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Fridayl

April 2, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Eleven

~idoy, April 2, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

wolverine

gymnasts

sixth

In

earl y

action

Southern Illinois
captures early lead
By BOB ANDREWS
The Michigan gymnasts, who e
ere highly favored to capture the
NCAA championships for the sec-
ond consecutive year, found them-
selves floundering in the depths S 1 0 t
of sixth place at the end of the
opening round of the competition.
The Wolverine total of 150.45 was NIGHT EDITOR:
substantially far behind Southern AL SHACKELFORD
*.inois, one of the other fine pow-
ers in gymnastics, which compiled s
a leading total of 155.55. poor seventh with a score of 22,

Superb individual performers
should provide tight competition

2.60.

In this round, the teams had With only nine teams competing
to go through a series of compul- overall, that left only two other
sory routines in each of the six schools, Louisiana State and San
events and it appeared that Coach Jose State, behind Michigan.
Newt Loken's squad had never Southern Illinois again took
illy mastered what was required honors with a 25.60 with Penn
of them. State in second with a 24.30. For
According to Loken, "Our boys Michigan, Mike Sale was the only
just weren't hitting and that is gymnast to surpass the eight point
just the breaks of the game. We plateau, which is something that
are, however, looking forward to does not occur too frequently,
tomorrow's competition and I'm amn h qa.

Despite their showing yesterday,
the Wolverines are highly visible
hosts during the NCAA Gymnastics
Championships. Their full 15-man
regular season lineup is still aim-
ing at the team title; furthermore,
six of them are competing for
seven individual event titles in ad-
dition to their team efforts.
But they certainly, are not the
only ones worth watching; more
than 160 other gymnasts are here,
all of them champions in one form
or another. Because of the over-
powering domination of many of
the conference tournamentsby the
eventual winning teams, most of
the individual competitors are also
members of one of the eight squads
competing along with Michigan for
the coveted team title. They include
California, San Jose, Air Force,
Iowa State, New Mexico, Southern
Illinois, Penn State, and LSU.
Before yesterday's compulsories,
Iowa State appeared to be the only
one with a clear shot at bursting
the Michigan balloon. Yet even
they managed to compile only a
158.5 team score in the Big Eight
finals compared to the Wolverines'
163.8 Big Ten meet score. But led
by ,all-arounder Brent Simmons,
who boasts a 105.75 total score for
those finals, and who qualified in
five of the separate events being
held now, the Hawkeyes appear
certain to reach tomorrow's finals,
which will includes the three best
teams.
Penn State is led by Marshall
Avener, who rolled to the Eastern
Collegiate all-around title with a

and captain Stormy Eaton, who
averaged 9.4 over the season on
the floor routines.
Despite the presence of three de-
More sports, page 9
fending champions, the individual
competition will probably be very
tight. No Michigan representatives
can be counted out, but others will
no doubt make their presence
known. Yoshi Hayasaki, from
Washington racked up three con-
ference titles and thus will be at-
tempting to increase his pair of

103.55 total, and who likewise is in national crowns by one. In the
the running for every separate rings, he'll have to contend with
event title but one. New Mexico Dave Seal of Indiana State, last
features all-arounder Dave Repp, year's champion and Chuck Rapie-

quet of Southern Illinois. In the
parallel bars, he'll likely battle
Dave Mazur of Iowa State and in
the high bar will be hard-pressed
by John Aitken of New Mexico.
Stormy Eaton, who won his confer-
ence title in all of his four years of
competition, and Ixdiana State's
Fred Henderson lead the floor ex-
ercises field. The sides horse com-
petition features two super-per-
formers-defending champ Russ
Hoffman of Iowa State and Illinois'
Ken Barr, both of whom consist-
ently hit 9.5 during the season.

