CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
Our bodies are an amazing group of machines. Have you ever wanted to see how they function, internally and externally? Well, you are in luck. The Kinesiology club is hosting a field trip to the California Science Center to see the featured exhibit of the human body on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The exhibit , Body Worlds, is a world-wide traveling exhibit of real human bodies which have been preserved. The exhibit visually informs people about human anatomy, physiology, and health. There will be about 200 specimens of adult bodies in a special exhibit that will show the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the negative effects of poor lifestyle choices.
“The exhibition is extremely relevant to the students of Whittier College because it presents real human bodies in sickness and in health,” said fourth-year president of the Kinesiology Club Dolores Arias. “They show the long-term impact of diseases and addictions, such as tobacco or alcohol consumption, and demonstrate the mechanics of artificial knee or hip joints.”
The California Science Center is promoting this event because people do not get many opportunities to see the body as a functioning machine or how the body will react with addiction, artificial body parts or serious diseases. Dr. Gunther von Hagens is an anatomist who uses plastination — a process to preserve bodies and body parts — in order for people to observe the human anatomy.
According to the center’s website, californiasciencecenter.com, there will be some intresting bodies that will be included in the exhibit. “Featured plastinates include an obese body slice, a smoker’s black lung, a liver with cirrhosis, and hardened arteries that show the impact of health. In contrast, dancers, sports figures, and a woman bearing life illustrate how bodies function when lifestyles support good health and well-being. Through interactive multimedia, guests can explore the wonders of the human body and marvel at its elegance and complexity.”
The Kinesiology Club is hoping that students will take advantage of this trip and get to see the amazing things that our bodies are capable of doing. It is a fun way to see what special abilities the human body has to fight off disease and stress, and how it will grow over time. “It’s a useful exhibit to anyone who is a human being living in the 21st century,” said Arias. “This trip embodies the liberal education ideals, promising that all students of all majors and interests can take something home from this. We hope that all students attending this event will gain the knowledge of living mindfully, with meaning and vitality, by refracting the story of life and self-actualization.”
Tickets are already being sold online for $12 each. The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. sharp and return at around 1:30 p.m. The registration link is https://wcknsbodyworlds.eventbrite.com and the password to enter the page is KNS.