The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 07, 1987, Image 5

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Thursday, May 7, 1987TThe Battalion/Page 5 ^Professor offers skits, projects “o heighten interest in lectures lie lo ustj vam tostl ologynuj it is 'ancer p[j tuman sexuality class helps students with sensitive issues he says trie By Melisa Hohlt Reporter thetH Texas A&M’s Health Education training$42, Human Sexuality, is no ordi- oundikHry class — and Dr. Robert Hurley, practiaivlio teaches it, is no ordinary profes- upportoloi TevenlioiHwhile many students are slumber- in; through their classes, Hurley’s 1 I'otteitudents are enjoying an action- »p and; packed lecture f ull of jokes and class ime niiJglrticipatinn. , shea ■Hurley often initiates class skits 1 to the; and group projects where students ms, depict various parts of the human areundiBdy or different parts of a single everesr cell. He sometimes gets involved in > "thcor.He skits and has even portrayed a to supp: sperm, darting around the room ami narrating Ids every move, morev™Hurley, a health and physical edu- a S> e phfltion professor, says his unortho vantage dox teaching methods help to loosen abeabltBople up and get them talking early i ah nit usually awkward issues. ■“It’s just a different way of em- i that« phasizing points,” he says. “The au- tmberc: di rice pays attention, and it helps to tale the edge off an embarrassing subject.” ■ Hurley realizes that students may ben une offended and is aware that ■ople have differing opinions. ■“I don’t want to offend anyone,” Ik says. “Mv big objective is to help ✓ UK|p§ople communicate in the sexual aspects, because virtually everyone Hnrwill have a sexual relationship at so ue time or other.” H i he office that is Hurley’s second .l’)- l l hi me is cluttered with files and Hoks, and his paper-covered desk sp irts an oversized calendar and nu merous notes he has written to him- sell. The shelves, though brimming wi ' books about sex and sexuality, H not lull enough to hide the dis play of a Hurley family picture. ■Hurley says he often is asked about birth control and normality in Bcual behavior, and having the an swers to these questions is important e the jtor him. He stresses the importance trict |. of good communication between ■rent and child and of giving hon est answers to honest questions. H“Sex education should begin at bidi,” he says. “Parents should be available for their children and share their values with them. ■“Parents need to always respond hlnestJy to their childrens’ ques- tilns, but only as far as the child can understand.” unior high odifies unishment ■ THE WOODLANDS (AP) —a controversial discipline policy giv- Hig junior high school students the choice of being paddled or crawling ^Has revised so it can be used only as IH last resort and with the parents’ permission. I Neal Knox Junior High School |Hfficials modified their “pops or ^Bear crawl” policy after being crit- ; iji/.ed last week for using it to disci- - pline some seventh-grade male stu dents. I Principal Thomas Randle said 63 ^Hiale students in an athletics class IH'cre given the option of being ^■addled or crawling the length of a |fnotball field as discipline for poor jHnnduct marks on their six-week re- ?|jj<>rt. cards. K About 50 students, including the principal’s son, chose to take a ‘pop” rather than crawl. I The new policy will take effect in ■he fall. et for 1 trder tr 1986* Conrot aim j vas par, emc it les, 25, , 1986. icobs If tve in I! id a m day. e case can H 1 yet. tyga lict 51: in will Photo by Tracy Staton Dr. Robert Hurley scans a book used in his human sexuality class. As a father of two sets of twins, Hurley has had plenty of practice answering questions, he says. He even had the rare opportunity of teaching two of his daughters, Katy and Karyn, in one of his A&M classes. Mrs. Hurley says they are 24 and both are married. Katy grad uated in 1986 from the University of Texas Medical Branch nursing school in Galveston after leaving A&M and is a registered nurse. Ka ryn majored in physical education and graduated from A&M in 1985. She teaches girls’ track at Navasota High School. “It didn’t bother me to have them in my class, and I didn’t try to hide the fact that they were my daugh ters,” Hurley says. “I found myself applying a double standard though. If they missed class I wanted to know why, and I sure didn’t want them on the border for a grade,” he says with a chuckle. As it turned out, he says, both of them did well. Hurley says his other two chil dren, Robert and Margaret, also are twins. Mrs. Hurley says Robert is married and is graduating from Baylor in two weeks with a degree in communications. Margaret is plan ning an August marriage and is transferring from Baylor to A&M in the fall. She plans to graduate next May. The Hurleys barely adjusted to Katy and Karyn before Robert and Margaret came