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NEWS

May 4, 2012

The Critic, Page 8

Balance of the Sexes

Sarah Aube Critic Correspondent There are over 100 more male students than there are female students at Lyndon State College. 54 percent of LSC students are male, which is opposite of the national average for college gender ratios. The current national average shows most undergraduate colleges as having nearly 60 percent female students Bedweek.org 2011C. =I think every guy wishes the ratio was not as predominantly male at Lyndon,> says Ian Sullivan, a senior majoring in social science and secondary education. =Though it@s always good to have a few guy friends on campus.> He says that he feels his male and female peers perform similarly academically. =There are some girls that are very driven, and some procrastinate and wait till the last second. It@s the same way with guys though,> says Sullivan. The gender split can also be seen department by department. The greatest percentage of females in a department is found

in pre-nursing, with 97 percent females. For example, mountain recreation management is 82 percent male students, with the greatest percentage of males in any department. =I think part of that has to do with the field itself,> says Thom Anderson, mountain recreation management department head. =It@s probably more attractive to men. I@m guessing.> Anderson says that though many people see it this way, the field is not just for men. =We want to have more women in our department,> says Anderson. =We need both genders because we are leading all kinds of different groups.> Anderson says that the males may sometimes think that they are better but that the woman perform equally to their male counterparts, and also usually take on more leadership roles in the classroom than the males do. =We have plenty of females doing that and they love that, and they@re awesome at that,> says Anderson of the women stepping up as leaders. Nicole Pfahl, a mountain recreation management major,

says she does not mind being in the gender minority in her department. =I feel like they appreciate and respect me more. I feel like I was underestimated at first. Then you kind of have to prove yourself worthy> says Pfahl. After pre-nursing, the department with the highest percent of females is psychology and human services. This department is 88 percent female. Margaret Sherrer, department head and professor of psychology and human services says, =I think the gender split among our department majors is very similar to academic departments at other colleges and universities that offer degrees in the so-called helping professions such as social work, human services, and nursing which tend to attract females in higher numbers than males.> Sherrer says she is more interested in attracting qualified students to the program than whether they are male or female. =I think Admissions has a similar attitude about attracting interested students regardless of gender,> says Sherrer. =Again, I think this is a larger societal issue with respect to the female

domination of the helping professions.> According to Sherrer, the fact that it is a predominantly female department does not mean that the males in the department do any worse academically or practically. =Weve always had outstanding male students who are

strong academically and are also very skilled in working with clients in the field,> says Sherrer.

Mariah Ogden, who is a sen-

ior majoring in psychology and

human services, says of the gender difference, =It doesn@t really matter to me. I@m here to learn,

not to meet a mate.>

Percentages of Female and Male Students by Department

Dept Atmospheric Science Business Education Electronic Journalism Arts English, Philosophy & Film Exercise Science Explorations General Studies/Liberal Studies Math/CIS Mountain Recreation Mgt Music & Performing Arts Natural Science Pre-Nursing Psychology/Human Svcs Social Sciences Visual Arts

Chart provided by LSC

Female Male 29% 43% 87% 31% 56% 39% 61% 65% 28% 18% 27% 42% 97% 88% 39% 43%

71% 57% 13% 69% 44% 61% 39% 35% 72% 82% 73% 58% 3% 12% 61% 57%

Take on the Challenge: Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder competitors Joe Kill (left) and Sara Swahn (right) prepare for the challenge

Morgan Forester Web Editor This Sunday, May 6 Team LSC will endure one of the most difficult challenges in the athletic world, Tough Mudder. The team, Jason Clark, Aaron Cornell, Jonathan Dame, Stuart Farina, Joe Kill, Greg Ledoux, CJ Mauro, Darcie Miles, Leah Morgan, Allison Poulin, Takuya Shimamura, Meagan Swahn, Sara Swahn and Jaclyn Toney, will travel to Mt. Snow where the Vermont Tough Mudder competition will take place Saturday and Sunday. Some of the team members took a minute from their training to share their reasons for

partaking in the competition and their goals. =I was challenged to do it,> says Leah Morgan. Stu Farina threatened to tell her father that she wasn@t going to participate. =Its one of the toughest events on the planet so if you can get through that you can get through anything.> =I was very interested after the exercise science team did it last year and just to set a goal for myself to finish,> says Darcie Miles. Also inspired by last year@s team Megan Swahn will also be a rookie in Tough Mudder 2012. =I went last year as a spectator and as soon as they took off I got pumped and tried to keep

up with them,> says Swhan. Meagan is joining her sister Sara Swahn who competed last year. She recalls the obstacles from her last competition. =They were all sucky. There are signs throughout the whole course saying ?remember you signed a death waiver@.> Swahn adds that this waiver means you do not have to do all of the obstacles, it@s your life to risk or not risk. Part of last year@s training team, though not part of the competing team due to scheduling conflicts, a certain member of the team is more than eager to get out there, regardless of the potentially deadly obstacles. =I@m hoping to be first for

Photos by Morgan Forester

our team! I@m hoping to finish under three hours which I have been told is do-able,> Joseph Kill.

year@s big event Dame is already joking with his teammates about next year@s competition.

their own reason for competing

After ten miles and 30+ ob-

Each team member has

and their own goals for the competition but they have all been training hard. Many of them are

part of a circuit training class led

by team captain Jonathan Dame

Monday and Friday mornings at

8 a.m. while others have taken to

the outdoors to get ready. =We went up to the DLyndonE Town School and ran up sand pits and used the gym to practice for the obstacles,> says Morgan. Even as they train for this

=Our shirts next year should

say ?I threw up on Mt. Snow@.>

stacles, including mystery obsta-

cles, meeting them at the end is

table after table of protein bars,

bananas,

Gatorade,

Muscle

Milk, water and a free beer. Of course this event is not just to

prove strength and willpower, although it does both, all proceeds from Tough Mudder events go

towards the Wounded Warrior Project to help soldiers injured

in battle receive whatever care and assistance they need.


Balance of the sexes  

Male students outnumber females at Lyndon State College.

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