Monthly Archives: September 2013

Passion Blog- First Official Practice

This past Saturday was our first official practice! We didn’t waste anytime on Saturday, waking up a 5am to be ready for a practice at 6:45am. The energy in the building was tangible, with everyone preparing for us to step onto the ice.

Sure we had been on the ice before for Captains’ practice but this feeling was different. We knew that the bar had been raised, and that we were under a microscope. We even had a people in the stands watching our practice!

As soon as we got to the rink we were sent to the weight lifting room to do our pre-practice warm-up. This is meant to prevent injuries and keep everyone’s muscles loose. Our lifting trainer is one of the top trainers, he is serious but also cares for everyone on the team. He wants to push us to our limits but will never go past them. He knows how to make us improve, while still preventing injury.

Once we were done with the warm-up we made our way to our locker room, which still amazes me when I walk into it. The team was buzzing with excitement, no one could sit still! This was the first time everyone was allowed to wear their new skates, which is a good and bad thing. New skates are awesome because they are so perfect and have no scratches on them yet, but they kill your feet to break in. We are sponsored by Bauer so everyone on the team gets a pair of Bauer skates, but Bauer skate in my opinion are the hardest and most painful to break in because the boot is so stiff.

Anyways everyone was dressed and ready to go 10min before practice even started, which is unusual. Once we hit the ice I could tell right away the the pace of play had gone up a notch. People were skating faster and passing harder than they had been in Captains’ practice. I was excited to see where I stood on the team; it was hard to tell in Captains’ practice because I didn’t know if people were going all out or slacking. I knew now though that everyone was giving it their all because the coaches were evaluating everyone from the beginning.

To start the practice of we did a scrimmage drill to warm up and then stretched again in the middle of the ice (we stretch out a lot if you haven’t noticed yet). After stretching we got into the serious stuff, like forechecking and break outs, with only ten practices before our first game we needed to get started right away on positioning and chemistry.

To end the practice we did some conditioning, which was difficult because we hadn’t conditioned on used ice yet this year. Let me tell you skating on used ice is a lot more work than skating on clean, smooth ice. After conditioning we stretched in the middle again, then got off.

Our practice doesn’t end there though after we get off the ice we are sent back to the weight lifting room to finish off our stretches. After stretching we take ice baths, and that is when our first official practice of the year ended.

RCL #4- Rhetorical Analysis Speech Ideas

I have one main idea that I’m pretty set on to use in my rhetorical analysis essay and would really like feedback on the idea. I was thinking of analyzing Miley Cryus’s Wrecking Ball music video.

I think this would be a good topic because she is trying to send such a dramatic message and change the way you think of her. There is also a lot of things I could talk about within her audience change and factors that changed her target audience.

She use to be known as a girl that just wanted a regular life and someone a teenage girl could look up to. Now that she has grown up her target audience must change in order to stay on the top and not fade into the past. Celebrities make extreme changes in order to get back on top. I think celebrities are good examples of using rhetoric and arguments to get what they want. I also believe that there is a lot to talk about when it comes to their looks and identities. Some older examples I think of when I think of celebrities that had to change their looks are Brittany Spears and Lady Gaga.

It is so interesting to see what extent people will go to stay on top and keep their audience large, whether it changes or not. Celebrities aren’t too concerned with who their audience is as long as the audience numbers stay the same.

Also most artists use their work to communicate messages. In my paper I plan on analyzing Miley’s lyrics and compare them to her older lyrics to understand what message she is sending her audience.

Overall I hope to analyze the change in Miley Cyrus in all aspects of rhetoric; from her audience to the message she is sending her listeners.

RCL #3- Pros/Cons of Speeches

Overall the speeches that I have heard so far have been very well thought out and organized. Only a few have lacked in some major aspects of good public speaking.

First I want to go over the aspects of some speeches that could have been improved on. The main thing I noticed in a lot of speeches is that some people do a lot of moving around, I will probably be included as one of those speeches after this Thursday. Although motion is a good way to keep the audiences attention, it can become distracting if it is over done. Another thing I noticed was that some people have had really good ideas but couldn’t quite figure out how to phrase them. They either just abruptly ended the sentence or they kept repeating the same sentence, just varying a little. Those were the two main things that I saw that could be improved on a lot of people’s speeches, these are also aspects that I need to work on while I’m speaking so I mean no disrespect to others that have to improve on them as well.

Now I am going to go over the positives of the majority of the speeches. First everyone spoke at the appropriate volume. Not too loud and more importantly not to soft. Too my surprise there hasn’t been one person who has talked too quickly that I can’t hear them. Second the majority of the speeches reflected on the main topic and reason of the speech, not very many people headed off with no direction as to where they were going. This class is doing a very good job at staying on topic and giving good support with their reasoning. Lastly, basically every has done great on time, which I know is one of the biggest concerns while creating these speeches.

