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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 8, 1983-Page 9

Gymnasts notch top marks at Crisler

The Michigan gymnasts continued to
improve, hitting its season high score,
172.45, last Sunday, inCrisler Arena.
The tumblers hosted victorious
Oklahoma, Kent State, and Bowling
Michigan led off the competition with
a spark, completing its vaulting efforts
with improved scores from every gym-
nast. The Wolverines' Dayna
Samuelson took second with a score of
9.05 and teammate Kathy Beckwith
took third with a 9.0. "It's weird. . . I
had a better routine but it sure didn't
feel like it," commented Samuelson.
Kent State started out strong and con-
fident with all-ardunder Chris Malis ob-
taining a 9.2 clinching individual and
team titles for the vaulting event.
THE WOLVERINES set the uneven
bars further apart for the remaining
teams. Bowling Green just could not
keep its grip and left several com-
petitors flat on the mat." We got off to a
bad start on bars and from there, we
just couldn't pick up our momentum,"
'said Bowling Green Coach Charles
2The more Kent State coached and
cheered, the more its tumblers slipped.
Oklahoma spent its points by brushing
its legs on the mat every time they
swung under the bar. But the spirited
Wolverines stayed tough. Christy Sch-
wartz walked away with an 8.8 first
place score and all-around Patty Ven-
tura took third with an 8.6.
At this point, Michigan was in con-
trol. They maintained its balance on
the beam more successfully than ever
before. Angela Deaver shined with an



lead women tumblers

8.95, giving her a second-place. "I had
less bobbles today. Knowing that I can
stay on is a psychic help. . . I can only
progress from here," said Deaver.
Despite Samuelson's shaky dismount
and Beckwith's slip of the foot, the
Wolverines remained somewhat balan-
ced with their first place position.
The music was blaring as the
Oklahoma Sooners took to the floor
exercise with style and precision. All-
arounders Dayna Rose and Tami
Richardson danced and tumbled their

way to first and second place scores, a
9.35 and a 9.05 respectively. Michigan's
Deaver obtained her first 9.0 after an
outstanding third place performance.
Deaver commented that she was "very
pleased with her break-through and is
always happy if she helps the team."
However, the efforts of Rose and
Richardson together: clinched the first
and second place individual all-around
for Oklahoma. "I am pleased, how can
I not be? We had a rough start on bars
but our level of consistency increased
as the match continued," said coach
Paul Ziert.
awarded with a third place all-around
score of 35. "I'm really happy. I pulled
off new tricks on the bars and the beam.
Actually, I don't care much about
scores, as long as we've got great team
Wolverine coach Sheri Hyatt com-
mented happily, "We're 100% better
than last week. Everyone improved
this meet. We have lots of talent and
potential that, with more confidence,
can be improved on even further." '
While Michigan's second place score
of 172.45 was just short of Oklahoma's
173.2, it was ahead of Kent State's 168.0
and Bowling Green's 165.7. "This was
our best meet of the year. We had total
team performance," said Hyatt.

The Wolverines swungand missed
last Sunday at Crisler Arena when
Michigan and Oklahoma tumbled down
to the last two events: high bar and
parallel bars.
Michigan knew it was in for a
struggle because two of the top teams
in the nation had come to call. Iowa,
undefeated, came along with Oklahoma
who had bumped off four-time defen-
ding NCAA champion Nebraska only
two weeks ago. Kent State, a usually
low scorer, also made a visit.
THE MEET was excitingly close,
though the final score is misleading.
Oklahoma's 275.5 is a considerable win
over Michigan's 272.3 and Iowa's 272.
True, Iowa was out of the running early
as they were the first up to the parallel
bars and cleared only one gymnast over
the nine-point mark. Kent State was
well out of the way after the second
event, pommel horse. Michigan,
however, thanks to first place victories
in the pommel horse and rings, recor-
ded its highest score this season.
"Being at home, Michigan looked
confident," said Oklahoma coach Paul
Ziert. "It helped us to, blooper. - So
quickly, Michigan saw blood and went
for it."
But Michigan hit its head on the high
bar. Milan Stanovich, usually the
teams leader in the event, missed the
very move Michigan coach Newt Loken
calls "the Stanovich" and landed flat on
his stomach.
"I thought I had it for sure - the next
thing I knew, I had hit the mat," said
It was Iowa who conquered the high
bar and, unfortunately, for the

