Inside Iowa State
Dec. 6, 1996
Trice question now with committee
by Anne Dolan
A majority of those who spoke during a public forum Nov. 15 on renaming Cyclone Stadium for Jack Trice support the proposal. About 50 people attended the forum and of the dozen who addressed an advisory committee, just two said Iowa State has done enough to honor the former athlete. Jack Trice died in October 1923 from injuries received in a game in Minneapolis against the University of Minnesota.
Patricia Swan, vice provost for research and advanced studies and chair of the Advisory Committee on the Naming of Streets and Buildings, said the group will make its recommendation to President Martin Jischke after students arrive back on campus in January. Jischke will make the final decision at the university level; if he approves the proposed name change, the request goes to the State Board of Regents for approval.
Gladys Nortey, a graduate student in journalism and mass communication and former Cyclone track and field athlete, said she represented Iowa State's student athletes. A poll of 238 student athletes last week showed that 84 percent favored the name change for the football stadium, she said.
"We believe Jack Trice represents the best in all student athletes," Nortey said.
Dan Rice, an ISU alumnus who now works in the residence department, said he supported the "compromise" in 1983, when ISU officials decided to give the stadium the Cyclone name and name the football field for Trice.
"But times are different. I support this change now," he said. "The Jack Trice story is not spread far enough on this campus."
Jean Lillie, a student in sports medicine, argued in favor of keeping the name Cyclone Stadium. She said Trice "didn't do much for Iowa State University, unlike a lot of other people we could name it after," and that the bronze statue of Trice on central campus was more than enough.
"If dying young is the only requirement, name it for C. J. Hardy," Lillie said. (Hardy was a Trice-era football player who also died, though Lillie didn't know the cause of his death.)
Alumnus and professor of journalism and mass communication Tom Emmerson said Trice represented traits such as dignity, quality and integrity.
"Jack Trice the individual deserves this recognition. He died a hero," Emmerson said.
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