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

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    Thursday, May 7, 1987TThe Battalion/Page 5
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By Melisa Hohlt
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-
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
■ 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
unior high
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’
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
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.
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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
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
“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
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
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
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
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.”
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