The Michigan Daily-Thursday, October 30, 1980-Page 9
Searching for rational answers
A joke? No, the comical element was
often replaced by more somber
moments, like that portrayed in the pic-
ture at the right. ,
A farce? Only if you think the Open
Meetings Act is a piece of useless
legislation that was enacted to please
A chance to attend a public meeting?
Yes. That's exactly what it was.
And I sincerely hope Don Canham
and the other members of the Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics
9recognized our purpose Tuesday night
when they emerged from their October
meeting in the darkness outside Crisler
Arena and encountered a group of
reporters and editors.
We had been inside the tunnel leading
to the arena for about 90 minutes or so,
attempting to get into the meeting,
before we were forcibly dragged out
(but not arrested) by the Ann Arbor
police. I was one of four staffers who
were subjected to the rather brutal
treatment; earlier, Editor-in-Chief.
Mark Parrent and Opinion Page Editor
Joshua Peck were arrested and
charged with violating the Michigan
But swollen necks and swallowing
difficulties aside, I learned quite a bit
from the experience.
I learned that you cannot speak with
athletic department officials without
being bombarded by false rhetoric, in-
sulting banter, and general indifference
to the needs of others.
Associate Athletic Director Don Lund
that our lawyer also thought the
meeting should be open, Lund said,
"Let me see it in writing."
When Lund was asked why the
meeting was closed to the public, he
could not give us an answer. For added
entertainment value, let's hear some
other reasons (or non-reasons) given by
WILL PERRY, assistant athletic
director-"I was just invited to the
meeting. I'm giving a report."
SGT. ARTHUR HUGHES, Ann Arbor
police officer-"My understanding of it
is that this is a University building, and
Mr. Canham is in charge of these
buildings. And if he says this building is
closed, and not for use of the public at
the time, then I would assume he would
have that authority, that's my under-
DON CANHAM, Athletic Direc-
tor-"We talk about a lot of things
we're not ready to publicize. We make
policy on our own department. We don't
make decisions on tax dollars because
we don't use tax dollars."
The search for a consistent, well-
thought answer to our question ended in
failure, as you can easily see.
Most board members refused to
comment on this topic as they emerged
from the meeting, and you have to won-
der whether they all truly hold
Canham's view dear to their hearts. It
is more likely that they have fallen prey
to manipulation and a special type of
peer pressure to hang the veil of
secrecy over the entire operation.
typified that character sketch. Upon
entering the building and seeing that
several Daily reporters and editors
were blocking the door to the meeting
room, he cynically asked, "What do you
want to talk about? Freedom of the
press? First amendment? . . ."
Lund then asked if we had obtained
legal help in pressing our case. We said
that we had done so. After explaining
other officials to explain why the
meetings are closed:
THOMAS ANTON, professor of
political science and Big, Ten faculty
representative-"I think in the past
there have been some efforts to get a
legal ruling on that. As far as I under-
stand it, we haven't checked on the
ruling. You would have to look at what
the University attorney has to say
AN ANN ARBOR POLICE officer %
drags Daily Sports Editor Alan Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
Fanger by the neck and out of Crisler
Arena Tuesday. Fanger suffered minor
abrasions on his neck as well as
swelling in his throat.
The life of a walk- on
Fischer works hard, accepts reserve role
By STAN BRADBURY
It is late in the game and Michigan leads Nor-
thwestern 49-7 in the season opener of 1979. Into
the game comes number 20 to play defensive
back. In a matter of seconds, his career of
playing time has both begun and ended as a
A few seconds of playing time, late in a North-
western blowout, is not much to show for two-
and-a-half years of football practice. But for
junior walk-on Brad Fischer, it is more than
enough to keep him on the team and working as
hard as anybody else.
For a moment forget the Anthony Carters, the
Mike Trgovacs and the ,John Wanglers; they
have full-ride scholarships, campus recognition,
and very agreeable amounts of playing time and
0 publicity. To them, practice and pain are worth
THEN WHY, oh why, does a non-scholarship
player like Fischer put up with all the work,
time; and pain? What drives? What motivates?
"Basically it's the atmosphere of the program
and a lot of friends," said Fischer. "It's really a
lot of good'times, especially coming down to the
end of the season with the Big Ten race like it is.
"I'VE GOTTEN to the point where I really en-
joy football and maybe some day I might go on
as a coach or something," Fischer said. "I've
really learned a lot here just being around Bo
(Schembechler) and his coaching staff."
When Fischer was a senior quarterback and
defensive back at Oxford High School, the
coaches invited him to Ann Arbor for a visit and
from that time on, the 6-0, 201-pounder was sold
on the Wolverines.
"They invited me down here and I took a look
at the facilities and the academics and I knew I
wanted to come here," said Fischer. "It is kind
of an amazing sight to come here and see all this
when you're a high school senior."
FISCHER TURNED down scholarship offers
from Mid-American Conference schools to come
to. Michigan even though the coaches said they
could not offer hima'scholarship.
"Your first year is rough. The coaches don't
know much about the walk-ons," Fischer said,
"so the scholarship people they bring in get the
first shot at everything in practice.
'"But then, after the first year, you're a part of
the team and everyone knows what your part is
and what you can contribute," said the LSA
junior, who intends to get into business school..
EVEN THOUGH Fischer is not contributing
during the games, he has still made his presence
felt off the scene at practices. Last year during
spring drills all but one Michigan quarterback
had fallen to injuries. Bo then called on Fischer
to move to that position from his defensive back
Fischer came on and did the job filling.in at the
second-team quarterback slot and was a starter
for the White team in the Blue-White game.
"I almost didn't make it through spring ball,"
said Fischer. "Both of my shoulders were
messed up from the second day on so I was in
pain pretty bad.
"BUT WHEN YOUR shot comes along, you
don't lay over and let it pass. It may have hurt
me in the long run to play injured because it
hampered my performance," Fischer said.
For now, Fischer has to be content to run the
"Demo" (demonstration) offense. The demo
team's job is to imitate the next week's opponent
so the first and second teams can get a look at
what's in store.
"There's a certain amount of challenge going
against your own defense and trying to pick it
apart," Fischer said. "It's a personal
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