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Time Keeps On Slipping

By Brock Gordon

Each March, time jumps forward an hour, causing students to curse their alarm clocks.

The hour jump forces many students to lose an hour of study time, socialization, and, most importantly, sleep.

Sara Cornell, a psychology instructor at Chemeketa, worries about the sleep deprivation of the students.

“The brain doesn’t work as well when it is lacking sleep,” she said. ”The body and brain both need it to function. Without sleep, cognitive function decreases, the ability to create memories slows down, and it even affects one’s mood.

“If you are tired, you are more likely to be depressed or just plain mad.”

Terry McLaughlin, a Chemeketa health instructor and former college volleyball coach, also sees the effect of sleep on the body.

“The body slows down, reflexes are dulled, and strength is gone. You can’t be the best you can be without some rest in you,” McLaughlin said.

Jake Barth, a second-year forestry student, said he was upset by his loss of the hour.

Barth wakes up every morning at 6 a.m. and starts his drive to Chemeketa for his 8 a.m. statistics class.

“I have trouble staying awake normally in this class, and now I feel sleep deprived,” he said.

“But what can you do? This happens every year.”

Barth wasn’t alone in this begrudging acceptance of daylight savings time.

Angelina Cieuna, a Chemeketa student and barista at the Chemeketa espresso bar, said,

“I’m exhausted, but so is everyone else. I have pulled more shots this week than any other time of the year. People drag themselves up to the bar like zombies.”

Del Cornutt, who teaches sociology at both Chemeketa and Western Oregon University, sees this in his classes too.

“The day after the change, my classes shrink by half,” he said.

“Part of the reason is that we lost an hour. The other part, though, is that we keep telling ourselves, ‘Oh it should be really this time,’ and that is what punishes us. The mind is our worst enemy.”

Not everyone is as accepting of these changes.

Sarah Pettigrew, a second-year interpreting student, said she was livid about daylight savings time.

“This is an outdated practice,” she said. “It was invented to give farmers more light to work with. We are no longer an agrarian society. There is no reason for us to keep using this.”

Pettigrew was so strong in her conviction that she said she was planning to contact Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to see what avenues exist for getting Oregon to follow a calendar system like Arizona’s, which ignores daylight savings time.

Barth was supportive.

“More power to her. If it ever comes down to it, she has my vote for it,” he said.

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