The East Valley Tribune (EVT) published an editorial about collaboration between ASU (Arizona State University) and UofA (University of Arizona). Although the EVT acknowledged that collaboration was a good thing, they warned against the two universities becoming too friendly.
The editorial equated academics with football. For some reason, the Tribune believes that the residents of Arizona are passionate about ASU versus UofA football games. I don't see this being remotely true. More importantly, the EVT believes the professors at the two universities need to have the same competitive/ruthless mentality that athletes are so well endowed with."As welcome as is news that the new president of the University of Arizona seeks to work with his counterpart at Arizona State University in joint ventures that can allow both institutions to better interact with the marketplace ("UA leader seeks stronger ties with ASU" Tribune Sunday) we hope that this kind of buddy-buddy talk doesn't go too far."
It is impossible for the UofA and ASU to have too "strong of ties."
The EVT should remember that Arizona universities are learning institutions first and foremost. Sports is a way for student-athletes to have fun being athletes while being a student (and for some schools to make lots of money). If an athlete doesn't do any learning, he doesn't play any football."But please, Robert Shelton of UA and Michael Crow of ASU, don't take away that time-honored distrust and distaste that should keep Arizona and Arizona State battling for the Grand Canyon State's affections for decades and decades to come."
In an age when collaboration will play a key role in the overall well being of Arizona and the United States of American and the World, the EVT wants university faculty at its to major universities to show "distrust and distaste" toward each other. This type of attitude does not promote collaboration."We're all for 21st century collaboration, and who isn't for curing diseases and advancing the cause of science and technology? But we're talking about two fussing, clawing siblings with grudges going back at least as far as their first gridiron meeting in 1899. Each November this state is divided into two camps, Them and Us, for bragging rights for the next year."
A "Them and Us" attitude simply doesn't make any sense when you have two Universities trying to become tier-one schools."Those who find sports to be trivial need to understand that precious few things in this state last for more than a century. This arch-rivalry is one of them. Some things are too steeped in history, tradition, primal forces of nature, to mess with."
I cannot believe that the majority of Arizonans care about the annual ASU/UA football game. Bottom-line: the EVT exaggerated the ASU/UA game because it pales in comparison to so many other collegiate athletic rivalries.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 22 July 2006