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By DIANA ROMANCHUK
and STU STEIN
The administration has finally
taken a giant step in relieving an
old problem.
After many years of dissatis-
faction and conflict, the Intra-
mural program, club sports, and
the band are starting to get some
results. The renovation of Wines
Field is the first step toward the
improvement of present facili-
ties.
In the past, Intramurals have
suffered from a lack of facilities,
and club sports have long been
neglected with regard to space al-
lotments. Even the band, which
was promised a practice area of
its own, has had, to contend with

a growing field shortage.
Why has this problem evolved?
Growth and a standstill in the
building processes are major rea-
sons.
In the past fifteen years, uni-
versity enrollment has doubled.
Likewise, the number' of teams
competing in the IM program and
thereby the games scheduled, has
gone up tremendously. Yet, no
new intramural facilities have
been constructed to handle the
rising campus demand,
The most crucial need has been
and is for playing fields. The in-
ception of club sports like rugby,
soccer, and lacrosse- non exist-
ent 15 years ago-have heighten-

ed an already overcrowded situ-
ation.
Each year, over 180 touch foot-
ball teams compete in the IM
tourney. As of last season, there
were only five fields available for'
over six hundred students. Three
of these fields were without light-
ing, meaning no night scheduling.
The two remaining fields were
at Wines, the only lighted field
on the campus, exempting the
stadium. The IM's not only had
to share it with the expanding
club sports participants but also
with the marching band.
According to a previous agree-
ment between Dr. Revelli and the'
athletic department, thd Wolver-
ine band practices on Wines Field
and can prevent anyone from
using it.
Bob Gilson, the president of the
Lacrosse Club, has also.pointed
out a reason for the decline in
available fields.
"The athletic administration,"
claims Gillon, "has encroached on
intramurals. They've taken four
or five fields on the'athletic cam-
pus which haven't been replaced."
Thus, in order to provide needed
field space and promote a better
relationship between the factions,
athletic director Don Canham
has made certain improvements
at- Wines Field.,

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Early in August, the newly
formed Michigan Sport Clubs As-
sociation (MSCA) protested the
first of these moves-the black-
topping of a portion of Wines
Field.
This rarely-used northwest'
corner of Wines was paved so the
band would have a permanent
place to march.
As Canham explains, "Every
time it rained the band had to'
move to another field to practice
and this further disrupted the
scheduling of intramurals."
The MCSA objection was based
on the feeling, supported by Pres-
ident Robben Fleming, that Wines
Field should "be for recreational
purposes only."
However, there are already
plans to spot basketball nets along
the asphalt, thus providing sev-
eral badly-needed outdoor basket-
Miss Loken injured
Lani Loken, daughter of gym-
nastic coach Newt Loken, suf-
fered multiple fractures and
abrasions in an automobile ac-
cident Thursday in Concord,
California while visiting rela-
tives. She will be hospitalized
there for a month.
One week ago, at the Olym-
pie diving trials, she' finished
fifth on the platform board and
ninth at three meters.
ball courts.'
Moreover, the possibility of ulti-
mately moving the band elsewhere
and turning Wines FJield over
completely to IMs and clubs is
being investigated.
One way to accomplish this
would be) by "astroturV" in the
stadium. Since this artificial grass
is impossible to wear out, the band
could actually practice on the
field.
Canham, however, stressed that
this is only in the discussion
stage, and is by no means a de-
finite possibility.
In the event of the band's de-
parture from Wine's Field, there
are a variety of possibilities for
utilizing the blacktopped surface;
more basketball courts can, be
added by rubberizing the surface
or another football field could be
created by tearing out the asphalt..
In addition to the existing lights,
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lighting and a sprinkler system.
New posts were installed on the
two dark sides of the field for
greater illumination. To. eliminate'
some of the extremely muddy field
conditions which so often hinder-
ed play last year, a drainage sys-
tem was put in.
However, the most important
renovation of all was the enlarge-
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on by the leveling of a small hill.
Yet, numerous problems are still
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Furthermore, the entire area
was seeded in rye a month ago.
Nevertheless,, the IM touch foot-:
ball season will open on Septem-
ber 17 with Wines Field as a site
of competition.
Because of premature use, many
expect the field to be ruined by
winter, but it is imperative that
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Conflict
Wines, the athletic department'
has also run into some difficulties.'
On this subject, Canham favors
a proposal' which calls for two
rugby-soccer fields (wider than
football) parallel to South Divi-
sion, and one IM regulation touch
football field at right angles.
When the clubs are not using the
two larger fields, three gridirons
could be superimposed, thus in-
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Since this plan makes maximum
use of the available area, one of!
the requests of the MSCA during
their protest, they should also
approve the idea.
However, no definite plan has
been decided upon yet. Mr .Can-
ham is leaving the final decision
up to the Advisory Committee on
Intramurals, Recreation, and Club
Sports.
As chairman of t'he committee,
he will recommend approval of
the field plan at next Friday's
meeting.
As this is the first official meet-
ing of the body, one of' the new
divisions of the Athletic Depart-,
ment restructuring, it has no rules
of procedure.
Canham, however, plans to t
overlook this and attempt to deal
with the pressing matters first.
Formal organization can wait
until decisions like Wines Field
are settled.
Though the committee's powers
are defined as advisory, Canham
insists that their influence will'
be "considerable".
"I'd be foolish if I didn't take
their advice," he commented.!
"They, not me, are the ones who
know the needs and problems of
these groups."
i Among the four students ap-
pointed to the committee are
IMartha Dumford, president of the
Women's Athletic Association and
David Mildner, captain of the
rugby team. Intramurals are rep-
resented by Director Rodney
Grambeau.
6anham and the committee
will be dealing with such matters
as the overall planning of future
facilities, money appropriations,
and improvement of present fa-
cilities.
A new policy has been ini-
tiated; the first step has been
taken. And the future holds still!
greater promise.

