The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 47, Ed. 1, Wednesday, April 3, 1991 Page: 2 of 8
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Gretchen Schultz Editor in Chief
Don Morris Managing Editor
Keith Alewine Opinion Page Editor
Betty Battros Brian Belt Wendell Edwards Amy Ellis Malissa Endsley
Lance Fleming Bobby Gombert Lucas W. Hendrickson Wendy Hornbaker
Brandon Laird Katherine Poteet Robyn Stultz H. Todd Thomas
Poll of college freshmen reveals
lack of properly prioritized goals
Life liberty and the pursuit of cash
these seem to be our coals but not
-in that order.
A recent national survey of what
r 200000 college freshmen considered
important showed the almighty dollar
jjo De in tne winner s circle ut the stu-
dents asked 74 percent the highest
:jDtal in the survey picked Becoming
i;Wealthy as the winning ticket.
;Ij Becoming Wealthy nosed out Rais-
ing a Family at the wire (70 percent)
incoming an Expert in Their Field fin--ashed
in the show position (65 per-
j'qent). Help the Less Fortunate finished
!)ut of the money (62 percent). Devel
op u rnuosopny oi uie nau irouoic on
; the backstretch (43 percent). Promote
: Racial Understanding was hit with the
quirt several times but ran a tired race
;t38 percent). Clean up the Environ-
' ment stumbled in the gate (34 percent).
I'And Create Artistic Work broke a leg
: in turn one and had to be destroyed (12
i Wealth in itself is not a bad goal.
)ften wealth is the most tangible mea
insures the war
What will remind us of the evils of
kwar? Will it be the death of loved ones
we lost in the Gulf war? Perhaps not.
Rather we will be reminded by
those innocent lives we defend who
are affected by the domestic wars on
'"drugs poverty and hate still raging.
The United States is still at war
because people like Army Specialist
Anthony Riggs a soldier who fought
in the Persian Gulf and survived will
be shot in a Detroit street because of
.someone's materialism. We will be
''reminded because our children will
soon be subjected to streets of death.
j The United States is still at war
because people murder to satisfy their
own desires like Pamela Smart of
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Scholarship athlete discusses what
The alarm clock flashes 6:45 a.m.
' I'drag myself out of my bed for anoth-
er day God has given me.
Wy muscles ache from yesterday's
workout while my brain tries to recall
the contents of the Communication Law
chapter I read just six hours ago.
J am a student-athlete who for the
past three years has been balancing the
best and the worst of two worlds. End-
less hours of practicing combined with
hqurs of studying have consumed the
' bjic of my collegiate days.
r.Yet to some people my life is
described as "lucky" or as a "free ride."
f Granted I may not have the collegiate
financial burden of some people and I
' do not shake at the sight of tuition
increases. Still athletes with scholar-
ship's are far from lucky.
sure of success in our work. We all
like to be recognized for being good at
what we do. Also we should not find
fault with people simply because they
are wealthy. Certainly having money
does not turn a good person bad.
But the survey is troubling because
wealth is not simply a goal; it's the top
goal. We are racing off in the wrong
direction by putting too much impor-
tance on having money. A key motiva-
tion to the pursuit of cash seems to be
building worth self-worth. Whether
we admit it or not whether wc show it
or not some of us feel slightly superi-
or to people who have less money than
This theory of self-worth has a gap-
ing hole in it. If because we have
more money we consider ourselves
better than someone who has less then
we must consider everyone who has
more money to be our superiors. That
tradeoff is good for only one man the
Perhaps we should all take a close
look at the horse we are riding.
in the world
is still with us
New Hampshire who had her husband
murdered; or George James Trepal of
Florida who poisoned a neighbor with
We fight for the struggling Chris-
tians we help on Spring Break Cam-
paigns. We fight for children who are dying
in the streets because of drugs.
We fight for the homeless people in
Houston and New York who suffer
from neglect and helplessness.
Our purpose for battle should be the
betterment of our communities and our
churches. We cannot tolerate even one
death; we must be committed to the
continuing war to free our nation from
the snares of Satan.
Independent student may give up
Talking to myself and walking around
in bare skin are two of my favorite
things to do.
Call me crazy but it is true. I live by
myself and love it. I enjoy my privacy
and my independence.
Privacy. Independence. Two beautiful
words. But in a couple of weeks I may
have to give up my privacy and indepen-
dence. Living on my own for the past two
years has been wonderful and peaceful.
Usually I can accomplish more because
no one is around to bother me. Now I
am thinking about moving in with three
other fun women.
"What are you thinking Amy?" Well
I'm thinking of fun! Three other women
and myself can get in all sorts of trouble.
The advantages are great but the dis
The Encyclopedia Americana defines
scholarship as a type of financial award
given to college students in recognition
of past or potential academic achieve-
ment. We can fairly substitute "athletic"
In high school many students excel in
academics and many excel in sports. It's
only fair that both have equity in future
The October '88 issue of the National
Association of Secondary School Princi-
pals reports that "high academic achiev-
ers are not always born. Schools estab-
lish programs to foster academic excel-
lence in students from grade five
through high school." Some of these stu-
dents undoubtedly end up competing as
finalists for the National Merit Scholar-
ship which could mean up to $50000
Duke Blue Devils who would have
guessed? Certainly not me. I didn't even
know they were competing. Of course I
didn't know the Kansas Jayhawks were
in it either. Which means the earthshak-
ing significance of Duke beating UNLV
I am one of the few Americans who
had no idea what the Final Four compe-
tition really was until Monday evening
as 1 watched Duke beat Kansas. Let's
pause a minute as all of you Duke fans
have another moment of frenzied ecsta-
sy. You see I'm a football person. Unless
a certain level of violence can be guar-
antced to happen in the garner I don't
watch. I can call a clipping:v3oltlon
-before the referee and see a qtMlerback
sneak a mile away. But the game of bas-
ketball baffles me.
