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Recruiting: Scrambling for the winners

Edtor's note: The following story is the
first in a four-day series investigating the
!perations of the University's Department
of Athletics. The series will cover
recruiting, admissions, athletic department
policy, and the mix of athletics and
academics at the University.
By ANDREW CHAPMAN
About the most college coaches can do to lure
a top high school athlete to a university is to
promise a free education and a chance to con-
pete and train with some of the nation's best
athletes.
But, for some coaches who more acutely feel
the pressure to build the best team and win the
most games, there is a temptation to go a step
further, to offer a little bit more, even if it does
violate college recruiting rules-
AND COACHES feel the pressure to win from
athletic directors, from the fans, and from
alumni. The pressure to get the best athletes is
now stronger than ever. The traditional in-
ducements, like scholarships and a competitive

athletic program, aren't always enough to get
the stars.
When the tradition of winning is as strong as
Michigan's, demands for the recruiting of
premium athletes can be intense-especially
among visible sports such as football, hockey,
and men's basketball.

Athletics
and
Academics

you last night? Who interviewed you last
night?' And it's all in the papers.
"THAT'S NOT right, but what am I going to
dd about it?"
At schools with histories of firing unsuc-
cessful coaches, there is additional motivation
to get good recruits.
These combined pressures often are heavy
enough to prompt coaches to break recruiting
rules-tempting top-flight athletes with
various incentives, among them cash, cars,
and housing.
Occasionally, someone gets caught violating
the rules.
The basketball team at the University of
California at Los Angeles, for instance, was
placed on probation several months ago for a
variety of infringements, including giving a
recruit a new T-shirt and paying for the abor-
tion of a player's girlfriend.
Explains Wolverine Recruiting Coordinator
Fritz Seyferth: "It's a business and the kids
are the resource that determine the future."
A BUSINESS indeed. Last year, the Univer-

sity's athletic department-which has a whop-
ping budget of approximately $10.5 million-
spent $1.9 million of that money on athletic
scholarships. Almost all of that scholarship
money went to student athletes who were ac-
tively recruited, which makes those students a
very valuable commodity.
This recruiting process is a complicated one,
and Seyferth oversees the operation at the
University.
Michigan football coaches, with the help of
alumni nationwide, initially identify 3,000
potential recruits. That number gradually is t
narrowed down: Coaches watch films of the
prospects and pay visits to high schools;
ninety-five athletes then are invited to campus
and labeled as prospects. This year, 26 fresh-
men recruits were offered fufl-ride football
scholarships.
COACHES SAY they look not only at a
prospect's athletic ability, but at the student's
personal background, family life, and grades.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association
rules governing its member schools cover both
the recruiting of athletes and the treatment of
athletes while they are in school. The rules are
both exhaustive and strict, officials say.
Rule violations do occur among Big Ten
schools, Schembechler said. But those that
transpire usually are "misdemeanors" the
coach said. "The felonies are few and far bet-
ween," Schembechler added.
A RECENT NCAA survey of violations in
recruiting rules over the past four years
showed the following rule abuses to be the most
common: improper transportation of prospec-
tive athletes and their families; improper
recruiting inducements to prospective athletes,
including cash payments, use of automobiles,
free clothing, housing, or promises of such
benefits; and failure to prevent improper
recruiting activities by outside athletic
representatives, including alumni.
"You get 'into trouble with automobiles,"
See RECRUITING, Page 7

Says Wolverine football coach Bo Schembechler:
"Recruiting is overpublicized. And it's to the
disadvantage of the kid. In some towns the
media will call the prospects daily. Who called

