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olleges Ponder New Compulsory Physical Educatic
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on Program

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A virtual revolution in the University's physical education set-up
is being attempted by the Michigan Athletic Department.
The groundwork for the proposed changes was begun in 194.4, but
the first successful results were not achieved until just last spring. On
March 31 the School of Education adopted a modified version of the
new program.
The two points stirring the most interest in the plan generally
are the recommendations to make physical education courses re-
quired for three years, and, inost important, to give students credit
toward graduation for taking them. The School of Education voted
to lower the requirement to two years.
The plan received its first check near the end of the semester
when the College of Engineering rejected the whole program, declaring,
that their present schedules, particularly labs, could not be rearranged
The L.S.A. college is studying the proposals but has delayed making
any final decision.
Although the three-year requirement and the granting of cre-
dit are the two outstanding features, the proposed reorganization
goes much deeper than that. It entails a complete shift in em-
phasis and suggests ways to make the Michigan physical educa-
tion program one of the most modern and efficient in the country.
. All members of the athletic department stress that the old-
fashioned system of calisthenics anld more calisthenics has no place in
the new plan. Instead the individual student will select a course of
study in his chosen field of interest, picking from a large number of
sports those activities best suited to his needs and desires.


The suggested curriculum is divided into five main phases, the
developmental, the competitive, the recreational, orientation, and a
modified program. Each incoming student will take a specially de-,
signed fitness test. Thor, below a certain standard will be placed in.
the developmental program. The department declares that the num-
ber put in this phase will be kept to the lowest minimum possible.
Those passing the test will then select courses from the' other fourI ..
programs. In the competitive division, the student will participate in
both individual and team sports and Xeceive instruction in the rules
and strategy of such games as football, basketball, etc. The recrea-:
tional phase will stress the development of individual skills in such
leisure-time activities as tennis. golf, canoeing, etc. a. .........
So-called orientation courses will be offered to all students.
They will be designed to tell the story of sports in general terms,
and point out such things as the place and importance of sports
in modern society. The student, as the name implies, will be or-
iented to the realm of athletics. The modified program is designed
especially for students having physical handicaps. -.. .
Previohs athletic experience- of each individual student will gov-
ern to a large extent what courses he will take under the program. An
incoming freshman who has participated in high school athletics will -
be given an opportunity to go directly into advanced courses, avoiding KEN DOHERTY-Michgan
repetition of training he has already received. KEN coh - acchi-
The plan also takes into account the problems arising when a man wit Dc hwh s -w Campbell
student is engaged in other activities, such as military drill, University of the committee on the Uni-
Band, or other courses involving extra physical activity. Such students versity physical education pro-
will be able to select courses in the orientation and hygiene phase, gram.

and will spend one hour in classroom as against three in the regular
The new program was drawn up by a committee established in
March of 1944 by Athletic Director Fritz Crisler. The co-chairmen were
J. Kenneth Doherty, associate supervisor of physical education and
head track coach, and Laurie E. Campbell, associate professor of
physical education for women.
They studied reports gleaned from schools all over the country
and after two years' work issued a report which was sent to President
Alexander Ruthven and the various deans of the Schools. Nothing
was done, however, until last March, when the Education School
voiced its approval.
The committee's report declared that required physical edu-
cation programs are already in effect at a majority of the nation's
larger universities. From surveys taken in 1944 the committee
reached the disturbing conclusion that "Michigan ranked in the
lowest quarter of a national scale in respect to requirements and,
credit in physical education."
Of the 186 schools studied, 84% required two years or more of
physical education, with 46% requiring two years, and 33% four years.
Furthermore, 82% gave credit toward graduation for such courses.
Commenting on the committee's report and the suggested plan,
Co-Chairman Doherty states, "This program attempts to fill an area
in the life of the University which has been much neglected in the
past. It basically offers opportunity for undergraduates to select from
a large number of sports activities those suited to their interests and

Michigan's Athletic Director who
esitablished a committee to re-
view the physical education set-
up in the University.




