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February 27, 1912 - Image 2

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The Michigan Daily, 1912-02-27

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T1E FUCHIGAN D LY
Olficial Newspaper at the University
of Michigan.
Published every morning except Mon-
day throug.out the school year.
Entered at the Post Office at Ann Ar-
bor, Michigan, under Aet of Con-
gress of March 3, 1879.
ITANYAGING EDITOR-
Walter K. Towers.
BUSINESS MANAGER
Albert R. Dilley
Editors.
News Editor........Harry Z. Fol
Assistant...........Frank Pennell
Athletic Editor......Karl Matthews
Assistant..........G. C. Eldredge
Music and Drama ....Earl V. Moore
Intercollegiate News Harold G. McGee
Files..............Emmett Taylor
Editorials.
Arthur B Moebimn Frank E. Shaw
EdwardG. Kemp Maurice Myers
Night Editors.
Maurice Toulme Mack Ryan
Wallace Weber C. Harold Hippler
H. Beach Carpenter Robert Gillett
BReporters
John Townley Morris Houser
Frank Murphy William Daugherty
J, Selig Yellen Fred B. Foulk
Hal C. Tallmadge J. V. Sweeney
Morris Milligan Leonard M. Rieser
Morton R. Hunter Rusell H. Neilson
BUSINESS STAFF.
Assistant to Mgr. ..Joseph Fouchard
Advertising Mgr ... Elmer P. Grierson
^irculation Mgr.....ll. Ray Johnson
A. R. Johnson, Jr...Emerson Smith
Edgar L. Jaffa.......W. T. Holland
W, J. Wetterau. J. I. Lippincott
Want Ad Stations.
Press Building; Quarry's Pharm-
acy, State and North Uni-
versity.
OFFICE HOURS: Managing Editor,
1-2 p. in., 10:30-11:30 p. m.; Bus-
iness Manager, 1- p. m..
Both Phones 960.
Subseription price: By carrier, 12.0;
By mail, $3.00.
OFFIES: Ann Arbor Press Buldin g.
Maynard Street.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1912.T
Night Editor-H. Beach Carpenter.
The Track "w."
A man receives his "M" in football
and in baseball because he made the
team and is the best man in his par-
ticular ine in college. When he re-
ceives an "M" in track work, it not
only signifies that he is the best in
college, but one of the four best ath-
letes in his event in America. This is
the main reason for the apparent lack
of interest in the work.
The track men feel that they are not
receiving a fair show, in comparison
with the men in other branches of ath-
letics. In these sports, it is only es-
sential to be the best man in the uni-
versity. Michigan has had many teams,
both in football and baseball, which
were far removed from the class of
national champions. Yet the men re-
ceived their "M's" not because of their
showing in competition with other
teams, but because they were the best
players Michigan had and had been
selected to represent the Maize and

Blue.
In track work everything is changed.
To win the coveted letter, a man must
"place" in the Eastern Collegiate meet,
against the best athletes America can
produce. He must not only run gruel-
ling races to get into the finals, but, in
these, he must be one of the first four,
to receive recognition in the form of
the college letter.
When Michigan was in the Western
Conference, track "M's" were given to
those men who "placed" in the Confer-
ence meet and in the dual meet with
Chicago. The Conference meet was
not considered as large an event as the
Eastern Collegiate and Michigan men
generally had little trouble in winning
places. This, with the Chicago dual
meet added, furnished enough clancess
for the track men, and the letter was
given out much more frequently than
since the Wolverines have been com-
peting with the East.
When Michigan left the Conference,
the rules were changed to meet the re-
quirements. From that time on, it be-
came necessary for a man to "place" in
the big eastern meet to secure the let-
ter. It was harder to win a place in
this event and -the chance of gaining
a letter for work in some dual meet
was cut out. Thereafter a Michigan
track man did not wear the "M" un-
less he could point to the fact that he
was one of the first four of American
athletes in his especial event.
The number of "M's" given out for
track work has yearly grown smaller,
while the number in the other branch-
es of sport has increased. A man may
run and win points in every dual meet
for Michigan. Yet, if he fails to place
at. the Intercollegiate, he misses his
chance for an "M." Try as he will to
disguise the fact, the athlete strives be-
cause, in large measure, he wants
something which he prizes. This some-
thing generally takes the form of the
"M." To the men, this is the greatest
thing and, if this fact be ignored, then
interest will lag and we will drift into
a period of lethargy and general life-
lessness which now pervades the
spring sport.
It is not the desire of the track men
to cheapen the letter. Far be it frm
them to belittle something that means
most to them, but they do believe that
the barriers should be let down a few
bars.; We have a dual meet wth Cor-
nell and this might take the place of
the "M' meet we formerly had with.
Chicago. Again, it might not be a poor
idea. to give an "M" to a man who
places in the finals at the Eastern Col-
legiate, without making it obligatory
to be one of the first four across the
line
town Ca h
Ceme on cubs, we're for you-the
high-brow staff men are suffering from
conT-in the head, not in the chest.
Forty Years Ago Today.
The directory will be out June 16.
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Here's where us safety-razor fans
can rest in peace safe from the germ-
laden tonsorial boogy-man.
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