Ninety- Two Years - l ti j u~ZI PLEASING
Ofh b l Sunny skies today with a
Editorial Freedom ti-tgn a high in the upper 50s.
Vol. XCII, No. 154 Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor Michigan-Wednesday, April 14, 1982 Ten Cents Ten Page!
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in Turkey
kills 27
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A U.S. Air
Force transport exploded and crashed
in flames yesterday in mountainous
eastern Turkey, killing all 27
Americans aboard, a Turkish military
spokesman said.
The cause, of the crash, some 250
miles west of the Soviet border, was not
immediately known.
THE SPOKESMAN said the C-130
crashed 55 miles west of Erzincan, near
the village of Gevencik, and there were
no survivors .';
All the victims were believed to be
military personnel, he reported.
Kemal Guchan, governor of Erzincan
province, said debris and bodies were
strewn for a mile in the foothills of the
Kizildag mountain range in the eastern
region of this NATO member nation.
IDENTIFICATION of the bodies had
become impossible with nightfall and
would be left:o a team of Americans
arriving from the Incirlik NATO air
base in southern Turkey .by morning,
the governor said.
U.S. officials at first said 28 people
were aboard the C-130, including
civilian Pentagon employees.
But later, an American military
spokesman at Incirlik said there were
10 crew members and 17 passengers.

Argentina,

says

U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviet
Union is supplying. Argentina in-
telligence on the movements of the
British fleet sailing toward the disputed
Falkland Islands, U.S. government of-
ficials said yesterday.
The officials, who asked to remain
anonymous, said the Soviets are
providing the Argentines with data
from satellites and intercepts of British
radio communications.
They declined further specifics.
THE SOVIETS regularly fly recon-
naisance missions aboard TU-95 Bear
bombers from fields in Guinea and
Angola out over the South Atlantic.
Sources said such reconnaisance bom-
bers conceivably could be observing the

progress of the British fleet toward the
Falklands.
Also yesterday, Secretary of State
Alexander Haig broke off a six-day
diplomatic shuttle and flew home to tell
President Reagan about unspecified
"new ideas" for averting a British-
Argentine war over the Falkland Islan-
ds.
But Haig declined to say whbther he
was optimistic or pessimistic that the
"new ideas" would resolve what he
called "the crisis in the South Atlantic."
"I DON'T WANT to discuss my
judgments at all," he told reporters on
arrival at Andrews Air Force Base out-
side the nation's capital.
Haig said he will report to the

president on his mission to London and
Buenos Aires this morning and prepare
"to go on to Buenos Aires and the con-
tinuation of our effort," a three-
cornered shuttle that has taken the
secretary more than 22,000 miles.
In what- he described as "intense
discussions" in both capitals, "the par-
ties have received some new ideas,
which they are now considering," Haig
said.
BUT DESPITE a barrage of
questions, he declined to describe what
had been proposed or assess the
chances of a settlement.
Before leaving London,'Haig sounded
a note of growing anxiety as Britain and
See U.S., Page 7

MSA changes health.coverage
ByROBFRANK -

Doily Photo by DIANE WILLIAMS
Powerful reflections
The industrial area of campus is reflected in the east window of the Dental
Building during yesterday's pseudo-spring weather.

The Michigan Student Assembly last night voted to drop
the health insurance company it uses for its student insuran-
ce plan, in favor of a carrier which is more expensive, but of-
fers more benefits to policyholders.
MSA officials said they began to consider a change last
year when GM Underwriters, the company they had used for
10 years, refused to lower its premiums in response to the
University Health Service's new single, comprehensive
health fee for all students.
Starting next term, the assembly will use Mutual of Omaha
insurance.
THEY SAID THEY also were concerned because the per-

son responsible for reviewing bids from competing agencies
was employed by GM Underwriters.
MSA organized a Student Health Insurance Committee,
including four insurance students, to further investigate
the options for a more comprehensive student health in-
surance plan. The committee headed by Rackham student
Beth Friedlander, examined the policies offered at 15 other
colleges, and surveyed current and former policyholders.
The Mutual of Omaha plan, which will cost a student $160
per year, is more expensive than the GM Underwriters most
expensive package at $150 per year. But, according to MSA
See MSA, Page 7

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Mediation
Services
help ease
rooimnate
hassles

