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Seventieth Year

Then Opinions Are Free
Truth win reval

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staff writers
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Y, MARCH 9, 1960


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Post-Season Athletic Ban
A Rash Mistake

BIG TEN faculty representatives, act-
ing on a proposal by the athletic directors,
made a rash decision when they voted for a
ban on all post-season competition other than
Olympic trials -- and the decision may cause
much harm.
It's because of that possible harm - which
has become evident immediately in recruiting
high school athletes - that the faculty rep-
resentatives should have done more discussing
about the problems involved and less voting
on the ban.
Before getting into th reasoning against
the representatives' action, it should be noted
that probably none or just a few of them ex-
pect the ban to be accepted by their individ-
Ual institutions. Michigan's representative,
Prof. Marcus Plant, from the Law School, who
apparently voted for the ban, has said that he
can't see how it will go through and that he
felt the whole value in the action was to stir
up the question for review at the respective
Another aspect is that, despite most pub-
licity to the contrary, there is little reason to
believe that athletic directors and faculty rep-
resentatives voted for the ban as a display of
bitterness over the failure of the Rose Bowl
to get approval. Neither athletic directors nor
faculty men gave any hint of this when con-
tacted; most of them can be believed In spite
of speculations by trouble-stirring newspaper-
BUT THE fact that the athletic directors and
faculty men made their decision in good
faith does not mean they did the right thing.
This follows for two major reasons - the re-
cruiting angle and the lack of thought given
the motion.
The effect on recruiting should be consid-
ered because the coaches, who are especially
concerned with proselyting high school ath-
letes, now are directly under control of the
athletic directors. And these athletic directors
have endangered their coaches at the critical
time when they do their recruiting of high
school athletes. (It should be noted here that
Michigan athletic director H. 0. Crisler is in-
nocent in the matter, as he was chairman of
the session and thus not a voting member of
the directors' group. It's also fortunate that
his own personal stand is consistent with ear-
lier reasoning: He was for post-season football
competition before the bowl ban and still is;
and he is still for post-season competition in
other sports, too.)
But after the vote in Columbus Saturday,
the Big Ten athletic directors are on record
as being against competition beyond the Big
Ten season. But the recruiting season lasts
from now until May. And the other confer-
ences and schools which compete with Big Ten
recruiters will take advantage of the vote as
they try to sell high school graduating athletes
on their schools. And it is exactly during this
time of the year - March until the official in-
stitutional vote is taken in May - that Big
Ten schools are on record as banning post-
season competition for the future.
Faculty representatives also should have
given more thought to the coaches of their
schools. Prof. Plant has said recruiting wasn't
even discussed at the meeting. But coaches
ARE members of the faculties at schools, and
should deserve at least some consideration.
Castro anc
Associated Press News Analyst
LOOEING at it one way, the mouthings of
Fidel Castro and his Cuban revolutionaries
represent a tribute to the character of the
United States.
Castro is in deep trouble. Fighting to retain
the popularity accrued from the success of his
revolution against a bloody dictatorship, he
has shed much blood.
Political immaturity in his regime has pre-
vented establishment of the democratic insti-
tutions he promised.

