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Further evidence that the sports world is getting more highfalutin by the minute: The University of California no longer has a physical education department; it has a department of human biodynamics. Physical education, it seems, connotes something too limited for a program of study that includes an "integrated understanding of the biology, psychology and sociology of exercise." When Cal gave this year's graduating phys-ed majors a choice of which designation they wanted on their diplomas, only one traditionalist opted for the old title.
So whatever happened to gym?
Those members of the national media who have mindlessly dismissed the allegations against Notre Dame detailed in the book Under the Tarnished Dome could learn a thing or two about journalism from, of all unlikely tutors, the editors of Blue & Gold Illustrated. Published weekly during the football season by a group of Fighting Irish boosters, the fanzine is packed with breathless minutiae about Lou Holtz's team. But instead of simply trashing Tarnished Dome as might have been expected, Blue & Gold provided its 42,000 readers with a thorough and even-handed analysis of the book.
Blue & Gold faults Tarnished Dome for dwelling on "the dark side of Holtz's personality," while ignoring the positive aspects of Irish football, such as the program's high graduation rate. But the publication concludes, "If [Tarnished Dome] doesn't completely tarnish Notre Dame's trademark Golden Dome, the halo has indeed been removed. The book also leaves questions that must be answered by Holtz, Notre Dame and the NCAA." Blue & Gold credits the book with making "a plausible case against Holtz and Notre Dame when it comes to covering up just exactly what Notre Dame is like. Human beings, not saints, run the University. Notre Dame should own up to it."
Two members of the women's pro golf tour, Marta Figueras-Dotti and Hollis Stacy, have teed off on men pros who have griped about the prospect of paying higher taxes under President Clinton's economic program. One of their targets, Greg Norman, an Australian who lives in Florida, was so upset by the tax hikes that he criticized Jack Nicklaus for having recently played a round with Clinton. Stacy and Figueras-Dotti also were irked at several U.S. Ryder Cup team members who, after being invited by Clinton to stop off at the White House on their way to England for this week's matches, at first said they wouldn't go; they relented and visited the President on Monday.
Figueras-Dotti, a Spaniard, said that the bellyaching pros don't know how good they have it. "Tell them to talk to Seve [Ballesteros]," she said. "In Spain we pay 60 percent taxes and can't get anyone to pick up the garbage." Stacy's comments on the male pros were even tougher. "They don't have a clue about what's fantasy and what's reality," she said, "and that's because most of them have never read a newspaper. They think real life is playing golf all day on perfect golf courses for millions of dollars. Real life is poor people who can't afford to eat."