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Sor board Fighting with 'M' teams *
WORLD SERIES NHL Head down to the Michigan Soccer Field to see the
New York 5, CAROLINA 3, No. 19 Michigan soccer team fight No. 2 Notre Dame.
SAN DIEGO 4 Vancouver 1 The bell rings Friday at 4 p.m.
Yanlees ladlene, 34 N.Y. RANGERS 3 OT
Edmonton 2
PHILADELPHIA 3,
San Jose
DALLAS 3 Wednesday
Calgary 1 October 21, 1998

Geography
miight not
be central
to Fairbanks
By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
Centrally located in the center of
Seward's folly, the Alaska-Fairbanks
Nanooks became a practical addition to
the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association in 1995 - and have since
proved that they are at home in the con-
ference.
The team's compiled CCHA record
over three seasons (15-26-3), combined
with the fact that it is on the same side of
the international date line as the rest of
the conference, often makes for exciting
geographic rivalries.
Although the advertised "millions of
acres of wilderness" surrounding the cen-
tral -" and only - campus are expected
to draw some student interest away from
the games, it is safe to say that the center
of attention in Fairbanks this weekend
will be the Carlson Center.
There, the defending national champs
and, maybe, possibly, a couple of their
fans, will 'make the --.....-..-...--
4,00O-mile hop for a Hockey
-pair. y
"We dress in team Commentaty
sweats, and we'll have --------------
our parkas, so we'll be
tfine,'' Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
Alaska-Fairbanks is riding high after
retaining the popular Alaska Airlines
Governor's Cup by beating intra-frontier
rival Alaska-Anchorage in a shootout.
Many may wonder why Anchorage,
only 365 miles away from Fairbanks, is
not also a member of the CCHA. But the
CCHA and WCHA agreed to share the
two Division I teams in the 49th state, so
Anchorage must belong to the western
conference (even though it seems a bit out
of place).
Fairbanks brings many other advan-
tages to the CCHA table, including a four-
hour time differential.
According to officials, the rotation of
the Earth actually makes it possible for
the Fairbanks campus to officially declare
a separate time from the rest of the con-

A note from the editors
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0Around the Horn
Whoa, Nele!
Jackson S' last
Iowa trip doozy
or those fans in the stands this weekend at Kinnick
Stadium, they'll only get to see part of history. During
a halftime ceremony, ABC college football announcer
Keith Jackson will be honored for his years of service to the
college football fans in Iowa.
Last summer, Jackson announced this will be his final
year as the play-by-play announcer next to Bob Griese in
the lead ABC booth. And so far, retir-
ing may be the most profitable deci-
sion he's ever made.
At every stop thus far, Jackson has
been honored by the home school
with some form of gift as a going-
away present.
Iowa coach Hayden Fry - a long- MARK
time friend of the announcer - is .
planning to transfer his trademark SNYDER
playbook innovation into the gift Mark My
department. Words
"We're going to present him at half-
time with a few trinkets," Fry said.
"He's already got some rocking chairs, so we'll change it up
a bit."
Tthe dean of Big Ten coaches (i.e. he's really, really old),
Fry can-barely recall how he and Jackson formed their
unique bond. But thinking really hard, his recollection came
in typical Fry fashion.
When Fry was a young coach at Southern Methodist, he
took his Mustangs into the Horseshoe for a game against
Ohio State. Jackson introduced himself to the unusual head
coach when he saw Fry standing in the Buckeyes' end of
the field.
"What are you doing in the Ohio State end zone?" the
enterprising reporter asked.
"I think I'm the only person from SMU who's ever been
in it," Fry responded with his trademark wit.
And a lasting friendship was formed.
The two meet again this weekend.
Jackson usually broadcasts the most important game in
the nation each week and on Oct. 24 - this Saturday -
See SNYDER, Page 14

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
Bubba Berenzweig will be bringing his team sweats and parka to Fairbanks, Alaska this weekend, when the Michigan hockey team travels to
the frozen north to play the Nanooks.

ference.
But this differential is not said to
detract from the campus night life -
making Fairbanks a popular spot for visit-
ing teams.
"It has to have night life, because it's
dark all winter," Berenson said. "People
that get depressed easily, I don't think
would last up there."
But Fairbanks students have been per-
severing since 1917 - that's just five
years after Felix Pedro discovered gold in

the last frontier. Fairbanks was originally
known as the Alaska Agricultural College
(sound familiar?) and Mining School.
Mining School!
In 1981, Fairbanks eclipsed the 5,000-
student mark, and today is home to more
than 9,000.
OK, so the average age on campus is
30, but it's still the only place to be for
hundreds of miles.
The school's history does not explain
what a Nanook is. It is actually a type of

bear.
Taking this into consideration, how
could anyone deny that a self-proclaimed
"non-traditional" university at the base of
the Alaskan Mountains belongs in the
same athletic conference as 10 others
from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana?
The tradition! The convenience! The
proximity!
And hockey isn't their only sport ...
someone notify the ACC, these Nanooks
can hoop!

OM
ICAN MDO
Wednesday, October 21, 1998
4:00 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium
ERIC FONER, DeWitt Clinton Professor
of History Columbia University
Freedom has been a living truth for some Americans
and a cruel mockery for others. Join us as Eric Foner,
one of our nation's most acclaimed and prolific
historians, examines how national crises such as the
Civil War, World War II, and the 1960s produced
sweeping changes in the meaning of freedom in
American history. Book signingfollows lecture.

'M' soccer on a roll;
and just in time, too

Amber
Berendowksy and
the Michigan soc-
cer team are slid-
Ing into this
weekend's tough
non-conference
matchups.
NATHAN RUFFER/Daly

By Vaughn R. Klug
Daily Sports Writer
As the regular season approaches its
conclusion, the No. 19 Michigan soccer
team seems to finally have captured
some much-needed momentum.
It's much-needed, because if the
Wolverines intend to experience success
in a Big Ten tournament studded with
three teams who have already dealt the
Wolverines defeat in '98, this team needs
solidifying.
Michigan hit the ground running as
the season began in mid-September and
compiled a 5-0
record, though ~ ~
against relatively Soccer
weak non confer- Commentary
ence opponents.
This warranted a -----------------
top ten ranking in the eyes of the
National Soccer Coaches Association of
America.
When Michigan took to the road for a
Big Ten opening weekend, however -
arguably the Wolverines' first true trials
of the season - a humbling and sour
reality awaited.
The Wolverines, facing their second
overtime challenge in as many games,
fell victim to the prowess of Wisconsin,
which was the first team to outshoot the

Wolverines all season.
Do not misunderstand, overtime deci-
sions are just a step away from arbitrar'
but the Wolverines were bettered never-
theless.
Two days later, Michigan allowed four
goals to Northwestern and suffered its
second loss in as many conference
games.
Slightly discouraged and still hungry
for their first Big Ten victory, the
Wolverines tied then-No. 7 Penn State
and stopped the conference boulder th
seemed to be rolling over Michigan.
After a pair of Big Ten victories over
Ohio State and Iowa, Michigan hosted
Minnesota, a team the Wolverines had
never beaten.
Despite outshooting the Golden
Gophers 16-9, a first-half Minnesota
goal was enough to leave The Wolverines
wondering when and if they were going
to make a statement within the Big Ten.
The Wolverines' performance the fol-
lowing weekend put some much- neede
life back into their season. Michigan
played 180 minutes without allowing a
single goal, and beat its first ranked
opponent in the process-No. 16
Indiana.
After the nearly perfect 2-0 weekend,
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