I think my classmates so far have set a high standard for the speeches and I hope I can live up to them with my speech on Thursday.

Passion Blog- Miracle on Ice

This blog post is about a hockey player’s view of the famous “Miracle on Ice” in 1980. During this time the USA wasn’t doing so great, there was war and violence everywhere. The Soviet Union’s government and the USA’s government were not on very good terms to say the least. The rivalry between the two countries did not stop just at government and leadership, it also came into hockey.

The Soviet Union were known as a hockey dynasty during the 1980s. They had won gold the last three olympics in Ice Hockey. To compare the teams in 1980, the Russian team had players who had played together for more than 30 years, where the USA team was a bunch of college kids that tried out for the team just months before the Olympic games. Herb Brooks, the coach of the USA hockey team had a very different process in picking the athletes he wanted on his team. “I’m not looking for the best players, I’m looking for the right ones” is a famous quote from the movie, based on the true story.

I was fortunate enough to meet the famous starting Russian goalie, thought to be impossible to score one, Vladislav Aleksandrovich Tretiak, while I was in Russia. During the game he ended up being pulled after the first because of a late goal scored by the USA. He was not as bitter as I thought he would be when I had the chance to talk to him about his defeat. He believed it was a good lesson for the Russian team, that not even they were invincible.

I am also a friend of a player on the USA 1980 Olympic team, Mike Ramsey. He is the father of Rachel Ramsey, who now plays for the Minnesota Gophers, but played with me during our high school careers. He also believes that the 1980 US victory was a good lesson for everyone.

This game meant more than winning a medal to showcase. It was a war through sports between the two countries. In my opinion sports are a nonviolent, for the most part, way of sizing up and comparing countries. With all the misery the USA needed something to cheer for, and the men on the 1980 Olympic Team gave them just that. The win over the dynasty Russian team was something the USA could be proud of. Against all odds they beat the team that seemed unbeatable, and gave the US hope for the future.

As a hockey player this story gives me the chills every time it comes up. I feel so honored to be a part of a sport that gave my country hope when it needed it most. The story shows people that anything is possible when you work your hardest and to never give up on your goal. Always believe in yourself and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

I am going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes, one that reminds me of the “Miracle on Ice”

“Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard” -Taras Brown

 

Passion Blog- Opening of Pegula

As an ice hockey player the kind of rink you play in is one of the most important concerns. The Penn State Ice Hockey Program was blessed last year by an extremely generous donation form the Pegula family. Their dream is to see the hockey program grow at Penn State and making a new ice arena was a big step in making that dream happen.

Last year the team’s home was at Greenberg Ice Arena, which had been the rink for the club hockey team when there was no D1 team at Penn State. The rink is a nice community and high school rink, but in my opinion not a proper home for a D1 program.

On September 9th, at 3:00 PM EST we moved from Greenberg into Pegula Arena. I had been waiting and anticipating for that moment for months now; some of my teammates had been waiting for years to move into the new ice rink. The moment we entered we knew something special was happening to the program. As I looked around I couldn’t help but compare our new rink to the Excel Energy Center, our professional ice hockey rink back in Minnesota. While I was comparing the two rinks I realized there was almost no difference between the two. I then realized that I would basically be playing in a professional rink for the next four years of my hockey career. It was a humbling moment.

As I said before the type of rink you play in is very important to a player. As we entered the locker room people were tearing up from the amazing facilities and amenities that were given to us. Everything was brand new, from the ping pong table to the lounger area to the showers and even to the towels.

The entire team was so overwhelmed by the facility, we were like children on Christmas morning. The team even called it “Christmas in Happy Valley.” We considered ourselves the spoiled children, who got everything they wanted. All of the people that put the rink and our locker room together are our Santa Clauses. They had everything set up perfectly for us; our new apparel was in our dry locker room, our new gear was set up in our locker room, and they even had a message for us on the white board welcoming the team to the “new den”.

Our team is so fortunate to have such an amazing facility and opportunity to start something special. We know how important this first year in Pegula is to the community and the program. As a freshman I am happy with my decision to come to Penn State. Not only do I get to become part of a positive and supportive community, but I have the opportunity right away to give back to the community by helping build an amazing hockey program for them to be proud of.

RCL #2- Ideologies

As stated in our Rhetoric and Civic Life book, “an ideology is a coherent set of beliefs that people use to understand events and the behavior of other people; they are also used to predict events and behaviors.”

I would describe an ideology as an in depth stereotype. Ideologies are how you categorize yourself and other people based on what you know or assume.