By MARIAN ABERNATHY
Now that the fall housing hunt is over - for all
practical purposes - it's time to start thinking about
the details of next year's living conditions ... details
like roommates, and what to do with them if "things
don't work out."
Roommate problems can range from the usual
disagreements about personal quirks to all-out wars
which end up in court. The problems usually in-
crease, according to housing authorities, when
students move off campus, into situations in which
they have more:responsibilities than they had in. the
dormitories.
EVERYONE WHO has ever shared a room or
apartment is familiar with the typical disagreements
surrounding differences in living habits. One person
may get up hours earlier in the morning than
another, turn on the radio and blow drier, and think
nothing of it.
Or, one roommate may attach less significance to
keeping the place generally clean than another.
These conflicts, along with food consumption patter-
ns, study habits, and general timetables can, with
time, become major hassles.
The University's Mediation Services is designed to
deal with such hassles, according to Mary Holland, a
counselor for the service. "Students should stop in

when the problem is still small, when they are won-
dering, 'is this right?' " Holland explained.
MEDIATION services, located in the University
Housing Office, is the only student service which can
help in roommate conflicts. Student Legal Services
and the University Counseling Service cannot inter-
cede because, according to their policies, working
with both parties would be a conflict of interest.
Holland mentioned a case last year involving three
male roommates. One of the three had a girlfriend
who was essentially sharing the house with them..
She ate and slept there, kept her clothes in the house
and received mail at that address.
When the other two rommates decided she should
pay one-quarter of the rent, her boyfriend countered
that she shouldn't because she had a room in a dor-
mitory. The other two argued that she was as much a
roommate as they were; she was in the shower every
morning when they wanted to be, and she was no
longer a visitor, they said.
AT THIS POINT, the four went to Mediation Ser-
vices to work things out.
The most common problem among roommates, ac-
cording to Holland, is that they do not like each other.
Mediation Services will sit down and work with them
"only if both roommates are willing and want to
See 'U', Page 2

GM, Toyota to talk
on joint production
DETROIT (UPI)- General Motors disclose the topics of discussion.]
Corp. and Toyota Motor Co. officials Japanese news service Kyodo
will meet in Japan this week for "very sources at Toyota as sayin
preliminary" discussions on a proposed Japanese auto firm would prese
joint production venture, the U.S results of a Toyota study on th
automaker said yesterday. production proposal.
A GM spokesman termed "all true" Antitrust problems that may
reports a 10-member team headed by from a possible tie-up between th
Jaik Smith, head of GM's international U.S. car maker with the largest f
production strategy, will represent the car importer will also be dis
American car firm at three days of during the three-day meeting,
talks beginning today at- Toyota's said.
headquarters at Nagoya. Kyodo said the talks could pro

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"I WOULD stress that these talks are
very preliminary," said GM
spokesman Harry Kelly. "This is a
followup of the initial meeting between
our chairman and their chairman.
That's about all that's going on."
Neither GM nor Toyota would

seieton plan" for the tie-up proposal,
which surfaced last month.
In a statement released March 8, GM
confirmed talks were under way with
Toyota for "possibilities of an
arrangement between the'two com-
panies relating to the manufacture of
small cars in the United States."

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TODAY-
Hitting the bottle
SECURITY OFFICIALS from the Michigan Union
ysterday reported they confiscated a number of
verages - some of which were alcoholic, from
the offices of the Michigan Student Assembly Mon-
day night. According to an anonymous source, a case of
Michelob beer and a bottle of wine (German, Leanard

to your landlord if you need to move out of your abode
before the lease expires? Do you plan to sublet this summer
but are unsure about what to use as a lease? Well, the Ann
Arbor Tenants Union has the answers to these and other
commonly asked housing questions, and it has made them
available in a compact "Sublet Kit." Besides answering
your questions, the kit contains triplicate copies of ablank
lease which is legal for use with subletters. The kit is free
for students, $2 for non-students, and it is available at the
Tenants Union, Student Legal Services, and the Off-
Camnus Hous~ing des~k.El

literary pursuits, conduct literary competitions and award
scholarships." The contest is based on skill and is not a
gambling proposition like a raffle or lottery, according to
Gibson, even though each entrant is required, to submit "a
contribution of at least $75" with the essay. If fewer than
2,237 entries are received, only scholarships will be awar-
ded. Gibson said, however, he anticipates a large response.
All entries must be received by June 4. The offer of a home
may seem a bit unusual, but Gibson claims students are en-
titled to "earn a chance to learn." O

* 1973 - Officials from some of the country's largest
colleges and universities said they expected revenue losses
of "up to $25 million"-if President Nixon's budget cuts went
into effect.
1 1977 - Then Literary College Dean Billy Frye said the
main reason for the College's language requirement was a
purely pragmatic one: "Language is- a tool," he said. Q

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