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at the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
Friday May 13 at 7:15 P.M.
1429 Hill Street
Sponsored by the Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity

Busy Sports Chief Bena hBowsOut





(Daily Sports Editor '58-'59)
Somewhere along the line every
young man in America is told that
a college education -is a necessary
means to an end, that it is the
stepping stone to success, and that
one should get the most out of it
if they want to succeed in later
Apparently Jim Benagh learned
his lesson well-for no one can
criticize him for not getting every-
thing possible out of his stay at
Jim has ever done the old adage
one better by garnishing his edu-
cation with a number of appropri-
ate extra-curricular activities -
ones appropriate to his goal in
life, of course.
Held Many Positions
Since coming south from Che-
boygan five years ago Jim has
worked four seasons on The Daily
and climaxed this past year as
Sports Editor; he has been an
all-purpose photographer, he has
served three seasons as a football
manager, he was Secretary of
Phi Delta Theta fraternity, he
has been chosen a member of
Michigamua, he was a United
Press International correspondent
for Ann Arbor, and he is employed
by the Ann Arbor News.


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he has time to go to classes where

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The most amazing thing is that
Jim continually seems to find more
and more of these tasks, and sel-
dom drops any of them. Yet he+
does a very capable job in them
"Love Sports"
One would wonder what forces
could drive one to gather, hold,
and administer capably so many,
functiohs. Jim's answer is simply,
"I love sports."
This love for sports has been
a guiding light since Jim was in
high school in Cheboygan. He
remembers that he never thought
of any other career, and that he
started writing for the paper there
when he was 15.
"I just did sports writing, how-
ever," he recalls,. "I turned down
an opportunity to be a co-editor
of both the high school paper and
yearbook to be sports editor of;
Michigan Bound
Just as Jim seemed destined
always to be a sports writer, he
was also destined to come to Mich-
igan rather than any other school,
a surprising decision considering
that Northern Michigan is tradi-
tionally Michigan State territory.
"I never considered any other
school. I had been drawn to Mich-
igan athletics ever since reading
about the famous "Snow Bowl"
game of 1949. I had never seen a
cellege athletic event before com-
ing here, but I was sure Michigan
was where I wanted to see my
"And I have never regretted my
decision. The only other place I
have seen that ever appealed to
me at all was West Point, and it
was never even a close second," he
declares. Jim's older brother grad-
uated from West Point last June.
An Enjoyable Means
So Jim came to Michigan the
fall of 1955. He brought with him
$600 and an interest in journalism
and sports. The last five years
have been spent collecting an edu-
"I consider the education I'm
getting, and the many jobs that
I have all as a means. But these
experiences also satisfy my main
requirement of any means-that I
enjoy it.
"If I didn't enjoy it all, it
wouldn't be worth it."
It has cost him a lot, and he
has had to work it all. His many
writing jobs have, of course, been
a means of gathering experience,
but they have also helped him
financially, since he is completely
Jim's first activity at Michigan,
and the ones that has proven the
biggest, was The Daily. The course
of four years has made him Sports
Editor, a job he just passed on to
Tom Witecki a few weeks back.
Jim's journalistic experience and
education has brought to the front
some very definite ideas - ideas
which have been noticeable in
his work with The Daily.
"I feel that college journalists
should not pat people on the

