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BY TRAYNHAM LARSON
How was your summer? This question has been the
focus of quick conversations as students return for the start
of the fall semester. For sophomore Kelsey Ruehling, that
question cannot be asked enough.
Ruehling completed a five-week marine biology summer
course at the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean.
The program was comprised of two two-week sessions
that consisted of basic aquatic first aid and scuba-diving.
Already an accomplished scuba-diver, Ruehling was able
to hone her skills in the Caribbean.
"I'm open-water certified in California, so I got a taste
of those waters," said Ruehling. "And then I went down
to Bonaire and got my advanced and rescue certification."
As a southern California native, she has always been
in love with the ocean. After high school graduation, she
aspired to study marine biology and oceanography, but
instead committed to Guilford.
Why not transfer to a school located closer to the ocean?
Ruehling admits to second-guessing her decision to
attend Guilford, although those thoughts were short-lived.
The financial benefits, Guilford's Quaker traditions and
the opportunity to play volleyball influenced her final
"I made the choice to come to Guilford for other reasons,"
said Ruehling. "But I always kept marine biology in the
back of my mind, and this summer just solidified it for me.
"This experience has made me even more conscious of
the opportunities at my disposal."
The summer opportunities offered, either through
Guilford or an affiliated program, allow for students to
study away from Guilford without having to dedicate an
entire semester to their program.
This is especially valuable for students and student
athletes whose passions cannot be sustained by the
landlocked nature of Guilford's campus.
"Given our location, along with the fact that we have
decided to focus on local biology, we still have students
who we can prepare for marine biology careers," said Dana
Professor of Biology Lynn Moseley.
"Fortunately, we are connected to a number of affiliated
institutions that offer programs such as the one Kelsey did.
For folks like Kelsey, who are student athletes, it is often the
Sophomore volleyball player Kelsey Reuhling spent her summer in the Caribbean where she realized her dream of learning about
marine biology and oceanography. She also had the opportunity to be up close and personal with marine life while scuba diving.
summer programs that work the best."
In addition to summer courses, Guilford's J-Term
program offers up to three weeks of experiential learning
courses, both off-campus and at Guilford.
Head volleyball coach Emily Gann praised its
"I was very excited when Guilford decided to add the
January term," said Gann in an email interview. "I believe
many students may be leery of studying abroad for an
entire semester, especially student athletes that don't want
to miss time with their teams."
Ruehling, the reigning Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Rookie of the Year, plans on starting her own tradition.
"I chose to do this program because of its opportunities,"
said Ruehling. "It's hands-on experience, and that just
means I need to do the same thing every summer."
Check out Kelsey’s blog for more great photos
of her trip!
Are tests enough? Biogenesis raises questions on current PED-use policies
BY CHRISTIANNA VAN DALSEN
"It's no secret what's going on in
baseball," said former major league
baseball player Ken Caminiti. "At
least half the players are using
That did not stop MLB
community's unanimous gasp
in January. Suddenly, everyone
associated baseball with its
Former employee Porter Fisher
leaked Biogenesis's documents to
the Miami New Times.
The Times chronicled the clinic's
distribution of human growth
hormone, testosterone and steroids,
all of which MLB illegalized—
yet many of the documented
customers were MLB athletes.
Of the 13 athletes recorded. New
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York Yankee third-baseman Alex
Rodriguez appeared 16 times since
Rodriguez was recorded buying
HGH creams and other PEDs
harmed in MLB. He admitted using
PEDs from 2001 through 2003, a
convenient window when usage
was not penalized.
After the Biogenesis allegations,
Rodriguez received a 211 game
suspension, the longest PED ban in
baseball history. Rodriguez quickly
appealed the decision.
"Previously, players knew other
players were juicing, but didn't
say anything," said Head Baseball
Coach Nick Black. "Now with
Biogenesis, the player's union is
starting to speak out ... For the
future of the MLB, the penalties
will become more severe."
MLB plans to implement
stricter PED tests. Coupled with
the bi-yearly tests, they hope
these additional measures will
discourage and catch athletes' PED
But will it be enough?
"When you get a flu shot, the
flu shot only takes care of strands
the researchers have identified,"
said Instructor of Sports Studies
Craig Eilbacher. "PED testing is
constantly behind the athletes."
Indeed, sports medicine's rapid
development keeps a foolproof
drug test unattainable. A lack
of knowledge of new PEDs not
only inhibits MLB regulations but
imperils athletes' health.
"If there isn't an effective testing
program, athletes won't know
about dangerous drugs," Elite
Performance chiropractor Jeremy
Phillips told The Guilfordian.
"Some take them because they're
uneducated about the long-term
Side effects include liver cancer,
internal bleeding, and kidney
"Back in the early 1990s, a
number of young professional
cyclists died," said Daniel M.
Rosen, author of "Dope: A History
of Performance Enhancement," in
an email interview. "At the time,
EPO was just coming onto the
market as a PED.
"Riders used it so much that
their blood became too thick ...
Their hearts just gave out."
Some healthy, legal alternatives
to PEDs include muscle
electrostimulation and creatine.
They do not have immediate effects
like PEDs, but with proper use they
get results without health problems
"A perfectly safe drug doesn't
exist," Perm State University
Professor of Sport Science Charles
Yesalis told The Guilfordian. "Plus,
it detracts from sport if you have to
bring chemicals to enjoy the sport
and feel fulfilled."
Baseball players are responsible
for their own decisions. However,
proper education on PEDs is
important to keeping athletes from
"Any athlete's dream is tobecome
a great professional player," said
former baseball player David Cook
'13 in an email interview. "It takes
a high level of discipline to avoid
shortcuts, but if one does, it makes
the accomplishment exponentially