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'M'skydivers have fun;
harbor no death wish

The Michigan Daily--Thursday, November 20, 1980-Page 11
GRIDDE PICKS

By BARB BARKER
Can you imagine shelling out up to sixty dollars for the
pportunity to jump out of an airplane at 2,500 feet? Some
ould opt for spending eternity in a CRISP line as a more
lesirable fate. Yet, with over 3% million jumps occurring in
he U.S. last year, skydiving is a sport which is gaining more
md more national popularity.4
Skydiving enthusiasts claim that it is the "ultimate"
rt. According to U-M senior Steve Foland, president of the
Jniversity Parachuting Club, there is just no such thing as a
'bad dive".
"IT'SJUST something you can't describe to someone
vho's never tried it," said Foland. "Every time you go
here's a thrill - an incredible adrenalin rush."
Foland, an instructor for the Tecumseh Parachuting
ervice, made his first jump with the club as a-freshman.
ince then he has been an active member competing in
umerous "boogies" (tournaments). Each winter the club
ravels to Florida to participate in a national boogie.
"Skydiving is one of the few sports in which both men and
omen can compete equally against one another," stated
land. "Last year, the world champ was a wom'an, (Cheryl
terns)."
THE PARACHUTING Club sponsors "first jump" cour-
es every fall and spring at a discounted rate. For a $45 fee,
hey provide instruction, equipment and the trip up. Last
rear over 300 University students took advantage of the
)rograin.
According to Foland, the first jump is very controlled.
'tudents use what is called a static line which automatically
ns their chute a second and a half after they jump. There
s both a jump master in the plane and an instructor on the

ground.
"Students must go through a six-hour training session
prior to the jump," said Foland. "This involves three hours of
book learning and three hours of practical training which
takes place out at the jump site in Tecumseh. This training is
very rigorous and entails practice landings and chute
packing. Through this training we instill automatic respon-
ses so that there is no room for error."
DESPITE ALL THE safety precautions taken, most
people are leary of taking up the sport. Foland explained that
the wealth of publicity concerning skydiving accidents has
given skydiving the stigma of being highly dangerous.
"There is actually a much lower injury factor than most
people think,"' said Foland. "There is an average of 40
fatalities annually out of some 3 million jumps made."
"The majority of these, 75 percent, occur with advanced
divers. The problem occurs when people become too sure of
themselves and violate a basic safety rule, said Foland.
"Mistakes can be costly. The sport is as safe as you are,"
ONE QUESTION still remains. What would make
anyone want to jump out of an airplane? Foland dispelled the
notion that skydivers must harbor a secret death wish.
"I have no death wish," said Foland. "I found something
that I am good at and that I enjoy. When it comes right down
to it I'd rather die doing something I enjoy than be
killed .. senselessly. I'm careful with what I do. I gave up
skiing because I though it was too risky."
Shari Steiner, a sophomore, made her first dive last year
through the Tecumseh program. "I guess I tried it out of
curiosity," she said. "I wanted to see what people thought
was so great about jumping out of an airplane. I thought it
was a real thrill. I'd do it again if I had the opportunity."

The Voyager I spacecraft has recen-
tly promoted special interest because of
its travels to Saturn. Pictures, data and
new discoveries are constantly being
sent back to earth. Recently, the
Voyager has picked up messages from
the ringed planet that the pizza on
Saturn is terrible. They decided to try
for a free, delicious, one-item Pizza
Bob's pizza by entering this week's
Gridde Picks contest and getting them
down to The Daily, 420 Maynard, by
midnight Friday. Oh, by the way, the
Saturnians pick Michigan to win, 56-0.
1. MICHIGAN at Ohio State (pick score)
2. Iowa at Michigan State
3. Indiana at Purdue

