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2A -Thurday Janary15, 009The Michigan Daily - michigandailytcom

Bringing the Olympic torch to 'U'

University athletes have
always had a prominent place
in the Olympic Games. From
track and field star Eddie
Tolan to the most promi-
nent face of the 2008 games,
Michael Phelps, athletes
have represented the Maize
and Blue well in interna-
tional competition. But what
if instead of just competing
in the games, the University
hosted them?
In 1958 the University
almost got that chance.
That year the United States,
along with three other coun-
tries - Japan, Austria, and Bel-
gium - was being considered to
host the games in 1964.
Many helieved that the
United States would he select-
ed, and if chosen, Detroit
would have heen the front-
runner to host the games.

The other possible cities were
Chicago, Philadelphia and
Los Angeles - which hosted
the Games in 1932.
If Detroit had heen select-
ed as the hosting city, former
University Athletic Director
H. 0. "Fritz" Crisler said he
would have allowed the use
of Michigan Stadium, Perry
Field and Yost Field House for
the track and field games.
Crisler added that he would've
also allowed the use of Univer-
sity Housing facilities.
Greg Kinney, associate
archivist at the Bentley His-
torical Lihrary, said that the
Michigan Stadium was listed
to potentially host soccer
matches, and the University
could have also heen used for
swimming and diving.
Although Michigan never
got the chance to host the

Olympics, the state had a few
proposed plans just in case.
Former State Sen. John
Swainson (D-Detroit) pro-
posed a plancto build a 100,000-
seat stadium at the Michigan
State Fairgrounds in Detroit to
accommodate the Olympics.
Sn addition, new hotels
were scheduled to he built in
Detroit prior to 1964 to house
spectators.
But it was not to he. On May
26, 1959, Tokyo, Japan won
the right to host the Olympics
with 34 bidding votes by the
International Olympic Voting
Committee. Detroit came in
second place with to bidding
votes. Vienna, Austria and
Brussels, Belgium followed
with 9 and S bidding votes,
respectively.
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CRIME NOTES
Cash box swiped Laptop stolen,
from poster recovered, then

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Talk on women Info session on
and the economy UROP, WISE

salesman
WHERE: Michigan Union
Grill
WHEN: Wednesday at about
3 p.m.
WHAT: A College Poster Sales
representative reported a cash
boa containing $400 stolen,
University Police reported. The
larceny is under investigation.
There are no suspects.

stolen again
WHERE: Medical Science
Building Unit
WHEN: Between Jan. 9 and
Jan. 13
WHAT: A laptop was reported
stolen one day after it had been
recovered by police at the Eel-
logg Eye Center, University
Police reported.

University bus Police respond
in fender bender to Bbal scuffle

WHAT: Teresa Ghilarducci
from the Hew School for
Social Research will give
a lecture called "Women'
Financial Futures: Trends and
Policy Initiatives."
WHO: Institute for Research
on Women and Gender
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Room 2239, Lane
Hall
Lecture on
street life in
public places
WHAT: Artist Nick Tobier
will give a talk called "Inter-
ruptions for Everyday Life" as
part of the Penny W. Stamps
Distinguished Visitors Series
WHO: School of Art &
Design
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Theater

WHAT: An information ses-
sion about science related
learning communities.
WHO: Undergraduate
Research Opportunity Pro-
gram
WHEN: Tonight at5 p.m.
WHERE: Room 2165, Under-
graduate Science Building
CORRECTIONS
. An article in Monday's
edition of the Daily (In Other
Ivory Towers) Utah State
University was misidenti-
fied. It ls located in Logan,
Utah.
" A photo in yesterday's
edition of the Daily (GM, 'U'
join to test batteries) had an
incorrect caption. Mynungo
Chung is performing a dem-
onstration in the photo.
" Please report any error
in the Daily to corrections@
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1A man in Mobile, Ala.
linked to series of vehicle
burglaries left a sex tape
in an abandoned sport utility
vehicle, the Mobile Press-Reg-.
ister reported. Police said they
had to look through a series of
explicit images before finding
the suspects face in order to
identify him.
2 Grammy-nominated
recording artist, Janelle
Monae will perform at the
Michigan. Theatre on Friday.
The urban-alternative singer
will be performing in honor of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
> *ORMORE, SEt B-SIDE, PAGE 6B
3Less than half of Brit-
ish students finish com-
pulsory schooling with
basic English and math skills,
the Daily Mail reported. More
than 34S,000 students failed
to meet the government's goals
for achievement and one in six
students finished 11 years of
schooling without getting a C.

WHERE: 400 block of State SL.
WHEN: Wednesday at about
1:00 p.m.'
WHAT: A University bus collid-
ed with another car, University
Police reported. Both vehicles
had minor damage, and no one
was-injured.

WHERE: Intramural Sports
Building
WHEN: Wednesday at about
7:00 p.m.
WHAT: DPS was called for
help with an uncooperative
person after a dispute on the
basketball court, University
Police reported.

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