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ti Not for TiV Time
meeting of the American League club owners in
ay, the' sale of 80 per cent of the New York Yankee
mbia. Broadcasting Co. was approved by an 8-2 vote.
otes were recorded by Charles O., Finley, owner of
Athletics, and Arthur C. Allyn, owner of the Chicago
have opposed the deal since it was revealed about

Pew Wins Battle to Save Fencing

O'Donnell Gets A
As Academic Stai

The art of fencing conjures an
image of brave D'Artagnan, six
heartless heavies pursuing him,
swinging by one arm from a
rococco chandelier high above
several bewigged courtiers.
The great Louis' are dead,
Richelieu is a brand name for
noodles, and Three Musketters has
nugate for a heart, but fencing
lives on.
And one who is keeping the.
venerable sport alive is Dick Pew,
a young psychologist at the Uni-
versity. Pew took fourth place for
the United States in. the Mel-
bourne Olympics in 1950 at his
specialty, the epee, and narrowly
missed making the team this year
at the tryouts in Atlantic City..,
Now he's back doing research on
perceptual motor skills and teach-
ing a technical psych course, but
still working out with his epee, a
direct descendent of the dueling
sword. He is active in the Ann
Arbor Fencer's Club where the

According to the sale, CBS will. pay $11.2 million for the con-
trolling interest of the New York franchise with current owners
Dan .Topping and Del Webb holding the remaining outstanding
shares. The broadcasting organization takes official control on
November 2 and also has a five-year option to purchase the other
20 per cent. for a total package of $14 million.
The sale of a baseball club used to receive routine approval
by the respective league's owners, but in recent years, the threats
of moving the Milwaukee Braves from "Schlitz Town" and
Finley's continual overtures to locate the Athletics in a more
profitable location, have cast a suspicious eye on such trans-
actions, especially from the point of view of the general public
and Congress. .
The furor generated by this transaction seems to center about.
P one basic question-Does the ownership of a major league baseball;
team (or for that matter any major sports club) by a company
whose major endeavor lies within the communications industry con-
stitute a conflict of interest on the part of -that organization in light
of the lucrative field of broadcasting sports events?
Three Courses of Action'
It appears that the dissenters to this transaction have at their
disposal only three courses of action. First, members of Congress
can begin an anti-trust investigation with the hidden intention of
- removing baseball's current exemption - from anti-trust suits and'
thus opening the door for such litigation against the Yankees and
CBS; second, Finley and Allyn can file a suit in Federal Court in;
an effort to enjoin the two organizations from completing the sale;
or third, everyone can sit back and wait to see if there redly is.
a conflict of interest here.
The third path is perhaps the most prudent and responsible one
for all concerned. Congressional action or a court stit must reason-
ably be based on the fact that there is now(or there is a strong"
indication tha$ in the future there will be) some sort of conflict,
of interest. If this is not taken into consideration, then Finley and
Allyh will merely draw bad publicity to'the sport and Congress will
be wasting its time besides encouraging charges .of governmental
interference with the common man's leisure time.
Currently, there is no conflict of interest. CBS has neverx
purported that it has the capabilities of running a baseball team
and has therefore strongly hinted that actual decisions con-
cerning the future of the Yankees will be exclusively left with
4he current owners.'
How, about later when baseball television rights are up for grabs
by the networks again? The current publicity concerning the sale
has not escaped the good senses of CBS's directors, therefore, in all
probability the broadcasting organization will not attempt to pur-
chase the television rights, lest they really desire to create a national
No, CBS: has made an investment in the New York franchise
exclusively, realizing full well that any hints of using this new
ownership for influencing television rights would draw Congressional,
player and public ire, besides casting an ominous cloud over. the
network's image.
fnstead of instituting 'action now, let's bide our time to see
what happefis. If any conflict of interest does come to the fore,
CBS will be feeling the repurcussions many years from now anyhow.


