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DEEPLY CONCERNED with certain disturbing developments in the
field of college athletics, the eight Ivy League schools have re-
cently entered into an agreement designed to correct some of the more
rampant abuses.
Seeking to lift the moral standard of college sports, these ancient
and revered institutions are now attempting to apply the same dis-
cipline to athletics which they have in the past applied to scholastic
The eight Ivy college presidents have agreed among other
things to set up rigid scholastic requirements for athletic eligi-
bility, strictly limit and supervise the award of all financial aid,
ban spring football practice, curtail the length of the playing
and practice seasons, bar post-season and all-star games for
secondary school coaches and players, and prohibit both from
participating in clinics and from endorsing commercial products.
Specific regulations of the code provide that no student shall be
eligible for a varsity team:
1. Unless he has previously filed with the appropriate authorities
a written statement in which he agrees to abide by the policies and
spirit of the Ivy agreement.
2. Unless he is in good scholastic standing as determined by faculty
standards, enrolled in an academic program leading to a recognized
degree and is making normal academic progress, both quantitatively
and qualitatively toward the degree.
3. If he has received financial support from any source except
from (a) personal or family resources, (b) employment at normal
wages, (c) financial aid awarded by or with the specific approval of
the regular academic authority, and (d) government grants.
THE AGREEMENT prohibits athletic scholarships and stipulates
that athletes shall be admitted as students, receiving financial aid
only on the basis of the same academic standards and economic need
as are applied to all other students.
Under the codes no student shall be eligible whose secondary
school education was subsidized or whose post-college education is
promised by an institution or group of individuals not closely related
to the family as a consideration for his attending the particular in-
Eligibility requires, too, that the student shall have com-
pleted satisfactorily an academic year's work. Only undergradu-
ate students are eligible for a varsity team and for no more than
three different academic years. A year missed: for scholastic or
disciplinary reasons counts as one of the three.
The agreement further limits the number of football games to
nine and sets as September 1 the beginning of autumn practice.
* * * *
IN A STATEMENT of the philosophy behind the proposals, the presi-
dents declared: "The group affirms their conviction that under
proper conditions intercollegiate competition in organized athletics
offers desirable development and recreation for players and a healthy
focus of collegiate loyalty. The conditions require that the players
shall be truly representative of the student body and not..eomposed of
a group of specially recruited athletes. They further require that un-
due strain upon players and coaches be eliminated and that they be
permitted to enjoy the game as participants in a form of recreational
competition rather than as professional performers in public spec-
tacles. In the total life of the campus the emphasis upon intercolle-
giate competition must be kept in harmony with the essential educa-
tional purposes of the institution. These conditions and requirements
can best be fulfilled by denying to the fullest possible extent external
pressures for competitive extremes."
In their desire to foster intra-group athletic competition, the
presidents approved a round-robin schedule in as many sports as
MICHIGAN'S DR. HARLAN HATCHER questioned the wisdom of
curtailing relations with schools outside the Ivy League on the
grounds that it might lead to provincialism. In a letter on the sub-
ject written at the request of The New York Times, Dr. Hatcher stated,
"In most respects I am in agreement with the presidents of our sister
institutions in the East. The University of Michigan observes all the
significant points, and has for many years. We differ on two main
issues: spring football practice and playing schedules.
"It is our opinion that if football is good in the fall there is noth-
ing wrong with it in the spring, provided, first, it does not interfere
with academic work, and secondly, that it does not interfere out-of-
season with other sports."'
"I do not judge the propriety of the proposed limitation of
schedules for the Ivy group, but it has long been my opinion that
there is much of value in college men from one area playing in
games with those of another. Will the Ivy group forbid partici-
pation in the Olympic Games?"
"It has been my hope that teams visiting another campus, re-
gardless of the area, would get at least a glimpse of the host insti-
tution's facilities and spirit. The Ivy plan might lead to provincialism
contrary to the purpose of higher education. I can appreciate that the
Ivy institutions might in most instances wish to meet only those uni-
versities with requirements and programs similar to their own and this
ought to be possible."
WE AGREE WITH Dr. Hatcher's comment regarding spring prac-
tice and in theory at least, we will go along with his pronouncement on
intersectional competition. In actuality however, we have seldom seen
visiting football teams, or for that matter our own team, on a tour of
a host school's campus. Most coaches prefer to keep their squads in
isolation before the game, and then board a plane immediately after
the contest. The differences which Dr. Hatcher has outlined are minor

