2A - Thursday, October 2, 2008
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Before You Were Here Campus Characters
The superstars inthe stands
While the Maize Rage roars its
team on, the coaches bark orders
and the players run the court inside
Crisler Arena, Juan Mathews and
Damon Grosz, Crisler Arena's facil-
ity operation staff members, are also
hard at work.
The duo, better known to students
as "Juan and Damon," are responsible
for maintaining the 41-year-old home
of the men's and women's basketball
teams at Michigan. It's a job, Mathews
and Grosz willtell you, that's involves
working before, during and after the
Before tip-off, they set up all of the
arena's equipment and run a crew
that changes the court. And after
the game has ended, it's their job to
clean the entire arena.
The duo has been working togeth-
er at Crisler Arena for four years,
and when talking with them it's
clear that they're very much a team
of their own.
"Working together makes the job
go faster," Mathews said.
"Definitely," Grosz added.
With all of their hard work comes
some perks. Mathews and Grosz get
to meet professional and soon-to-be
professional athletes on a daily basis.
"We're on a first name basis with
everyone," Grosz added.
But even when professional ath-
letes come through, the two under-
stand that it's time to work.
"We can't be a fan. This is a person
we have to take care of," Mathews
In addition to the obvious benefits
of the job, the two also appreciate
interaction with the fans and stu-
"We get to be at every game," Grosz
said. "We meet a lot of students from
fundraisers and organizations, and
it's a lotcof fun."
For Mathews and Grosz, some
of the hard work is at least eased by
friendly coworkers and even brief
moments of fame.
"I like the people I get to work for
and peopleI get to work with," Grosz
said. "Everybody makes it pretty
enjoyable around here."
Without a doubt the two are popu-
lar among Crisler Arena's most rabid
"We also sweep the floors at half
time, and it's a time when students
see us," Mathews said, adding, "It's
funny when the Maize Rage section
chants 'Juan and Damon!"'
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