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Green to teach, awaits


Saturday, October 14, 1972


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A look back at old football daze

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The petition also praises Green's
teaching methods as "dynamic and
interesting." Finally, the petition
calls the slide show "relevant" and
asserts the right of the students
and the professor to "determine
the events" within the classroom.
In other protest action, 150 stu-
dents met last night and drew up
a proposal that will be submitted
to Dunn today.
The proposal if accepted would
give LSA student government full
power to choose the students act-
ing on the advisory committee and
full student parity on the com-
The chemistry department, how-
ever, has decided the committee's
students will be chosen by the
Graduate Student Council and the
student affiliate of the American
Chemical Society.
The students who met last night
want the committee to investigate
not only Green, but Dunn. They
also want the committee's deci-
sion to be binding in Green's case.
If these demands are not met by
the chemistry department, the stu-
dents plan to organize an alterna-
tive committee of students and
Mark Green attended the meet-
ing and said afterwards, "If the
pther committee is not put together
as to what was said tonight-put
ting Lit students in, then I think
the alternative committee is an
interesting idea."
"If it is carefully organized, it
can bring about interesting find-
ings about general problems in-
volved in this case. It may be the
best thing to happen for the Lit
schooland thehUniversity from a
learning standpoint."
Earlier in the day the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
A f f a i r s (SACUA) met behind
closed doors to decide it didn't
want to get involved in the Green
After the closed meeting, SACUA
issued a statement saying'that it




has "zero active function" in the
case at this time.
It did, however, indicate that it
might in the future probe certain
questions raised by the suspension.
This would include a review of the
Regents' bylaws regarding non-
tenured faculty, an examination of
what authority department heads
have in such cases, and a determi-
nation of what rights the faculty
has to decide what is revelant
course material.
Pointing out that no one has
looked at such questions at the
University for nearly 20 years,
SACUA added that it was "high
time" someone did.
The entire controversy began
Monday when Dunn suspended
Green for his activities after Oct.
5, the second day he showed an
anti-war slide show to his three
Chemistry 227 classes.
On Oct. 10, LSA Dean Frank
Rhodes asked Dunn to establish an
ad-hoc committee of chemistry fac-
ulty members to review Green's
performance of his teaching du-
ties, the relieving of those duties,
and what further action was ap-
On Thursday, over 400 students
marched from the Diag to the
Chemistry Bldg. to protest the sus-
pension and demand Green's re-
Representatives of the protest
group, including Student Govern-
ment Council President Bill Jacobs
and LSA Government President Jay
Rising, spoke Thursday before the
chemistry faculty urging reinstate-
ment of Green and student parity
on the review committee.
The department faculty chose
Smith, Curtis and Groves for the
review committee.
On Thursday afternoon, the com-
mittee decided to add three stu-
dents to the committee as full

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kicked in the groin.
The injury was so serious that
it required a lengthy operation. Be-
fore the surgery was performed,
however, the patrolman was re-
leased from the hospital to get
Bob Ufer, a University graduate
and the voice of Michigan- football
on WPAG, recalls his participa-
tion in the celebrations.
"We rocked cars and turned
some over," he said. "I personal-
ly helped tear out the last three
rows of seats in the old Whitney
Theater, but it was just good,
clean malicious fun."
After the frolics of the 30s, the
40s were relatively quiet. Still
Ufer remembers one particular in-
"In1947, the morning of the
State game, the pipes in the visi-
tors' locker room burst and when
Biggie Munn and his team arrived
they had to change in a foot of
water and sewage," Ufer recalls.
"After the game, Munn said,
'Crisler made us stand in crap up
to our knees and then had the au-
dacity to beat us 55-0."'
Another tradition of the Michi-
gan-Michigan State games was
established.in 1953. Gov. G. Men-
nen ("Soapy") Williams initiated
the Paul Bunyan trophy to be giv-
en to the winner of the annual
The $1,500 trophy, oddly enough,
was a massive hand-carved statue
of Paul Bunyan mounted on an
equally massive pedestal.
The trophy now resides in the
Michigan locker room and accord-
ing to one source "is in a state
of disrepa'.ir' The source; who
wishes to remain anonymous,
adds, "Michigan never gave a
damn about that trophy-it meant
a lot to State though. It was or-
iginally just a gimmick to get
votes for the governor."
The University retained the tra-
ditional pep rallies through the
50s, but student tastes became
somewhat more carnal.
The era of the panty raid took
In 1955, over 1,000 male students,
responding to the call "up the
hill", staged the largest panty

raid in University history the night
before the game with State.
Members of the faculty and ad-
ministration patroled the hill area,
trying to discourage the men from
their evil designs. But according
to some reports, the coeds urged
the attackers on by shouting and
throwing various types of under-
garments out the windows.
The next day the administration
issued a statement demanding "no
more catch-as-catch-can pep ral-
By the way, women first active-
ly participated in pep rallies in
1915, when 900 coeds were admit-
ted to the balcony of Hill Aud. In
another burst of radicalism, the
women were even allowed to cheerI
several times.
Late in the 50s, a new trend de-
veloped during the 'U'-State-week
-"Mission: Impossible" mania.
The fad began in 1957 when sev-
eral University students stole the
church bell MSU rings at all their
home games. The bell was so pop-
ular that it reemerged at the Uni-
versity on the front lawn of Alpha
Tau Omega.fraternity three years
During the 60s, the espionage
techniques were honed to a razor's
edge as 15 frat men stole "Sparty"
a five-foot tall Spartan head used
by the MSU cheerleaders. Sparty
put in a guest appearance at the
game wearing a coat of maize and
blue paint.
A year later, the University rip-
off crew went to East Lansing to
kidnap the 1,000 Spartan statue
that is a campus landmark. They
were foiled, however, when they
found out the statue came equip-
ped with its own alarm system.
The wily band did leave their
mark by drawing a 40-yard "U-M"
on the Spartan field, using lime
and fertilizer.
State had its moment of glory,
however, when several chemistry
majors slipped into Ann Arbor on
the Wednesday before the game
and scrawled "Beat Michigan" onC
the field using acid that didn't ac-
tivate until 72 hours after appli-
On Saturday morning the'

very partisan

was greeted, by
playing field.

Traditions change and so do
names. The Spartans actually
were once known as the Farmers
of Michigan Agricultural College
-- fondly known ever since as
"MVoo 'U"'.
Just for the record, if you want
some perspective on today's game,
remember that in 1902, the Wol-
verines devoured the Farmers
119-0. You can look it up.


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