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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1993-08-04

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12 - The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly -Wednesday, August 4, 1993
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Ken Davidoff
Every rose has its
thorns, even sports
It has been a time-honored tradition here at the Daily for departing sports
editors (the majority of whom go back, crawling and hungry, to their parents) to
pen a "farewell column."
This piece of writing,usually heavy on the emotions and light on the intellect,
always ends with the realization that sports somehow ranks as something bigger
than sports itself, that it symbolizes an "escape" from the real world.
Indeed, I do get emotional when recalling all the wonderful times I've had
here at Michigan, many of them sports-related.
But too many problems exist in the world of college sports, and sports in
general, for it to get away with the euphemism of "escape."
Sports really isn't much different than any other societal institution. It has its
heroes and villains, spirit-lifting stories and tales of corruption; a host of
intriguing supporting characters; and an overzealous media ready to document
Athletes learn that they must exhibit toughness, that they must "suck it up"
and not let anything faze them. They also learn that in the big picture, they're
doing nothing more than playing a game. And most sports fans, executives and
media seem to adopt a convenient integration of these two psyches as their own.
Thus,every time an incident of discrimination is pointed out, it can be easily
swiped away by those who suggest the victim needs to toughen up. Besides, it's
only a game, right? Some moments stick out:
This past year, a mild controversy erupted when a woman wrote into the
Daily protesting the use of a female blow-up dollby Michigan football fans. The
woman tried to demonstrate how the attitudes leading to this treatment of
women's bodies were the same attitudes that resulted in sexual assault and rape.
Her comments were ridiculed by many Daily readers (mostly men) who
wrote in. Nonsense, they claimed. It's all in good fun, just shutup and accept it.
You're too damn sensitive. Don't challenge the status quo.
Every year, Michigan plays theIllinoisFighting Illiniin several sports, and
every year, Native Americans express hurt and anger over the mocking of their
culture by college and professional teams.
And every year in response, athletic administrators(few, if any, of whom are
Native Americans) tell the Native Americans to stop complaining, that they
shouldin fact be honored by having someone dress in agoofy costume and dance
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McLal, students aid AD hunt

Former Michigan women's bas-
ketball player Stacie McCall now re-
sidesinColumbsursuingac erin
sports. Former women's swimmer
MindyGehrslivesinOakRidge, Tenn.,
studying for the MCAT and looking
for a job. And football alumnus Tony
McGee is gearing up for his first sea-
son in the National Football League
with the Cincinnati Bengals.
ThethreeMichigan graduates have
something in common besides their
allservedonthe12-person search com-
mittee designated to select the new
Michigan athletic director. And de-
spite the fact that none of the three can
be found within 100 miles of Ann
Arbor, McCall insists that she and her
fellow student members had and will
continue to have plenty of input into
the decision.
Gehrs would refused to comment
on the committee's activities, while
McGee could not be reached for com-
ment. But according to McCall, the
entire committee put countless hours
into the search, and its efforts were
taken very seriously.
"Everyone would send in their re-
sumes, and we went all over all those,
and looked those over, and then we
narrowed them down," McCall said.
'Totwenty-something atfirst,andthen
we went from there, and we narrowed
them down to 10. And then from there
we narrowed them down to seven be-
cause you can only interview so many
people. And then we narrowed them

Former Wolverine guard Stacie McCall feels that her input as a
search committee members has been well received.

down to, I think it was four.
"We played a great part, and the
President (James Duderstadt) calls us
and asks us what we think. So ev-
eryone plays a significant role in pick-
ing the athletic director.So it's not just
gonna just go by whatever he thinks."
McCall could not even approxi-
mate the amount of time invested by
the search committee, merely labeling
it "a lot."
"Meetings were scheduled for at
least four hours aday, but one day we
went six, six-and-a-half hours," she
said. "That went until 12:00, 12:30 at
night.Sowe putin alotoftime because
it's something that's very crucial.



You're talking aboutthe athletic direc-
tor of Michigan, so it's nothing to play
Although she could not remember
exactly when her commitment began,
McCall said the meetings commenced
during the basketball season, meaning
no later than the middle of March.
However, the committee did not get
down to the "nitty gritty"untilafter the
May 1 graduation. Duderstadt has not
dismissed the committee, and McCall
fully expects to be contacted again.
She said she doesn't have to return to
Ann Arbor; she can do her part by
making suggestions andoffering input
via telephone.
Her experiences with the Michigan
athletic department - specifically a
women's sport that has struggled -
gave McCall a unique perspective on
what the school needs.
"I asked a lot of questions per-
taining to women's athletics, to non-
revenue sports, to things that I didn't
see done when Iwas there as an athlete
that I would like to see done to help
Michigan's program," McCall ex-
plained. "Michigan's traditional, and
that willnever change, which is good.
But if you see something's not work-
ing, you need somebody who can dare
to be different.
"Traditional is fine, but you need
someone who's gonna step in and not
try to walkoveranybody,but who will
listen to other ideas and say, 'Let's try
this.' You might be on top, but you
don't stand there."
date in mind, but she would not iden-
tify the person.



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