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higan Students Organize Sky Diving Club



Daily Guest Writer
OR'S NOTE: Peter Mc.Lean,
ate student in Chemistry,
ky diving this summer. He
umps to his credit.)
topgap attempt to over-'
ing branded crack-pots,
shers or loons (all un-
ampus sky divers have
to organize a University
mubryonic group aims to
pore students to the sport.
,ribe sky diving to non-
nts. In its ultimate form,
e two distinct parts of
rig: free-fall before the
e its openeand the ride
er it has opened.
Fall Guys
ee-fall portion can be of
ed duration, and depends
the altitude of the air-
on exit. The chutist falls;

to 2500 feet, where the parachute
is deployed. Thus, a person can
exit at 3500 feet, and fall for 10
seconds, or from 13,000 feet and
fall 60 seconds.
The upper limit is set by char-
acteristics of the airplane or by
the problem of oxygen starvation
above 16,000 feet. It also gets
quite chilly up there.
In more advanced jumps, several
jumpers can fall together and
perform relative work, either by
passing batons or just horsing
around. In one rather unique in-
cident, a couple became engaged
in the air by passing a ring, and
another couple was married in a
plane and jumped to the reception.
End of Free Fall
At the end of the free fall (at
2500 feet) the parachute is de-
ployed. The second phase now be-
gins-attempting to land on a
target on the ground. The para-
chutes used' in sport jumping have

been modified to provide a lateral
velocity through the air of up to
15 mph, and can be turned to
carry a chutist in any direction
Thus, the velocity of the chute,
in conjunction with, or to correct
for, the prevailing wind is used
to land on the target.
It is not unknown for a jumper
to land square on the five inch
circle that is the target. With
practice, a jumper can not only
change the direction of lateral
movement over the ground, but
the rate of both forward motion
and descent can be varied.
International Competition'
Free fall maneuvers and tar-
get work require considerable
skill, coordination, practice, and
enthusiasm, and form the basis
of the well-organized international
competition. It is fairly certain
that this sport will be included in
the Olympics within twelve years.

Of course, the student jumper
does not start off with a sixty
second delay. Rather, this is a
goal toward which the new jumper
must work. Before even seeing an
airplane he must go through a
thorough training program.
He learns to pack a parachute,
exit from the aircraft, maintain
stability in free fall, emergency
procedures, control of the can-
opy to approach the target, and
safe landing techniques. This re-
quires several hours of instruction
before making the first jump.
More advanced instruction is nec-
essary before he starts in free
Certified Instructors
There are several in the new
University group of jumpers who
are certified by the Parachute
Club of America to train new
jumpers and have up to 500 jumps
and several hours of time ac-
cumulated in freefall.
The group will hold a meeting
on Wednesday, September 2, in
the KLM, rooms of the Michigan
Union with movies, discussion of
aspects of the sport, and answers
to any questions. Feel free to at-
tend even if you do not intend to
participate. One of the aims of
the club is to acquaint the cam-
pus with this safe, challenging,'
and exhilirating sport.

SEC Race o Be Close
As Five Teams Favored
ATLANTA (I)-The Southeast- offensive leader until he was in-
ern Conference football race is jured in the fourth game last sea-
shaping up as one of the toughest son. The Tigers also have a good
ever with at least five teams --
headed by Mississippi and Auburn All the experts are picking Mis-
--capable of winning the cham- sissippi and Auburn in that or-
pionship. der, but it would be less than a
mild surprise if any of the 'other
Only a half step behind 'Ole top five teams slipped in and won
Miss and Auburn are Alabama., the championship.
Louisiana State and Mississippi
State. Kentucky and Florida are Kentucky has had its problem,
rated the darkhorses, with Ten- the past two seasons, but now has
nessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt and tested depth at every position. The
Tulane rounding out the rest of Wildcats will build their attack
the field. Georgia Tech now is an ! around Rick Norton, a strong-
independent, arimed junior quarterback and al-
so unveils its most heralded line-



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A MEMBER OF Michigan's newly formed Skydiving Club pre-
pares for the freefall portion of his dive. Behind the formation
of the new club lay a desire to organize students already inter-
ested in jumping, and to attract new members to a relatively
unknown sport.



Clay Fears Trieks in Return Match

r cr Yearbook
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to appear in the MICHIGANENSIAN.
' Our photographers will take pictures only
during September.