One ideology that circulates around me a lot is the ideology of a team. There are many expectations from others when you are part of a team. These expectations are aspects of the ideology of being on a team. Some of these aspects include being friends with or respecting your teammates, always putting the team first, working together to achieve something that you couldn’t do alone, and having each others backs when you need it.

These are all things that people think of when they think of a team. Ideologies, or aspects of the ideology, can change over time or in different circumstances though. For example, the idea of always being a friend and respecting your teammates may change if one of your teammates isn’t a friend to you. You might alter your ideology a little, from being friends and respectful to teammates to only being respectful to them if a teammate is not friendly back. Someone could also change their view on the entire ideology of a team through life. They could go form thinking a team as their family to believing that a team is only something required by the activity but their individual success is what is most important.

Ideologies to me are in depth stereotypes, which can be right or wrong, but it is how a person thinks and organizes aspects of their lives. Without ideologies people would have no expectations for certain things or predictions on how something may turn out. Ideologies guide us through life, altering as we go, without them we would be walking blind.

 

RCL #1- Definition of Civic

Civic is a word with many different meanings. In my opinion civic has two parts to it, getting involved for the sake of the community and getting involved for the sake of the individual. These two aspects may contradict each other sometimes, but other times they may line up perfectly.

First lets start with getting involved for the community as a whole. Being civic includes volunteering and showing patriotism. It means putting the country or community’s best interest before your own. Getting involved in the community either through volunteering or joining community organizations is a great way to lead a civic life. I believe that being civic by putting the community first is built into a person starting as a child. It is taught to them through their parents’ actions and through school. When parents or teachers teach children to be “good people” they are implanting the idea that it is important to participate and give back to the community and the people in it. Being civic also means listening to others and putting their thoughts into consideration, sometimes though it is important to listen to one’s own thoughts. Which brings me to the next part of being civic.

Getting involved in the community for one’s own interest. This way of being civic focuses more on one’s own needs. Speaking your needs and wants is important. This way of being civic allows a person to express different ways to improve their own life, and in turn probably improve the community as well. Fighting for what you believe and what is right, even though it may not be the popular belief, is also leading a civic life. Many people including, Martin Luther King Jr., are considered civic role-models even though their beliefs from the beginning were not the popular belief. While they were trying to improve their lives, they improved the community.

Both ways of being civic try to improve the community. Whether someone is trying to improve the community for the community itself or for themselves, as long as they are trying to improve the community they are being civic.

Passion Blog- Hockey Pre-season

Hi! My name is Laura Bowman and I play for the Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey Team. This is the first year that I will be playing as a D1 collegiate athlete!  The reason for this blog is to give my readers an insight into a hockey players mind. Giving them my perspective and thoughts about different topics involving hockey. The first topic, and the topic included in this post, is the pre-season for athletes, hockey players specifically.

Pre-season is a time that athletes are pushed to their limits. It is the perfect opportunity for us to improve our skills before executing them during the season. No true athlete takes preseason off, unless seriously injured and unable to participate, and even then they do all they can to improve around their injury.

Many people know that off-season for hockey players is during the summer. The main difference between off-season and pre-season, is that off-season you aren’t with your entire team and trainers; it is up to you to work as hard as you can to improve.

This past off-season I was lucky enough to have a teammate to condition and work out with. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday her and I would go to a hockey training facility to lift. Every Thursday and Tuesday we would wake up at 5:30am and do our sprints before work. Once we got to school training ramped up even more! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we wake up at 6am before our 8am classes to go lift at the East Area Locker Room with our trainer. Every Tuesday and Thursday we wake up at 5:30am to run sprints, push sleds, and compete in relays.  Every Saturday we are allowed to pick either conditioning or lifting. Sunday is our only day off. The conditioning and lifting during the pre-season is much harder than during the off-season because the activities themselves are much more demanding and you have your trainers and teammates watching and counting on you.

Two girls on my team right now are injured, but that doesn’t stop them from participating, and if they can’t do a training activity they do a different activity to make up for it. One girl has a sprained ankle so she is unable to run during our conditioning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While we were doing our sprints I looked over to her in the corner and every time I saw her she was moving and training just as hard as we were even though she couldn’t sprint with us. Another girls has bad hips so she is also unable to do sprints with us in the mornings, but she hops on a stationary bike in the dome with us and is sweating just as much as we are after the work out. No one takes unnecessary time off, because if they do they will fall behind.

As you can see pre-season is a time for athletes to improve their skills greatly and push themselves to their limits. It isn’t a vacation for us, where we just sit around anticipating for the season to start. Although we are anticipating and waiting for the season to start we work our butts off to pass the time. That way when the season begins we are prepared to compete at our best.

Thanks for reading my entry about pre-season for ice hockey players!