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ADAY, FEB WART 13, ] 95th




By John Hillyer
The College Audience
MICHIGAN PROVIDES the sociologist with a pretty accurate stereo-
type of what is known by the cliche-dropper as the "sophisticated
college audience."
Characteristics of this group can be noted at almost any public
function around here. People attending concerts know when not to
clap. People attending plays make it a point not to become so lost
in the fantasy that they are unaware of the lighting, setting, timing,
etc., which are all important to the success of a production. People at-
tending political debates attempt to view both sides objectively.
But what about people attending sports events?
Obviously, athletic contests cannot be and are not placed in the
same classification with such intellectual outlets as are to be found
in Hill Auditorium, Rackham, etc. But I'm afraid students here have
had this idea imbedded in their minds to much too great a degree.
Blowing off steam at games is" a college tradition. At football
games, many students pocket various substances to insure their
warmth and enjoyment of the games and make it paramount that
noise-making is the order of the afternoon. But football games, really,
should be put in a class by them-
hselves inthis respect.
;{ ?>r ~Sop~histication can beprvln
in a basketball audience, too.
Certainly not the same sort of
<r sophistication as would be appro-
priate at a non-athletic presenta-
tion, but sophistication just the
same. A basketball fan can be as
partisan and as noisy as he wants
to be and still be sophisticated
9 about it. But many who attend
basketball games at Yost Field
House are not.
I couldn't help noticing this
the other night at the Illinois
game. More than once, students
would boo a referee's decision
when it was obviously a correct
one. According to the Michigan
; basketball fan, a Michigan player
never commits a charging foul
and an opposing player, always
COACH PERIGO does. The result is that the stands
«...some fans harmful usually contain some 1,000 "ref-
erees" of various sorts.
It isn't an easy task to referee a basketball game. The action is
always very close and very fast. Foul-calling can go either way on
over half of the calls. The usual result is that each team gets its share
of the good and the bad. But the official's job is to call them as he
sees them, and being human, his visual organs are not geared to the
point of mechanical perfection.
A MICHIGAN FAN should be motivated by three factors when he
attends a game (not necessarily in this order): A sense of re-
sponsibility for the name of his school, a sense of common decency
and sportsmanship and a desire to see Michigan win. None of these
three factors is aided by booing decisions by the referee (who is com-
pletely impartial, believe me) and by hissing when an opposing
player is attempting a free throw.
Coach Bill Perigo pointed out another objection. Aside from boo-
ing the referees and rattling the foulshooters, some fans make per-
sonal verbal attacks on individual players. "Some of our boys for
this reason would probably rather play away from home, especially
those who are highly sensitive. They always try to do their best, and
of course they have off nights Just like the referees."
Does this go on in other schools? Certainly-it's worse at some.
But does this make It mandatory that it happen here, too? After all,
this school Is- supposed to have somewhat higher intellectual standing
than its competitors.
Sophistication is one of those things which supposedly differen-
tiates a college audience from a high-school one. In the case of
basketball audiences, at least here, one would have to seek other
criteria for differentiation.

Wrestling Race Cloudy

The 1958 Big Ten wrestling
season is coming down the home
stretch, and the race for the title
is wide open.
Last year Minnesota nosed out
Michigan by a single point, 55-54,
to win the Conference champion-
ship. All indications thus far
point to another thriller this year,
when the teams meet at Cham-
paign, Ili., on March 7 and 8.
Close Again
Actually, it looks like an even
closer meet this season, since last
Syearthe third place team, Iowa,
had only 39. Rather than a two-
team scramble, this year's meet
could involve as mbny as seven
teams in the final surge for the

If a favorite were to be picked,
it would have to be Iowa. The
Hawkeyes showed their power+
earlier this season by snapping
Minnesota's dual-meet victory
string at 20 meets, 16'9. Since
then the Iowans have continued
their winning ways, and set them-
selves up as the team to beat come{
Gophers, Illini Strong
However, the majority of the'
Conference grappling units are
right on the Hawkeyes' tail. The
defending champion Gophers, and
the host-to-be Illini, have both
shown power and have many out-
standing performers.
Next in line of power, judging
by dual-meet records, come Indi-
ana and Ohio State, closely fol-

lowed by Michigan and Michigan
State. The Wolverines lost to In-
diana, as did the Spartans, but
have showed continued improve-
ment since then.
Real Test
The real test for Michigan will
come this weekend as it plays host
to the powerful Hawkeyes. The
following two weeks will find the
Wolverines traveling to Michigan
State and Ohio State. These meets
will help to judge the Wolverines'
chances come title-seeking time.
The only teams that can be
counted out of the running now
are Northwsetern,- Purdue and
Wisconsin. All three have had un-
successful dual-meet seasons thus