enthusiasts meet to challenge'
each other, but not to cut up.
Actually, the sport is relatively1
safe because of the protective
clothing and blunted weapons.
The essentials of fencing are
simple. The goal is to touch your
opponent with your weapon before
he touches you. Three classifica-;
tions exist within the realm of
fencing; the foil, epee and sabre.
In the foil, the torso is the.
target. A touch is scored only if
the point touches the opponent
while on the attack with sufficient,
force' to trigger an electrical con-,
tact. A match consists of fivea
touches or six minutes, which;
ever comes first.
The sabre event allows anything
above the hip, including the head,
and face. The blade has a tip and
a theoretical cutting edge. Both
the tip and side of the blade can
In the epee, Pew's event, the
entire body is the target. Only a
touch by the tip is allowed, how-1
Dick Pew started his fencing in
1952, his second year at Cornell
University in Ithaca, New York.'
He never participated in any sports!
in high school because of a
suspected rheumatic heart con-
dition. "I think it was more
suspected than real," he says now
in retrospect. ,
Fenced at Cornell
"Some good friends of mine at
Cornell were fencers. They got.
me interested. I decided to give the
sport a six months trial. After I
started fencing I never .gave a
thought to quitting,"' he says.
Pew won the Eastern Inter-
collegiate Championship and fin-
ished second and third in NCAA
finals while 'at Cornell. By 1956
he was ready to bid for the Olym-
pics. Finishing high in the Olym-
pic trials in" the epee he earned a
In Melbourne, Pew went through
the long, tiresome epee event,
whic lasted two days. Fencing then
resting, fencing then; resting, the
routine sapped his nervous energy.

By the end he had picked up
enough points to earn fourth place
behind three Italians.
Pew thinks the Americans have
a solid team for the Tokyo games.
Paul Peshty, a Rutgers student,
leads the way in the epee, but
Gene Hamori, a former Hungarian
national probably stands the best
chance to take a medal or the
U.S. in the sabre according to Pew.
Applies Psychology
As a psychologist Pew has some
ideas about utilizing his fencing
experience. He has toyed with
constructing a simulator to shape
behavior for improving the timing
and raising the speed of a fencing'
Fencing is being used in psycho-
therapy at Children's Psychiatric
Hospital. Psychologists feel that.
allowing children to let out ag-
gressions with a foil may have
some therapeutic value.
Fencing remains primarily a
sport, however, for the quick and1
healthy. It is not the exciting
dueling art that Jose Ferrer im-
mortalized as Cyrano de Bergerac,
but s sport, for as Pew said with
a chuckle, "chandeliers are not
standard equipment."

Studious Joe O'Donnell has!
again received All-Big Ten recog-
The 1963 Michigan Football cap-
tain, who was on the 1962 and
1963 All-Big Ten teams, was nam-
ed this week to the All-Time All-y
Academic Big Ten football team.1
The burly guard appeared on the
Big Ten All-Academic squads his
junior and senior years. O'Donnell
joins an impressive group that
includes seven All-Americans.
Wisconsin All-American Pat
Richter is paired at end with In-
diana's Brad Bomba, who starred
from 1954-56. Bomba led the Big
Ten in pass receiving in 1956 and
Richter led the conference in 1961
and 1962.
The tackle spots include two
All-Americans.. Northwestern's
Andy Cvercko was named in 1958
and Bob Hobert of Minnesota.
MSU Player Named
Carl Nystrom, who was a 1955
Michigan State All-American, is
teamed' up with O'Donnell at
guard. Iowa's Jerry Hilgenberg
centered the 1953 All-American
squad and completes the All-
Academic line.

The Minnesota Viking
receiver, Paul Flatley, is
the halfback spots afts
for Northwestern in 19
Minnesota's two-time
can Paul Giel, who wa
academic honors in 1
the other halfback spot
former major league

Ex-Wolverine Taylor
Chosen M' Manager



" The Image of Man in Contemporary iterature"


* *

Sunday Evenings
Baptist Campus Center

6:45-8:15 P.M.
502 East Huron St.

Sept. 13-
"The Vision of Hell in Modern Literature"
Mr. David W. K. Sumner, Teaching Fellow, Department of English
Sept: 204-
"I. P. Salinger's Man uzd His World"
Dr. N. Patrick Murray, Assistant Coordinator, Office of Religious Affairs
Sept. 27-
Readings from Contemporary Literature
"Man in the Theater of the Absurd"
Mr. Paul W. Light, Baptist Campus Minister
Oct. 11--w
Reading from Albee's "Zoo Story"
Oct. 18-
"Man in Contemporary Poetry"
Mr. Charles J. Sfoneburner, Teaching Fellow, Department of English
Oct. 25-
Poetry 'Reading
Fall Retreat ... Oct. 30-31-
"The Image of Man in Contemporary Theology"
Dr. Howard Moody, Pastor of Judson Memorial Church, New York City





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