4. Minnesota at Wisconsin
5. Southern Cal at UCLA
6. Oklahoma at Nebraska
7. Brigham Young at Utah
8. Kentucky at Tennessee
9. Washington at Washington State
10. Yale at Harvard
11. Mississippi at Mississippi State
12. Texas at Baylor
13. Arkansas at Southern Methodist
14. Tulane at Louisiana State
15. Colgate at Rutgers
16. South Carolina at Clemson
17. Kansas at Missouri
18. C.W. Post at Merchant Marine
19. Iona at Brooklyn College
20. DAILY LIBELS at Ohio St. Lantern
(Friday night)

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... student skydiver

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Women booters win;
Spikers top Purdue

By S. SHERBER
The women's soccer club hosted their
final home game last Sunday, defeating
Ohio State 4-2. The win boosted the
club's over-all record to 3-4.
Ohio ,State took control of the first
half,'ending the stanza leading 2-1. The
Michigan booters rallied in the second
half, 'knotting the score at 2-2 with a
goal by Tracy McNall. The final point
ame from a corner shot by right wing
onny Bradregh. Goalie Jan Bohrer
was responsible for keeping the
Buckeyes scoreless throughout the
second half, as she turned away 12
Buckeye shots.
'The soccer club will complete its
season this weekend when they travel'
to 'Miami of Ohio to compete in the
Midwest Intercolligate Soccer League
tournament.
Volleyball
Mile the Wolverine football team
as..trouncing Purdue last weekend,
he. Michigan Men's Volleyball Club
as busy handing the Boilermakers yet
nbther defeat. The spikers defeated
urdue in a best of five match, 14-16, 16-
4, 15-2,15-7.
With the victory, the club brought its
re-season mark. to 2-0. Their first vic-
ary was on November 3 when they beat
ainst Eastern Michigan.
-The club's regular season will start
January 9, when the spikers host
ledo. On January 25, they'll travel to
ISenn State to compete in the Nittany
Ijons' Invitational Tournament.
e The club, a member of the Midwest
intercollegiate Volleyball Association,
finished third in its division last year.
This year, the members feel that they

have a good.chance of taking the top
honors. Middle hitter Curtis Anderson's
opinion is the consensus of his team-
mates. "We have the best team in the
midwest this year," said Anderson.
As with most clubs, the spikers face
financial difficulties. Since they have
been unable to attain varsity status the
club members must find ways to sup-
plement their budget. On December 5
the club will hold a co-rec tournament,
with the hope of producing enough
revenue to meet their traveling expen-
ses. Over 30 teams are expected to par-
ticipate.
-S. SHERBER
Sailing
The Michigan sailing club will be
looking for a competitive inter-
collegiate race Thanksgiving Day at
the Timmeangsten Memorial, Regatta,
where eighteen schools from
throughout the country will be com-
peting. Michigan, one of the favorites in
the race; will be racing its "Laymen
Ten" dinghies.
Coming up for the sailors is the an-
nual Sugar Bowl race, and after that
it's all ashore for "shore school", where
club members will bone up on
techniques of sailing.
-BECKY HOBART
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TUESDAY
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DSD'A' 2, Trash 1
Residence Hall
Palmer 'A' Blueballs 3, Gomberg 0
Pre-Holiday Basketball
Michigan House 27, Bar & Drill 13
Tuesday Night Terrors 22, Bush House 7
Phi Delta Theta 45, TheMC's 30
Couzens Gold 54, NROTC 47
Thunder Chickens 41, Fiji 38
Metal Haliders 36, Golden Turkeys 29
Knicks 58, Roughriders 50
Jugadores de Baluncesto 59, Alpha Tau Omega 34
Powerhouse '80 36, Phi Alpha Kappa 34
Pacers 70, The Center 22
Poney M 2, Chicken Chokers 0 (forfeit)
B.O.T.'s 33,- Nu Sigma N% 20
Trash 53, Legal Ease 45
Law Dogs 42, Jud Heathcotes 41
Chicago Hoopsters 34, Buggy Busters 13
Ball Handlers 36, Happy Hoopers 12
Sigma Phi Epsilon 49, Scott House 26
M.S.W.'s 66, Apocalypse Now 24
Delta Eagles 34,.Positrons 11133
Sigma Phi Epsilon 'B' 38, Alpha Sigma Phi 24

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