sure we'll do better."
i For the Wolverines to climb in-
to the first position would require
their overtaking New Mexico, Cal-
ifornia, Iowa State, Penn State
and Southern Illinois, who are in
fifth to first places respectively.
Three different events were.held
t once, with three teams doing
e ch event. The Wolverines started
their day off in the side horse
event. This event has given Mich-
igan a good deal of difficulty
throughout the regular season, but
it turned out to be one of the
better categories for them as they
n anaged to tie for third place
Mth a 25.40 total behind Southern
Illinois (26.20) and Iowa State
(25.80).-
Dick Kaziny was one of the few
bright spots for Michigan as he
was tied for third individually
among the field to help the squad
nish as highly as they did in the
$ de horse.
In the still rings event, one
which the Wolverines usually dom-
inate, they could only manage a
Hail to the
soft eushio]
By CHUCK BLOOM
eing a former bench - warmer
' self, I know what it feels like
not to be wanted. I have always
found a warm spot in my heart for
people like Tim Nicksic; just plain
ordinary folk who try to make it
in the cruel, superstar - oriented,
big - name world of sports. So
maybe some of you can under-
sAnd why I got choked up when I
interviewed him.
Nicksic, a pnarmacy major with
one year of studies left, is often
called "Lurch" by his friends. "It
goes back to my high school days,"
says Nicksic. "Someone said I
looked like Lurch on that TV show
!'he Addams Family for all you
trivia freaks). It doesn't bother
me. More people know me by my
nickname than my real name."
He felt the high point of his
Michigan (career was going to the
NIT. The low point was, of course,
%tting on the bench: "The cushions
are always soft but it's not much
compensation."
Still, Tim felt he made a big con-
tribution to the team, on court as
well as off. "I felt I contributed in
more ways than just basketball,"
says Nicksic. "I tried to set an
mple of hustle and determina-
nby staying in there and bat-
tling for some of the sophomores
who weren't." He adds, "I would've
played more if I hadn't sprained
my ankle."
Then he was bombarded with
candid questions requiring equally
gndid answers. Who's the best
dresser? "Ford." And the worst?
"Myself." Responding to a ques-
tion on the cheerleaders, Tim com-
ments, "They try hard but they
could've made better selections.
This is because not enough girls
wents out. Cheerleadersf r o m
,pools like Illinois and Hawaii
Ive the crowd behind them. Any-
way they've got good-looking girls."
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In the other four events, Mich-
igan managed a sixth place finish
in the parallel bars with a 26.35;
a fourth place finish in the floor
exercises with a 26.20; a seventh
place finish in the long horse with
a very mediocre 25.05; and a sixth
place finish in the high bars with
a 24.85 total.
Although the judges have a
tendency to score a bit more
harshly in the compulsories, the
scores by Michigan were far be-
low their potential and it will take
a tremendous effort on their part
today if they hope to make the
team finals on Saturday and have
any chances as repeating as NCAA
champs.
Today, the optional routines
will be held in both the afternoon
and night at Crisler Arena, be-
ginning at 1:30 and 8 p.m. re-
spectively. The top three teams
after the combined results of the
first two days of action will then
be entitled to participate in the
team finals on Saturday after-
noon.
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BULLETS BUMPED
Knicks apply finale to Hawks

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By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Walt Frazier ledI
a last-quarter charge that.brought
the New York Knicks from nine1
points behind to a 111-107 victory
over Atlanta last night to win
their National Basketball Asso-
ciation playoff series.
The Knicks closed out the best-
of-7 game Eastern Conference
semifinal series, four games to
one, and will meet the winner of
the Baltimore - Philadelphia con-
test.
Frazier hit the two decisive free
throws with 51 seconds to go to
make the edge 108-103 and two
more free throws by Bill Bradley
and one by Dave Debusschere in
the final four seconds wrapped it
up. Debusschere finished with 29
points and Willis Reed and Dick:
Barnett added 21 each.
Pete Maravich, who shot the
Hawks into an 85-78 lead with 17
points in the third quarter, fin-
ished with 31. Lou Hudson who
had 20 first half points to put the
Hawks up 57-53 at the intermis-
sion finished with 29.
76'ers mince
BALTIMORE-The Philadelphia
76ers fought off a last quarter
Baltimore rally, defeated the Bul-
lets 104-103 on Archie Clark's
last-minute foul shot and stayed
alive in the National Basketball
Association Eastern Conference
semifinals last night.
Despite the loss, the Bullets hold
a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series
which moves back to Philadelphia
for game No. 6 tomorrow.

