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Page Nine

Poc eNine

Wayne State athlete's beard
causes suspension from team

BUCS win flip for chance at Lew


' i-

executive Sports Editor
Kenneth Meyers, Wayne State's
top tennis player, has been .told
to either shave his beard or quit
the team.
Meyers, along with teammate!
Fred Williams, were informed that
they would be ineligible to parti-
cipate on the team unless they
apeared clean shaven. Williams
acquised, but Meyers has refused.
Meyer is a 22-year-old psy-
chlogy major reciveing an athletic
scholarship. He says, "I'm at home
with my beard; it's a part of my
personal identity."
According to Wayne State Ath-
letic Director Ven gale, not . al-
lowing beards on athletes "has
been the standard at Wayne since
I can remember. I feel the coach
has the right to set standards,
and he has the support of the en-
tire athletic staff."
Meyers, however, disagrees ve-
hemently with this and is even
considering legal action. "I have
consulted with two law firms on
the matter, rand they feel there
are possibilities for a suit."
Assisting Meyers in his efforts
is Marvin Atlas, chairman of the
Committee on Student Govern-
ment at: Wayne. Atlas stated, "If

S ports
More Sports: see page ten
we did sue, it would be based on.
the first and fourteenth amend-
ments. We would probably also ask
for $400, which is the value of
his scholarship."
Atlas was also concerned with
a statement Gale told Meyers
at a meeting between the two.
According to Atlas, Gale compared
Meyers to the athlete who shaved,
stating, "He was willing to make
(the sacrifice for the greater good,
why aren't you (Meyers) ?"


NEW YORK (MP-They flipped land the towering. 7-foot-1 ' career this
Atlas told Gale he thought the over Lew Alcindor, the UCLA Bruins' standout. Ky., where
conept as applied stunk, and ex- great, yesterday and the comr "I don't want to get specific a record tb
plalned legal grounds on which came up tails, just right for the about names," said John Erickson, title. Repor
the policy Is unenforcable. Gale tail-end Milwaukee Bucks of the the Bucks' general manager. "We Nets of the
then replied that the coaches had National Basketball Association's will get together soon with Coach right to neg
Eastern Division, who may have Larry Costello and his assistant, New York
trds they wished pto give up a million bucks to get Tom Nissalke, and see what our draft were
arhim. needs are and who is available for league and
Atlas later called Wayne State: The Phoenix Suns, also seek- the draft." many obsei
President Willam R. Keast's office, ing' their place in the NBA, but Wes Pavalon, millionaire chair- ABA's survi
and was told that Gale claimed a dismal last in the circuit's West- Wsman of the board for the Milwau- acquisitioni
he told Meyers to shave his beard er Division, were the losers. The kee team, was asked if the Bucks Playing 8
for purely hygenic reasons. Suns, represented by their presi- would match the $1 million offer has scored
dent, Richard Bloch, called heads reportedly made by the ABA for average of
On another occasion, Atlas a in the coin-tossing ceremony con-reotdym ebyheAAfrargef
claimed Gale called Meyers into dute viaat eeon con Alcindor. Milwaukee is a public 1,326 rebou
his office to discuss the situation. ence all. owned club. "He's stro
Gale then, supposedly talked about Thereiwas a tense atmosphere "We could go to the stockhold- able to do
everything except Meyer's athletic in the New York office of NBA ers, who are fans from the entire Coach Johi
ability and benefit to the team. Commissioner Walter Kennedy, state of Wisconsin, and ask them the player
Nobody, it seems, actually wants where the coin-tossing was done. for money," Pavalon replied. "But, "The faci
a court suit, but no'one is willing The half dollar he threw into the Alcindor, a three-time All- dedicates I
to give in. One problem facing the air drew firmer the lines for aAmeridanwasthisecll-ediortest
athletic department is that the possible million dollar war be- Aecan, winds up his college effort of t
tennis coach is in Florida visiting tween the NBA and the flediing players wa
relatives and cannot be reached. American Association over the Pvidually, b
Another is that Keast is also out services of one of the most widely tersfconcerned
of town, sought basketball players in years. flt of the
Pandemonium broke out in the help witho
Dean Duncan Sells, Dean of Bucks' office in Milwaukee when p ia-m&G.du err . Currently
Students at Wayne State, feels it was determined that they would ' like to att
that no permanent conclusion will have the No. 1 choice in next at Yale or
probably be reached until Keast month's NBA draft. Yet, no Mil- ; edly been o
roba d be re ach Koas waukee official would admit that or & lulr contract to
returns and the tennis coach con- tepc ol eAcnoa- ~'" Globetrotter
tacted ~the pick would be Alcindor, al-. lorot
tacted. though it was agreed to go high to jorn who ma
g g The Michigan Icer's top scorer ir wdon't
Ohi tnn ~y ai r+fr,,<....] Y . . .

