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2A - Wednesday, December 5, 2007

AY: FRIDAY:
ire Here The Extremist

It's 'undignified'

There's a rich history of sup-
port and fanaticism during sport-
ing events at the University, but
there is something missing from
the mix.
While the performance of
many athletic teams from numer-
ous schools in collegiate athlet-
ics is enhanced by the energetic
performance of a larger than life,
plush caricature of their school's
mascot, Michigan sports teams
are fueled by University stu-
dents, cheerleaders and band.
This begs one important ques-
tion: Why isn't there a mascot
here at the University?
Athletic Department spokes-
man Bruce Madej said it all comes
down to following University tra-
dition.
"There is no appetite within

the athletic department from
administrators and/or student
athletes to have one," Madej said.
"So I would believe the tradition
of not having a mascot would
likely win out."
According to an article on the
Bentley Historical Library's web-
site, "The Athletic Department
has steadfastly maintained that
such a symbol is unnecessary and
undignified and would not prop-
erly reflect the spirit and values of
Michigan athletics."
But that doesn't mean that the
University has never had a mas-
cot.
In 1927, as a result of much lob-
bying by former Michigan foot-
ball coach Fielding H. Yost, two
wolverines - animals, not ath-
letes - from the Detroit Zoo were

carried around Michigan Stadi-
um in cages on game days.0
Eventually, Madej said, one
wolverine was kept as a live mas-
cot until it became impossible to
keep him in captivity because he
repeatedly chewed through the
bars of his cage.
Madej said Michigan did actu-
ally use a Wolverine mascot - this
time a plush one.
The mascot performed dur-Ff#
ing the mid 1980s and then again
during the mid 1990s before being
retired.,
But the attempts failed, Madej
said, because many people
thought the plush mascot looked
more like a mangy dog or fox thanF
an actual wolverine. ANGELA CESERE/Dai,
Unlike Michigan, Michigan State has a mascot. He's Sparty,
an angry Spartan warrior. His duties include motivating the
NICOLE WATKINS crowd during sporting events.

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CRIME NOTES
Backpack stolen Passengers in
from showering car given MIPs
student at stoplight

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Make-A-Wish Environmental
skate night law lecture

WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about 2 p.m.
WHAT: A bookbag contain-
ing items valuted at about
$190 was stolen from a third
floor classroom in Angell Hall
while its owner went home
to shower, the Department of
Public Safety reported. Police
have no suspects.
Desk lock
damaged
WHERE: G.G. Brown Labora-
tory
WHEN: Monday at about 10
WHAT: A nail file was used
over the weekend to open a
locked desk drawer belong-
ing to a staff member, DPS
reported The lock was dam-
aged, but nothing was stolen,
police said.

WHERE: The corner of Tappan
and Hill street
WHEN: Tuesday at about mid-
night
WHAT: Two passengers in a
car were given Minor In Pos-
session tickets while the car
was stopped at a traffic light.
The driver wasn't cited. All
three were University stu-
dents.
Construction
site gate
damaged
WHERE: Phoenix Memorial
Laboratory
WHEN: Monday at about 8 a.m.
WHAT: A fence post outside
the laboratory's construction
site was bent, DPS reported.
Police don't believe anyone
was trying to force entry.

fundraiser
WHAT: A skate night and
figure skating performance
hosted by the University's
hockey and figure skat-
ing teams. The event also
includes a SO-50 raffle. Tick-
ets cost $5.
WHO: The UM Stars for the
Make-A-Wish foundation
WHEN: Today at 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Yost Ice Arena
University
Concert Band
performance
WHAT: A free concert
by the School of Music's
concert band conducted by
School of Music Prof. Rod-
ney Dorsey
WHO: The University of
Michigan Concert Band
WHEN: Today at 8rp.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium

WHAT: A lecture on Michi-
gan's climate by Department
of Environmental Quality
Director Steven Chester
WHO: Environmental Law
and Policy Program
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: 132 Hutchins Hall
CORRECTIONS
* An article in Tuesday's
edition of the Daily (As
colleges rake in cash,
charities struggle in Mich.)
incorrectly stated that the
University raised $1.4 bil-
lion last fiscal year. The
University raised $300
million.
* The same story also
incorrectly stated that
Wayne State University
raised $818 million in last
fiscal year. Wayne State
has raised $818 million for
its its "Wayne First" fund-
raising campaign, which
started in 2005.
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
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A 42-foot-tall inflatable
snowman was stolen from
a Texas tree farm, The
Associated Press reported.
A description of the missing
snowman says it is a white
male with a pipe and a red hat
and scarf. There is a $1,000
reward being offered for the
snowman's return.
Five Texas mayors want
to declare compact fluo-
rescent light bulbs as
the official state bulb, Reuters
reported. The mayors of Aus-
tin, San Antonio, Houston,
Dallas and El Paso have vowed
to promote the statewide use
of the light bulb. They are sug-
gesting them as possible holi-
day gifts this year.
3Kentucky freshman Alex
Legion, who changed his
mind four times about
coming to Michigan to play
basketball, is transferring from
Kentucky after only six games.
>>FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 8A

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Congratulations the following students who were selected
for Michigan Apprentice. Each of these Wolverines will enjoy
an all-expenses-paid one-day internship with a Michigan alum.
" Tony Bolto will have an apprenticeship with NFL network broadcaster
Rich Eisen in Los Angeles, California
" Matthew Semler will have an apprenticeship with television writer
and producer Oliver Goldstick in Hollywood
" Emily Samara will have an apprenticeship with Wall Street
investment research analyst Todd Rosenbluth in New York
" Kevin Mulder will have an apprenticeship with advertising executive
Harvey Briggs in Sheboygan, Wisconisn
* Catherine LaBrenz will have an apprenticeship with Michigan state
representative Steve Tobocman in Lansing, Michigan
Look for the Michigan Apprentice program again in the spring!
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