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HESS hosts Dare to Compare Event

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By Kendra Peek About 67 percent of Americans over the age of 20 were considered overweight or obese in 2006, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This is why Dr. Cindi Norton feels it is so important for a program such as Dare to Compare, Fitness Five to exist.

“These statistics have peaked our interest and concern for our community,” Norton, the Chair of the Health, Exercise and Sports Science department at UC, said. HESS partners with Cumberland River Comprehensive Care to host the event, the bulk of which will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 23 in the O Wayne Rollins Center.

If the weather is good, participants may go to James H. Taylor, II stadium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to complete the run/walk portion of the event. The event is open to individuals in the community, students from local schools and all UC students, staff and faculty.

“It’s a joy to me to see how excited the children are to be there, and how hard they try to accomplish each task,” senior Shero…

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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

UC Participating in Yellow Ribbon Program

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By Kendra Peek

Military servicemen and women and their families may find it a little easier to pay for college starting this fall. Beginning August 1, 2009, the Yellow Ribbon Program will go into effect at University of the Cumberlands and other institutions nationwide.

This program, which allows colleges and universities to join forces with Veteran's Affairs, will pay for part of a veteran's college tuition. It also extends to veterans who would like to attend graduate school.

According to Chuck Dupier, VA Certifying Official at UC, the VA will look at all state-funded colleges and after picking the one with the most expensive tuition, will take half of that and pay it toward whichever school the veteran has chosen to attend. However, that is only if the school will agree to match that amount.

Acceptance is on a first come, first get basis, according to Dupier, who added that some schools have a limit on how many veterans they will accept under this program, but as of right now,…