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Recent Attempts to Purge Athleties
of Existing Evils Draw
New York, N. Y., Jan. 17.-College
alumni and undergraduates are keen-
ly interested in the efforts to incor-
porate in all forms of national sport
a higher standard of amateurism, es-
pecially since the Intercollegiate As-
sociation of Amateur Athletes was
the organization to take the initial)
steps in this direction. At the recent
conference held in New York, condi-
tions in more than a score of gov-
erning bodies were discussed and the
I. C. A. A. A. A. officials were able
to give valuable data on their efforts
to eradicate certain evils, such as
proselyting and the minimizing of the
star system in track athletics.
It was clearly demonstrated that
the colleges are not pursuing prep-
aratory school track stars to the ex-
tent once customary, and accepted
as the only successful method of
building up a winning track team.
This is partially due to wiser con-
trol of athletic policies in the indi-
vidual colleges, but to a still greater
extent to the gradual changes in the
point scoring, system of the Associa-
tion. In its efforts to broaden the
field for competition and competitors
the value of the prep school star has
steadily decreased.
Fifteen years ago the college which
possessed a star sprinter, a hurdler
of high class ability and a good per-
former with the weights had in the
trio a combination which almost as-
sured it of championship honors. Un-
der modern methods, including better
training facilities, indoor and outdoor
dual meets with each season termin-
ating with the indoor Intercollegiates
and Intercollegiate championships,
conditions are vastly different. To-
day the big team composed, though it
may be of mediocre performers, will
always defeat a few stars competing
under the colors of one college. Var-
sity athletic associations and train-
ers have discovered that it pays bet-
ter to devote more time to developing
point winners from the material avail-
able than to the unpleasant and un-
dignified chase of schoolboy track
The reformation was not accom-
plished in a season or without the
adoption of changes and innovations
in the I. C. A. A. A. A. system, such as
sanctioning the Indoor Intercollegiates
first held last winter and to be re-
peated again on March 4. From 1876
to 1889 first places alone counted in
determining the championship, al-
though seconds were considered in
case of a tie in points at the end of
the meet. In 1890 it was decided to
broaden the field of competition and
a point value was given to the first
three places in each event. Begin-
ning in 1897 it was ruled that fourth
men should score and up to 1913 the
places and points were as follows:
First place, five points; seconds,
three; thirds, two; fourths, one. Two
years ago the rules were changed to
include fifth finishers, and the scoring
system today awards fifteen points in
each contest, the points by places be-
ing five, four, three, two and one.
Under these latest rules a team of
half a dozen stars winning first places
in seven of the thirteen championship
events would be defeated by a medi-
ocre combination which did not win
an event, but placed men fourth or
fifth in all thirteen contests. The

star performer will always be more
valuable than the ordinary competitor,
but a large number of fairly good en-
trants gives greater assurance of a
winning team than two or three stars.
Gi the point winners in the 1915 Inter-
collegiates, but a very small per cent
were prep schol stars, the great ma-
jority being developed after entering
college. Coaches have found that
championships are won by making
point winners rather than getting
them ready made, and the I. C. A.
A. A. by steadily increasing the" op-
portunities for scoring in the cham-
pionships and Indoor Intercollegiates
has made competition broader and
more beneficial as well as coaching
a more dignified and important oc-

It. W. Jonlson Expects to etter HI
Last Year's Marks
R. W. Johnson, Michigan's strong
man, will tomorrow go after his own
record in the strength tests. The af-
fair will take place in Waterman
gymnasium at 3:00 o'clock.
Johnson has been getting himself
into condition for the affair for the
past several days, and is confident
that he will be able ,to surpass his
last year's record .by many points. In
practice he has bettered several of
his marks by a wide margin, and
with the added experience of a year
should make a big gap between the
mark he hopes to establish Wednes-
day, and the one which he hung up
last year.
Johnson, when he made a total of
2734.75 points on February 3, 1915,
gave the authorities a huge surprise
inasmuch as he was but a freshman
who had not as yet developed his
full powers to nearly their maximum,
and his record was consequently un-
looked for.
Dr. May, the director of the gym-
nasium, has extended an invitation to
the students of th university at large,
and to members of the past seas6n's
Varsity and All-Fresh football teams
particularly, to compete against
Johnson when he goes after his rec-
ord tomorrow.
The way the sophomore engineer
established himself as Michigan's
present strong man follows:
Lung capacity ............... 335
Back lift.....................665
Leg lift..................1030
Grip, right hand............250
Grip, left hand..............215
Chins ......................... 16
Weight ...................... 177.5
Applying these figures to the stand-
ard set, Johnson's total in the strength
test is 2734.75 points.
Sixty Fresinien Also Appear; Plan
Second Meet
Candidates for both the Varsity and
All-Fresh track teams showed up in
large numbers yesterday, about 30
Varsity men putting in an appearance
with nearly twice as many freshmen
taking their daily workout in differ-
ent parts of the gym.
Because of the fact that Saturday's
first meeting for the new men panned
out so well, Coach Farrell yesterday
made the statement that there would
be another meeting of the same kind
held on Saturday of this week. The
coach also wishes to correct the ex-
isting impression which prevails
among the new men by saying that
those men who failed to place on Sat-
urday should not consider themselves
(dropped from the list of candidates,
but as having an equal chance with any
of the winners. The coach needs a field
of 100 to 150 freshmen to produce the
best results, and every team needs
second, third and fourth place men
just the same as it does first place
Those freshmen who failed to show
up for Saturday's competition should
make it a point to be in the field this
coming Saturday afternoon if they
expect to get the proper attention
which goes witth pre preliminary
work, and it is hoped that all candi-

