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* 'U'student realizes dream,
becomes minor league umpire

LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 16, 1999 - 7A

Expressing concern

UMPIRE
Continued from Page 1A
C(rOhl did, this ticket hopefully marks the begin-
ng of a very long journey. At the end of his con-
tract, he expects to have earned a promotion to
"Double-A" ball, with "Triple-A" and finally
Major League baseball to follow.
During his five weeks at the school - one of
only two of its kind in the world - Krohl gained
a tremendous amount of respect for umpires.
"People just don't understand," he said.
"Everything you do out there is for a purpose.
You're not just floating around."
Krohl said he gained this admiration for the job
trough endless hours of work and study. Students
ere expected to give themselves up to baseball
nearly 24 hours a day.
A rigid schedule had them in classroom training
from 8 a.m. until noon and on the field from 1 p.m.
to 6 p.m. At night, they were expected to do home-
work and study baseball's extensive rule book, all
the while preparing to take 15 written tests.
"It was a pretty emotional roller-coaster" Krohl
said. "There was no time to be homesick."
The students' hard work was recognized with a
(anquet on the last Friday of training.
"There was electricity in the air," Krohl said.
But for 88 aspiring umpires who ventured down
to Florida this winter, the electricity would soon
turn to shock - exit evaluations were handed out
the next day.
"The first guys went in at 4:30 a.m. By the time
I went in, I was literally shaking," Krohl said.
The day turned out to be bittersweet for Krohl
because he found out his roommate didn't make
the cut.
"What do you say? You spend every single day
ith this guy," Krohl said. "I just gave him a hug
and told him to keep in touch."
Krohl's mother Joyce, who works for the
University as a secretary for the men's and
women's diving teams, was afraid of this type of
let down.
"I had some questions regarding the school;'
she said. "There were so many guys and they were
all so good. But I still wanted him to go because he
was so into it."
Now that Krohl has been awarded an invitation,

he has to make up him mind if he wants to become
a disciple to the game of baseball.
Knowing that someday he might get an oppor-
tunity to call balls and strikes for the next Mark
McGuire or stand firm as the future Billy Martin
kicks dirt on his trousers, Krohl knows this is
something he wants to do.
"The pros definitely outweigh the cons;" Krohl
said.
As a young boy growing up, Krohl did not have
aspirations of being a baseball umpire, preferring
hockey instead.
"It was my first love," said Krohl. "I played it
year round."
Krohl majored in communication studies and
did hockey play-by-play for the student television
station while at the University.
To Krohl's family, this gift to express himself
was even more evident than his umpiring skills.
His mother recalls a time when Krohl stole the
show.
"He use to sit in the stands at his high school
basketball games and do play-by-play," she said.
"All the players' parents would gather around him
so his voice would come out on their video cam-
eras."
"If things don't work out for umpiring, I can fall
back on my career," Krohl said. "I'll always have
my degree."
Leaning back in his chair, Krohl realized how
far he has come in only a short time.
"It hasn't sunk in yet. Going to 80-degree
weather and getting paid to do it. It's unbeliev-
able," he said.
As satisfying as this all is, Krohl knows that the
novelty will soon wear off. And considering the
fact that the only way a Major League umpiring
job becomes available is by death or retirement,
patience is not only a virtue, it's a necessity.
"If everything goes perfect, there is a 10 to 12
year wait for a chance at the 'the bigs,"' Krohl
said.
When that day eventually does come, rest
assured his family will be there with tickets in
hand. And all the sacrifices they will have made by
not having their boy around will finally be reward-
ed.
Because as Krohl says, "Once you get to the
show, it's all worth it."