Cassius Clay started light work-
outs Tuesday for his return match
with Sonny'Liston, and said he
was only kidding about going to
'Egypt to train.
"It's too hot over there," the
heavyweight champion said.
Clay tipped the scales at 225,
about 15 pounds over his fighting
weight, before the first workout
since his marriage almost two
weeks ago.
"I'll lose it with no trouble," he
said. "I'm eatin' one-fourth what
I Iusually eat. But I could go in
at 230 and beat Liston or any
other heavyweight around because
they are so slow.",
This was the old Cassius Clay,

the Louisville Lip, and not the
soft-spoken Mohammed Ali.
Will Bring Guests
"I'm going to bring 10 or 15
people here from foreign countries
at my own expense and get 'them
ringside seats so they can see that
the fight, is fair," Clay said.
"I'm going to fly them here
from Africa and the Middle East
and pay all their expenses. Then
if I lose because of some sneaky
deal, they can rush to the United
Nations and tell the world I was
"They might try to rob me of
my title with some trick like that
hot stuff they go in my eyes the
first fight. {
"Or maybe the judges would
take it away from me even if I
won. This is what I don't want to
happen, and I'm bringing in my
own people to see for themselves
so they can tell the world."
fi Wins by TKO
In the first Clay-Liston fight
here last Feb. 25, Clay wanted to
quit before the fifth round be-
cause his eyes were burning and
blurred. But his trainer, Angelo
Dundee, shoved him into the ring
and he won a technical knockout
in the seventh.
Clay said he was disappointed
over his treatment as champion
in this country.

"People stop me on the street
and ask me why I'm not on the
Ed Sullivan show or the Jack
Paar show," he said, "and why
most of the things printed about
me are not true..
" They evens tried, to make my
wedding look bad, said something
about p h o t o g r a p h e r s getting
punched. No one was punched."
Plans to Retire
Clay said he probably would re-
tire after two more fights.
"I've just bought two apart-
ment buildings in Chicago," he
said, "and I want to get a farm
in Illinois where I can take it'
easy and look at my scrapbooks.
"I'll have a lot of things going
when I retire. I'm going to have
a book written that everybody in
the world will want to read. And
I'm going to have a movie made
about my life."

Auburn returns 27 lettermen, in-
cluding All-America quarterback
Jimmy Sidle, from a team that
finiished last year's.. regular sea-
son with a 9-1 record., Coach Ralph
Jordan says his team will be
even better this year.
Mississippi Favored
Mississippi, always ranked high.
lost seven starters off a team
that was 7-1-2 last year, but still
figures to be much stronger. Th(
Rebels will have two fine line-
men in guard Stan' Hindmnan, e
6-foot-3, 230-pound junior and Al-
len Brown, a 6-4, 225-pound sen-
ior end.
Mississippi State has rolledj
along year after year as the SEC's
'forgotten team, butthose days
rnay be gone now. Twenty-three
'lettermen return from a team that
compiled a 7-2-2 record last sea-
son, including a victory over North
Carolina State in the Liberty
Alabama and LSU will both be'
stronger; than last year, according
to their respective coaches, Pau?
Bryant and Charlie McClendon
and will be in the title' fight all
the way.
Bryant already is hailing quar-
terback Joe Namath as the best!
all-around athlete he's ever coach-
ed and flatly states he's the best
back in America.
LSU- Iard to Beat
Last year yas a rebuilding sea,-
son at LSU and the Bayou Ben-
gals have apparently put togeth-
er a team that will be hard to
beat. LSU is counting heavily or
quarterback Pat Screen, the team's

man since Lou Mlchaels inKMau-
Freshman Football
,An organizational mieeting
for freshmen football candi-
da'.es will be held Tuesday,
September 1, at 3:30 p.m., in
the basement of the Athletic
Office Building; 1,000 South
State Street. All freshman in-
terest,'d in football are urged
to attend.
rice Moorman, a 6-4, 250-pounC
sophomore tackle.
Dupree Leads Florida
Florida will build its hopes
around Larry Dupree, a fine run-
ning back. If Florida cart fill the
gaps in the center of its line, it
could be a contender.
Tennessee will be a real ques-
tion mark. The Volunteers have P
new head coach, Doug Dickey, and
will be operating from something
other than the single wing - the
traditional offense at Knoxville.
Vanderbilt and Tulane both fig-
ure to be better but will still find
the going rough. Vanderbilt should
improve on its 1-7-2 record, but
' it looks like another long season
for Tulane, which plays a murder-
ous schedule.
Georgia also has a new coach in
Vince Dooley, a former Auburn as-
sistant. Dooley is quick to admit
that the Bulldogs have three good
linemen in tackles Ray Rissmiller
and Jim Wilson and end Pat
,Hodgeson, but after that the tal-
ent runs pretty thin.


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