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Three New Varsity
Coaches Appointed
To Michigan Staff
Katzenmeyer, Dixon, Loken Receive
Golf, Tennis, Gymnastics Positions

Appointments of Bert Katz-
enmeyer as the new Michigan golf
coach, Bob Dixon as Wolverine
tennis mentor, and Newt Loken
as coach of the new varsity sport
of gymnastics were the major re-
visions of the Maize and Blue
coaching staff this year.
Besides these, George Ceithaml,
former Wolverine gridder, was
named to the football staff, Joe
Vancisin, Dartmouth cage star
was appointed to assist Ozzie
Cowles in basketball, and James
Hunt replaced Ray Roberts as
Michigan's head trainer.
Replaces Barclay
katzenmeyer, who at one time
had been assistant golf coach
here, returned from the physical
4 education department at Ohio
State to take over Bill Barclay's
post. A graduate of Alma College,
he is 30 years old. He repeated
Barclay's fine work of 1946 by
leading the Wolverine golfers to
their second straight Big Nine
championship this year, the only
Conference crowns Michigan has
captured during that period.
Barclay left Michigan last Oc-
tober to accept a job as Harvard's
NCI4A Gives
Nod to Hockey
HeyJiger Appointed
National Secretary
Vic Heyliger, Michigan hockey
coach, saw a dream realized last
Spring when the ice sport was of -
ficially recognized by the National
Collegiate Athletic Association
and moved into the upper brackets
alongside football, basketball,
track and the others.
Furthermore, H e y 1 i g e r was
named to the all-important post
of national secretary of the hockey
group. It was a just reward for the
Wolverine coach had been the
leader in scholastic hockey's drive
fo recognition.
To Begin in '48
The first tourney to determine
a national champion will be held
in 1948 and will call for a play-off
between schools representing the
Ivy, New England, Mid-West, and
Far West regions. Four schools so
far comprise the Mid-West area-
Michigan, Michigan Tech, Minne-
sota and Colorado.
The winner of the play-off se-
ries will be the American colle-
giate hockey champion. The na-
tional committee is trying to ar-
range for a series with the Cana-
dian national champions to es-
tablish a title-winner for North

head basketball and golf coach.
He had been on the Wolverine
staff since 1942, and was an eight-
letter man in his undergraduate
days here from 1935-38.
Bob Dixon, a faculty member
in the School of Education, and
ranked 19th in the USLTA am-
ateur standings last year, has
taken over LeRoy Weir's job as
head net coach, serving without
pay to preserve his amateur
standing. Dixon, a graduate of
Syracuse, was an assistant to Weir
in 1946. He is Michigan state am-
ateur champ.
Weir Goes to Carroll
Weir has accepted the post of
Dean of Men at Carroll College in
Wisconsin. He had been head
Wolverine coach since 1937. His
teams of '41, '44, and '45 won the
Big Nine title.
Loken, 1942 National Collegiate
and Big Nine All-Around Gym-
nastics and Tumbling champ, was
appointed to head the gymnastics
team when it was reinstituted as a
varsity sport after a 14-year ab-
sence. He is 28 years old and a
Minnesota graduate.
Ceithaml, one of the outstanding
quarterbacks in the nation in
1942, will probably handle the
Jayvee grid squad. Vancisin will
handle the freshman cage team,
while Ernie McCoy, assistant ath-
letic director, will continue as var-
sity assistant and scout. Vancisin
worked with Cowles at Dartmouth,
and was captain of the Big Green
team which reachedgthe NCAA
finals a few years ago.
Hunt Succeeds Roberts
Hunt, a Minnesota graduate,
was appointed head trainer after
Roberts resigned the post he had
held 17 years. Roberts has ac-
cepted a similar job with the De-
troit Lions pro football team.
Hunt was Gopher head trainer
from 1942-46, and recently had
been practicing physical therapy
in his home, St. Paul, Minn.

Crisler Plans
New Indoor
Sports Arena
Plant Expansion
To BeginIn Year
Vast expansion of Michigan's
athletic plant to the point where
it will be just~ about tops in the
nation will begin in approximate-
by a year, Athletic Director Her-
bert O. "Fritz" Crisler announced
during the winter.
A huge sports arena will be
erected, where Wolverine basket-
ball and hockey games will 'be
played, seating the 20,000-student
body which Crisler believes will be
average in the future at Michigan.
In addition, six new basketball
courts are to be constructed, both
in the new building and in an en-
larged version of the present In-
tramural Sports Building, which
will be extended west towards the
tennis courts. New swimming fa-
cilities for male students will
probably be located in the Sports
Building, and the capacity seating
for swimming meets is due for an
Building Project
The golf course is also due for
some overhauling in the building
project. A new clubhouse is to be
erected, and provisions for winter
sports, such as skiing, possibly
will be created in the same sec-
The Athletic Director said the
women's athletic plant will not be
overlooked in the proposed con-
struction. A new women's ath-
letic building is to be erected on
Palmer Field, in which will be in-
cluded a new swimming pool.
New Tennis Courts
A tennis pavilion, with 20 new