along. “They’re only 17 months apart,” he says. According to Hurley’s wife, Mar tha, life with two sets of twins is defi nitely exciting, but was difficult at the beginning. “It’s always been fun because they were all doing the same type things at about the same time and it was never quiet around the house,” she says, but mentions that caring for four infants at the same time was dif ficult. “It was physically very hard, and I never had the time to spend with them individually,” she says. She says her husband has done pretty well dealing with the dates his daughters brought home. “Robert has a good sense of hu mor, but it’s a dry humor and some of those poor boys just didn’t catch on,” she says. “He’d be talking along and he’d throw in some remark and they wouldn’t understand, while we all knew he was kidding around. The ones that are still around also have dry humors, so they get along very well.” With all the marriages in the fam ily in the last year, Hurley says he knows the warning signs. “One thing I have learned,” he says, looking over the top of his glasses, “is that if a girl receives a puppy from a boyfriend, a diamond soon follows.” Whether Hurley demands respect or his sons-in-law are just old-fash ioned, they both asked for permis sion to marry his daughters, he says. Hurley readily calls himself fam ily-oriented. He says he likes to travel and would like to take a trip somewhere, anywhere, with his en tire family, if only they could all agree on the location. He would probably enjoy where ver they chose to visit, he says. Although he’s flexible, he still has pet peeves about some things. “What I usually say is ‘If you open it, shut it. If you take the lid off, put it back on,’ ” he says. “Basically, leave things the way you find them. \ “But my number one peeve is that they (family members) still haven’t learned that the car keys go in the basket beside the door. When you go to get them, you end up having to track down the person who had them last.” The Hurleys moved to College Station in 19/1 after he accepted A&M’s offer to develop and up grade the health education depart ment, he says. He doesn’t plan to move again, he says. “We’re pretty well established here and College Station is an excel lent place to raise a family,” he says. “With the economy the way it is you have to be concerned with having a job, but you never can tell what the future holds.” Fitness program improves Texans’ health, report says By Ed Holtgraver Reporter The Texas Agricultural Exten sion Service reported that the fit ness and eating habits of more than 3,000 Texans were improved as a result of their participation in aTAES weight-control program. The 12-week Fit-For-Life pro gram was designed to give perma nent weight-control results. TAES nutrition specialist Alice Hunt says the participants not only keep the weight off through the program, but continue to shed pounds and improve their overall fitness. Texas A&M fitness expert Ste phen Crouse says, “Diet plus exer cise equals weight loss. There’s just no substitute for that. There are very, very few people who can’t lose weight by normal means and need medical intervention.” The report says, “The primary goal of Fit-For-Life is to challenge the traditional practice of starva tion dieting and to teach the win ning combination of moderate cal orie restriction and exercise to achieve successful lifetime weight control.” According to the report, TAES nutrition experts trained TAES county agents to conduct the Fit- For-Life program statewide. The impact of the program was evaluated by measuring changes in body weight, body fat percentage, flexibility, muscular strength, en durance and cardiovascular fit ness. The report says participants achieved improvements in all of the categories. Nutritional information was in corporated into each lesson. The program provided instruction on making nutritionally-balanced, low-calorie food choices, as well as controlling food portions. Fit-For-Life participants also improved their eating habits by decreasing the amount of fried foods and sweets and increasing the amount of fruits and vegeta bles consumed. Hunt completed a follow-up study to determine the success rate of participants one year after they completed the program. “We were really surprised to find they continued to lose weight,” Hunt says. “We were crossing our fingers in hopes that they hadn’t regained the weight, but they lost even more.” Another important part of the program, Hunt says, was the em phasis on taking a realistic view of one’s appearance. “Some people are just never going to be Miss America,” Hunt says. “But they can have a health ier body and improve their fitness and how they feel.” In honor of graduation, we 11 be open this Friday ral- 4. n m * ^ C&C 4* Celebrate this special occasion with us. Choose from an exciting cargo list of entrees. 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