THE IDEA behind the faculty representa-
tives' vote was to bring the whole question
back to the campuses, so why couldn't they
have brought it back as a discussion piece and
not as a piece of already passed legislation?
In general, passing legislation is always
more harmful when there is no doubt that the
decision was HURRIED and NOT THOUGHT
The Columbus decision was made entirely
within a period of five hours or less. The mat-
ter had never been discussed at a previous Big
Ten meeting, Assistant Commissioner Bill
Reed admitted and others agreed. For example,
neither Reed nor Prof. Plant knew what was
meant by the clause ". . . except in Olympic
tryouts" which was added to the ban. Nothing
was discussed about how the Olympic program
is conducted. Yet, it is a fact that (with the
exception of rowing at Wisconsin, which no
one thought of anyway) in no Olympic com-
petition does a Big Ten athlete represent his
school. So why add such a clause? It's a Con-
ference rule already that an athlete cannot
represent his school after its sports season is
over anyway (and the sports seasons end now
with the NCAA meet). Thus, why worry about
a "problem" that is taken care of under an-
other rule?
E OLYMPIC exception leads to a question
of the whole legislation on post-season
competition. If the time which should go to
education is going to post-season sports, why
should time devoted to Olympic competition be
made an exception? Overall, more time is
wasted by Olympic competition than in NCAA
or Amateur Athletic Union meets. But there
seems to be an air of purity attached to the
Olympics. Actually, the Games are run no
better than NCAA meets.
FINALLY, there is the problem that, if ath-
letic directors voted for the ban, it appears
that they are against post-season competition.
The only hope now is that the faculties con-
sider all aspects of the problem, which they
probably will. But what will happen if the
tables are turned and faculties decide that
they must vote out all sports to be consistent
with their previous ban on post-season foot-
ball? If the faculties voted out the Rose Bowl
for being too commercial, they should also vote
out the NCAA baseball tournament which is
run in conjunction with the Omaha Chamber
of Commerce. The NCAA hockey tourney made
a lot of money for a certain hotel in Colorado
Springs - its sponsor for years.
If they retain the ban on just football, the
faculties are admitting they discriminated
against one sport and not others. If the time
longer period and consume more practice time
element is considered, many sports run over a
than football does - even with the Rose Bowl
included. For instance, the competitive season
of track is seven school months and the other
two are spent in preparation.
It doesn't appear that much thought was
given to the many problems involved in the
post-season competition decision, even though
officials are thinking more about it now. How-
ever, it seems that men should think first and
pass rules later, especially when doing this
would be to the benefit of ALL.
Sports Editor
subsidiary, announced that it was closing down
because of export restrictions and inability to
raise money for its development program.
Other American concerns are trying to res-
cue as much of their billion-dollar investments
as they can before expropriatalon, which they
expect. Some have already lost heavily, along
with domestic interests. All private invest-
ments in Cuba, foreign and domestic, either
have been hung up or stand waiting at the
OTHER Latin American countries are suc-
cessfully resisting Castro's efforts to make
his revolution a great area-wide upheaval.

Most of them are way ahead of Cuba in the
anti-dictatorship movement.
Castro needs a whipping boy. Since there
is always some resentment against the United
States among Latin Americans, whether it
be latent or active, he seeks to play upon it.
He can do so in relative safety. There is no
slightest danger that the United States will
do to Cuba what Soviet Russian did to Hun-
ri ERE is pressure on the United States to
apply sanctions, by cutting either the quota
or the price paid for Cuba's sugar. Some other
Latin-American countries, like Brazil with her
vast undeveloped sugar capacity, would like
to cut into the market. Some Americans are

TpHE QUESTION In the Midwest air is how long the Big Ten can
hold together its many factions.
But before any conclusion is drawn from a squabble here and a
controversy there, all the factors should be weighed. And when they
are, the pros always tend to outweigh the cons in a group that has
stayed together for a half-century.
The cons include age-old issues, like the supposed "power strug-
gle" between athletic directors and faculty representatives, and the
question of de-emphasis, which can be thrown to the wayside. After
all, these have been problems for at least the last 20 years and the
schools sacrificed these stands to remain in the Conference. Thesame
holds true for the defferences in size of schools and the differences
in academic classification - two things which have a direct bearing
on the quantity and quality of the athletic teams.
* * * *
THE ABILITY of the Conference to cope with problems was recent-
ly shown when one of the most heated problems the Big Ten has
ever had - the banning of post-season football - officially came to
an end. Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa were very strong advo-
cates of the Rose Bowl and they are still in the Big Ten today.
The newest problem - a post-season ban of all sports - seems
like it would mean teams would drop out. But two of the athletic di-
rectors, who have the best all-round sports programs and would
suffer most, have taken a different view.
Michigan's H. 0. Crisler, emphasizing that he was giving his per-
sonal opinion and not speaking for the school, said that even the all-
sports ban probably would not break up the Conference. He said that
he personally wouldn't be in favor of pulling out of the league be-
cause enough good would be left to outweigh the bad. His stand is
for post-season competition - as it always has been.
And Biggie Munn, Michigan State's athletic chief, said the post-
season program in all sports should be consistent with the ban in
football. State and Michigan have the winningest all-sports programs
in the Big Ten and would be hit hardest by the all-sports ban.
ANOTHER CON is the fact that some schools - especially Wiscon-
sin, Purdue and Northwestern - have a very poor all-around sports
programs and don't come close to meeting championship caliber ex-
cept in football, basketball, and baseball (and occasionally one or
two other sports.) For example, Wisconsin was eighth in swimming,
ninth in tennis and didn't score in gym, wrestling or track in the most
recent Conference meets. Northwestern and Purdue don't have gym
teams and joined Wisconsin in the lower three positions in most of
the other sports.
That just begins to show that the Conference is held together
mainly by an adhesive called football. There are other important fac-
tors like geography and all-sports scheduling and the fact that all
but one school (Northwestern) are the best state schools in the mid-
But football dollars keep the all-sports programs going, keep,
alumni ininterest intact, and pay for physical education.
CRISLER said if the Conference ever did break up it would be
because of something like the compulsory schedule which has been
passed for football. Every team has to play every other team once a
year. This plan goes into effect next spring when a minimum of seven
games will be scheduled - with the plan of working up to the full
round-robin by 1969.
"This is what split the Pacific Coast up," said Crisler. "It's incon-
sistent with the original intent of the Conference. Never in its first
50 years was the Conference thought of as a scheduling league."
But the way things stand now, Big Ten solidarity is not in as
much jeopardy as people would like to think.
Crisler wasn't the only one to emphasize this. Michigan Faculty
Representative, Marcus Plant of the law school, made that clear.
There really wasn't any other athletic director or faculty representa-
tive at the columbus meetings who suggested a break-up either.
History has seen only on two schools ever drop out and one of
those is back in. That's Michigan.