weekend in Louisville.
the Bruins are seeking
hird consecutive NCAA
its that the New York
ABA had obtained the
gotiate with the former
schoolboy in a secret
denied both by the
the Nets. However,
rvers believe that the
val is contingent on its
of the UCLA giant.
86 games at UCLA, Lew
2,263 points for an
26.3. He has grabbed
onger this year and 'he's
more things," said
n Wooden of UCLA of
he always calls Lewis.
t that he is not a self-
al has helped us. He
himself to the total
he team. I think all
ant to do well indi-
it I think he's more
about the overall ef-
team, figuring he can
ut necessarily scoring.
Lew is asked if he'd
tend graduate schools
Harvard. He's report-
offered a million dollar
play for the Harlem
rs. He is a history ma-
ay someday teach.
tnk taany paye

Both Meyers and Atlas point to
alleged inconsistencies in Gale's,
position. When they first contact-'
ed him, Gale supposedly exclaim-
ed, "We are trying to build a new
athletic program here based on
the principles of decency."


Drake no sitting ducks for cagey UCLA


this year, junior orward D a v e
Perrin, was yesterday elected cap-
tain of next years' team.
In the annual voting at the
season's end, the team also elect-
ed senior defensemen Lars Han-.
sen and Paul Domm the joint rec-
ipients of the year's Most Valuable
Player award. Both players were
also featured in last year's vote,3
as Domnm assumed the role of cap-

LOUISVILLE (R)-Coach Maury
John of Drake doesn't plan a slow-
down or a stall against top-ranked
UCLA and its superstar, Lew Al-
cindor, when the free-wheeling
Bulldogs clash- with the Bruins in
the. semifinals of the NCAA bas-
ketball championships tdnight.
The Uclans, 27-1 and aiming
for a record third-straight na-
tional title, will be heavy favor-
ites against Drake, 25-4, in the
second game of a doubleheader.
Fourth-ranked North Carolina,
27-3, meets No. 6 Purdue* 22-4,
in the opener of the twinbill at'
7:40 p.m. EST. The survivors play
for the championship Saturday at
Reeently laid
*track lolwers
rehly times
The Intramural 880 Yard Re-
ay. was lield last night, at Yost
FieldtHouse, and attracted a total
of 50, teams.
The new surfacing installed this
year led to generally lower times
and ,two new.-records were regis-
. 'raternity Division-
Winner. DeltaUpsilon, 1:38:3*
Residence Hall Division-
Winner: Wenley, 1 :41.5
Independent Division
Winner: Alpha Phi Alpha, 1:43.9
Graduate Division- -
Winner: Delta Sigma Delta,

'v-, 5

4:5 p.m. All games will be tele-
vised by NBC-TV.
John, John Wooden of UCLA,
Dean Smith of North Carolina
and George King of Purdue were
interviewed in a long distance
telephone hookup, Tuesday- before
embarking for Louisville.
John said, "I realize we're. play-
ing a super team, but I don't plan
to make any drastic changes in
our style of play. The only thing,
perhaps, is that we may be a little
more conservative offensively. I
feel we have the ability to score."
Willie McCarter, a senior guard,
is the Drake star.
"Willie has developed into a
more complete player," John said.
"He's an excellent outside shoot-
er, he's quick, and he's averaging
seven assists and 20 points per
game. He's the backbone of our
Wooden maintained that he has
a five-man team, not a one-man
gang but he admitted, "We do try
to get Alcindor in close to the bas-
ket. And, if we can get him in
a one-on-one situation, well, it
might be difficult for the other
team to handle him."
The 7-foot-1%/ Alcindor, two-
time playei of the year and three-
timelAll-American comes into the
game with a 24.1 scoring average
and 14.5 rebpunds a game.
Lynn Schackelford, at 6-6,
is one of only four seniors on the
team. He's noted for a high, arch-
ing, left-handed shot that never
looks like it will reach the basket.
But it does and much of the time
rips through the nets without
touching the rim.
Two others who have seen about

equal playing time are 6-6%/2 Cur-
tis Rowe and 6-8 Sidney Wicks,
a pair of sophomores.