. , "Madison Avenue"

L oken Fosters Interest
In Michigan Gymnastics

Take an advertising executive,
a public relations man and a
highly enthusiastic gymnast, put
them together and you're bound
to emerge with Newt Loken.
Loken was brought to Michigan
10 years ago when the Athletic
Department decided to reactivate
gymnastics, a sport which had re-
ceived a temporary burial at the
end of the 1933 season.
Wastes No Time
He wasted no time in getting
up a team using his "Madison
Avenue" instinct plus his intense
background in gymnastics. This
process formulated a good team-
good enough to finish third in the
Big Ten.
Since then, the former NCAA
and Big Ten all-around gym
champion has been specializing in
good gymnastic teams, but that's
not all.
His interest has also centered
in bringing people to gymnastics
meets and in this he excels. His
promotions include music, an-
nouncers, attractive f e m i n i n e

gymnasts during intermissions
and a new event or two.
This season Loken is going great
guns and it looks as though he is
going to win a double victory. His
team, paced by Ed Gagnier and
Ed Cole, could be the team to
beat in the Big Ten and his meets
are regular productions.
Saturday will mark the first of
six consecutive weeks of meets for
the Wolverine gymnasts when.
they take on the University of
The meet will be held in the
I-M gym and will start right aft-
er the conclusion of the swim-
ming meet, most likely about 4
New Event
Saturday's Loken innovation
will be the rope climb, an event
which Loken describes as "very
exciting" and one which, along
with the nine other events, should
provide excellent entertainment.
For those who don't know much
about gymnastics, Loken has ar-
ranged to have an announcer
there who will explain each event
as well as give the scores.

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Three 'B'


Sq ads Stay
Psi Upsilon, Zeta Beta Tau and
Delta Sigma Phi all won "battles
of the unbeatens" in social frater-
nity "B" basketball last night.
In other games, Gamma Alpha
dropped the Med Sox, 21-16, in
the independent circuit, and the
Air Force downed a Bill Holland-
led Health Service unit, 33-22, in
a faculty contest.
Psi U got great support from
Bernie Bogdon, who dropped in
10 second-half points, to defeat
Alpha Tau Omega, 37-20. ATO
held a 16-11 halftime margin.
ZBT broke a 7-all halftime tie
on Lou Suasman's push shots to
edge Kappa Sigma out of the un-
defeated class, while Delta Sigma
Phi displayed balanced scoring in
wrecking Phi Kappa Phi's unbeat-
en hopes, 32-13.
Chi Phi's Pat Keefe hit 10 of 11
free throw attempts and added a
field goal as his team pounded Al-
pha Delta Phi, 35-23.
Social Fraternity "B"
Phi Delta Theta 2, Theta Xi 0-forfeit
Phi Kapp Tau 2, Phi Kappa Sigma 0
Sigma Apha Epsilon 2, Triangle 0-
Lambda Chi Alpha 2, Phi Epsilon Pt
0 - forfeit
Sigma Chi 2, Acacia 0 - forfeit
Sigma Alpha Mut 27, Tau Delta Phi 18
Sigma Nu 28, Phi sigma Kappa 19
Kappa. Sigma 25, Zeta Psi 7
Chi Phi 28, Phi sigma Delta 17
Sigma Phi Epsilon 46, Pi Lambda Phi
Theta Chi 20, Tan Kappa Epsilon 18
Delta Tau Delta 24, Delta Upsilon 13
> Beta Theta Pi 50, Alpha Epsilon Pi 11
Phi Gamma Delta 35, Alpha. Sigma
Phi 18
W L Pet.
St. Louis 34 23 .596
Cincinnati 27 29 ,482
Detroit ' 23 35 .399
Minneapolis 14 43 .246
Boston 39 17 .695
Syracuse 33 25 .569


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