Men finish second to
strong Sooner squad

Wolverines Oklahoma came through on
the deciding final event - the parallel
"Parallel bars was the determining
factor," said Ziert. "By the record book
(past performances) we should have
won easier. But. . . it took us right to
the end."
From the Michigan side, it just
wasn't Miller time for parallel bars'
specialist Dave Miller.
The senior is usually Michigan's top
gymnast in the event, but could not
come up with the points because he
slipped off the apparatus. An excellent
performance by Dino Manus, however,

was a highlight in the event as he
scored 9.45 to tie second, allowing the
Wolverines a second place finish in the
Manus completed the rest after his
parallel bar performance and surprised
everyone when he had his shoulder
bandaged and iced. But he was not in-
jured on the bars. Rather, he had
wrenched the shoulder while executing
a reverse hect on the high bar.
"When you're competing, you don't
think about injuries," said Manus. "I
,knew when I got off (the parallel bars)
that it was going to hurt." Only the doc-
tor's visit today will say whether or not
Manus will compete in next week's
home meet against Michigan State.
Other individual Michigan triumphs
include Rick Kaufman's first on the
rings with 9.65 and Kevin McKee's
second place tie for the vault with a
9.65. Despite the spill from the high
bar, Stanovich had an outstanding
meet, capturing the all-around com-
petition with a total of 54.50.
"I'm tremendously proud of the
guys," said Loken. "Michigan has a
good team," concurred Iowa coach
Tom Dunn. "Our teams are very equal
and it was very close."
The Wolverines hope to continue im-
pressing other Big Ten squads, as they
will host the Spartans this Saturday.

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(Continued from Page 1)
"The nc ion of being a part of a very
successful irogram is very attractive,"
Anton say: "You go to one meeting a
year and the football team is suc-
cessful, yo go to the Rose Bowl - that
is a perk ost other committees don't
SALUMN ON the board have an even
worse reputation among the Univer-
sity's faculty members for backing
Canham on almost every issue.
"Alumni generally don't do much
more than support the director," says
After five months on the board, Prof.
Janet Lawrence says at least part of
that reputation is true.
"I DON'T GET the feeling that
every one (of the alumni) would back
(Canham), but some are true blue,
Canham athletic department,
representatives," the education.
professor says. "If we came to an issue
that divided us (the faculty members)
with Canham, I think he could get sup-
port from the alumni."
Canham scoffs at the criticisms of the
"I control those guys (board mem-
bers)? You've got to be kidding," he
says. "I'm (surprised) at the knowledge
on that board. I'll say one thing - the
board is in control of athletics.
"It is really an insult to say they don't
have authority, for some to say they
don't have the guts to air their
THE EXAMPLE of Dave Wilson's
eligibility at Illinois may be an extreme
one, but Anton says the loss of control
has led to some troubles at this Univer-
For several years the University has
been accepting five or six students each
year who would not have been admitted
if they were not athletes, Anton says.
Those admitted sometimes bad below
a 2.0 high school average when "cake
courses" were thrown out. Some
athletes were admitted with SAT scores
below 700 (out of 1600).
MANY OF the transcripts fall well
below the new eligibility guidelines the
University voted for at the recent
NCAA convention.
Board members were not condoning
those admissions, says Anton. They
were not even aware it was going on.
Other issues - including the abuse of
a hockey player in a hazing incident in
1980 and the suspension of five football
players for the use of narcotics the
same year - were never given a full
discussion, apparently because
Canham didn't want to and the board
would not challenge him on the issue,
Anton says.
ANTON SAW those incidents as a
chance to come up with a uniform
policy for incidents in the future. That
chance was not used, he says.
"The most important thing about U of
-M is that is has exercised no leadership

