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Mind, body, spirit, Tai Chi
Tai Chi, a Health and Fitness
class offered at UNCA, allows stu
dents to exercise without exerting
strenuous action, according to the
Web site, www.onhealth.com.
Many of the movements were
originally derived from the martial
The Tai Chi art form has devel
oped into an exercise meant for
relaxation and reduction of stress,
according to Onhealth.
“I took Tai Chi as a form of exer
cise for the mind and spirit, and to
help relieve some of the stress of
school,” said Deb Mish, a senior art
Tai Chi students at UNCA are
learning about relaxation through a
martial art that is based on moving
“One of the benefits of Tai Chi is
the considerable amount of relax
ation,” said Brent Neely, a Tai Chi
instructor at UNCA.
In Tai Chi, “the feet are always
rooted within the earth. The torso
and arms make graceful, deliberate,
and sequenced movements take on
the form of physical poetry,” said
“I do not always feel connected
mentally and physically, and al
ways feel clumsy. Tai Chi helped
me focus more on my movement
and coordination,” said Mish.
The goal of the class is not neces
sarily to teach the whole form of
Tai Chi, but to begin to learn the
idea of soft strength, according to
“Most people apply their force in
a stiffmanner,” said Neely. “When
a baby grabs your finger, they do
not try to squeeze the juice out.
When you go to pull your finger
away and they are still holding on,
that is the idea of soft strength.”
Tai Chi not only brings mental
benefits to the students, but also
provides physical benfits.
“I feel stronger and inspired to
continue practicing this for the rest
of my life,” said Mish.
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PHOTO BY WALTER FYLER
Undeclared freshman Jillian Kemp intently watches her
Tai Chi instructor.
“Those who are older in age
who have practiced Tai Chi for
manyyears were still in really good
shape. They could still kick butt, “
“There have been some studies
done at Emory University dealing
mainly with balance in older
people,” said Neely.
“In one experiment there were
three groups. The groups were Tai
Chi, western balance exercise group
and the control group. In the Tai
Chi group, there was a 47.5 percent
increase in balance.”
The study pushed back a series in
onsets of falls in older people to
past the age of 75, according to
“Tai Chi also seems to have a
positive effect on neuromuscular
illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease
and multiple sclerosis,” said
“We are learning ‘short-yang’ style,
which is one of the major styles
practiced in the world,” said Neely.
Tai Chi goes back to the 1391,
when a man by the name of Chang
San Feng created 13 different posi
tions, according to the website.
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Cross Country wins 3 out of 4
UNCA competes in Gamecock Invitational, seniors
McGrane and Davis win individual championships.
The UNCA men’s and women’s
cross country teams participated in
the Gamecock Invitational in Co
lumbia, S.C. Sept 9.
The men’s team won the title,
while senior Brendan McGrane
took home the individual champi
This marked the 4th consecutive
year that the men’s team had taken
home the team title at the Game
cock Invitational, which also in
cluded Big South Conference
(BSC) rival Coastal Carolina Uni
“Our plan has always been to get
better with each race, which we did
this week,” said head coach Stan
Rosenthal on the athletics Web
site. “Defeating CCU, who are con
tenders for the BSC champion
ships, was good on our part.”
UNCA’s 25 points edged out
CCU’s 30 points for the team vic
McGrane, who won the individual
championship by 16 seconds over
the second place S.C. runner, said
that even though he had run on the
course several times before and was
familiar with its layout, hard work
was the main reason for his victory.
“All the training and hard work I
put in over the summer really paid
off.” said McGrane, who stayed in
Asheville over the summer specifi
cally to train with several other
PHOTO BY PATRICK BRASWELL
The women's cross country team practices on the track
outside the Health and Fitness center.
members of the team. “The second
mile, I began to pull away and was
able to hold on for the win.”
The women’s team placed second
behind the University of South
Carolina as senior Zola Davis won
the individual championship.
The women’s team had improve
ments from every member of the
squad after placing 6th at Appala
chian State University Sept. 1.
“We had a tough week of training
and everyone was tired, butwewent
out and all decided that we were not
going to let that bother us,” Davis
Senior Mandy Becker ran her best
race of the year for the Bulldogs,
and senior Dawn Stanford and fresh
man Micki Logue also did well.
according to the athletics Web site.
After her win in the individual
championship, Davis felt that since
she also knew the course fairly well,
there was no reason why she should
not go out and have a spectacular
“The course is pretty flat, so I
knew how it was going to feel,”
Davis said. “All 1 wanted to do was
go out and run my best.”
Rosenthal said he was pleased with
the team’s effort, and that they im
proved from one race to the next.
“If we continue to improve every
race, we will be a very good cross
country team when it counts in late
October and November for our
championship meets,” said
Women’s soccer ties with
HPU 0-0, loses to UT 7-0
The UNCA’s women soccer team
faced the High Point University
(HPU) Panthers in the Big South
Conference opener, but the game
ended in a 0-0 tie Sept. 8 at Green
‘I would have liked a victory, but
we will have to settle for a tie,” said
head coach Michele Cornish. “We
played great in the first 20 minutes,
but we just could not sustain it
against a well-coached team in High
We did some good things and
did some things we shouldn’t have,
and improve,” Cornish said.
After 120 minutes, the Bulldogs
(1-1-1, 0-0-1) out-shot the Pan
thers (2-2-1,0-0-1)13-12, but each
team had scoring opportunities
denied by the goalkeepers.
UNCA freshman goalkeeper
Caroline Jacobsen made six saves,
all in the second half. HPU’s junior
goalkeeper Cindy Watts also made
six saves, three in the first halfwhen
the Bulldogs controlled play.
UNCA outshot HPU 7-3 m the
first half, but the Panthers came
back regrouped in the second half,
outshooting the Bulldogs 7-4.
UNCA traveled to the University
of Tennessee (UT) at Knoxville
Sept. 10 to battle the Volunteers in
non-conference action at the Ten
nessee Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs lost to UT 7-0 and
were outshot 40-3, but Jacobsen
had a superior game, according to
the! athletics Web site. She made 15
saves, including several that would
be worthy of a highlight film, ac-
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Freshman forward Kelsey Dawson cuts off an opposing
cording to UT’s athletics Web site.
“UT had too much for us today,”
said Cornish. “Jacobsen was simply
sensational in goal, and she gets
better with each game.”
As for the offense, senior midfielder
Amanda Wilkinson led UNCA with
“We all played really hard, and we
didn’t give up and even though the
score was 7-0. We were good com
petition for UT,” said freshman
Kelsey Dawson. “We held them
pretty well, and our goalkeeper was
“We moved the ball around really
well, and we definitely have a lot of
potential. We have to be consis
tent, but I think we did well,” said
The Bulldogs will travel to West
ern Carolina University to take on
the Catamounts Sept. 14 and will
also face East Tennesse State Uni
versity, Clemson University and
N.C. State University.
UNCA returns home Sept. 27 to
face Radford University.