April 7, 2006 |
A study comparing the graduation rates of black college athletes at Division I colleges who began school in 1984 with those who enrolled in 1998 showed double-digit percentage increases among males and females. According to the study, released Thursday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, 52% of all black athletes who began school in 1998 graduated within six years, a 17% increase over the graduation rate of black athletes who enrolled in 1984.
February 19, 2006 |
The critics questioned Shani Davis' sense of patriotism. They questioned his loyalty to the other U.S. speedskaters after he skipped the team pursuit race last week to focus on individual events. Not one to do much talking to reporters, Davis answered his skeptics the best way he knew how. By skating fast. By skating into history. With a resounding victory in the 1,000 meters Saturday night, the 23-year-old from Chicago became the first black to earn individual gold at a Winter Olympics.
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August 10, 2003 |
The pair of Olympic sprinters stood on the victory stand in Mexico City. As the U.S. national anthem played, each bowed his head and raised a black-gloved fist in protest of racial inequality in America. Gold medalist Tommie Smith cradled a boxed olive branch as an emblem of peace. John Carlos, third in the same 200-meter dash, wore love beads with his bronze medal. Their shoeless feet, clad in black socks, represented poverty among African Americans. The year was 1968.
March 30, 2003 |
Before the lunch bell rings each school day, I watch my students. Their eyes dance with excitement. Their bodies lean toward the door like sprinters awaiting the starter's gun. Their feet anxiously tap the floor. Then, at the sound of my voice, they are released from a fate worse than death -- history class. The girls run to various parts of the school, but the boys are off to the basketball courts. I was once one of these boys. As a youth, I loved basketball. I was faithful to my first love.
December 23, 2002 |
When Malcolm Wooldridge grew big and quick, when he became a high school football star, everyone said the same thing. Classmates and teachers told him. So did people around his Florida hometown. You've got it made, they said. You'll get a college scholarship. The recruiters who came to watch him play only reinforced this notion. Suddenly homework and grades seemed less important as the 6-foot-2, 300-pound teenager devoted himself to taking care of business on the football field.
June 8, 2001 |
It's no big surprise that Balzac died of caffeine poisoning. Considering that he wrote some 80 novels in 30 years, it may stand to reason he was hyped up on something. Somehow, in addition to that extraordinary outpouring of prose, Balzac also managed to write a handful of plays, among them, "Mercadet, the Napoleon of Finance." In Robert Cornthwaite's new translation at the Ivy Substation, Balzac's 150-year-old comedy spans the centuries with sprightliness intact. The Antaeus Company, highly praised for last year's revival--also at the Ivy Substation--of Arthur Miller's "The Man Who Had All the Luck," has had good luck itself digging into the archives for obscure classics.