however, and could be overcome with a minimum of discussion
The important aspect of the Ivy League's code is that at long
last, a great and respected group of colleges has answered the chal-
lenge presented by our muddled mid-century athletic programs. It is
most emphatically a step in the right direction.

(EDITOR'S NOTE-First in a series
of articles discussing the possibility
of major league baseball on the West
Mr. Roy Corlas, of the Palm
Springs, California, chamber of
commerce, is a man who has been
close to the Pacific Coast League
baseball scene for many years.
With the installation in the past
two seasons of Baltimore and Mil-
waukee into the big leagues, the
case for major league ball on the
Pacific Coast is being raised to its
greatest proportions by such men'
as Corlas.
coast can't miss. "Four million
people are clamoring to buy major
league tickets out here, and they
can't be turned down much long-
er," explained the veteran publi-
cist. "We don't claim that the West
Coast is capable of forming a third,
major league for a long time yet,
but most people out here feel that
there are a few cities that could
back a big time outfit as well, if
not better, than certain teams in
the East have been supported,"
continued Corlas.
There is little doubt that Cor-
las is standing on strong legs as
far as his arguments in favor of
major league ball on the West
Coast are concerned. No less of
an authority than Gerry Priddy,
former American League star
with Detroit, Washington, and
St. Louis, and now playing man-
ager of the Seattle Rainers,
agrees with the Palm Springs
publicity chief.
Priddy spent many years in the
junior circuit. In that time he was
owned by clubs who were backed
by exceptional, indifferent, and
poor fan interest. Although he was
a member of second division out-
fits most of the time, Priddy in
his present position is a man who
should be listened to. As a member
of the Tigers he played before some
of the most rabid fans to be found$
anywhere in baseball.

possibility that it will occur in
two years. and it wouldn't be sur-
prising if Los Angeles or some other
town is in the big time by next sea-t
This is a strong statement, and
one that on the surface seems at
bit too optimistic. However,
Priddy's confidence is shared by
a majority of the West Coastt
baseball public. Coast fans be-t
lieve that they have a right to a
big time outfit.
The majors have recognized the
potential of the untested Pacific
public for many years. P. K. Wrig-
ley,. president and owner of the1
Chicago Cubs and of the Los An-
geles Angels of the PCL,has beenj
frank enough to admit that if
given a choice between the two;
franchises, he would take Los An-c
* * *
THIS FACT carries additional
weight because the Cubs are from
an economic standpoint one of the
most valuable clubs in baseball.
Despite their poor record of recent
years, they are backed by a fa-
natical group of fans, who consis-
tently register more than one mil-
lion paid admissions a season.
The Cub boss has employed
the aid and imagination of Bill
Veeck to make the California
fans' dream a reality. Veeck is
now the president of the L. A.
club, and is doing everything
possible to attract the big lea-
gues. Babaar Bill is a member of
the popular group who feel that
major league migration to Cali-
fornia is inevitable.
Dan Topping and Del Webb,
owners of the New Yok Yankees,
have expressed a sincere interest{
in the Los Angeles club. However,
Wrigley refuses to budge from his
controlling position of the Los An-
igeles baseball future until the
Majors are willing to let him cap-
italize on the enthusiasm of the
West Coast fandom.
* * *
ONE DARK spot was the open-
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Coach Don Canham's thinclads
will be hard pressed in their at-
tempt to win their third straight
unofficial championship as the l
60th annual Penn Relays get un-
derway in Philadelphia tomorrow.
Leading the list of contenders is
another Big Ten track power, In-F
diana. which is entering a full
team for the first time since 1951.
The Hoosiers have an outstand-
ing one-mile relay team which
competed indoor six times. win-
ning six times, and setting new
marks on all six occasions. Indi-
ana will also e'nter contending
teams in the distance medley and
four-mile relays.
DEFENDING titleholder in the
quarter-mile and half-mile relays,.
Morgan State College of Baltimore.


