When a hotel employee opened the door to Mr. Schramm's suite for him, there was a pleasant-looking fellow sitting in the room. The employee slammed the door and notified the front desk, and Rogers phoned the room.
"Who is this?" she demanded.
" Tex Schramm."
Then who was this!
This was John Schramm, not really a cowboy at all, just pulled in from Oregon for a wedding.
PALM TREES 101
It was the ultimate extension of the open classroom concept. Seven University of Nevada at Las Vegas basketball players took a social-work course for academic credit last spring while making a 16-day playing tour of Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. The specially arranged course, Contemporary Issues in Social Welfare, required each participant to spend several hours daily on field trips, read two books and submit a term paper. Some players received as many as six credits for the work; a full term's average credit load at UNLV is 15. "The course made the trip more meaningful," says Dr. Esther Langston, the UNLV instructor who accompanied the team.
Langston says that she and the Runnin' Rebel coaches coordinated class schedules so that the team's games and practices could be held at or near field-trip sites selected for the course. Nevertheless, there was some griping by players about their time-consuming work load. "The first field trip we took was seven hours in Tahiti, and the players were ready to throw me in the ocean," Langston says. "They would rather have been on the beach." Langston insists that the Rebel basketball players grew through their experience. "There was a lot of bitching initially, but when they began to reflect and put things in perspective, it turned out very well," she says.
There's still some grumbling about that basketball tour, and not just from the players. Published reports indicate that campus police and AT&T investigators have questioned team members about more than $1,000 worth of "unauthorized" phone calls made to the United States from Australia and New Zealand. UNLV officials confirm only that an internal investigation did find evidence that unauthorized calls were made. The officials say that the players have agreed to pay the overdue bills. Perhaps some of them just couldn't wait to tell the folks back home about their rewarding educational experience.
IN NEED OF ANOTHER VACATION?