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A collage of cultures.. .


_ .

V oices ring out in many different
languages, but it isn't a Tower of
Babel. Each participant is committed
to understanding the other. At the fir-
st Children's International festival
there are mostly smiles, and the few
tears are quickly stopped by a mime's
charade, an orgami fish made by the
Japanese students' club, or a quick
scolding from mom.
Children and their parents came to
see, hear and touch a piece of 13 dif-
ferent countries, including Costa
Rica, India, Israel, Italy, Indonesia,
Turkey and China. Children could
get their names written in Japanese,
play with a Venezuelan top, wear an
Ukranian crown, and see the creation
of a Polish Easter egg.
Most children are able to reduce
cultural differences to simple terms.
"I hate the toys in Turkey," said 6-
year-old Deniz Top, who was born
"I like that table from (Venezuela)
- I liked that toy," said Peter
Graham, who was born in Finland.
"India is my best country," said
Madhu Katta, 7. "it's never cold and
you can go out barefoot. There are
hardly any rules," she explained.
"It's very nice here," says Gal,9,
who is in the United States for two
years while his father finishes a

doctoral dissertation. "But we have
different toys in Israel."
Nine year-old Matt Simon said that
he feels all people are similar. He
picks up a straw Latin American slip-
per and views it with wonder. "We
have tennis shoes, but some people
actually wear these kind of
shoes...But there are a lot of places in
the world-it's pretty big-so there
would be a lot of people who do dif-
ferent things," he explains.
Joan Horton, director of the Pound
House Children's Center, was inspired
to create the festival by "the beautiful
interaction between cultures" at the
Pound House, one-third of the studen-
ts come from outside the United
She explained that teachers at the
house learn words in many languages
to accomodate the variety of children,
Because students pick up the foreign
words, teachers can make an-
nouncements in Japanese or Hebrew
instead of English.
Children here say they know about

other cultures by studying in school or
from kids they know. "I have a lot of
Korean friends and they teach me
karate," said Roie,9, who was born in
"In our class we studied the world,",
says Amy Bhavasi, 11, who is
dressed for her performance of
classical Indian dance. "We have
kids from Africa and one from
Japan," she said.
Aside from the booths set up by
representatives of each country, there
were dancers and performers
representing different cultures. The
young spectators heard the Greun-
delmeier Family Band from Swit-
zerland, saw Turkish folk dances,
Scottish country dances and
Malaysian dancers. Emcee Bob
Caplan said he though the attendance
at the festival indicated how much
Ann Arbor residents- valued their
children. "People here recognize that
kids are their future," he said.
Amy Mindell


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roll to
season best

Another meet, another victory. It
seems that things have been going
that easily for the surprising men's
gymnastics team, which won the
Bronco Invitational this past weekend
in Kalamazoo.
As it's been doing all season long,
the team once again posted a season-
high team score of 270.4 to edge out
Wisconsin, Indiana State, Western
Michigan, and Illinois-Chicago. The
excellent score was not only the best
of this year, but the highest score that
a Michigan team has received in the
last three years.
ALTHOUGH the Wolverines record
in dual meets this year is 9-4, this was
their first invitational victory. Coach
Bob Darden was pleased with the
team's final meet before the Big Ten
Championships. "We went into the

meet knowing we had to give our best
effort to win. It's great to end the
season on a high note," he said.
Part of the Wolverines tremendous
success this year can be attributed to
their steadyrimprovement on the
pommel horse. Once a troublesome
event for them, the tumblers have
turned it around and scored a season-
high team score of 44 in that event.
- "It was a super effort out of our en-
tire squad. Our performance on the
event has been im proving all season,"
said Darden.
Orwig led the way by capturing first
place on both the still rings and the
horizontal bar with identical scores of
9.4. Greg Nelson garnered the only
other first place finish with a score of
9.55 in the floor exercise.