Don't get me wrong. I will watch bas-
I spent my freshman and sophomore
years in the Wildcat basketball heyday
of a 44-game winning streak with
section F shouts of "Stay off the court"
and "Taco Bell" and good ol' Norman
Archibald dragging out "Roderick Biiii-
imTd Johnson" over the PA system. But
back then what you did at the game was
more important than what actually hap-
pened on the court.
Now I find out that actual teams com-
pete fiercely for the title of national
champion. I must have missed some-
thing. Maybe it's all the niles involved.
advantages are there too.
Should I give up my privacy and my
enjoyment ofhanging out in the bare for
dence Two beautiful
words. But In a couple
of weeks I way give
up my privacy and
In the Groove
the enjoyment of other's company?
I seriously have to think about the
advantages and disadvantages. Is it
worth the compromise and the time?
for a student.
But when an athlete dedicates himself
or herself to a sport spends daily time
"Colleges are in the
business of educating
those who desire high-
er education That
Includes athletes. "
practicing endless months and weeks
competing and precious time studying
they arc considered lucky.
Athletes and scholars should all be
Every time a player gets the ball one
defender has the capability of commit-
ting more fouls than an entire defensive
football line can in one quarter. Plus a
player can make two points if he is
inside a certain circle and three points if
he is outside the circle. This changes if
he is on the line when he shoots. Then
we switch back to the two-point score.
Now tell me who actually watches the
players' feet while they are shooting? I
can call a clipping
violation before the
referee and see a quar-
terback sneak a mle
away. But the game of-
basketball baffles me.
The Cutting Edge
personally would give a player three
points just for making the shot look
Then we have the whole concept of
goal-tending both offensive and defen-
sive. I understand this is to keep players
from messing with the ball while it is
busy going through the hoop. But this
concept involves something called a
cylinder which is imaginary. Wonderful
a sport that is played outside the realm
Another confusing thing about this
Final Four thing is the large number of
One big advantage in my favor is I do
not cook and two of the others do.
Another advantage is the rent would
be dirt cheap. Plus they have two large
TVs and a VCR.
I enjoy being around all three women.
We all have something in common. We
can always find fun.
I will enjoy going home and having
someone there to chat with or eat with or
watch TV with. At least most of the time
I will enjoy it.
But I do enjoy my independence. The
four of us are looking for a four bed-
room house. It wouldn't be like giving
up every single bit of privacy and inde-
pendence. I would only have to share a
few tilings the bathroom the food
and the bills. I can handle this. It would
his free-ride life is like
considered the same. Athletes put as
much pride in their performances and
accomplishments as scholars do in their
grade point averages and SAT scores.
The argument is not about athletics
over academics but athletics and aca-
demics. It is understood that the priority of
school is to get an education. Colleges
are in the business of educating those
who desire higher education. That
According to a survey in the March 27
edition of The Chionicle of Higher Edu-
cation 56 percent of all the athletes
recruited by NCAA Division I schools
received their degrees compared with a
48-percent graduation rate for all stu-
dents. I am proud to say I am one of those
teams involved in the play-offs. Keeping
up with who played who can make your 4'
And the names of the schools don't
case the confusion. Competitors includ-
cd UNLV UNC KU U or A UCLA
USC UT and U of I. It sounded like
General Schwarzkopf should be making
the announcement: "We'll be moving
units UNLV and USC into the final
rounds with UT and UCLA bringing up i
the rear." A
Of course for some real side-splitting
humor all you have to do is look at the
names of the teams: for example the Tar
Heels Ducks Beavers Jayhawks
Waves' Running Rebels Razorbacks
Chanticleers and Trojans just to name a
few. Imagine if you will the headline:
"Ducks upset Razorbacks" or "Beavers
But when it was all said and done it
came down to the Blue Devils and the
I was told by a couple of sports guys
who were betting limbs on who would
win that this was a major upset in its
own way. Whoever UNLV was they
caused a big stink by losing to Duke. I
didn't understand the significance of this
until I was told it was the equivalent of i
the Houston Oilers beating the San Fran- .
cisco 49er's for a shot at the Super
Bowl. Certainly puts things into per- ;
So my heartfelt congratulations go
out the Duke Blue Devils whoever you
be good for me.
I want to be able to give and share and
be there for people. Moving could be a
great learning experience for me.
Twenty-one is young enough to learn
But is learning different traits worth
disadvantages like a roommate who is
allergic to cats or having to share a bath-
room? Alright. It wouldn't hurt me to
give a little. I can talk to myself and
walk in the bare in my own room.
Yes this would be a learning experi-
ence. Maybe I need this. It may make
me a better person. Everyone can stand
to be a better person.
It sounds like three fun women have
just invested in a crazy roommic who J
walks around in the buff and talks to 1
herself. Hope they can stand me.
so-called lucky people who will be a
part of that 56 percent next May. But
I'm only lucky in the sense that I am
able to sacrifice work hard and excel in V
track and obtain a degree.
It takes the same amount of determi-
nation to ace a final as it does to win a '
national championship. The only differs
ence is that one primarily uses the body
while the other the brains. Both can be
just as rewarding.
The next time you catch yourself
using me term "iree ride put yourselt .
in my shoes or any other successful stu- ji
uciii-uiiiieic. imagine yourselt going
through five days of workout competi-
tion and class and sec how lucky I really
Like me you'll probably need a free
ride ... to the nearest bed.
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