DON CANHAM-A good guy. Athletic Director Canham may
do for Michigan athletics what Maidenform did for the female
ego. Get a little excited when a friend mentions him, and predict
ridiculous things like Rose Bowl trips before you graduate.
RUGBY-Since you'll be hearing this ;strange word more
and more, get used to donning something of a Continental aspect,
and throw around words like "serum" and "bird." Learn to like
keg beer if you don't now, and speak violently of professionalism
in collegiate athletics.
DOC LOSH-If you are a sophomore or above, chuckle know-
ingly and remember your seat in Aud. A. If a freshman, express
sorrow over missing one of the great educational experiences of
this age. If an athlete, remain above comment but smile wistfully.
INTRAMURALS-A sneer is in order, followed by extempo-
raneous outburusts of original explitives. Avoid mention of .your
high school letters, and denounce bitterly the condition of
Waterman Gym. Recall Mr. Paul's basketball class and wonder
aloud why they let all those All-Staters in.
NEWT LOKEN-Michigan's gymnastics coach and one of the
all-time good guys. Speak of him as a rich uncle, only sound
sincere. Be sure to know Dave Jacobs, too. You should join the
Markley Fan Club if a freshman girl.
LACROSSE-An Indian word for anarchy, now being used
to identify a game for ex-anarchists looking for a sociably-
acceptable outlet for their emotions. Sprout a handlebar mus-
tache if you use the word often, and come from an Eastern pro.
school.
THE INTRAMURAL ADVISORY BOARD-Something new,
but don't get caught flatfooted when it is mentioned. See IM's
(above). Mention student involvement in decision making, then
wonder aloud why it took so long for people to"get interested
when you were so outspoken all along, Suggest the possibility of
a new IM building to incredulous listeners.
DAVID MILDNER-Be British. See RUGBY (above). In-
clude his name when discussing campus radicals. Possess at least
one typewritten letter of no less than seven pages (carbons are
acceptable) signed by Mildner. Express with words like "ruddy"
and "jolly good" your support for the Wines Field pickete s, and
praise Mildner loudly for standing up to tlose "baddy" adminis-
trators.
THE BIG TEN-Know all of the schools which are members,
carefully excluding Chicago and Notre Dame. Recall vociferously
Michigan's days of glory as a gridiron powerhouse when your
great-uncle went here. Maintain vigorously that Big Ten football
is still the class of the nation, but avoid statistical confronta-
tions.
DAVE WEIR-The. Daily's radical-in-residence (literally)
and renowned sports editor. Quote his stories anid columns ex-
clusively. Take at least one journalism class with him. Be the
first to spot him at a cocktail party and the last to say hello.
Frown sadly when you pass him on campus and comment phi-
losophically on his pallid complection-a result of his hysterical
search for truth in a vicious society.
Admittedly, this is hardly a comprehensive review of the Mich-
igan athletic scene. Most students, however, should find it invaluable
as a reference guide to the world of the Wolverines.
to know about Michigan athletics, in which case you should immedi-
ately contact Don Canham or Dave Weir. Mr. Canham has proved
himself open to any and all constructive criticism, and Dave could
stand a refresher course.

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