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Four floors and 86 steps above
the lobby of the Michigan Union
the members of the Ground Ob-
server Corps watch for planes.
From this vantage point they
normally see two miles to the rim
of the Huron River Valley, and on
a clear day four miles beyond.
When the dserver notices a plane
in this area it is reported to the
Located in Grand Rapids, the
filter center receives reports from
679 stations in four states. When
a plane is heard the observer tries
to discern the type it is and the
direction of travel. He then
phones Grand Rapids where the
information is recorded on an air-
way map of the four states.
The filter center is one of 68
situated throughout the country-.
These centers receive reports from
19,076 observer posts built in graini
fields, on school houses and many
other municipal, state, county,
national and private buildings-.
Last summer the members of
the Corps constructed the present
quarters. The roof is made of cor-
rugated aluminum which often
rattles in the wind.
One door leads to the outside
where the observing is done, an-
other leads to the Union stairwell.
In order to heat the building the
doors are left open which causes
a current of warm air to flow up
the stairs and into the room.
Chart Records Planes
The chart 'for recording the
planes is placed on a table in the
middle of the room. The time, the
alitde therweather and the type
chart. Charts on the wall record
the total watching time of the ob-
600 total hurs of wahing1 sie
the station started.
The observers work once or
twice a week for approximately an
hour. In the morning from 12 p..
to 8 a.m., when volunteers are
hard to find, the Air Force ROTC
cadets observe as part of their
Spot Low Planxes
The Air Force began the round
the need for people to spot the
low planes which slip under the
The observers do more than
watch for planes. They often can
report the procedure of weather
disasters such as tornadoes.A
short time ago one of the Air
Force ROTC cadets o b servye d
"Spunik"-as itraveled over Ann
MEN OR WOMEN?
Cheerleader T radition
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By BRUCE K. COLE
There is tradition on the Mich-
Tradition says that one cannot
step on the "M" in front of the
library, otherwise he will fail his
Tradition also tells us that wo-
men as cheerleaders must never
perform on the- field of Michigan
Stadium. tRecently, the subject of
women cheerleaders has been
brought before various organiza-
tions on campus.
This is not the first time that
this subject has been discussed.
The first movement to have wo-
men as cheerleaders started 10
years ago. Tradition, however,
started 75 years ago.
According to Dean of Men Walt-
er Rea, one Important factor
which must be recognized is the
voice of the Michigan alumni.
These are the people who say that
the "hustle of the bustle" would
degrade and detract one from the
football game. These are the
people who say that football is a
He says women could not at-
tain the high degree of skill that
the men have achieved. When
asked whether he thought that
women cheerleaders would in-
crease spirit at the games, Dean
Rea sai~d that the spirit exhibited
at the games has been good and
the performance of the cheer-
leaders has been outstanding.
The dean continued, regarding
women on the field in general,
"campus queens, pom-pom girls,
drum majorettes and girl twirl-
ers, while they may constitute 'at-
mnosphere,' certainly do not add
to the main event which of course
is the football game."
Athletic Board Rules
Concerning the Union Senate
voe ond women cheerleaders, Dean
still have to be taken by the
Board in Conti'ol of Intercollegiate
Athletics. He also questioned
whether or not the contribution of
women cheerleaders would justi-
fy having them on the field.
Dean of Women Deborah Bacon
also commented on women cheer-
leaders. She emphasized the fact
that for 75 years Michigan has
never had women cheerleaders.
Tradition means everything, she
added. Dean Bacon said, how-
ever, that women might consider
participation in some activity
which would lend Itself to, women.
This does not mean women as
cheerleaders or in the band.
"Whenever women try to imitate
men they make themselves look
ridiculous," she said.
The Dean added, "If you want
more spirit exhibited at the games,
someone should take the trouble
to have a football clinic featuring
someone like Wally Weber who
would explain the basic funda-
mentals of football and what to
watch for in the games. When the
students develop an understand-
ing for the game, then the spirit
In the stadium will increase."
Dean Bacon continued, "If you
want to cheer, cheer football, not
six girls jumping up and down."
One other aspect which she
mentioned wras that long-distance
transportation to othe campuse
there are both men and women
Favors Improved Spirit
Lou Susman, '59, president of
the Wolverine Club, referring spe-
cifically to the Senate vote said
the Wolverine Club is in favor of
anything that might improve stu-
dent spirit. He also said that there
are probably sports other than
football at which women cheer-
leaders might be tried.
Newt Loken, the trainer of the
cheerleaders, offered no commehit.
Even though many people have
expressed many views on the idea
of woen cheerleades the main
comments is the statement of the
Deans and the departments con-
cerned that Michigan is on the
conservative side in which tradi-
tion plays a major part.
There Is tradition on the Mich-
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