North Carolina both have injury I
King said that 7-foot centerl

in any sport can mean the success
or failure of any league," said
Kennedy. "We can stand the loss
of any player and still exist. But
we would like to have Alcindor
join the rest of the great basket-
ball players in our league."
Some of the NBA teams had to
go high to get them. The San
Diego Rockets reportedly gave El-
vin Hayes, former Houston star,
a three-year contract totaling
$440,000. Bill Bradley of the New
York Knicks is working on one
amounting to $500,000 over four
years, and Baltimore's Wes Unseld
signed another for about $300,000,
which he's to receive over a three
or four-year period.

Curtis is the steadier of the Chuck Bavis definitely is lost to tain and Hansen was chosen the
two," said Coach John Wooden. Purdue with a muscle separation team's Most Improved Player.
Sidney still has a few things to in his shoulder. Herman Gilliam, Junior Barney Pashak yesterday
learn. But occasionally, he'll make the Boilermakers' No. 2 scorer, is, succeeded Hansen as the Most
a spectacular play. He has tre- doubtful with an Achilles tendon Valuable Player.
mendous physical ability." injury. Perrin's linemate, center Paul
Gary Odom, a rugged 6-8 Drake Dick Grubar, a senior guard and Gamsby was voted Sophomore of
senior, likely will be the man North Carolina's top defensive the Year by his teammates. Gams-
assigned to guard Alcindor. player, is lost with a knee injury. by registered a repectable 30 point;
Both John and Wooden said He originally was counted on to scoring total for the season, scor-'-
that their teams are in 'good guard Rick Mount, Purdue's All-ing nine goals and assisting on 21
physical shape but Purdue and American. others.
Has win to hold three point lead'
By The Associated Press second goal midway in the second
CHICAGO -- Jacques Lemaire Penguins pinned period on a slap shot.
scored a pair of goals to pace the PITTSBURGH - Bobby Orr, Keith McCreary, with an angle
Montreal Canadians to a 5-2 vic- Boston's defenseman, drilled a shot from the left, and Jean Pro-
tory over the Chicago Black slap shot into the Penguins' net vonost on a breakaway, tied the
Hawks Wednesday. last night to give the Bruins a 3-2 score for Pittsburgh for two min-
The victory kept the Canadiens vi tory over Pittsburgh in a Na- utes in the second period.
three points ahead of the Boston tional Hockey League game. ,* x*
Bruins in the fight for first place* The goal was Orr's 20th this Rangers roll
in the National Hockey League's season and tied a 24-year-old ST. PAUL - Minneapolis -
Eastern Division. Boston b e a t record for most goals by a de- Jean Ratelle set up four goals and
Pittsburgh 3-2. fenseman set by Detroit's Flash. Rod Gilbert contributed thr e e
Chicago scoring star Bobby Hull Hollett. It came two minutes after assists plus a goal as the N e w
was blanked in his bid to tie his Pittsburgh rallied with two sec- York Rangers dumped the Minne-
own season goal scoring record of ond period goals to tie the score sota North Stars 4-2 Wednesday
54. 2-2. night in the National Hockey
Bobby Rosseau of Montreal Phil Esposito scored Boston's League.
opened the scoring at 5:57 of the first goal to climax a power play The Rangers, stretching t h e i r
first period and the Canadiens early in the first period. unbeaten streak to eight games
iced the game in the second per- Barry Wilkins, making his first while stopping Minnesota's at six,
iod when Lemaire scored his 25th apearance on the ice for the held the North Stars to only 10
goal of the year and Ralph Back- Bruins since coming up from shots on goal in the first two per-
strom added his 12th. Oklahoma City, scored Boston's C iods and exploded to a 3-0 lead.
F R IDAY, MA RCH .28 is the date to
Debate the Kohl HltGoodman-Frieden berg'
Approach to Education {with
10 A.M.-6 P.M.,
(No admission charge)
And in the evening beginning at 8 P.M.
$1.50 per person for all these:
Charging Rhinoceros of Soul, Houston Hollow, Minority Group con-
cert/dance from 8:30 Friday evening }'til 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
Also: An art fair, poetry reading, a string, quartet, experimental
films, etc., etc,
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL, MVonroe and E. University

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(an opera by Cimarosa, sung in English)
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