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The Louisiana National Guard was called out two weeks ago to deal with student protests against alleged overemphasis on sports at Grambling, a predominantly Negro college.
The president of the school for the past 31 years, Dr. Ralph Jones, is undeniably a sports fan. He doubles as the school's baseball coach, he is active in athletic recruiting and has been responsible for building Grambling's reputation as a small-college sports power and a big source of professional athletes. He also has built the college into a fully accredited institution with 4,100 students, one that has an excellent reputation for sending able Negro graduates into business and education.
Sports does not seem to be the real issue at Grambling. The protest is deeper than the announced grievances (among the items demanded by the protesters was "a school yearbook that doesn't look like SPORTS ILLUSTRATED"). The college says the demonstrations were fomented by advocates of Black Power, with athletics being used to attract attention and sympathy. "This is part of a calculated plan to discredit Negro colleges," one Grambling official declared. "This is the only way the Black Power people can make inroads into the middle-class Negro community and hope to establish themselves."
Whatever the actual basis of the six-day protest, the 1,200 demonstrators who showed up en masse at the homecoming football game cheered loudly when Grambling scored and later joined in celebrating the team's 20-14 victory over Texas Southern.
TO THE MANOR BORNE
The pack was in full and glorious cry when the Seavington Hunt burst through the tall iron gates at Montacute House, a manor in Somerset. Unfortunately, it quickly became obvious that the quarry was not a fox but the lady of the manor's pet cat. The cat, named Phelips after the original owners of the 16th-century mansion, scrambled up a tree to safety. Mrs. Yvonne Brock, his owner, was outraged. "When the huntsman arrived he did not even apologize," she said afterward. "If I don't receive a proper apology I shall take steps to have the hunt banned from the district."
The joint master of the Seavington Hunt, Mr. Tom Squire, claimed the hounds were chasing a fox when the cat got in the way. Furthermore, he said, the hunt did apologize. "The huntsman went up to Mrs. Brock, touched his cap, blew his horn and left," said Squire.
For economic reasons, the proprietors of bowling alleys have in the last few years been changing the kind of varnish used on their lanes. The new chemical compounds produce a slick, hard finish that wears longer but also affects the action of the ball.
Professional bowlers have had to adapt to the new surfaces, or be out of pocket. One of those reluctant to change was Billy Hardwick, who rolled to the top of the tenpin world in 1963 at the age of 22 and earned the nickname of Young Man with the Golden Claw. He had always bowled in an unorthodox fashion, using his index and middle fingers because his ring finger was injured in a high school shop course. By 1965 Hardwick had won $110,000, but last year, bowling week after week on the new surfaces, he earned only $8,420.