BRUCE I1LKENE-Michigan tackle who will captain the 1947
version of the Maize and Blue gridiron machine. Hilkene is the
first gridder ever to be elected captain of the team twice.
Gridders Eye Big Nine Title;
Prospects Brightest in Years

50-Yard Line
Seats OK'd by
Control Board
Student Legislature
Seats on the 50-yard line for
Michigan students at Wolverine
football contests was the result
of a revised seating plan recom-
mended by the Student Legisla-
ture and acted upon favorably by
the Board in Control of Intercol-
legiate Athletics last April.
Under thetnew arrangement,
students' seats will begin in the
middle of section 23 and extend
in a solid block through section
26. Student seats in section 27 and
other end zone sections will be
assigned only above row 30,ethus
giving these students a better
view of the game.
Alumni Seats Revised
A long-standing alumni com-
plaint was satified by the as-
signment of one section inside the
goal lines for alumni who wanted
individual game tickets.
The seating revision gives stu-
dents 1,826 seats nearer the center
of the field than the plan in op-
eration last fall. Under the old
system, student seats started in
the middle of section 24, with
seats apportio ed on the basis of
the number of semesters complet-
ed in the University.
New Stamping Method
The Student Legislature is now
working on a method of stamping
registration cards so that the
fraudulence which was prevalent
last year will not occur again. Last
fall many students "exaggerated"
their class standing, and the
Men's Judiciary Committee prose-
cuted some students by revoking
their student seating privileges.
The registrar will stamp the cou-
pons this year, instead of the stu-
dent filling in the blank himself.
Students who wish to sit to-
gether will receive seats in the
section assigned to the category of
the lowest number in the group. A
married student applying for a
seat for his wife, will have to sit
in the section assigned to the
category just below his actual one,
if his wife does not attend the

'M' 1947 Football Team
Faces Tough Schedule;
Revise Student Seating
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The Rocky Road
Sept. 27 ..... Michigan State*
Oct. 4 ............Stanford*
Oct., 11 ..........Pittsburgh*
Oct. 18 ........ Northwestern
Oct. 25 .......... Minnesota*
Nov. 1 ............... Illinois
Nov. 8 .............Indiana*
Nov. 15 ........Wisconsin
Nov. 22. ........Ohio State*
*Ilome Contests.
Big Nine Meets
Coast Champs
In Rose Bowl
Ater an absence of 25 years, Big
Nine teams are once again per-
mitted to go to the Rose Bowl.
A five-year contract with the
Pacific Coast Conference was
finally agreed upon last Novem-
ber, under which the Big Nine
will send a Conference team to
the Bowl for three years, after
which they may choose a team
from outside the Big Nine for
the remaining two years if they
so desire.
The lambasting which Illinois
gave UCLA last New Year's Day
was the first Big Nine Bowl ap-
pearance since California trimmed
Ohio State, 28-0 in 1921. Michigan
won the inaugural Rose Bowl con-
test in 1901, when the late Field-
ing Yost's team whipped Stan-
ford, 49-0.
The new contract is calcu-
lated to remove "semi-profes-
sionalism" from the contest, by
excluding those schools which
subsidize athletics to too great
an extent. The agreement calls
for a limited number of practice
days before the game, a share
in expenses and receipts by each
team in the conference, and the
stipulation that one Big Nine
team can only appear in the
Bowl once in three years.
Although the vote was never of-
ficially released last year, the un-
official count was 7-2, with Illi-
nois (paradoxically) and Minne-
sota reportedly dissenting. A sim-
ilar pact had been proposed by
the Pacific Coast Conference sev-
eral years ago, but the Big Nine
turned thumbs down on the prop-
osition at that time.

