submissions – interviews or nonfiction, for example – are encouraged. Writers send in about 50 or so submissions per month, and on average 15 to 30 authors have their works published in each issue.

Within the next two weeks, the winners of Hawai‘i Review’s Ian MacMillan contest will be announced. According to Wolf, the award is a major draw for submissions and attracts a large audience. Named after an award-winning short-story writer and professor at UH Mānoa, the MacMillan award honors outstanding literary pieces in two categories: poetry and fiction. The winners will be featured in the 76th issue, which is scheduled for release in early May.

“Passion is key,” said Wolf. “Especially as a journal being brought out in Hawai‘i, the spirit of aloha is one of the defining features of any Hawaiian publication … the story has to have a heart.”

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February 25, 2012

Taro Saturdays

First Saturdays at Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kānewai are beginning again this year, starting at 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 4.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students and volunteers from the surrounding community come to devote their time to caring for the lo‘i, or taro patch, at the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Volunteers learn to perform traditional farming practices to nurture the kalo (taro) and native plants that surround the area while spending time with family and friends.

“One thing that we do here that’s a little different from other places is we make mounds to plant the taro in,” said Hiapo Cashman, the director of the lo‘i. He added that this is a traditional practice done with sugarcane and ‘awa (also known as the kava plant).

Conversing in Hawaiian also gives participants the opportunity to brush up on their Hawaiian language skills.

“Students know they can count on it for class,” said Cashman, noting that many students fulfill their community service hour requirements for scholarships through First Saturdays.

The “Hawaiian Renaissance,” a movement to revive and preserve traditional Hawaiian culture, influenced the restoration of the lo‘i in Kānewai, according to the UH Mānoa Catalog. In 1980, UH Mānoa students found the irrigation ditch that is now the lo‘i and took an interest in restoring the area. Kūpuna, or elders, taught UH Mānoa students the traditional farming practices used to sustain the kalo in the lo‘i today.

Working at the lo‘i is definitely a hands-on experience. Volunteers should not be afraid to get a little muddy.

Courtesy of Hiapo Cashman

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April 8, 2011

Fear speaking no longer with Toastmasters

The Toastmasters club seeks to take the fear out of public speaking, whether going to a job interview or giving a class presentation. Harley Diven reports.

Those interested in joining can visit the official website here.

April 8, 2011

Hate the caffeine crash? Catch some Z’s at nap zone

Feeling a little low on sleep? Overwhelmed with school and need a quick rest? Campus Center might have exactly what you need.

April 8, 2011

Aspiring models gathered in response to a runway model casting call in Miller Hall on Friday February 18th.

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