by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In the first college football game I attended as an undergrad, my Tar Heels wiped the floor with the Virginia Military Institute. UNC then proceeded to lose its next 10 games, including a blowout home loss to Clemson that featured a near-continual cycle of “Tiger Rag” (played by the Clemson band after every Tiger first down) and the infamous home loss to Duke that prompted Duke coach Steve Spurrier to have his team’s photo taken beneath the Kenan Stadium scoreboard.
Needless to say, Carolina was dreadful.
A prestigious military school is providing coloring books for cadets to deal with stress.
The Virginia Military Institute, the first state-sponsored military college in the country founded in 1839, offers a “stress busters” program to provide students with yoga classes to “unwind and relax.”
“Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, the Cadet Peer Educators (CPEs) will merge with cadet government under the Cadet Equity Association’s (CEA) Training and Education branch. As such, the formerly known CPEs are now members of CEA,” according to the school’s website. “All CEA trained educators are nationally certified through the BACCHUS™ network to assist with new cadet development, education/prevention programs, and individual peer support for a broad range of topics such as stress management, alcohol and tobacco, interpersonal relationships, bystander intervention, and suicide prevention. Trained peer educators are interviewed, selected, trained and advised by Cadet Government and the Center of Cadet Counseling.”
The school said “peer educators” will still provide “Stress Busters” programs for students, which includes an event that lets cadets color.
“Stress Busters is held on Reading Day of each semester,” the school said. “This is an opportunity for cadets to unwind and relax before studying for finals. This event often includes stress reduction activities such as yoga, therapy dogs, coloring book stations, card/game stations, and grab-and-go snacks to take with you on your way to study!”