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oaded State Squad To Give

M'First Real Tes


tport4 Cotnment

Victory over Surprising MSU Eleven
Opened Championship 1948 Season

Spirit and Cheerleading
TH THE football season nicely underway, two games played and
Michigan State waiting on our doorstep; the annual controversy
"over .femininity on the cheerleading squad has meanwhile arisen,
The protagonists for the cause had prepared their case for a rush
against the strong walls of tradition even before the' 1957 Wolverines
had played in the stadium. Their plan - a petition to the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics asking for the recognition of
female cheerleaders. The result - withdrawal of the same petition
before the Board could meet and discuss it.
Behind this petition was a lot of hard work on the part of Wol-
verine club offiders. They had contacted several influential persons
coricerned with student affairs and football games, among them
Dean of Men Walter B. Rea, Dean of Women Deborah Bacon, Direc-
tor of Bands William D. Revelli, and Athletic Director H. O. "Fritz"
Crisler. From these interviews, the Wolverine Club felt it had back-
ing for its cause and submitted a brief to the Board. It turned out,
however, that no such backing existed and that a mix-up and general
misunderstanding had occurred.
In truth, all the above University administrators are at the
present time against the introduction of women into the spectacle
that is football. Added to this disapproval, Dean Rea reports that the
majority of feeling at an alumni meeting which he recently attended
was to see football ta Michigan kept a masculine game. Dean Bacon
set forth her feelings with a statment to the effect that there are
three places where women should not appear: in a submarine, in a
coal mine, and on the football field in the stadium.
As to student opinion, Crisler stated that he had received let-
ters from Marilyn Houck, president of Panhel, and four residence hall
house presidents, all of which came out against the idea of co-ed
cheerleaders. Although the petition was withdrawn before the Board
meeting, Crisler stated that the subject was brought up and the
Board felt there was just too much said against the idea to validate
the Wolverine Club's position.
A Dee per Pro blem...
THE WHOLE PROBLEM of women cheerleaders is not new. It's
just that this year some organization tried to do something about
it. Actually the idea of co-eds in skirts and sweaters leading the
Michigan cheering section is a superficial coating to a deeper problem
dealing with what can be termed the "Degeneration of the Michigan
What is meant by this? Where is the Michigan Spirit suffering?
One only has to think back to football games last year, such as In-
diana and Minnesota when the crowd fell into great lethargy. In the
first instance it was because Michigan was in control most of the
time, in the second because we were being soundly outplayed and
beaten. Only fe'ats of extraordinary skill could arouse the crowd,
and the cheerleaders could attract little enthusiasm from anyone.
A stronger example comes during basketball season. To be sure,
the crowd cheers as any other crowd when the team is winning, but
let the Wolverines fall behind and again a definite lack of crowd
spirit- takes over. The efforts of cheerleaders are wasted. Also in
baseball, the major spring sport, only small crowds turn out to
watch a usually good Michigan team, and here again the noise is
practically nil.
Two Reasons .. .
W1HY DOES this situation exist? Whenever the problem comes un-
der discussion, two rather sound reasons stand out. For one thing,
this school is getting very large. It is larger now than it has ever
been,and with largeness comes a certain amount of lethargy. The
individual feels lost. He feels that in such a big place he can ac-
count for little and is therefore hesitant to add anything. This at-
titude shows up in one situation as a very short list of candidates
for SGC and in another situation as lack of consistent enthusiasm
at athletic contests.-
The other reason of importance is the conservative tradition
that exists at the school. Actions are conservative, dress is conserva-
tive, crowds are conservative. The incoming freshman is quickly in-
doctrinated. He or she is told what is done and what is not done.
Excessive show of immature emotion is not done. Cheering for the
sake of cheering is determined an excessive show of immature emo-
tion by the more sedate upperclassmen. It is therefore not done.
Everyone is not affected by this pattern, of course, but looking at re-
sults, most seem to be.
In the specific line of athletics what then can be done to try
and draw out of students the latent spirit to spur on the players with
vocal encouragement. To answer this some would say we've now com-
pleted the circle - what is needed are female cheerleaders, a new
look on the playing field.
Organization and Imagination .. .
PERSONALLY, however, I cannot believe that the presence of girls
in the stadium spotlight would make that much difference. People
come to watch a football game, that is foremost in their minds. The
rest of the spectacle is just so much "cream." Therefore the 'cream'
must be well organized and imaginative to steal the play away from
the game. The marching band is an example of how to do this very
well. This organization has carried it to such a high degree that at
times they are as talked about as the team.

