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Learning the Lesson of Stephen Hawking… Never Give Up

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up- Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking; photo from bbc.com
Stephen Hawking; photo from bbc.com

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 in his home in Cambridge, England, early in the morning of March 14. In a statement from his family, they stated that Hawking died peacefully.

For over 50 years, Hawking had battled a form of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and he was orignally given only two years to live when first diagnosed. Instead of giving up, Hawking took this as another part of life.

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England to Frank and Isobel Hawking. Stephen had two sisters, Philippa and Mary and an adopted brother, Edward. The family was known for their intelligence and eccentricity.

Hawking was known to be “lazy” and “bored” when it came to his work, especially when he felt the work was easy. This showed itself while at college in Oxford, and later on, Hawking would gain popularity by joining the University College Boat Club and serving as coxswain.

Everything was going well until Hawking started to experience increasing clumsiness during his final year at Oxford. It got to a point where his family noticed the changes. A medical investigation had begun, and the worst possible outcome had been diagnosed: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurological degenerative disease that eventually left Dr. Hawking unable to move on his own.

Hawking was given two years to live. Though tempted to give up, he soon noticed how slow the disease was taking affect on him. H decided that rather than falling into despair and letting the disease control his life, h would instead delve into something that he loved–science.

With all of the work that Hawking did for the world, it’s even harder to began to think about how much pain he went through on a daily basis. That alone should be enough to make us appreciate all of the work he did in physics, which will be discussed, tested, and lead humanity into the future for years to come.

God Speed, Mr. Hawking… see you on the other side.



Cover Photo from The Telegraph

The broken heart syndrome phenomenon

According to Time magazine, an immense amount of research has shown that a death or the loss of a person close to you can not only break your heart metaphorically, but it can also cause physical damage that can lead to serious heart problems.

A new study published by Dr. Simon Graff finds that people who experience a partner dying are a much higher risk for atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, and the effects are life-long.

Having a broken heart is more than just a metaphor. Graphic from Pinterest
Having a broken heart is more than just a metaphor. Graphic from Pinterest

For many years, researchers have studied the phenomena of the broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy. This occurs when a highly stressful event, such as the death of a spouse, results in a person feeling like they’re having a heart attack. The symptoms include the same ones that occur when having a heart attack: shortness of breath and chest pain.

When an emotional event happens, researches suspect a surge of stress hormones are released which cause this feeling of having a heart attack.

Researchers looked at citizens in Denmark who were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Out of the 88, 600 people, 41 percent of them who lost a partner were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation within the first month of their partner’s death compared to those who hadn’t lost anyone. The researchers also discovered that the risk is higher in younger people, especially when a partner as died suddenly or unexpectedly.

A cardiologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, Harmony Reynolds, states that “We can’t stop stressful situations from coming up in our lives but there may be ways to change the way stress affects our bodies.” She says regular exercise, things like yoga, meditation, and even deep breathing can increase the parasympathetic nervous system which increase our body’s ability to handle stress. However, these activities won’t be able to reduce the risk completely.

This study, as large and somewhat thorough as it is, can’t completely confirm that the feelings of grief or loss are directly related to atrial fibrillation. “Right now our work can only point to an association, but we hope to help make a shift in society’s mindset—that a time of grief is not only a mental state but maybe also physical,” says Graff, the author of the study.

Freedom from the freshman 15

Most college students are aware of the “freshman 15,” or the weight that new college students put on in their first months on campus. Many people argue that gaining the 15 pounds is inevitable for freshmen, due to their adjustment to college, the fast food options on campus, late night snacking and lack of exercise. Hectic class schedules cause students of all ages to neglect the gym and grab the most convenient food they can get their hands on, which is usually fast food. It can be difficult for college students to maintain their normal weight if there are barely any healthy eating options around campus. Continue reading Freedom from the freshman 15

Men’s soccer experiences first loss against UNC Asheville

The Highlanders were in action again, looking to add to their seven consecutive home wins dating back to the 2009 season, as they welcomed the University of North Carolina at Asheville Bulldogs at the Patrick D. Cupp Stadium on the windy and frigid Saturday afternoon. Despite the cold weather, many fans, including the RU #9 club, cheered the Highlanders on in attempt to extend their home record.

Brian Gwanzura (5) and Iyiola Awosika (11). Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

The Bulldogs are a defensive team that have scored 10 goals and conceded 14, compared to the Highlanders who have netted 30 goals so far. The Highlanders were also hoping for a repeat of the 4-1 win they had last year against UNC Asheville. The heavy wind, cold weather and slick turf slowed the game pace as both teams failed to find the right flow.

UNC Asheville started off completely different than the defensive side they are known for because they did not absorb a constant attack from Radford. The Bulldogs’ goalkeeper made six saves as the Highlanders outshot Asheville 12-3. However, the Highlanders only created one notable scoring opportunity from Luis Grande, who dribbled through two defenders and hit inside the cross bar only to see the ball bounce back to the hands of the keeper.

Dario Redondo (25). Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

The Highlanders’ discontent did not end there as star striker Iyiola Awosika was unable to continue due to an injury he suffered after being pushed off the ball during the second half.

The big striker, Bryan Bartels, was a constant threat to the Highlanders’ back line throughout the game. He netted the winner in the last minute of the first overtime inside the 18 yard box.

The loss was a discouraging one for RU and its coaching staff.

“It was a spirited UNC Asheville team, and it was a good win for them,” said Head Coach Marc Reeves. “I’m hugely disappointed to lose at home, especially when we had so many chances. Our guys still have to compete better at the start of games and have to create better quality chances as opposed to hoping that something comes off.”