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A JOB FOR RALPH BUNCHE
"I've helped students since 1924 when our store was across the street from what is now Los Angeles City College and was called University of California, Southern Branch. I had to create a job for my first student-athlete. I bumped my janitor into a sales job I had no need for in order to put Ralph Bunche to work. He's the same Ralph Bunche who is now Undersecretary of the United Nations. I don't think our little boost hurt any.
"In granting aid, we consider all factors, especially scholarship. If the boys who apply haven't got grades, there's no hope at UCLA. We base our assistance on need. If need doesn't exist, they don't get it. We also give scholarship aid to nonathletes who run into financial problems and would otherwise have to leave school. The majority of our football players graduate. We average about 14 seniors a year, and 12 of them receive degrees at the end of four years.
"The money comes from individuals. The PCC doesn't permit the university to channel the funds. That's the fault. We offered in 1951 to have the institutions handle all funds and provide athletic scholarships in line with the rest of the conferences. They ignored us."
There, it seems, is the real rub in the PCC: the strong feeling on the part of the alumni organizations and the booster clubs that the conference administrators will not permit a practical solution to the subsidization problem in the form of funds channeled through the universities themselves. There were some emphatic voices on the subject. Said Paul Wellman, the author of such best-selling historical novels as The Chain and The Walls of Jericho and a UCLA booster since September 1944:
"Our goal is to channel all funds through the university. So far we've failed to reach the PCC fathers on this count. This is beside the point, but may I add that our conference has been smashed by nine old, self-indulgent men who don't know what it's all about and don't care to learn. It's sinful to give that amount of power to such a bunch of small, narrow, biased men. You can quote me on that.*
"Have the administrative authorities realized that football or athletic competition is big league and as necessary as laboratories and lecture halls? The conferences have got to get together and create a national code of assistance based on three square meals a day, a clean place to sleep and study, tuition, fees, books, all on a uniform level, all over the United States. Then the big part of our so-called troubles will be cured."
Jim Hardy, 1945 graduate of Southern California, two-time Rose Bowl hero and professional star with the Los Angeles Rams, the Chicago Cardinals and the Detroit Lions, echoes these sentiments. An insurance agent in Los Angeles today, Hardy believes firmly in the athletic scholarship and high scholastic standings:
"I advocate keeping everything within academic bounds. The guy who gives you academic trouble is the guy who'll leave you flat in the clutch on Saturday. Make 'em get grades or boot 'em out."
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