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Moving start of season
back helps north teams
Tuesday afternoon the temperature
dipped to about 30 degrees with a wind chill
of about 15.
Students ran across campus braving the
weather to get to class, and at Buck Beltzer
Field the Nebraska baseball team played
Baseball? On a day with brutal weather
like that? Is the NCAA insane?
When it comes to baseball they are—at
least baseball in the Midwest.
Teams in up-and-down weather climates
have to adapt to the problem that does not
plague college baseball’s elite.
The NCAA does not have a rule stating
when teams can start practicing or playing
baseball games — the only sport it does not
have a rule for concerning the beginning of a
That puts teams like Nebraska and the
Bluejays in a tough position. While Hawaii
or Miami have played almost 10 games by
Feb. 1 and practiced for a month, the Husk
ers have to hope for one nice day to practice
outside by mid-Februaiy. In the meantime they
prepare for the year in Cook Pavilion or
Schulte Field House.
Earlier this year; the Big 12 Conference
„ baseball coaches discussed the problem dur
ing a preseason media teleconference. While
the coaches from the South teams expressed
concern about playing in the North this time
of year, the Northern coaches laughed it off
—their feelings coming from the experience
of playing in the Big Eight.
As long as this continues, no team from
the north will be able to battle with those who
play in warm weather climates.
Moving opening day back a few weeks
or months will put all teams on a level play
ing field—an advantage that warm weather
teams have had for so long.
On a day when Creighton and Nebraska
played in weather better suited for a Novem
ber football game, the NCAA should finally
take notice. r
Ml gummed up
From The St Louis Post-Dispatch
Chewing gum can be a nuisance. Itstains
and sticks, and it can be very hard to remove.
But—happy day!—a subsidiary of the
Wrigley Co. has received a patent for a bio
degradable gum. Gum has always been bio
degradable, but only very slowly. Now, when
treated with water-soluble protein-basedpoly
mers, it will break down faster, be easier to
unstick, even be safe to swallow, avoiding the
problem of undigested gum sitting in the stom
ach for years.
More impressive still is a patent granted
to Enamelon Inc. for a soluble calcium and
phosphate mix that can be put in gum, which
coats the very enamel that gum, as well candy
and food, eat away.
But patents are just the first step. Manu
facturing in volume is the real challenge, so
benign if not beneficial gum isn’tjust around
the comer. But it appears to be down the road.
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Judge me by my size do you?
The Muppets are more 1human’ than us
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (U-WIRE)
— Cynics say the Muppets are for
kids; they’re silly little dolls with
someone pulling their strings and
with something up their asses. I say
cynics are stupid. I say cynics should
shut up and change the channel. I
say the Muppets are for everyone:
young, old, woman, man or weirdo.
I’m sick of cynics. I want my
We live in a dark and depressed
time, lacking heroes and ideals. Sure
the Muppets are fake, but reality
doesn’t leave too many options. Our
heroes used to come from sports,
entertainment and politics. Charles
Barkley doesn’t want to be a role
model, and somebody has to tell
Dennis Rodman not to be one.
The media feed on our hunger for
gossip and negativity by highlight
ing the worst, not the best, of human
kind. Certainly there are role models
to be found, but these people rarely
make the evening news. We need
more role models on television.
Jim Henson was a genius.
Though the Muppets have always
been marketed for children, only an
adult can get all of the jokes. The
Muppets, unlike Beavis and
Butthead, can use subtle word play
as well as physical comedy.
The Muppets are never offensive.
Few comedians can make this claim
and few sitcoms live up to it As
funny as “Seinfeld” and “Friends”
(the two most popular sitcoms) can
be, the humor often comes at
someone’s expense. George
Castanza might be funnier than
Dennis Rodman, but he’s no better
as a role model.
The moral cento* of the Muppets
is Kermit the Frog. Granted, he’s a
frog, and a fake one at that. Yet
mysteriously, Kermit is much more
human than the protagonists of
other “real” comedies. He makes
mistakes and he 1 earns from them.
He makes jokes, but he knows when
to be serious.
Toward the end of “The Muppet
Movie,” Kermit goes through a
period of self-doubt far more real
than anything I’ve ever seen in a
human comedy. It’s a sober moment
of truth that somehow, as if by
magic, seems perfectly at home
among the zany antics of frogs, pigs,
bears and weirdoes.
Name one sitcom with a multira
cial cast. I’m not talking about one
token character who’s race is often
an issue of the show, but a cast of
many races. Though sometimes
Gonzo feels pangs of loneliness, it’s
because he doesn’t know what he is
and not because the others isolate
When Kermit gets amnesia in
“Hie Muppets Thke Manhattan” he
goes to work with a bunch of other
frogs. Race is clearly an issue here
(this happens to be the most mature
of the “trilogy”), with Kermit feeling
more comfortable among his own in
his vulnerable state. Yet when he
regains his memory and identity, he
immediately realizes the importance
of his multi-species friends. He
makes everyone part of the show.
Race might matter, but ultimately,
we're all animals.
I realize that violence on televi
sion is a serious issue, but nobody, -
not even a child, takes Muppet
violence seriously. A kid may have
burned his home down after watch
ing Beavis and Butthead, but I'm
confident that nobody watches the
antics of “Gonzo the Great” and
decides to shoot herself out of a
cannon. Even a child can tell the
difference between Muppet violence
(which never hurts or causes
bleeding) and human violence.
Muppet morals already reach
young children in the form of the
characters of “Sesame Street.” This
show is loved and admired for its
ability to entertain and educate
children while holding the interest
Yet once we’re comfortable with
the letters B and Q and the number
7, we stop watching. “The Muppet
Show,” and more recently “Muppets
Tonight!” aims to entertain first,
educating by example only.
I wish everyone could realize that
Muppets can be cool. Yoda’s a
Muppet. Not only is Yoda cool, but
he’s a powerful Jedi master who just
happens to sound a lot like Miss
Piggy. If Luke Skywalker is willing
to listen to a tiny green muppet, so
should we all.
Kermit may not teach us how to
lift stuff with our minds, but he'll
show us how life should be lived—
with humor, joy, compassion and
sincerity. When a Hollywood agent
tells Kermit that he could gain fame
and fortune in movies, Kermit
refuses, expressing content with his
simple swamp life.
Unmotivated by fame or fortune,
Kermit goes to Hollywood in order
to make “millions of people happy,"
How many other stars got started
this way? In a society of misplaced
morals and diminishing exporta
tions, the Muppets stand out for
their idealistic approach to living.
The Muppets, much like a young
Jedi, bring hope. They sometimes
make life seem a bit simple. On the
other hand, life's a lot more simple N
than we make it. If there really is a
rainbow connection to be found,
we'll need help in finding it We'll
need more lovers, and we'll need
Let Kermit lead the way.
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