By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
These words of wisdom were delivered today in Robinson Dining Hall by Frank Ros, vice president of Hispanic Strategies for the Coca Cola Company. Ros was the guest speaker for the first Presidential Career Luncheon of the spring semester.
After being introduced by Cathy Cox, president of YHC, Ros started his presentation by showing a DVD that was filled with interesting statistics about how the world and job market are changing. For example, the New York Times contains more information in one day’s issue than most people in the 18th century would have come by in their lifetime.
Ros then told students about his life. Ros immigrated to the United States from Barcelona when he was five and a half years old. He was enrolled in school immediately, even though he did not speak any English.
When he was younger, Ros says he was headed down a bad road, and he credits football with saving his life.
Ros went on to receive a scholarship from the University of Georgia, where he started his junior year as a linebacker. Ros had two chances to go to the NFL, but he decided he would rather go on to the business world. Ros worked a few places before going back to UGA to work as an assistant coach while getting his Master’s degree. Coach Vince Dooley, who Ros coached with, hoped that Ros would stay on as a coach, but Ros had other plans.
After declining two job offers from Coca Cola Company, Ros decided to take a position with Coca-Cola in the division of Hispanic Strategies, where he steadily climbed the ladder to Vice President of Hispanic Strategies.
After telling about his life, Ros opened the floor for questions. Students asked a range of questions including, what is the most important characteristic to have in the business.
Ros responded that the most important trait in the business world was one that he learned from playing sports— competitiveness. Ros said, “I can teach someone the ropes, but I cannot teach you to want it.”
With this advice, Ros encouraged students to be persistent and resilient in all their endeavors.
By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
Referred to my many as “the game,” this match-up was thought to have changed college basketball forever. What could be so special about one game that would set it above the rest in the minds of sports fans, though?
The game being referred to is the 1966 NCAA Championship game that took place in College Park, MD between Texas Western University and the University of Kentucky on March 19, 1966. However, the impact of this game goes beyond Texas Western’s National Championship win, though.
Texas Western entered the game with a starting line-up consisting of 5 black players, while the starting line-up of Kentucky featured 5 white players. Between this move, which many considered to be a bold one by Texas Western Men’s Basketball Head Coach Don Haskins, the small size of Texas Western in comparison to Kentucky and the powerhouse of a program that Kentucky had built with 4 NCAA titles by 1966, all odds were against Texas Western.
If you have seen the film Glory Road, which depicts the story of Coach Don Haskins on their journey to the championship game, then you know where this story is going and the implications that were faced by Texas Western for starting 5 black players.
Though this was not the first time that a black player had participated in an NCAA Championship, it was the first time that a squad had an all-black starting line-up.
Not only was this a factor that many held against Texas Western going into the game, but Kentucky was the front runner in all of college basketball with four at the time.
Kentucky was led by Head Coach Adolph Rupp and players such as Pat Riley and Louie Dampier. For those unfamiliar with those names, Adolph Rupp is the coach for which Kentucky’s basketball arena is now named, and Pat Riley would go on to coach in and win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat.
The squad of Texas Western, now known as Texas El-Paso, featured names such as Bobby Joe Hill, David “Big Daddy D” Lattin, Harry Flourney and Nevil Shed. Many stereotypes of black players led fans to believe that all black players were incapable of running an offense correctly; this would eventually lead to a Texas Western meltdown in the championship game. All signs pointed to Kentucky as the pre-game favorite heading into the championship game.
These predictions proved to be untrue, as Texas Western found ways to rotate the ball a number of times to find open looks on the offensive end.
The dramatic journey for the Texas Western squad would end in victorious fashion; and as 5’10 guard Bobby Joe Hill scored 20 points, this paced the Miners to a 72-65 championship victory over Rupp and Kentucky.
This game goes beyond the final score, though. Instead, it cleared a path for African-American players in all of basketball to make a name and find victory. It is a story such as this that can be looked back on as we honor the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports
YOUNG HARRIS — On Tuesday, the Lady Mountain Lions soccer team broke the .500 mark for the first time this season, shutting out Brevard College in a 3-0 victory at home.
The first goal of the game was scored by Lady Mountain Lion Kelley Lyness after 25 scoreless minutes. Lyness, a junior, gave the Mountain Lions (3-2-1) a 1-0 lead as her shot from about 35 yards out went over Brevard goalkeeper Jordan Box for the goal in the 28th minute.
“I feel like all of our hard work was put together in this game,” said Lyness. “Our team has worked hard and we should be able to carry our momentum into the upcoming games.”
In the 77th minute, the Mountain Lions would take a 2-0 lead after Brittany Webster of YHC landed a shot into the far post off of an assist by junior Emily Villas.
The third and final goal of the game was scored in the 85th minute by freshman Whitney Thomas of YHC. The goal was assisted by freshman Allison Burnham to give Young Harris a 3-0 lead.
The Mountain Lions out-shot the Tornados, 22-7, including 16-5 in the second half. Young Harris also had the 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Allie Matulia recorded five saves in goal for Young Harris, while Box had two saves in the first half and Webster added nine in the second half for Brevard (2-4-1).
The Mountain travel 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 to Bristol, Tenn., to take on King College.
UPDATE1 (11:01 a.m., 09/22/10): Edited lead sentence, fixed byline formatting