In a Class of Their Own 

On the football field, Cal has shown it has few equals. But in class, student athletes are separate and unequal.

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"Well, look," Forrester blurted, "I feel they already know me. I mean, it's like this: I'm black, I'm here -- I'm here and I'm black, you feel me?"

"Yeah, well, we can dialogue about that if you want to, brother," Lamont replied, but Forrester interrupted him again.

"We need to get on the same game plan and come together," he said, even as he was standing up and grabbing his bag to leave. "I thought this was supposed to be more of a planning meeting than a proposal. And I'm not gonna be walking on Wednesday, because I got things to do. I thought tonight was about coming together and forming a game plan."

Everyone swiveled to look at Forrester. People nodded their heads and snapped their fingers in approval -- although one young woman did yell at him to sit down. Still, the antirhetoric rhetoric of football had prevailed over the Berkeley activist rhetoric of exploitation and victimhood. It might as well have been straight from the Academic Gameplan: solidarity, conformity, and immediate action.

Another touchdown for the Bears. Another shutout for UC Berkeley.

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