Archive for Monday, May 14, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Pearson residents participate in Indiana Jones romp through campus; KU looking for advocates to pair with nonprofits; KU research looks at the effect of stigmatizing obesity

May 14, 2012


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Pearson residents participate in 'Indiana Jones Run'

Pearson Scholarship Hall residents romp around through campus paying homage to Indiana Jones and his films.

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• Before we completely shift into the summer mode of relative desolation on campus, I first have to give thanks to a magnificent tipster who alerted me to this rather amusing video that displays how the men of Pearson Scholarship Hall apparently relieve some end-of-the-semester stress. Apparently, it’s something called The Second Annual Indiana Jones Run.

What struck me here is how unfazed most of the people in the video seem to be by all this commotion. Maybe this stuff goes on at KU all the time, and no one ever tells me about it.

• KU is trying to recruit some more faculty, staff and students to serve in its Advocacy Corps program, which pairs KU volunteers with a nonprofit organization looking for help from KU.

This is one of many new programs that’s falling under the Center for Service Learning, which seems to be picking up some momentum lately. It’s likely that service learning projects and courses will play some role in the new general education curriculum being considered at KU as we speak.

As this directory shows, several of the agencies interested in advocates have KU folks serving in the roles, but several more are still looking for someone. Here’s some additional information about the program.

• Some KU research was featured in this Reuters article about America’s ongoing battle with obesity.

Specifically, the article deals with how Americans stigmatize obesity and how that’s not really helping the fight.

KU psychology professor Chris Crandall has some of his research quoted in the article.

The article said that Crandall’s research shows that young adults who stigmatize obesity are usually more conservative, more likely to favor traditional sex roles and capital punishment.

"Particularly in America, self-determination and individual choice is a fundamental value," Crandall told Reuters. "We blame people for everything that happens to them — being poor, being obese. It's the ‘just world' idea that people get what they deserve."

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Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

I went to Pearson many years ago. We didn't have this Indiana Jones run, but I had a great time all the years I was there as an undergraduate.

I will write about some of my experiences at Pearson later on, as one of my blogs!

Thanks, guys!

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 9 months ago

"The article said that Crandall’s research shows that young adults who stigmatize obesity are usually more conservative, more likely to favor traditional sex roles and capital punishment."

Right, Dr. Crandall, they're forced to stuff that pie hole with every last calorie on earth. How about walking for the groceries and bearing them home? Exercises the legs and discretion.

Oops, walking in America is stigmatizing. Only the rich walk, right?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

The biggest sin of most obese people is having chosen the wrong parents.

kawrivercrow 5 years, 9 months ago

You can say the same thing about alcoholics, smokers, and people who sunburn easily, too. It doesn't resolve any them of them of their personal responsibility to modify their behaviors to prevent disease.

As for implying that obesity is more genetic than sociofamilial, the human genome hasn't changed since 1980, yet obesity rates have skyrocketed.

davidsmom 5 years, 9 months ago

Obesity isn't something that just "happens to you." It IS almost always a result of behavioral choices.

ahyland 5 years, 9 months ago

Fixed that... Good eye, and thanks!

Andy Hyland

starburst 5 years, 9 months ago

OMG! That video of the Pearson students cracked me up. Thanks for a great morning laugh, which was much needed on a Monday!

guppypunkhead 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes, weird things happen on campus all the time. I take notice but it's not a mouth agape OH MY GOD moment. Just last week I was sitting in my car on Jayhawk Blvd waiting for my husband when about 50 young men in swimming trunks came screaming down the street, all jumped in the fountain, and then ran screaming back the way they came about 5 minutes later. Maybe I have been on campus too long, but I've seen a lot of silly things like this. Fun to see, though.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 9 months ago

As much fun as you can have with your clothes on!

Volunteering that is-- the Jones run looked like a blast too.

SeaBee 5 years, 9 months ago

When I lived there 40 years ago some of those "chasers" might have been wearing substantially less - including me (at the time)!

Glad to see that some things have changed for the better (at least when sen in retrospect).

Carry on, Pearsonites!

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