New York University’s track and field program was under investigation.

NYU was accused of breaking NCAA rules in recruiting runners.

Press releases were issued reassuring boosters that the accusations were

false, just a means of taking down NYU’s track program,

which was beginning to rival the powerhouse of Syracuse University.

The athletic director sat at his desk dealing with the

constant influx of mail and phone calls about the allegations.

One name in particular kept surfacing again and again: Benjamin

Aaron Shirazi, the program’s undisputed star, the so-called Persian Antelope.

Allegedly, NYU payed $25,000 to a recruiting service for Shirazi.


Paraphrases from the novel Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry.