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February 13, 1949 - Image 7

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It rL







with Bud Weidenthal
Associate Sports Editor
(This is the first of twc articles concerning charges pointed at Michi-
gan's athletic department r ade recently by the press.)
During the past several weeks the Detroit Free Press, in con-
junction with the Michigan State News (the student publication at
East Lansing), has been engaged in a concerted effort to defame the
dignity and purposes of the Michigan athletic department, and Fritz
Crisler, its director, in particular.
Fritz has been accused by the Free Press of issuing "ult;1iatums"
to the Spartans, and of efforts to gyp the public, while 'rne Spartan
journal has accused the entire Michigan athletic set-up of being
mercenary and money-happy.
To the Free Press' thousands of readers who had long respected
the publication as one of the nation's finest, the accusations set many
to wondering just what the motives were for this campaign of defama-
tion and to what extent they made sense.
Nobody Has Secrets ...
It is no secret that an influential member of the paper is a
graduate of Michigan State College and holds an important position
on that school's Athletic Council. Whether this has any direct con-
nection with the articles appearing on its sports pages can be only
a matter for conjecture.
However, it is also no secret that officials at the Lansing
school have carried out a propaganda campaign concerning
athletic relations between our two schools whose ultimate ob-
jective appears so strikingly similar that it causes one to wonder.
The charges have been along these lines:
1. That Crisler was harsh and unfair in offering an "ultimat-
um" to State officials to "take it or leave it" concerning football
scheduling for the next three years.
2. That the whole Michigan athletic. department is mercenary
and money-happy.
3. That the increase in ticket prices for the Army game is a gyp
for the public and merely a method of profiteering by the athletic de-
Although some of these accusations may be partially supported
by facts, these morsels of truth have been so construed as to cast an
exceedingly'bad light upon our school.
Football Just Business ...
No one in Ann Arbor will, or ever has denied that football in a big
school such as Michigan is a business-one that is of vital concern to
every student in attendance at the University.
Since the Wolveine organization in contrast to many schools
of comparative size receives no aid other than that which is ob-
tained from athletic receipts, its entire athletic plant for both
students and athletes depends upon how many people pass
through the turnstiles of Michigan stadium.
The more people, the Aiore money; the more money the bettel
will be the facilities provided for the recreation of Michigan's 20,000
This has proven, by experience, to be good sense, and good prac-
tical business.
Michigan today has one of the finest plants in the nation as the
result of the far-sightedness of one man, Fielding H. Yost-who is
1926 saw the needs of an expanding student body, and desiring them to
have the best possible recreational facilities built the vast 86,000 seat
stadium, the largest college bowl in the nation.
A stadium of that size at that time was unheard of and there
were many who expressed doubt as to the practicability of the move.
But Yost, like Crisler, was also a good businessman . . . he could see
beyond today and visualized a time in the future when the receipts
from that stadium would build and maintain a fine athletic plant.
H ouse Yost Built...
"The house that Yost built" since its opening in 1927 has seen
many capacity audiences and many more thousands turned away at
its gates . . . the vision of Yost is still paying off in dividends to stud-
ents at Michigan.
The fine intramural building, the golf course, the Yost Field
house and many other incidental athletic facilities are all a result
of Yost's foresight.
A strikingly similar situation exists today. With the announcement
yesterday of a long-range expansion program it is evident that vast

sums of money will be needed to pay for the proposed plan.
It appears that the athletic department is turning again to the
stadium for added income. They have been assured by a construction
firm that if the go-ahead signal is given this month the addition can..
be completed in time for next fall's games.
Should the Wolverines undertake such a project in the near fu-
ture there can be little doubt, despite charges to the contrary, that it
will be in keeping with the high purposes and traditions established by
the great Yost and with the benefit of not one or two individuals, but
of the whole student body as its ultimate objective.

To Stretch
Win Streak
Michigan's JV basketball squad,
victor in all but one of its games
this season, will attempt to extend
its four game win streak at the
expense of the Lawrence Tech 'B'
squad at Yost Field House at 2
p.m. tomorrow.
AFTER LOSING to the Ypsilanti
Normal varsity quintet by one
point, the Wolverhes have storm-
ed back to defeat Hillsdale juniors
twice and Michigan State and
Ohio State 'B' squads once each.
Coach J. T. White has been do-
ing considerable switching in his
flat ipil aily
PRES hOLMES, Night Editor
lineup. This is in line with the
purpose of the jayvee squad which
is to serve as a place where play-
ers who were not quite good
enough to make the varsity can
engage in competition, keep in
shape and possibly improve enough
to move up to the varsity.
up with George Royce and Hal
Pink at forward, Bill Eggenberger
at center, and Jerry Burns and
Oscar Agre at the guard positions.
Besides Monday's game, two
more contests remain on the jay-
vee's schedule. They play a return
match with Lawrence Tech on
Tech's court and with Ohio State
at Columbus the afternoon the
varsity five meets the Buckeyes.
Two Gridders
Return to'M'
Two lettermen from the '45 sev-
enteen-year-old footbal squad re-
turned to campus this semester.
Gene Hinton, a 230 ound
tacklenwho started at the same
time with Al Wahl, Dom Tomasi,
There will be a meeting of
the "M" Club Tuesday night at
7:30 in the "M" Room of the
Field, House. All undergraduate
"M" Club men are urged to
at' end.
and Stu Wilkins, was discharged
recently from service. He still has
three years of eligibility left.
Tony Momsen, a husky center
from Toledo, Ohio, dropped out of
school after his first year. Both
are expected to report to spring
football practice next month.
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S A Y S A R K F 0 U N D - Shukru Asena, East Turkey
farmer, points to iap where he said iasants found petrilie'd
remains of ship on Mt. Ararat, Biblical landing place of Noah's
Ark. He said thaws had washed away ice and snow masking vessel.

ONE MAY PLAY CHRIST R O L E _Last given in 1934, the Passion Play at te? -
amnmergau, Germany, will be resumed in 1950. Above are three candidates for the ride of le hrA
(Left) Hugo Rutz, blacksmith; (center) Franz Swing, wood carver; and (right) Alois Lang, E.

W I N D M I L L S 0 F H 0 L L A N D - .espite the fact that modern electric pumps now
do (4ON of the puimpif of water I rom ola s land below sea level, there are still about , 0
li {- i tLS:i pris a hefvytin ll famous "Windmill Row,'nrodl

M DE SW 0 D F ICU R E S -DanelJacques Alonsiu lf) 25, ai rit
models clay caricature of Pres. Vincent Auriol of France. Others he has modeled, in case you dlon't
recognize them, are: (top right) Gen. Charles de Gaulle (left) and Amir Faisal Al Saud of Sandia
Arabia; (lower right) V. Molotov (left) and Winston Churchill. Allonsius works from magazine pic-
tures in shop in the Palais dIe Chlaillot, United Nations meeting site. lHe is employed by the F'rendh
government in thme restoration of buildings and monuments.

S T U D E NT M0DE LS - Cloe Watkins, Ann Lockhart,
Mary Abdill, Pauline Wilson and Jep Zeigler (I to r) in costume
for coed fashion show at Florida Southern College, Lakeland.

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