dates will be present with the be-
ginning of the second meet Saturday.
Women Students Open Brber, Shop
N ort western-According to the
University of Ciincinnati News, the co-
eds at Northwestern have opened a
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a new won's building.
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over $200 per month. If you mean
business, write Michigan Daily, Box
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Only Squads Showing Proper Spirit
Remain to Battle for
Campus Title
Only five teams are left in the class
indoor baseball league. The Intra-
mural office is thoroughly disgusted
with the way the teams have been
forfeiting their games lately, and yes-
terday it was decided that only those
teams that had been showing a good
spirit and had not forfeited more than
two games would he allowed to con-
tinue in the league and play for the
campus championship. The teams that
are still considered in.the running are
the senior engineers, the J-engineers,
the pharmics, the architects and the
fresh lits. Out of these teams the
all-campus team will be chosen.
The schedule for the week is as fol-
lows: tonight, senior engineers vs.
architects, 7:00 o'clock; J-engineers
vs. pharmics, 7:40 o'clock; senior en-
gineers vs; fresh lits, 8:20 o'clock. On
Thursday the games are: J-engineers
vs architects, 7:00 o'clock; senior
engineers vs. pharmics at 7:40 o'clock;
J-engineers vs. fresh lits, 8:20 o'clock.
Since there are only five teams in the
league, each night one team will have
to play a double-header in order to
have three games in one night and
finish the season as soon as possible.
There will be no indoor baseball
games on Saturday, but the time will
be given over to the basketball can-
didates for preliminary practice. The
two courts in the gymnasium will both
be used at the same time and every
team out will be given a period for1
work. The time allowed each team
for practice will depend upon the
number that turn out, and first come,
first served. It is to be understood
that these practice periods will be
taken up in regular practice games be-
tween two teams, thus four teams can
work at the same time. The official
basketball schedule will not be made
out until after the examinations are all
Next week indoor baseball games will,
be played on Tuesday, but the other
days on whch the.gymnasium may be
used will be devoted to basketball
practice unless there is a tie in the
baseball league, which might easily
occur since the baseball standing will
be determined entirely by percentage.
In that case the tiewill be played offl
on Thursday at 7:00 o'clock.
The schedule for next week will be
announced in a later issue.I
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Sbolviiar .Aginst Yile )layI)et erile
Final Rantikin- of
\Vith five men chosen from the
ranking members cf the team from
last week's match, and the rest of
the men practically selected, the
Michigan rifle team will go up
against one of their hardest competi-
tors, when they shoot against the
strong squad from Yale in tomorrow's
match in the intercollegiate rifle tour-
The five high men of last week's
contest, who will form the backbone
of the Michigan aggregation, are Me
Intyre, Schoefield, Nicholson, Curtiss
and Simons. Captain Wilcoxen an-
nounced that Thompson, Atlee, Cork,
and MacNaughton would constitute
four of the remaining members, while
the last place will be filled by the
most successful of the contestants in
tomorrow's shoot.
This will be the second of the con-
tests that the university has engaged
in, and it is thought by the members
of the Rifle club that their chances for
a leading place in the college matches
will depend upon their showing in to-
morrow's meet, as Yale has always
been regarded as one of the strongest
of the colleges in this line.
The match will be shot off at Ferry
Field tomorrow afternoon, and the
range will be open until the usual
time. The results will be telegraphed
to the secretary of the National Rifle
association at Washington, where
they will be placed on file in the rec-
ords of the association. All members
must turn in all cards as they will
be marked zero for every card not
turned in.


On Sale, February 12


What can possibly be more aggra- Apparently the Lansing football
vating and annoying than a sidewalk thorities have grown fearful t
'slide" that doesn't slide? some of their athletes may, hee(


Finish Practice
Defeating North


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Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 17. -The
Gopher basketball team finished its
preliminary season of practice last
Saturday by defeating North Dakota
in a fast game. The play of the Goph-
ers in the latter part of the game dem-
onstrated that there are going to be
some lively and 'scrappy" games in
store for their conference opponents
in the coming schedule.
Minnesota opens her conference
basketball season at Madison on Sat-
urday, January 15. The Gophers re-
alize that this is going to be an es-
pecially hard game and they are do-
ig everything in their power to de-
velop basket-shooting accuracy and
fast covering, which things are prob-
ably all they need to place them on a
par with the fast Wisconsin five.
Outside of basketball everything is
thriving in sports at Minnesota. The
hockey team is practicing hard and
has prospects of developing a winning
seven under Captain Mergeus, a
Canadian star player.

In the current issue of a Sunday
paper there appears an article by
Sarah Bernhardt entitled:
"Why 1 am Young at 71.
W\P suppose that, this same paper
will print a story by Ty Cobb next
week entitled, "Why I am the World's
Worst Baseball Player," or an article
by Dr. Cook entitled1, "A True Descrip-
tion of the North Pole as Seen by an
~ye Witness."

Sloman, the western quarter-miler
who had never been defeated until he
met "Ted" Meredith out in San Fran-
cisco, has determined that he will not
rest content until he has defeated the
Pennsylvania Flyer. Mr. Sloman
should gently be reminded that Mr.
Bryan once entertained similar no-
tions with regard to the presidency.
Up at M. A. C. they have instituted
mid-winter football drills and the
"season" will open in a few days.
In future all cars stop at Good-
year's Drug Store. tf
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