May 2, 2013 •
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The harassment o reer-ees has been around since thedawn o sports and this is noexception or the Tech intra-mural reerees.Each new quarter bringsa new set o sports or intra-murals. On weekday nights,teams battle it out or the rightto be named intramural cham-pions.Emily Essex, coordina-tor o intramurals and sportsclubs, is in charge o planningout intramurals and trainingreerees.Essex said each reeree un-dergoes a one-week trainingcourse involvingfeld training andclassroom train-ing. At the end o the week there isa test that all re-erees must pass.“Dependingon the quarter,we will train eachreeree specifcal-ly or one sport,rather than haveeach one trainedor all sports,”Essex said. “Thisgives them the ability to ocuson just one and get better atthat one, rather than have totry and learn our separatesports.”Ater the end o the train-ing period, reerees are pre-pared to start the season, Es-sex said. The job can becomedifcult in close games whereone call can aect the out-come o a game.Drew Sears, a junior ac-counting major, said he was aumpire last spring during sot- ball. Sears said he elt no mat-ter what happened in a game,there were always going to bea ew controversial calls.“Calls get argued prettyoten in a game,” Sears said.“There is always a dierentperspective to each play, andsometimes that’s a dierentone rom yours. Even proes-sional athletes don’t alwaysagree with a call, but you justhave to keep your cool andcall your game.”While every game hasclose calls, Essex said she eelslike her reerees are usuallytreated well by the athletes.“It always depends on theintensity o the game, but othe most part I eel like play-ers respect the reerees,” Es-sex said. “Almost all o oureerees have been associatewith intramurals so they areamiliar aces to a lot o theplayers.”Sears said he also elt theplayers remained respectultoward him when arguing aclose call during a game.“The players are pretty re-spectul,” Sears said. “Everynow and then a player doesn’tagree and loses their temper, but overall they’re an easy-going group o players.”Essex saiwhile many play-ers remain re-spectul, there arealways situationswhere things canget out o hand.“Our supervi-sors have beenworking or atleast two years,”Essex said. “Theyare trained tohandle most situ-ations to prevent anythingrom getting out o hand.”Sears said while somesituations got heated, mostplayers had enough commonsense not to get out o line.“I personally never had asituation that got out o hand,”Sears said. “Our supervisorsdid a great job o never lettinga situation get to that point;Having a good supervisothere will always make the joba little bit easier.”Sears said the experienceo being a reeree was enjoy-able, and the managementplayed a big part in making ita great job.“Reereeing was great,”Sears said. “Emily helped meout by working around myschool schedule and it wasgreat way to meet new peo-ple. The sta is un to worwith and Emily does a great job organizing everything.”
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Louisiana Tech UniversityNursing 210 students openedthe door to “GTM MemorialHospital” and ound a “victim”o domestic violence weepingin a wheelchair.The 17 students enrolled inNursing 210 were part o a pi-lot simulation, “Application o Forensic Nursing to High Risk Pregnancy,” developed by Tan-ya Sims, an associate proessoro nursing, and Patti McFad-den, an assistant proessor o nursing.Nursing students at Louisi-ana Tech are trained to care ora domestic violence “victim’”during a simulation exercise.Students were assigned togroups and then inormed o the mock scenario in whichpolice had brought a battered,pregnant emale to the emer-gency room ater a 9-1-1 phonecall resulted in the arrest o theaccused. The nursing studentscalled upon skills o therapeu-tic communication, prenatalassessment and recognition o high-risk pregnancy complica-tions as a result o the abusivesituation in order to treat the“patient.”McFadden, a sexual assaultnurse examiner, conducted atraining session utilizing the No-elle Birthing Simulator on thecollection o orensic evidencein sexual and physical abusecases, with key points given ornurses caring or these clients.McFadden said the “victim”in this scenario was actually theresult o a collaboration withDART (Domestic Abuse Resis-tance Team) advocate DeborahFaircloth, who gave an accurateperormance o the behaviorthat would be exhibited by anabused client and even donnedan “empathy belly” to simulatepregnancy, maternity clothes,wig and makeup.This concept is known as a“standardized patient” or nurs-ing simulations, in which an ex-pert actor is utilized to give thescenario a realistic approach,she said.McFadden said saety wasthe emphasis or this exercise,with relevance to the client’semotional state, need or careo the pregnancy and the un- born etus, and medications uti-lized in the scenario.She said student evaluationswere positive or this simulation,which was scheduled or thistime because April is designat-ed as Sexual Assault AwarenessMonth.
Nursing students apply skills indomestic violence simulation
Nursing students at Louisiana Tech care for a domestic violence‘victim’ during a simulation exercise.
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School intramuralreferees trained tomake fair calls
Head locked under a ore-arm, ace pinned to a mat, theart o grappling.David Johnson, a senior gen-eral studies major, said grap-pling is similar to wrestling.“Grappling is wrestling witha mixture o other non-strikingmartial arts like judo and Brazil-ian jujitsu,” Johnson said.Although grappling is notrecognized as a collegiate sportat Tech, there are still studentswho participate in the sport.Johnson, said he and twoother guys, Jonathan Long andDonald Harris created the teamin the all o 2010.“We created the club as away or us to represent Tech ingrappling tournaments,” he said.As a member o the team,Patrick Mason, a sophomoreaviation major, said he is happythat Tech has a grappling teambecause he is able to improvehis techniques by practicingwith the other guys.“Since we don’t have a col-legiate team, the grappling cluballows me to practice with guyswho are just as dedicated as Iam,” said Mason, a sophomoreaviation major. “It also helps better the members or compe-tition.”Mason also said becausewrestling or grappling is not acollegiate sport at Tech, mem- bers have to compete in opentournaments.“We have to search the In-ternet or open tournaments,”he said. “They can be at vari-ous times and dierent placesaround the country.”In addition, Johnson said herecently competed in a tourna-ment with Harris, taking homethe frst and second place tro-phies.“I just got back rom a GracieRegional Tournament in Tyler,Texas, ” he said. “ We placedfrst and second.”While the grappling team isrepresenting Tech, the recentremoval o wrestling as a sport by the Olympic committee hasmembers uncertain about theiruture in the sport.Mason said the decision bythe Olympic committee is dis-couraging.“It’s disheartening that wres-tling isn’t recognized anymore, because many grapplers partici-pate in the Olympics or Worldtournaments once they can’tcompete at state or NCAA lev-els.”Though grappling is not rep-resented at a collegiate or na-tional level, team members stillhave hopes or the utureTagir Bertembayen, a juniorcomputer science major, said hehopes the team will continue todevelop at Tech.“I would like to see the teamgrow and one day become acollegiate sport,” Bertembayensaid.Similar to Bertembayen, Ma-son said he would like to seemore students try out or theteam.“I know we can be intimidat-ing to some students when theysee us, but we’re not,” he said.“We are just very passionateabout grappling, so we’re dedi-cated.”
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Tech continues to develop grappling team