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when Jack Marin fumbled a Wes
Unseld pass out of bounds with.
five seconds to play.
Billy Cunningham, who was
shaken in a collision with Gus
Johnson early in the fourth quar-
ter, finished with 32 points and 20
rebounds for the 76ers.
The 76ers led 58-42 at halftime
after shooting 61 per cent in the
first two quarters to Baltimore's
36 per cent. Philadelphia stretched
its lead to 17 points early in the
third period and was on top 84-71
as the fourth period began.
In a pair of West Coast games
last night, Milwaukee was at-
tempting to eliminate San Fran-

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Nick Harburak moved Pittsburgh
off to a 2-0 lead but the Sabres
fought back to tie at 2-2. After
falling behind 3-2, Sabre Steve
Atkinson scored the tying goal.
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11

Tenure; or Old Teachers Never Die

Was he implying that our cheer-
leaders weren't good-looking? No,
but was he saying that they weren't
good-looking? "Yes, a couple could
be better looking." An astute ob-
servation from one who has ex-
perienc watching cheerleaders.
"The cheerleader profession hasn't
been established yet here at Mich-
igan. They've only had it for a
couple of years."
Then Nickie spilled the beans on
the teams loss to Georgia Tech in
the NIT: "It was our worst game
as a team. For the first time all
year, nobody was good. All five
starters played bad. The season
was too long. We were tired of
playing basketball and tired of be-
ing coached. We were upset that
we lost but also relieved that the
season was over."

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that if a college doesn't fire a teacher fast enough, they are stuck with
him forever.
The rules of tenure vary from campus to campus, but in general,
a teacher gets tenure when he reaches the rank of associate professor
or, failing that, when he completes eight years on the faculty. There-
after, he cannot be fired except for two rigidly defined causes: a) if he
is habitually nude during lectures; or b) if the college can prove he has
been dead for more than one semester.
Small wonder, then, that colleges are so careful about granting
tenure. Who wants to be'saddled with a dull teacher for the rest of his
lumpish life? For-let us speak frankly-even among a group as glit-
tering as teachers, you will find an occasional deadhead. Take, for ex-
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Mr. Stagnant was not only dull, he was stupefying. Believe me, I
would never say such a mean thing, true though it is, if he were a sensi-
tive man, but he is not. In fact, if you want an example of how insensi-
tive he is, he wrote his entire Ph. D. thesis on a chair that had a nail
sticking through the seat.
And if you want further evidence of his dullness, the thesis was
called "The Dynamics of Luggage."
But even so, the academic job market was booming at the time
Mr. Stagnant got his doctorate, and he soon found employment.
What's more, by blending with the ivy and always walking on tiptoe,
he managed never to attract the Dean's attention and thus got rehired
every year.
But finally came Year No.8, and Mr. Stagnant knew his luck had
run out. This time rehiring would mean tenure and naturally the Dean
would first take a good hard look. How, thought Mr. Stagnant with a
sicking heart, could he persuade the Dean he was worth keeping?
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The Foot Locker Through History .. .Valise and the Single Girl ... My
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no better. "We are herewith returning your cornball novel," wrote the
publisher. "Are you kidding with this stuff? Can you seriously believe
that in this modern day and age anybody would want to read a tear-
jerker about a rich Harvard boy who marries a poor Radcliffe girl who
dies of leukemia?"
And so, alas, Mr. Stagnant was fired. Today, a broken man, he
lives in a New Orleans slum, working part-time as a praline.
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Take, for instance, Miller High Life Beer. Do you think that if
Miller had been dull, it would have enjoyed a tenure of 115 years so
far? Of course not. Miller abides because it is the very opposite of dull;
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