-Daily-Jim Benagh
THOUGHT OF THE DAY-Big Ten Commissioner Kenneth L. "Tug" Wilson Is probably thinking it
over, just like everyone else who still has interest in the Conference: How.many more trophies will Big
Ten athletes have a chance to compete for?
Yes, but Possibly, No

Daily Staff Writer
DID THE BIG TEN really ban
all post-season competition at
its meeting in Columbus last
This is a question that can be
answered with both a Yes and a
Yes-A majority of the Big Ten
faculty representatives did ap-
prove a recommendation from the
athletic directors saying: "seasons
in all sports, unless otherwise
limited in these regulations and
except for Olympic trials, shall
close with the Conference cham-
pionship meet in each sport."

No-This ruling has 55 days
before it ran go into effect and
the way things look now it never
This two-faced answer is quite
permissible because of what is
known in "Conference language"
as the White Resolution.
* * *
THE NOW infamous resolution
was originally passed back in 1901,
to give the individual institutions
a stronger control over what went
on at Conference meetings.
The resolution states that any
ruling passed under the White
Resolution must wait 60 days be-
fore going into effect. During this

If Ruling Upheld,
May Murder Athletics

Daily staff Writer
THE BIG TEN, even if they suc-
ceeded in accomplishing noth-
ing else by passing a tentative ban
on post-season athletic competi-
tion, did succeed in irritating some
Michigan coaches to the point of
Although the general consensus
of opinion voiced by the coaches
seems to lead to the conclusion
that the rule will never be upheld
at the Conference meeting in May,
they feel that if passed would
"murder" athletics here at Michi-
Al Renfrew, Wolverine hockey
mentor, said "We shoot for the
NCAA every year; if the rule is
passed it would affect everything."
Michigan swimming coach Gus
Stager, whose Wolverines are pres-
ently preparing for this year's
NCAA meet, said "The NCAA is
our ultimate goal and while the
Big Ten meet is wonderful to win,
it is secondary to the NCAA
* * *
DON CANHAM, the Wolverine's
young track coach, echoed their
words when he said, "It's not
consistent with a good athletic
program when our athletes can't
compete against the best in the
country, it wouldn't be good for
These three coaches would be
the ones most affected by the new

rule, as their sports are the ones
where the NCAA meet means the
The problem of top competition
for coaches' athletes would be
greatly multiplied, and recruiting
good athletes would be almost im-
possible if the law were retained.
Canham said that he has prob-
lems already with the recruiting
implications of the new rule. Can-
ham said yesterday "Already this
morning I had a call from an
eastern high school coach who
said he had a boy who wanted to
come to Michigan, but wouldn't if
the post-season ban went through.
"When you have a good team it's
tough to get good athletes, and
now this thing makes it even
MICHIGAN golf coach Bert
Katzenmeyer possibly summed up
the whole situation in a few words
when he said, "The whole thing is
too 'iffy'; we'll worry about it
when it's final."
But can Michigan afford to
worry about it then? With three
Big Ten championship teams this
winter, the Michigan Athletic De-
partment cannot afford to let
down. If it waits until the prob-
lem is finally decided, most of the
top athletes will be already en-
rolled somewhere else-,somewhere
where schools can offer the lure
of competition against the coun-
try's best.

