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Student Body NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1988
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1988. Opinions
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airin it out
By Steve Price
U. of Southern California
The cream is beginning to separate in
the race for the Heisman Trophy, and U.
of California, Los Angeles quarterback
Troy Aikman is rising to the top.
Aikman, who finished second last
season in passing efficiency, has picked
up where he left off against a schedule
that includes tough teams like Nebras-
ka as well as some patsy offensive-
statistic-boosting schools like San
Diego State and California State, Long
Nonetheless, Aikman is a proven
quarterback. So far this season, he's
been able to cut down on his intercep-
tions and has also managed to avoid the
sack, something that ate him alive last
Aikman came to UCLA in 1986 as a
transfer student from Oklahoma after.
Head Coach Barry Switzer switched his
offense to the wishbone and put Jamelle
Holieway in charge of running it. Holie-
way was a hit and Aikman's bags were
UCLA Coach Terry Donahue must
have thought he was dreaming when
Aikman showed up at his doorstep and
asked if he could be a Bruin.
"Troy is the best quarterback we
could ever hope to have," Donahue said.
"He has all of the ability in the world to
be a great player - he has the size, he
has tremendous arm strength, he has
courage and intelligence. He really has
Can Troy Aikman (above) hang on to
take the Heisman?
Rodney Peete will battle it out with
Aikman in a California showdown.
By Darryn James
U. of Southern California
With almost every major school in the
nation touting a Heisman Trophy
candidate, it's hard to tell who really
has a legitimate shot at college foot-
ball's highest award.
But there is one player who everyone
agrees will be sitting in New York's
Downtown Athletic Club at the end of
the year when the Heisman will be
That player is U. of Southern Califor-
nia (USC) quarterback Rodney Peete.
No, not running back. Quarterback.
That's right. USC, home of four Heis-
man Trophyrunning backs, has a quar-
terback i the Heisman race.
Known for decades as the school of
student body right, USC is now known
as the school of the 40-yard bomb. The
transition in USC's offense wasn't just
random chance - it was all Peete.
"Even though USC has been known
for its running game for years, I wasn't
worried to come here," Peete said. "I
knew I would get an opportunity to
throw the ball."
Once Peete started throwing the ball,
he couldn't stop. The coaches wouldn't
"Every year you get more and more
mature at this position," Peete said.
"It's easy for a young quarterback to go
into the tank.
"But I am able to put mistakes behind
me because I know I'm a good quarter-
Come Heisman time, the country will
find out just how good.
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Class forces student to rethink the meaning of 'white
By Stan Zukowski
The Ball State Daily News
Ball State U., IN
I noticed something the other day: I'm
I've known for a long time I am
Caucasian, but I have never really
made the distinction between white as a
complexion and white as a race.
The realization was sudden and
shocking. It came to me in my black
American literature class. Prof. Koontz
was reading aloud a powerful poem by
Richard Wright about a black man who
was burned to death by a white mob.
As I listened I became painfully
embarrassed - the kind of embarrass-
ment that causes the face to turn red-
hot and prickly.
I was embarrassed for what our
American forefathers perpetuated in
the name of white supremacy. My fami-
ly didn't even emigrate from Poland un-
til just before World War II, but I had
never used that as a reason to excuse
myself or my family from any aspect of
That excuse reeks of rationalization,
and I couldn't gloss over the fact that my
relatives had fallen prey to being pre-
I was embarrassed for all the times
my father told his "colored" jokes at the
supper table. I remember him telling a
joke about "a Colored, a Jew and a
Spick." I went to school the next day and
Goth L IW
racism that have plagued the bla
population since our country's birth.
But I sat there, and could not help 12
notice those three were accepting it
with much more dignity than I.
At one point in class, Prof. Koontz w.
discussing the black man as portray
in literature written by white men. f
asked us for some characteristics th-
would describe the white view of t
stereotypica; "nigger" in the first half
We flinched at the word "nigger," bi
Prof. Koontz said in an unsmiling, r
nonsense tone, "When you sign up for
class like this, you have to expect t
ugliness of racism."
We agreed, so we brainstormed. Afi
a time we came up with enough wor
for a discussion.
He stepped back from the words
had written on the board and said,
think it's a positive statement that
took us so long to come up with so fe
terms. When I taught this class ma
years ago, the students thought of
many they filled the board."
I looked around the room and sa
many smiling, self-satisfied white face
"Look!" they seemed to be saying. "S
how enlightened we are, how differe
from our ancestors!"