tance medley team has already
turned in a time more than
one second faster than Michi-
gan's winning time last year.
Fordham's two-mile relay team
will be the team to beat in the best
field that has ever been assembled
for this race. The defending cham-
pion from last year, when they won
over Villanova, Michigan, Army,
and Penn State, the Fordham
quartet won race after race during
the recent indoor season and did
not meet defeat until the Cleve-
land Knights of Columbus meet,

when they lost to a swift Univer-
sity of Michigan foursome.
* - *
CORNELL, record-holder in the
one-mile relay, has again come ;p
with a strong team in that event.
The speedy quartet set a new Cor-
nell indoor record in a dual meet
with Army last winter, and then
went on to capture the* indoor
Heptagonal Games mile relay with
little difficulty. Cornell will also
field strong teams in the four-
mile relay and the shuttle hurdles


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THE FORMER big time key- Contrary to what was expected,
stone artist isn't even conservative attendance around the league was
in his prediction of the West down from 1953. Clarance Row-
Coast's big league future. Says land, president of the PCL, was
Priddy, "The big leagues are a not too pleased with the turnout,
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APRIL 22, 1954
Representatives Harold Velde and Kit Clardy
House Office Building
Washington, D.C.
I am writing you in regard to the subpoena which I have received from your Committee.
I wonder what its purpose is. Do you want information concerning my views and ideas?
As you well know, you can read about them in the paper, where they have been frequently expresse
Do you believe that I have broken any laws? If so, you can take steps to bring me
before a court of law.
Do you believe that my thoughts and arguments are wrong? In that case, you can offer
refutations, you can meet ideas with other ideas.
The above courses are open to you. But you do not take them. One is forced to conclude
that you have something .in' mind which can be accomplished only by the subpoena.
You are said to be investigating subversive activities. As a student, I have listened to ideas,
discussed ideas, exchanged ideas, advocated ideas, and published ideas. Is that what you call
"subversive activities"?
Perhaps you know that a number of articles have been appearing in national magazines
with such titles as "Are -the 'Thought Police' taking Over Our Colleges" (Redbook, 'April, 1954)
and "G-Men on the Campus" (The Nation, Jan. 30, 1954). These articles discuss the
deterioration of academic freedom. Tell us, Messrs. Velde and Clardy, where do you stand on
this subject? Do you think that the brandishing of subpoenas before the campus will restore
academic freedom? Do you think that universities will prosper if ideas are judged by how safe
they are, instead of how true they are?
I for one believe that every student will-suffer from this trend which you are fostering,
which goes under the name of McCarthyism. The main victim will not be any particular individual
or organization which you choose to attack. It will be the educational system itself. For actually,
by entering into the university community, and using subpoenas instead of arguments, you
in effect have decided that a student whose opinion differs from yours has no right to pursue truth
and to act on it as he understands it. But this decision is not one for you to make. It is one
which the American people have made already.
If you believe there ore subversive activities taking place at the University of Michigan
which should be exposed to the public eye, then I think that you will not object to arranging
a public debate, so that the students, teachers and citizens of Michigan can decide for themselves,
after hearing both sides. Certainly you must agree that the truth will prevail in an open and
free encounter, where both sides can speak as equals, which is not the case in the chambers of
the Un-American Activities Committee.
I hope that we shall receive a speedy reply.
Yours truly,
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