among major universities," says An-
ton. "We have consistently opposed
higher academic standards, we con-
sistently oppose things like summer
schools for athletes.
"Instead of being in a leading role,
the board has basically acted as one of
the masses and given away what could
have been powerful leverage," he says.
DESPITE ANTON'S view, several
veteran board members feel the board
has enough control over the department
to ensure that problems such as those at
Illinois do not surface in Ann Arbor.
These members say it is not the
board's job to delve into the details of
the budget and that the board, in fact,
does have the final say on policy mat-
"Certainly (the board) is ultimately
in control, but it does not run the depar-
tment," says medical school professor
and present Big Ten Faculty represen-
tative Paul Gikas. "The (athletic
department) administration runs the
department. It is the board's job to
make sure it is run."
SITTING IN his office tucked into the
top corner of the Freize Building, Social
Work Prof. Howard Brabson says his
experience with athletics has taught
him the board's relationship to the
department - something he says many
members have not learned.
"Some of (the board members) want
to be personal advisors to the director
of athletics, when the Regents bylaws
don't say that," says the second-year
board member.
He says he has become involved with
many aspects of the athletic depar-
tment in his term on the board,
especially with the academics of some
LEANING BACK in his chair, he
points to the pictures hanging on his of-
fice walls of some of the University's
greatest basketball players. He has
followed their careers after graduation
closely enough to know where each is
now working.
The boards job is to set general policy
under which the athletic department
can operate, says Brabson. The board
members who have trouble are the ones
who want to become too involved in the
details of the operation, he says.
But Canham won't even give the
board members access to those details
they want, says Anton.
THE ATHLETIC director "is very
protective of activities of his own
department and regards any infor-
mation that gets out as dangerous. So
he doesn't want to release information
unless he can control its form," Anton
Early in his term on the board, Anton
proposed that Canham mail out infor-
mation when the board was asked to
consider budget issues. "Canham
made it clear to the members that (the
suggestion) was an outrage," says An-
ton. The proposal received only two

supporting votes because the board was
intimidated, he says.
"The board members are almost
wholly uninformed about the issues,"
says Anton. "During my term as
faculty representative I only heard one
modestly good discussion, and that was
because President Shapiro decided he
wanted to sit in on a meeting."
Canham says he does not mail out in-
formation early because he often does
not receive information early enough
and because "if you mail it out they will
forget to bring it."
"That has never been an issue of any
kind," Canham says. "If anybody wants
something mailed out they can have it
mailed out."
BOARD MEMBER Brown, however,
says that sometimes it is a problem.
"The issues, with the documents, are
passed out at the meetings. There is no
time to look at it carefully. there is not
time to find out if there are other impor-
tant documents that would be helpful,"
he says.
Several board members complain
that they were asked to raise football
ticket prices at the January meeting
without enough information to make a
reasonable decision.
BOARD MEMBER Lawrence says
that Canham pressured the board to
raise ticket prices without providing in-
formation on ticket sales, total depar-
tment revenue figures, or a "rationale"
for why they needed the raise.
Canham passed out a summary of
what other Big Ten schools are going to
charge next year. He claimed the
decision should be made at that
meeting to meet upcoming publicity
Although several members thought
that inadequate information was sup-
plied, no one asked for more complete
financial data, Lawrence said.
ALTHOUGH the board is supposed to
be in control of the department, Anton
says that at the meetings the opposite is
true - Canham controls the board.

"Members learn very quickly that
you either support the director or you
oppose him," says Anton. "And you
don't find opposition very often.
"He controls the agenda. The board
talks about what the director wants to
talk abut and if there is something he
doesn't want to talk about then it won't
be discussed.
But Canham and other board
members claim that members can put
anything they want to on the agenda.
"Anyone can put something on the
agenda," says present Big Ten Faculty
Representative Gikas, who also served
as a board member for three years.
The one glimmer of hope Anton sees
after his six years working in athletics
is the more aggressive attitude Univer-
sity President Harold Shapiro seems to
be taking toward the University's
problems in athletics.
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Shapiro was one of the more active
university presidents in the NCAA's
recent drive to raise academic stan-
"What I see is his becoming more and
more positive," says Anton. "I see his
activities being designed to impose ...
the higher standards of the University.
... on the (athletic department), which
hasn't lived up to our higher standards.
"I hope what I see in his effort is a
situation where our academic standar-
ds are our highest goal."

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