I could not help but realize, thoug
that despite our "enlightenment" the
were still 12 words on the board. A
one of them was mine.
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A pair of West Coast quarterbacks were the
early favorites, but they'll have plenty of
company at New York's Downtown Athletic
Club when the Heisman Trophy is presented
to the country's best football player.
heard the same joke with a new cast of
characters: "A dumb Pollack, a Ken-
tuckian and a Chink."
I mentioned the incident to Dad and
he said, "Son, you'll just have to learn to
live with discrimination against Polish
people. There are lots of narrow-minded
people in the world."
I was embarrassed for some of my
friends in the theatre who perpetually
cry, "No one understands us. Few peo-
ple can accept how liberal we are."
I overheard these same friends at a
party saying, with chilling seriousness,
"Well, now, I know it sounds bad, but it's
true: there's black people and then
Mostly though, I was embarrassed
because I noticed there are three black
students in the class.
I felt exposed and guilty. And very
I wanted to run, to hide, to apologize,
to scream excuses, to offer everything I
owned to try to take away the decades of
Braggin' on Barry ... At the beginning of the
season, Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders was a mere
speck on the Heisman horizon. Now. Sanders is a
5-8, 200-pound edifice that UCLA's Troy Aikman
and Rodney Peete will have to keep in the back-
ground to take home the trophy. He is the only
person in the Big Eight Conference to by named
Offensive Player of the Week more than three times
in a season. Not even former Big Eight Heisman
winners Billy Simms and Mike Rozier did that. But
the amazing thing about Sanders is that he said he
doesn't care one bit about winning the Heisman.
"They can give it to the man in the moon for all I care.
It doesn't even matter," said the junior from Wichita,
Kan. 1 just have to keep working hard and trying to
go out and win. God has given me the talent and I'm
just trying to use it the best that I can." Said OSU
head coach Pat Jones, "He's as unselfish as any
human being ever. I think if there were any questions
about how good he is against quality competition, he
answered them against Nebraska. He had 189 yards
and could have had 200 had we kept him out there."'
Some of the best things said about Sanders came
from the Cowboys' in-state rival, Oklahoma head
coach Barry Switzer when he said, "Barry Sanders is
the best college player in America and ought to be
the favorite for the Heisman Trophy."mKyle New-
kirk, The Daily O'Collegian, Oklahoma
1. TROY AIKMAN, qb, UCLA, senior
2. RODNEY PEETE, qb, USC, senior
3. BARRY SANDERS, rb, Oklahoma State, junior
4. STEVE WALSH, qb, Miami, senior
5. SAMMIE SMITH, rb,'Florida State, junior
U.'s Contributing Editors: Dave Sottile, The Daily Collegian, Pennsylvania
State U.; Joe Kacik, The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia U.; Steve Davis, The
Daily Texan, U. of Texas, Austin; Scott Rabalais, The Daily Reveille, Louisiana
State U.; Brent Woods, The Daily Iowan, U. of Iowa; Tony Pettis, The Crimson
White, U. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Tom Norman, The Daily Universe, Brigham
Young U. (UT); Cameron Mackey, The Stanford Daily, Stanford U. (CA); Adam
Schrager, The Michigan Daily, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; John Terry, The Okla-
homa Daily, U. of Oklahoma
Can Aikman outlast the rest?
There are plenty of players who've been in and out of Heis-
man contention. Below is a brief list of other contenders.
Emmitt Smith, rb, Florida
Tom Hodson, qb, LSU
Chuck Hartlieb, qb, Iowa
Deion Sanders, db, Florida State
Steve Taylor, qb, Nebraska
Eric Metcalf, rb, Texas
Bobby Humphrey, rb, Alabama
Todd Ellis, qb, South Carolina
Lawyer Tillman, wr, Auburn
Jamelle Holieway, qb, Oklahoma
Blair Thomas, rb, Penn State
Major Harris, qb, West Virginia
Tony Rice, qb, Notre Dame
Timm Rosenbach, qb,
Tim Worley, rb, Georgia
Eric Jones, qb, Vanderbilt
In compiling the U. The National
College Newspaper Heisman Hunt,
U. chose college sports editors and
writers from the nation's major
conferences to get a cross-section of
They see the country's top teams
in action, know the coaches and
players most often in the national
spotlight and understand the game
from an on-campus perspective.
This poll shows who is winning the
race for the 1988 Heisman Trophy.
Quarterbacks were in the major
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