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Going down singing


Biological science junior Bob Reed fights hard and sings softly.

“For 50 minutes twice a week, I’m not thinking of anything but punching and kicking,” Reed said. “It’s fantastic.”

Reed said he blows off steam during karate classes at IM Sports-West twice a week but also when he rehearses with his a cappella group, Capital Green.

“We are a very close-knit group of friends that have pretty much become family,” Reed said, of the a cappella group. “You hear people talk about other groups, and the way they talk about them, they don’t sound as close.”

Reed said he learns patience and understanding from Capital Green and control and discipline from the karate classes he’s taken since fall 2012.

By Katie Stiefel / The State News
Biological science junior Bob Reed practices karate in class on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at IM Sports- West. Reed has taken two semesters of karate classes.
By Katie Stiefel / The State News
Biological science junior Bob Reed, right, sings with women's and gender studies sophomore Mara Abramson on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Music Building. Reed has been a member of Capital Green a cappella group since his freshman year.

“It’s really cool how everyone is there to help you and you’re there to help them,” he said about karate class. “It’s always a give and take, and it’s really nice.”

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