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By RON POLLACK
When a budget cut is made, those
responsible for incorporating it usually
don't expect to receive expressions of
gratitude. More realistically they can
hope that those affected by the reduc-
tion in finances will be understanding.
Michigan Recreational Sports Staffers
no longer have to hope.
Despite a $130,000 cut in intramural
and club sports budgets which has
resulted in increased fees, the
Recreational Sports Department has
not received so much as a single angry
phone call thus far.
IN ORDER TO sign a team up for IM
play, a fee of $20 is required, a $13 in-
crease over last year's charge. Club
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sports participants are required to pay
two dollars per term.(Last year there
was no fee).
"The recommendation of the review
committee was that our major service
was our drop-in program," said Direc-
tor of Recreational Sports Dr. Michael
Stevenson. "It was important to keep
the buildings open and the drop-in of-
fered. In order to do this, our club and
IM fees had to be increased and they
had to become more self-sufficient.
"It costs each participant ap-
proximately 50 cents per game, while it
costs us about $44 for a softball game
and $54 for a touch football game when
you consider staff costs, officials,
equipment, field maintenance, etc."
IT IS FOR these reasons, said
Stevenson, that IM participants have
not been angered over the higher fees.
"When we had an IM manager's
meeting (which 200 people attended), I
went through the reasons for the fee in-
creases, and no questions were asked,"
he said. "I also asked our staff if they'd
heard any griping, and not one person
has complained to our office."
Director of Sport Clubs Dick Pitcher
believes that club sports athletes have
also accepted the fee they must pay to
play. "Generally, the people I've talked
to have felt that it's reasonable since
we'll be able to allocate the same
amount of money as last year, due to
the fee," he explained.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's a small
price to pay as long as we keep going,"
said rowing club treasurer Joe Palms.
"It's certainly better than having
things closed down."
LACROSSE CLUB treasurer Ray
Cassel noted that his organization has
been taking money out of participants'
pockets for years. Thus, the two dollar
fee will hardly have an effect on team
"We have dues ranging from $30 to
$40 a year, depending on your status,"
said Cassel. "I think we've had that for
the 17 years we've existed. We spend
about $1,500 on equipment from year to
year. So I don't even think they (the
players) will even know about it, since
we raised our dues five dollars from
last year. The club will probably pay
the two dollars (out of its dues)."
Although the Recreational Depar-
tment has not received any complaints,
rugby team member Greg Rose has
noticed that a few individuals are
unhappy with the two dollar fee.
Nonetheless, he sees both sides of the
"IT ISN'T too bad," said Rose. "It's
more money for people to pay, but two
dollars isn't a lot to pay. However,
some people are upset that they have to
pay, considering hew big the University
is. Michigan doesn't emphasize club
sports as much as many schools do. But
then again, they* do more than, say,
Michigan State. So I guess there's a
When the budget cuts were originally
announced, there was speculation that
the intramural program would not be
able to accommodate everyone who.
wished to participate. However, such
talk has proven to be unwarranted, due
to the increase in fees.
"There will be no limitation on
teams, except maybe due .to field
space," said Stevenson. "Some people
thought we'd be in a lottery system, but
there's been no problem. We'll take as
many people as want to join."
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STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN an intramural hockey game last winter.
Although fees have gone up this year in the wake of budget cuts, IM en-
thusiasts appear to be willing to pay the price.