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LIVING ALONE allows Howard to meditate, a habit he picked up from his mother. For 10 or 15 minutes each day he shuts off the lights and turns on water sounds, and thinks. "It can be about anything," he says. "A big game, or a test." Howard rarely socializes. He might go to the L.A. Club Cafe sandwich shop near the center of campus, where a proprietor fixes Howard's favorite meal, a grilled chicken sandwich with cheese fries and a strawberry shake. Or he will go to hear the more provocative public speakers who are regularly booked on campus, such as the psychologist Akbar or 1960s radical activist Angela Davis. He has more important things to do than socialize. "I want to destroy stereotypes about the black male athlete," Howard says. "It's a mission of mine to break down stereotypes about our behavior, our social life, our literacy, our academic situations."
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