Gridders Play
Six Big Nine
Games in Fall
Home Tilts Include
Roses, nice red roses, will be in
the back of every Wolverine grid-
der's mind when the Michigan
football team swings into its nine-
game schedule beginning Sept. 27,
Coach Herbert 0. "Fritz" Cris-
ler of the 1947 version of the
Maize and Blue gridiron machine
faces a tough program, including
six Big Nine games and three non-
Conerence contests, in their quest
for the Western Conference cham-
pionship and a date in the Rose
Bowl Jan. 1. Michigan students
and followers will have a chance
to see the gridders tackle six op-
ponents at home, while three oth-
ers will take place on the road.
Open With MSC
The Wolverines open the season
with Michigan State's Spartans,
in the Michigan Stadium Sept. 27.
It will be Spartan Coach Clarence
"Biggie" Munn's first opportunity
to match wits against a team of
which he was formerly an assist-
ant coach, and there's little doubt
that this is "the" victory he wants
most of all. The Spartans took a
55-7 shellacking from Michigan
last year.
Stanford rolls into Ann Arbor
on the following weekend, Oct.
4, and the Wolverines hope to
pick up where they left off in 1901,
when they whipped the Indians,
See SCHEDULE, Page 5
'M' Gridders
Win Honors

Is this the year?
Michigan's Wolverines have
been trying to claw toward an
undisputed Western Conference
championship ever since 1933, but
the end of each season has found
them just short of making their
kill. However, the 1947 chase may
see them do it.
Official reports coming from
the Maize and Blue coaching
camp haven't breathed a word
containing a remote tinge of
championship flavor - in fact,
they've been a bit pessimistic. But
let's put some facts down in black
and white and see what kind of a
picture they paint.
Backs-all kinds of backs-

plunging backs, scatbacks, pass-
ing backs, blocking backs--will
inundate Ferry Field when the
practice get-togethers begin this
month, if all pre-season indi-
cations are borne out.
True, Paul White and Bob
Wiese' will be gone-but look at
what they've left behind. Fullback
was supposed to be one of Coach
Fritz Crisler's head-aches when
dope-sheets were being compiled
last spring. Now, to back up last
year's regular Jack Weisenburger,
a Canton, O. lad named Dick
Kempthorn will play leading a
role in blasting away opposing
Kempthorn needs a lttle pol-
ishing, and some competition un-
der his belt, but when he hits his
stride he'll be a priceless offen-
sive weapon. In addition to Weis-
enburger and Kempthorn, a boy
with a well-known name will be
available. He's Conrad Kuzma,
younger brother of Tomn Kuzma,
Wolverine great of a few years
The chief problem in the
realm of halfbacks seems to be
one of choosing. At left half
both Bob Chappuis and Gene
Derricotte are returning, while
Bump Elliott and Hank Fonde
are coming back to play the
other side.
If these four aren't sufficient,
there's a chap named Walt Tenin-
ga coming home to Ann #Arboi
next fall after a stay in the Ar-

I-M To Present Engraved Cup
To Best All-Around Performer


I -
C'mon Over!
Like sports? Like to write
about them?
If you are a second semester
freshman or higher, male or
female, with or without experi-
ence in sports writing, drop
over to, the Student Publica-
tions Building, 420 Maynard,
and ask to see Dick Kraus,
Sports Editor. Look for a notice
in The Daily about the first
tryout meeting.
What's in it for you: Instruc-
tion in writing, copy desk pro-
cedure, and page makeup; as-
signment to a "beat," where you
will cover Michigan sports
events and write news stories
and features; a chance to work
up to paid editorships on the

After a lapse of four years dur-
ing the wartime program, the cus-
tom of presenting an engraved
trophy to the best all-around ath-
lete in Intramural competition
will be resumed at the end of this
Earl Riskey, director of the In-
tramural program, completed ar-
rangements for selecting the win-

any tournament, whether it be
singles or team competition.
Since this recognition is for "the
best" all-around athlete, both fra-
ternity and independent men are
eligible to walk off with "the
mug." There are thirty-six sports
on the yearly program in which to
gain tallies, so fourteen events are
considered, the average number
for all hopefuls.
Varsity Men Eligible
In the case of varsity men, they

While Michigan's football teani
was finishing second in the Big
Nine and sixth in the nationas
standings for the 1946 season
several Wolverine gridders cane
off the field with individual hon,
End Elmer Madar, one of the
"Seven Oak Posts" of 1942, cap.
tured a first-string position or
the Associated Press' All-Ameri-
can team and the Big Nine All-
Conference squad. The diminu.
tive end also plav:ed for the East
in the annual East-West contest,
Madar recently signed a contras
to play for the Detroit Lions C
the National Football League.
Harmon Picks Ford
Len Ford, another of the Wol.
verines' great ends who is bacl
thisc xoo nrcr rprcvrl twn h nnnr.

'M' Mentor Turns Down California Offer

Midwestern sports circles were
spinning feverishly last February

calls to California by The Daily,
the athletic director finally re-

never released officially until The
Daily called Dean Brutus Hamil-

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