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VOL. II.-No. 2.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1891.
THE ATHLETIC FIELD.
A Description of the Grounds as
They Now Appear.
We print, in this issue, a cut of
the plans of the Athletic Field. The
plans have been changed slightly,
the grand stand being placed at the
"finish" and along the "straight"
and not partially around the south
curve. Otherwise the field is exact=
ly as represented in the illustration.
The field is located on State street
about six minutes walk from the
intersection of Packard and State
streets. It is entirely enclosed by
an eight foot closed fence, the en-
trance gate being at the middle of
the side bordering on State street.
A board walk along the east side of
the street leads to the entrance.
The field will not be ready for use
this fall. No one seems to have had
the responsibility of overlooking the
work, and, as a consequence, the
workmen have been permitted to
proceed as slowly as they liked.
The track and base-ball diamond are
already laid and the turf back of the
grand stand, where the tennis courts
are to be located, has been partially
''skinned." The whole field pre-
sents a very unfinished appearance.
The turf within the track has been
removed and new sod placed in
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parts, from the home plate to about
short centre. The outfield is° cov-
ered with a fine crop of timothy.
The pitcher's box, short stop's posi-
tion and the base line between third
and home are covered by numerous
stalks of corn. It is very evident
that the grading force has not been
at work for nearly a month. The
only workmen within the enclosure,
while the DAILY representative was-
there were three carpenters at work
upon the grand stand.
The grand stand is partially
roofed. The dressing-rooms and
shower baths are not floored or
walled in yet, nor is the interior of
the stand finished in any respect.
The roof will be shingled. The
seats are not boarded but the frame
work is erected. There are ten rows
of seats, and the stand will accom-
modate comfortably 750 people.
Thee track, when finished, will be
one of the finest college tracks in
the. country. The foundation is a
solid one, the bed of the track being
laid with heavy slag and cinder, and
covered with a fine surface cinder.
When prepared and rolled it will
make a very solid and firm track.
Like the rest of the field it is now
in an unfinished condition. The top
cinder is spread over the soo yards
straight and around the two curves.
The 220 yards straight has not been
covered. If the finished portion of
the track is not attended to soon it
will be torn up by the grass which is
sprouting all over it.
The piece of ground, as a whole,
is very level and will make a beauti-
ful field when completed. There is
one tree in the enclosure.
Students' Lecture Association.
The Students' Lecture course this
year will consist of eight attractions,
all drawing cards. The manage-
ment has made especial efforts dur-
ing the slimmer to get the best go-
ing, and thinks its efforts have not
been in vain. Of course there is
not such an extremely popular talk-
er on the platform this year as there
was last year, in the person of Henry
M. Stanley, yet the course as made
up will come as near pleasing all as
any that could be selected.
The S. L. A. board has decided
upon only seven of the eight attrac-
tions of which the course will con-
sist, the eighth attraction to be ar-
ranged for soon. The seven already
selected are as follows: Leland T.
Powers, Geo. R. Wendling, T. De,
*Witt Talmage, Schubert Quartette,
Nye and Burbank, John J. Ingalls
and H. H. Ragan.
The eighth card will very likely
be Rev. P. S. Henson.
The S. L. A. has decided that it
will not offer more than one musi-
cal attraction this year, but will
leave this field to the Choral Union.
We think that variety is well blended
in the seven attractions chosen and
feel sure that all will be pleased
with the course.
Melville S. Hoff, D. D. S., who
was last-year Assisatit Professor of
Practical Dentistry, has beeiielected
to full Professorship of Materia
Medica and Dental Mechanism.
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