The rest of this cream is not getting such results. The cheer-
leaders are excellent acrobats and this is what they spend a lot
of their time doing. In the stadium they attempt to do too tremen-
dous a job by covering the whole student section. They have also
been handicapped to date by the lack of adequate acoustical equip-
ment. Block 'M' also leaves much to be desired in way of organized
effort when compared to some of the schools of Southern California.
A Possible Idea - -
A POSSIBLE idea is to copy the example of our far western 'neigh-
bors'. They reduce the efforts of their cheerleaders to the smaller
core of the flip-card section. This group holds a rehearsal. They,
dress alike. They become a definite unit - something to belong to -
and therefore build up some esprit de corp. Here, then, is the nucleus
of the cheering section. They lead the way, and the rest of the crowd
follows. Even if the rest of the crowd doesn't follow, at least a goOd'
deal of vocal spirit is taking place in a concentrated area.
Organizing a cheering section is, of course, a lot of work, but
then, so is an effort to sway an essentially conservative university
which enjoys masculine football into accepting women cheerleaders.
Efforts, then, should be devoted to more imaginative and effi-
cient organization of the situation which exists rather than con-
centrated effort on bucking tradition. Maybe then they wouldn't be
so coldly rewarded.

-Daily-Leonard Cyr
RESERVE STRENGTH-Michigan's second string undergoes a final practice session before today's
game with MSU. The reserve depth of the Wolverine's squad could have a lot to do with the contest's
outcome. Today's game is the Wolverines first venture into 1957 Conference action. The Spartans
have a 1-0 Big Ten record with a smashing 54-0 defeat of Indiana.
Wolverines Seek Revenge for Defeat*
Game To Feature Multiple Offenses
(Contmnued from Page I)

The middle forties were an era
of Michigan slaughters of hapless
Michigan State teams.
During the years of 1945, 1946
and 1947 the Wolverines always
managed to whip the Lansing
squad by at least 40 points.
The 1947 score was 55-0 in fa-
vor of Michigan and the 1948
game was picked to be a little less
of a Wolverine win. The oddsmak-
er's 30 point spot was considered
Oosterbaan's Debut
It was Bennie Oosterbaan's first
game as the Wolverines head
coach and no matter how he was
feeling when he went into it, he
was probably about 20 years old-
er at the outcome.
1948 was also the year that the
Spartan's dedicated their new
gridiron, Macklin Field, and their
cross-state rivals were to help
Lose Elliott, Chappius
The Michigan team was start-
ing out the season minus the
services of graduates Bump Elliott
and Bob Chappius, the two back-
field sparkplugs of the previous
great teams. But they weren't
lacking. In.the Wolverine back-
field were such stars as Gene Der-
ricotte, Tom Peterson, Pete El-
State's Huey who then fell.-'
This gave the Spartans first
and 10 on the Wolverine 15. On
first down they picked up three
yards on the ground. Then came
the play that still is being talked
about. Lynn Chananois threw a

pass intended for his end, Henry
liott and Leo Koceski.
The line was locked with a fa-
mous pair of "Al's" at tackle, Wis-
tert and Wahl. The big men on
the defensive platoon were Dick
Kempthorn and Dan Dwarsky,
two tremendous linebackers.
Spartans Rebuild
The. Spartans were on the way
up. Their backfield had two out-
standing .men who knew what to
do and which way to run. They
were Lynn Chandnois andHorace
Smith. On the line they were led
by All-America end Warren Huey.
Th Wolverines started out the
scoring after the game was only
four minutes old. The tally came
when fullback Tom Peterson took
the snap from center, faded back
and lofted a long pass to end Dick
Rifenberg who scampered across
the goal line to draw first blood.
Michigan 7, State 0
Peterson's conversion was good,
and the visitors led, 7-0.
The score remained at these
figures until early in the third
quarter when the Spartans tallied
to knot the score.
The Wolverines had the ball on
their 15-yd. line when a lateral by
Peterson was intercepted by
State Gets TD
The pass was clearly inter-
cepted by Michigan's Wally Ten-
iga, but by the time the officials
reached the end zone, State and
Minarik were holding the ball and
the Spartans given the touch-
At the end of the third quarter

the Wolverines got possession of
the pigskin on their 25. From
there Chuck Ortman, a sopho-
more tailback, threw a pass to Irv
Wisniewski who ran it to -the
State 19 before he was brought
Ortman then went to the air
again to hit Leo Koceski who car-
ried to the five from where Peter-
son spun over for the tally on the
following play. Peterson missed
his attempted conversion and the
scoring ended at Michigan 13,
Michigan State 7.
That game was more than just
another win for Michigan.
It started the Wolverines on a
winning streak which found them
heading the Big Nine and topping
the country with a perfect record.
Oosterbaan Gets Award
It headlined to the nation that
the new freshman coach, Bennie
Oosterbaan was an able successor
of his famous predecessor Frits
Crisler. Oosterbaan went on to
win the Coach of the Year award
at the end of that season.
Most of all, however, it head-
lined one of ,the typical games
which have since made up the in-
tense cross-state rivalry which
will be continued in today's game.
Going into today's game, Michi-
gan holds a big edge over State
at 35 wins, 11 losses and three
ties. That signifies very little of
the present, however, since the
Spartans have won five of their
last 10 games against the Maize
and Blue.

