While 63.1 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese according to the 2009 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, USC students are turning to physical education classes to be healthier.About 2,100 students are enrolled in physical education courses this semester, which is a 250-student increase from fall 2010 and a 200-student increase from spring 2010, according to Steve VanKanegan, director of the physical education program.Get fit · USC students participate in the Fitness for Walking class that meets every Monday and Wednesday. Steve VanKanegan, director of the physical education program, said he thinks students care about their health. – Emily Tat | Daily Trojan “Students are choosing to explore physical education not just to round out their schedules, but because they recognize the importance of being active,” VanKanegan said.He said he thinks the primary reason for the increase in the number of students enrolled in physical education classes is the quality of the instructors.“Our instructors have a complete background in the subjects they teach,” VanKanegan said. “We’re not putting [instructors] in classes unless they have played, coached or had extensive experience [in that field].”He said student desires to be healthier have been another driving force behind the department’s growth.“Students are becoming more aware of the importance of health and well-being,” VanKanegan said.Mackenzie Ross, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said she enjoys taking physical education classes at USC because they motivate her to be healthy.“Exercise is really important for being healthy and staying in shape,” Ross said. “Gym classes here are a fun and educational way to get into exercising and stay motivated.”Some students find it difficult to set aside time to work out in between class and homework, so the physical education classes make students prioritize time to exercise.“It’s really important to be healthy while you’re at school,” said Stephanie Guo, a sophomore majoring in communication. “I don’t think I’d have time to work out with the classes I’m taking, so putting it into my schedule really helps.”Josue Enriquez, a senior majoring in civil engineering, said physical education courses are a great outlet for students to relieve stress.“Taking [physical education] classes helps you de-stress from academic classes. I’ve taken many P.E. classes, [and] all the classes have been amazing,” Enriquez said.The department has recently added new classes, including surfing and table tennis, to appeal to a wide variety of students. The surfing class, which was added in the fall, was filled on the first day of registration, according to VanKanegan.The department is working to continue this growth by looking at the possibility of creating a minor in physical education, VanKanegan said. He said this minor would be attractive to students who are wishing to pursue a profession in physical therapy. So far, no steps have been taken to look further into the addition of the minor.“We believe we’re going to continue to grow for years to come because we have a talented core group of instructors, and students are realizing the importance of good health,” VanKanegan said.
The Cubs had the best starting rotation in baseball this season. Their starters were 81-39 with a MLB-low 2.96 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and .213 opponents’ batting average while throwing the second-most innings (989).That group is rested and lined up for the NLDS with Game 2 starter Kyle Hendricks having apparently recovered from taking a line drive off his right arm during the NLDS.The Dodgers’ best hope might be the element of surprise on their side — the Cubs did not face Kenta Maeda, Clayton Kershaw or Rich Hill during the regular season. Those three are expected to start the first three games of this series for the Dodgers.Kershaw is the wild card. There is no way to predict how much his NLDS heroics — starting on three days’ rest in Game 4 and closing out Game 5 in relief — might have taken out of him.ADVANTAGE: CubsBULLPENThe Dodgers would not be at Wrigley Field this weekend if not for their bullpen — and manager Dave Roberts’ inspired and uninhibited use of that relief corps.They will undoubtedly be asked to continue to carry a heavy load against the Cubs. The question is — how much longer can they do it without buckling? Closer Kenley Jansen threw 51 pitches in Game 5 and had some “leg fatigue” the next day, according to Roberts. You better believe he did and that could make him vulnerable in the NLCS. The mid-season acquisition of Chapman changed the Cubs’ bullpen, giving Maddon a deep and flexible relief corps at his disposal.Still … the Dodgers’ bullpen crew has earned its battlefield promotion.ADVANTAGE: DodgersDEFENSEThe Cubs and Dodgers were the two most efficient defensive teams in the NL this season, turning a higher percentage of batted balls into outs than the rest of the league. The Dodgers did it with sophisticated scouting and positioning — including lasers — more than any individual brilliance.The Cubs did it despite manager Joe Maddon moving pieces around. Bryant started games at five different positions (all three outfield spots, first base and his true home, third base). Javier Baez started at all four infield positions — but particularly sparkled at second base during the series with the Giants.ADVANTAGE: EvenPREDICTIONThis has been advertised as the Year of the Cubs since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training eight months ago. Maddon has preached to a fairly young team an “Embrace the target” philosophy to deal with the pressure of being expected to end the North Siders’ 108-year World Series title drought. They responded with a 103-win regular season. The Dodgers’ franchise has its own title drought — 28 years, piddling by comparison unless you live in Southern California. They have a long way to go to catch up. …. Cubs in six games.— Bill Plunkett DODGERS vs CUBSOFFENSEThe Cubs finished third in the majors in runs scored (808) and OPS (.772) and second in on-base percentage (.343) during the regular season. Second-year star Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo each drove in over 100 runs. Bryant is likely to win the National League MVP after hitting .292 with 39 home runs and finishing fourth in the NL with a .939 OPS (Rizzo was two spots back at .928).But the Giants showed the Cubs can be pitched to. They held them to a .200 batting average and .247 on-base percentage in their four-game NL Division Series. Pitchers Jake Arrieta and Trevor Wood hit two of the Cubs’ five homers in the series. Add in Kyle Hendricks and pitchers drove in six of the Cubs’ 17 runs against the Giants. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers, meanwhile, were not as dangerous on offense and also relied on two key players to drive their offense — presumptive Rookie of the Year Corey Seager and third baseman Justin Turner. Turner has proven to be an outstanding playoff performer the past two falls and went 6 for 15 with a triple, a home run and five RBIs in the NLDS against the Nationals.But the Dodgers have a large vulnerability the Cubs will try to exploit — they go limp against left-handed pitching. The Cubs will try to exploit that with Game 1 starter Jon Lester and relievers Mike Montgomery, Travis Wood and closer Aroldis Chapman.ADVANTAGE: CubsSTARTING PITCHING