backs all the time," he states. "I
have always tried to look at things
objectively and criticize when
necessary. I have always wanted
Michigan to get the most out of
every possible area, and this has
been the criterion I have used in
Research Needed
"Sports journalism should be,
greatly improved in the areas of
quality and content. I think sports
writers should use the same quan-
tity and quality of research that
other areas of journalism have
Jim has taken it upon himself
to spend at least six hours a day
on sports. "I try to spend that
much time listening, writing,
reading, watching-all of which
are learning," he states. "It is
certainly made possible by the
great wealth of athletic knowledge
we have available in Ann Arbor.
The fine quality of coaches and
intelligence of the Michigan ath-
letes makes this a great place for
picking up sports information."
Impressive Coaches
Jim is particularly impressed by
the Michigan coaching staff, as
he will reel off such names as:
Bump Elliott, "the finest person-
ality of anyone I have ever met In
sports"; Don Canham, "a man
who always says what he thinks";
Gus Stager, "who works so hard
even though he already has a
championship team"; Bill Perigo,
"who has gone out of his way to
be nice to me"; and football line
coach Bob Holloway, "who has so
much Michigan spirit."
Jim is also a sports writer who
likes color, flavor, and the feature.
"I like to get right into the at-
mosphere of theevent, and to
portray what I can of it," he says,
admitting that he dislikes press
boxes and would rather take his
camera and go down on the field
to cover an event. He also likes
to cover an event.
He also likes spirit, and says
that it is an intangible thing-
more than just noise. "I think we
have the best true school spirit
in the Big Ten," he said, and he
will refer to last year's indoor
track meet that he covered in
Madison, Wis., and very success-
fully portrayed the quiet winning
spirit of the occasion in an award-
winning story.
Plus Academic Spirit
"And another thing about the
Michigan spirit," he continues, "is
the fact that it carries over into
everything. We even have an aca-
demic spirit."
Feature writing has also brought
Jim to look at athletes as indi-
viduals-a task which has been
a real pleasure for him.
He has lived with athletes since
his sophomore year, and most of
his friends have been athletes or
associated with athletics.
"I think the great advantage
of this has been to break up the
old stereotype of athletes - the
kind of stereotype that so many

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students and faculty members
have," Jim states.
"I have found that within the
athletic group here at Michigan
that one can find every type of
individual and every type of in-
terest that can be found in non-

Jim's other activit would be
classified as Jobs rata than ex-
tra-curricular. His . >graphy
talent has been a he:, to The
Daily and to his pocketbook on
many occasions, while his work
with the UPI and the Ann Arbor
News has been in the nature of
career training while reaping
monetary gain at the same time.
Great Combination
"All of these activities have
the benefit of supplementing my
journalism class education and the
combination has been tremen-
dous," he says. "Despite the ex-
perience, though, I'm finding out
on the News that I don't know
so much after all. There is still
plenty more to learn.
"The Daily is a means to jour-
nalism, and also a sort of frater-'
nity in itself. My highest allegi-
ance has been there, and I have
felt very fortunate to have the
experience it provided."
Future Uncertain
Jim's future plans are uncer-
tain-except, of course, there is
the assurance that he will work in
sports, whether it be in the fields
of newspaper, publicity or wire
service work. He has already done
some dabbling in them all, and
will be willing to try any of them
in the future.
Jim will point out that there is
a sacrifice necessary for a student
to be in activities. He has seen a
lot of sleepless nights, done a lot
of work for little if any pay-but
he has seen many things, written
many stories, and met many
people in the area of sports-and
James Stewart Benagh loves


the first grouping, and on Tony
Rio and Gerry Smith of the second
classification. Jim rates "Ron
Kramer and Glenn Davis as the
best athletes I have ever seen in


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months ahead ...
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Close to Athletes
Jim's close relations with ath-
letes have been partly the result
of his tenure as a football man-
ager and his joining Phi Delta
Theta. Jim recommends football
manager positions to any students
looking for an activity that is
close to the real Michigan spirit.
"I certainly enjoyed it, pri-
marily because I learned a lot
about football, which is my favor-
ite sport as a spectator, and I
also got to know the players and
coaches personally," he states.
As for the fraternity, Jim
pledged at the beginning of his
junior year. "I have enjoyed it
even though I haven't been able to
get the full advantages. I haven't
been able to spend as much time
there as I should. But I have made
a lot of close friends," he explains.
From his familiarity with ath-
letes, Jim has drawn out two
favorites. One is the superb ath-
lete who gets the most out of his
classes which he feels are his
talent, and the other is the less
talented one who supplements
ability with spirit and desire to
also become a star.
Jim has written about both
kinds while on The Daily, as read-
ers will remember stories on Tom
Robinson and M. C. Burton among
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