GREEK
Continued from Page IA
Molasso said.
Molasso said alcohol is not the only issue the Greek sys-
tem is working on improving within the next month.
"There have been issues locally as well as nationally,
which require members of the system to evaluate where they
are, and what their mission as student leaders is," Molassa
said. "Although alcohol isn't the primary issue, it does play a
large part. There are other things that have to improve as
well."
Representatives of the Michigan State Greek system said
they planned to use the 30 days to take an in-depth look at
issues that normally would not receive as much attention.
"The chapter presidents voted to have a moratorium to
meet with themselves, administrators and (MSU) President
(Peter) McPherson, to address situations and things that have
happened in the past year, and stop the incidents that have
proved problematic," said Michigan State's IFC President
Jason Rosenbaum.
The option of having the University of Michigan's Greek
system take a similar action to deal with ongoing alcohol
problems has not been considered.
"The 30-day in-depth review will allow (Michigan State's
Greek system) to review their problem areas. They are under
no pressure, and have no sense of urgency. They can take the
time to overcome their weaknesses and shortcomings," said
IFC President Rohith Reddy. "I think that it is very admirable
that they are doing this because it shows that they recognized
their weaknesses. We don't have the same weaknesses that
they do, apparently."
IFC and Panhel representatives at the University said the
Greek system has been making different attempts to deal
with the alcohol problem.
"The task force is still meeting trying to form a new alco-
hol policy," said Panhel President Cindy Faulk.
The task force plans to turn the discussion into a function-
al policy by the end of this semester, Reddy said.
GOP
Continued from Page 1A
did lob queries about military spending, cable TV rates and
campaign finance reform.
Most Republicans have agreed with President Clinton's
idea that 62 percent of the surplus should go to keep Social
Security solvent. The Republican tax plan would use much of
the remainder to fund a 10 percent tax cut.
The lowest tax bracket, currently at 15 percent, would drop
to 13.5 percent, while the top bracket of 39.6 percent would
go to 35.64 percent. Republicans said the cut would save 4
single person earning $35,000 a year about $455, and a mar-
ried couple earning $60,000 would save $780.
The congressional Republicans said their 1997 budget and
tax cuts were responsible for the strong economy, and their
across-the-board plan would be more popular than the specifid
cuts proposed by Clinton in his State of the Union speech.
"He's picking winners and losers, and he's trying to
give something to everybody in the room," said
Knollenberg (R-Mich). "We believe in less taxes and less
government."
But the Republicans also said they would favor eliminating
a few specific taxes, including the estate tax and the marriage
penalty, a quirk in the tax code in which millions of two-
income couples pay more tax than if they weren't married.

AP P"OTO
The Black Slate coalition protests outside the Detroit City/County Building
last night while Mayor Dennis Archer gives his state of the city address.

CODE
Continued from Page IA
regental involvement."
Anatomy Prof. Alphonse Burdi, chair
of SACUA's Student Relations
Committee, also said it would be posi-
tive if the regents pass Hartford's pro-
posal.
"Various constituents of the
University should have some involve-
ment in terms of shaping the code,"
Burdi said.
But members of the MSA's
Student Rights Commission said
they have certain concerns regarding
the proposal.
"I am weary because President
Bollinger has not shown any official
position on the Code," Student
Rights Commission co-Chair Olga
Savic said. "In some ways it is pass-
ing the process to an unknown quan-
tity."
Students Rights Commission co-
chair Brian Reich said there may be a

delay in amending the Code this semes-
ter because SACUA's Student Relations
Committee would have to take on the
additional responsibility of reviewing
proposed Code amendments.
"In the future, it will remove a lot more
complications of the process," he said.
Brandon explained that the
University of Michigan's Flint and
Dearborn campuses have their respec-
tive codes, which are amended without
consulting the regents.
"It's been proven that codes can be
developed without the regents feeling a
need to get involved," he said.
Vice Chair for Student Services and
Enrollment at the University of
Michigan-Flint Mary Jo Sekelsky said
the college altered its Student's Rights
Policy four months ago.
Sekelsky said the Committee for
Student Concerns and Enrollment
Management, which encompasses
voting faculty, student and adminis-
trative members, had final approval
of all changes to the Student's Rights
Policy.

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