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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 21, 1981-Page 11


At a time when the athletic programs at other
colleges and universities throughout the nation are
suffering from financial woes, Michigan's $12 million
athletic department budget may seem to be an od-
dity. Also, the fact that Michigan's program is com-
pletely self-supporting and virtually independent
from the university may appear stranger still.
Unlike most intercollegiate sports programs across
the country, the Michigan athletic department
receives no funding from the university's general
fund. Instead, the program must depend on its own
resources for financial survival. This unique feature
is one of the fundamental keys to the success of the
Michigan program, according to Athletic Director
Don Canham.
"THE INDEPENDENCE is a definite advantage, "
said Canham. "If all I had to do was submit a
budget request to the university, I don't think that we
would accomplish'as much. The incentive would not
be there."
Instead of drawing on the university - general fund
the Wolverine athletic program taps almost every
other possible resource for financial support. Besides
ticket sales, thie program augments its income with

revenues from the golf course, parking fees at
athletic events, television and radio broadcasting,
concessions, and various fund raising activities.
Canham cites another source of supports for the
athletic department, however, which is crucial to its
success. "We have an awful lot of student support,"
said Canham.
"OUR TICKET sales to students are tremendous.
When you think about the fact that We sell more than
30 thousand tickets out of a student body of 40
thousand, that is remarkable."
However, the average student may not feel that he
or she greatly benefits from the financial success of
the Michigan athletic department. Yet, Canham
readily refutes this. He points out that many of
Michigan's athletic facilities are also used by
recreational sports teams, and that these facilities
have been built and maintained with money that
comes directly from the intercollegiate sports
program. These include the Track and Tennis
building and the Coliseum.
"We support most of the facilities used by the
recreational sports program for both men and
women," said Canham. "We help sponsor the
amateur track meets in the spring and other ac-

CANHAM ALSO points out some of the indirect
benefits to university of a solid athletic program. "It
draws interest and publicity to the school," said
Canham. I think that Michigan State and Notre Dame
proved that. Nobody heard of these schools before
they had good athletic programs.
That is not to say that their good academic
programs weren't important, but I think that
athletics works to publicize good academics more.
For example, the half time T.V. segments draw at-
tention to a schools fine academic. accomplishmen-
Of course, the continued success of the athletic
program also means the continued expansion and
improvement. Among the ideas for improvement
currently under consideration by the athletic depar-
tment is construction of a new women's gymnasium.
"We are currently toying with the idea of building a
new women's gym to upgrade their facilities," said
Canham. "We are currently working on a
preliminary study and will make some decisions
later in the year.

... praises student support

91KWeekt Digedt
Big Dogs 7, Beaver Patrol 6: The Big Dogs claimed the 'A' league cham-
pionship behind the powerful bat of Rick Baker. Baker clouted two home
rtins with a man on base each time in this closely contested game.
"I was really psyched up for the game," said Baker. "I just hit the ball in
the right places."
Both teams got on the score board in the second inning with the Big Dogs
getting the better of it. Paul Salvodelli, Neil Nathanson and Greg Sembower,
each scored for the Big Dogs. The Beaver Patrol got their runs from Mike
Rucinski and Gary Forhan.
The Big Dogs then padded their lead in the third frame when Baker
smacked his first round tripper of the game with John Witri on base.
The lead was narrowed to 5-4 in the fourth inning when Howard Pikstein
and Rucinski crossed the plate for Beaver Patrol.
The Big Dogs then regained their three run margin when Baker hit his
second home run with Witri again oil base.
The Beaver Patrol closed the gap to 7-6 in the sixth inning when Fran
Morel hit a one-out home run. In the seventh inning, the Beaver Patrol had
Forhan on second base, but could not advance him any further.
"It was a really evenly matched game," said Baker. "The difference was
our spirit. We rooted each other on and never criticized each other."
Nitwits 8, Hit 'N' Run 3: The Rick Baker-John Witri combination also team
up to win the co-rec 'A' League Championship game.
The Nitwits jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first stanza when Baker, Witri
and Connie Miller all scored.
The score grew to 8-4 in the middle innings. Those scoring runs for the
Nitwits were Baker, Bernie Gaps, Chip Owen and Becky Orr.
In the seventh inning Hit 'N' Run put three runs across the plate to avoid
the shutout. These tallies were scored by Mike Rucinski, Barb Canning and
' Gary Hopps.
"I wasn't real worried," said Witri of the three late inning scores. "I was
worried a little, but we had the game in hand."
Despite the Nitwits' comfortable margin of victory, Witri had praise for
the losing team. "They're a good team," he said.
"We've played them before. Usually we have good games against them."
The deciding factor in the game, according to Baker, was the female
members of the Nitwits' team. "The difference was that our women can field
and hit very well;" he said. "When you have to switch off between batting
males and females, it's hard to have a big inning sometimes. But our women
hit well."
The IM Digest relates briefly the activities of the Michigan In-
tramural program during the previous week. This week's information
was compiled by Daily sportswriter Ron Pollack.

Michigan students may apply and
pay for their season tickets on October
19th thru 23rd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
tWe Athletic Ticket Office. Each
student must apply in person.
Student priority, as usual, will be
determined on the number of credit
hours earned at Michigan.
Student tickets are $35 with proper
identification. Spouse tickets will be
available to students with proof of
marriage at a cost of $52.50 (this will be
required at time of payment).

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