which involves a great number of
plays using both the T and single-
wing formations.
Michigan will counter with.
Gary Prahst and Walt Johnson,
ends; Capt. Jim Orwig and Jim
Davies, tackles; Larry Faul and
Mary Nyren, guards, and Gene
Snyder at center.
Backing them up will be quar-
terback Jim Van Pelt, halfbacks
Mike Shatusky and Jim Pace and
fullback John Herrnstein. Quar-
terback Stan Noskin, who has
Arrive Early
Everyone is requested to ar-
rive early at the game so that
all may be seated at kickoff
time which is 1:30 p.m. Identi-
fication cards will be required
from all students. Admission
of students is restricted to the
student gates only.
looked good in two games, will be
in the wings to relieve Van Pelt
if necessary and should see con-
siderable action.
National as well as local pres-
tige will be the reward of today's
victor, who will automatically be-
come a leading candidate for top
national ratings, a Rose Bowl trip
and the Big Ten title.
Blott Drills Line
The Michigan line, which has
appeared rather lethargic in its
first two trials, has been given
stiff workouts all week by line
coach Jack Blott in preparation
for the Spartans' strong, fast,
forward wall.
Injuries in the Wolverine camp
could be much worse. Shatusky's
condition - his back has been
bothering him somewhat - was
described as "fair" by Coach Ben-
nie Oosterbaan, and Shatusky
himself says he's ready to go.

His replacement, sophomore
Brad Myers ,has what Oosterbaan
called a slight cold, and was ab-
sent at yesterday's light workout.
Myers, too, should see plenty of
service, however.
Everyone Set to Play
Injured parties from theyGeor-
gia game, center Jerry Goebel and
guard Alex Callahan, are also
healing quite well and are pre-
pared for the test.
Last season in a rainy contest
here, the Spartans blanked Mich-
igan, 9-0, in a hard-fought tussle.
The State backs can travel. So
far in two games, Gilbert has av-
eraged 6.5 yards per carry, while
Martin has rolled for 5.9 and Ko-
walczyk 4 even. But Kowalczyk,
on the basis of past performances,
is expected to provide the great-
est threat.
Possible All-America
Called the "Sprinting Black-
smith" by MSU followers, he is
considered almost a cinch for All-
American rating.
State's second backs haiven't
done so poorly, either. Art John-
son has an 8.2 average and Dean
Look 7.9. And quarterback Ninow-
ski has fired 20 passes, complet-
ing 15 for 225 yards and three

On the Michigan side, Herrn-
stein has netted 93 yards to lead
the Wolverines, averaging 4.4.
Shatusky has the best average -
5.2, with 65 yards in 11 tries.
Van Pelt has connected on 12 of
16 passes for 164 yards, tops in
this department. Noskin has six
out of 14, good for 92.


86 Prahst LE
72 Orwig LT
63 Faul LG
58 Snider c
64 Nyren RG
73 Davies RT
82 Johnson RE
24 Van Pelt QB
43 Pace LHI
14 Shatusky RI
36 Herrnstein FB

Line ups
Williams 88
O'Brien 62
Middleton 61
Currie 55
Kelly 57
Burke 71
Kaiser 89
Ninowski 41
Martin 31
Kowalczyk 14
Gilbert 42

55, Center Dan Currie; 41 Jim
Ninowski, quarterback; 14 Walt Ko-

SSK Crushes Geology

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The Seldom Seen Kids, ran up
the biggest score of the year as
they trounced Geology, 54-0.
Every man on the team scored
at least once, and Moby Benedict
led the barrage /with three touch-
down runs.
The Evans Scholars, always a
tough team, marched to two
touchdowns, in the first few min-
utes of play to beat Owen's Co-
op., 13-0. Norm Wrona and Ray
Howitz crossed the goal line for
the winners.
Mickey Mouse Wins
Jack McKenzie led Mickey
Mouse to a neat 27-0 victory over
Chemistry. McKenzie intercepted
a Chem pass- at his goal line, and
raced 50 yards for a touchdown,
behind some magnificent block-
ing. Also scoring for the winners,
were Tom Rudel and Dick Karr.
The Double A's and Sama
battled for 29% minutes without
either team scoring. With 30 sec-
onds left to go in the game, and

Sama operating on their two yard
line, Dick Lyon caught the Sama
tailback behind his goal line, for
a safety, and a 2-0 victory.
AFROTC marched over the five
man Hawaiian team, 26-0. Ken
Vanderhyde, and Jim-Harder
scored two touchdowns apiece for
the victors.
Haney Stars for Zips
Another Evans Scholar team,
the Zips, marched over Sociology,
21-0, with Bill Haney throwing
three touchdown passes. Receivers
were Bill Viands, Jim Owens and
Tony Drabik.
In a fraternity B gane, Bill
Swaney piloted the Sigma Chi's to
a 20-0 victory over Phi Kappa
Sigma. Swaney crossed the goal
line once himself, and passed for
the other two scores. The bland
little lefty tossed two flips to his
right end, Jim Roberts.
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Wesley, 22-0, and the Beantown-
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