time an objection by any one of
the 10 member institutions will
automatically force another vote
at the next Conference meeting.
A valid objection is considered
to be a letter from the athletic
ruling council at the objecting
university. At Michigan, the ruling
council is the Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics.
There have been several objec-
tions to this resolution over the
years and one is that faculty rep-
resentatives can actually pass a
regulation without having any
serious intention of letting it go
into effect.
This seems to have been the
case with the present post-season
AFTER RECEIVING the athletic
directors' recommendation to ban
all post-season competition (and
what prompted this no one really
knows) several of the faculty rep-
resentatives felt that this should
be brought back to the individual
schools for discussion.
In order to do this, the repre-
sentatives first had to vote to put
the issue under the White Resolu-
tion-a simple 6-4 majority is
needed. Then they had to vote in
favor of the ban so that it could
be brought back to the individual
schools of discussion.
It was this vote that launched
the avalanche of protest.
For although several of the
representatives were not sure
where they stood on the bill, their
vote of yes to promote more dis-
cussion actually put the bill into
* * *
THERE IS LITTLE doubt that
before too long an objection will
be raised, and under the terms of
the White Resolution, a re-vote
will be taken at the May meet-
And chances are that the ban
on post-season competition will be
revoked, but the damage will have
already been done.
In the two-month interim, the
Big Ten's recruiting will be seri-
ously handicapped and, once more,
its athletic prestige will have suf-
What the Big Ten needs is a
resolution that will allow discus-
sion on the individual campus
level without forcing its faculty
representatives to commit them-
selves on a damaging pre-mature

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mester of residence in this College.
Travelogue. Andre de Ia Varre, pho-
tographer, will narrate Its film "Eu-
rope in your own car" on Thurs., March
10 at 8:30 p.m., Hill And.
March 10, 11, 12-Gilbert and Sulli-
van Society presents "lolanthe" 8:30
P.M. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Mati-
nee: March 12, 1:30 P.M
Tomorrow at 4:10 P.M. the Dept. of
Speech will present FRATRICIDE PUN-
ISHED in Trueblood And. FRATRI-
CIDE PUNISHED is an anonymous,
pirated edition of HAMLET which was
played on the continent, during the
17th Century, by English players who
could not get work in England. No ad-
mission will be charged.
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students wishing to apply for a Resi-
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year 1960-61 for Helen Newberry House
may do so through the Office of the
Dean of Women. Applications must be
returned complete, by Mon., March 14.
Students already living in this residence
hall and those wishing to live there
next fall may apply. Qualifications will
be considered on the basis of academic
standing (minimum 2.5 cumulative
average), need, and contribution to
group living,
Faculty Recital: Miss Frances Greer,
soprano, will be heard in a recital with
Eugene Bossart, painist, and assisted
by the Stanley Quartet, in the Rack-
ham Lecture. Hall Wed., March 9 at
8:30 p.m. Miss Greer will perform song
cycles by Barber, Ginastera, Chausson
and Ravel.
Lecture: "Arab Unity: A Force for
Peace" will be discussed by Dr: Fayes
A. Sayegh, former director of the Arab
States Delegation, on Wed., March 9
at 8:30 p.m. in Aud. A.
Lecture: Prof. Herman Zanstra, Uni-
versity of Amsterdam, will speak on
"The Philosophical Foundations of
Knowledge" on Wed., March 9 at 4
p.m. in Rm. 33, Angell Hall.
Lecture: Dr. Philip Siekevitz, The
Rockefeller Institute, New York, will
speak on "The Relation of Cell Struc-
ture to Metabolic Activity" on Thurs.,
March 10 at 4 pm. Third Level Amphi-

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