1Y1 baseball team
tars Rollins, 11-6


Special to the Daily
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Behind the
strength of an early offensive surge
and the pitching of Mike Ignasiak, the
baseball team downed Rollins
College, 11-6, in Rollins Baseball
Week Tournament action yesterday.
Rollins, playing in its own tour-
nament, found itself in a deep hole
early as the Wolverines bolted to an 8-
0 lead after three and one-half innings.
The Blue batters, led by outfielder
Casey Close, buried Tar starter Brian
Meyer with two runs in the first inning
and four in the second. Close knocked
in one first-inning run with a triple,
while freshman catcher Mike Gillette

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did most of the damage in the second
with a bases-loaded double, his first
hit as a Wolverine.
ROLLINS made a comeback attem-
pt in the bottom of the fourth with four
runs, to cut the Michigan lead to 8-4.
The Rollins uprising was powered by
only two hits, but helped immensely
by four walks. Tom Streetar had an
RBI single, but was thrown out trying
to take second. The play proved
crucial, as Bob Simmons followed
with a three-run home run.
Michigan pulled away again in the
sixth as Close drove a homer over the
375 sign in left-center, a two-run job.
Ignasiak (1-1) took the win, and was
relieved in the eighth by Paul Wenson.

1. Duke (31) ...........32-2
2. Kansas (1)..........31-3
3. St. John's........... 30-4
4. Kentucky ............ 29-3
5. MICHIGAN ........... 27-4
6. Georgia Tech.........25-6
7. Louisville............ 26-7
8. North Carolina........26-5
9. Syracuse...............25-5
10. UNLV................. 31-4
11: Notre Dame .......... 23-5
12. Memphis State.......27-5
13. Bradley............31-2
14. Indiana............21-7
15. Georgetown .......... 23-7
16. Texas-El Paso.......27-5
17. Oklahoma..........25-8
18. Michigan State........ 21-7
19. Alabama...........22-8
20. Illinois.............21-9


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Time to wrap up the package and
put on the bow. Bud Van De Wege and
the members of the women's basket-
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Though the squad lost to Ohio State
73-48 and Indiana 62-52, it ended the
season at 14-14 overall and 8-10 in the
Big Ten, a vast improvement over
last season. Van De Wege was disap-
pointed with the final weekend, but
quite satisfied with the overall
"WE FELT a little bit of a letdown
because we couldn't finish on the
emotional high that we did at home,"
said the second year head coach.
"We're disappointed, but what can
you say?"
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effort. Bradetich scored 21 points in
the loss to OSU, and Feldman added
ten. Against Indiana, Feldman scored
18 and Bradetich added ten.
Van De Wege also pointed out the
great improvement the team made in
just one year.
"WE BEAT Indiana and Minnesota
for the first time ever, and we beat a
nationally-ranked team in Iowa.
Wendy and Lorea finished in the top
ten (in the Big Ten) in scoring, field
goal percentage and free throw per-
centage. Lorea is in the top ten in
rebounding, and Orethia Lilly is in the
top ten in assists.
"We didn't do any of that last year,"
said Van De Wege.
In addition, it is the first time since
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it is the second highest amount of vic-
tories in a season by the women's
squad. The 8-10 Big Ten record dwarfs
last season's record of 1-17.
VAN DE WEGE already is looking
toward next year, and is excited over
the prospects of a strong freshman
class. Already signed is Tempie
Brown of Denver, a 5-8 guard who
averaged 18 points, ten rebounds and
nine assists per game last season.
Van De Wege also confirmed verbal
commitments from 6-2 Joan Rieger of
Harper Woods Bishop Gallagher and
5-10 Leslie Spicer of Albion.
Adding to that improvement will be
two players who will essentially be
new to the team. Mary Rosowski was
red-shirted this year because of a
nagging injury, and Vonnie Thompson
had to sit out after transferring from
Notre Dame.
Tumblers take third-
Despite placing third this weekend
in a four team field which included
Eastern Michigan, Northern
Michigan, and Bowling Green, the
women's gymnastics team is con-

fident about the upcoming Big Ten
finals on March 21-22.
"We'll probably be able to field our
strongest lineup of the season. Of
course I'm not counting all the people
we've lost to injuries," said coach
Dana Kempthorn.
plagued with injuries all season. This
week was no exception, as freshman
Joan Lybrook went down with a knee
injury during her second attempt on
the vault. She will be lost for the
remainder of the season. But, Kem-
pthorn is still optimistic because the
injured Janne Klepek and Hope Sch-
meltzer will be back.
In the meet, Heidi Cohen continued
her outstanding season by tying for
first place on the floor exercise (9.15)
and taking third on the balance beam
"We will regroup for this weekend's
match against (Pittsburgh on Satur-
day)," said Kempthorn. "I'm just
going to tell the girls to go out and
work on their routines. We need to
start gearing up for the Big Ten's and
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