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I-M Open House Proves
Popular Athletic Event
One of the most popular athletic events during the course of
Michigan's school year is the annual Intramural Open House staged
in the spacious interior of the Sports Building.
The entire student body is invited to attend an exhibition of
every kind of sport from necatos to basketball. During the evening's
proceedings several intramural championships are also decided .
5,000 Attended Last March
As an example of just what goes on, look at the crowded schedule
+f last March's affair, a sports party that pulled in 5,000 people
The doors opened at 6:45, and from then until 10 there was
never a dull moment. Three
championship basketball contests
were held to determine the crown- Boxers M ake
wearer of the independent, fra-
ternity,'and residence hall leagues.
If the cage competition becameCampusDebut
a little tiring, the spectator had

Athletic Board KO's Fighters
Request for Varsity Standing

Gymnasts ReceiveVarsity Status
Boarid in Control Approves Sport
After 14 Years on Non-Letter Level

amUy to step over to the iports
Building pool and watch the tussle
for the fraternity and dormitory
swimming titles. To provide re-
lief from the races, the dorm wa-
ter-polo championship game was
sandwiched in.
Gymnasts Exhibit
Scattered in and among these
various games, matches, and
meets, were a series of special ex-
hibitions. Newt Loken and his
tumbling crew gave one of their
usual superlative shows, amazing
the crowd especially with their
famed trampoline performance.
The number one and two men
from the varsity tennis squad,
Andy Paton and Fred Otto, dis-
played the form that makes net
champions, and teamed up to play
an exhibition indoor match with
their mates, Captain Bill Mikulich
and Dean McCluskey.
A trio of Matt Mann's sterling
divers filled in odd moments at
the swimming pool with some ex-
amples of varsity diving, mixed
with the customary ecrowd-pleas-
ing clowning.
Other Exhibitions
To keep things from becoming
boresome, there were exhibitions
in volleyba'll, codeball, necatos,
weight lifting, handball, fencing.
All in all, the Intramural De-
partment guarantees without hes-
itation that every person on cam-
pus will find at least one athletic
activity going on somewhere that
will catch his interest. r
The following titles were won
last spring: independent basket-
ball, the Rebels; frat basketball,
Chi Psi; residence hall basket-
ball, Greene House; frat swim-
ming, Sigma Chi; dorm swim-
ming, Hinsdale House; profes-
sional frat swimming, Nu Sigma
Nu; dorm water polo, Hinsdale
House; paddleball doubles, Lee
Setomer and Bill Juskowitz; and
frat paddleball, Phi Gamma Delta.

First Ring Tourney
Draws Huge Crowd
Michigan's first All-Campus
Boxing Tournament, held as part
of the annual Intramural Open
House last March, received un-
qualified approval by a bleacher-
filling crowd of 1,500 fans and
provided a tremendous boost to
glove gladiators who have been
striving for varsity recognition
the past year.
The fights had everything
from toe-to-toe slugging to, su-
perior displays of boxing skill
and finesse. Two or three men
showed excellent possibilities as
far as intercollegiate competi-
tion is concerned.
The tourney was staged as the
main attractionof the annual In-
tramural Open House. Seven
champions were decided.
One of the outstanding per-
formances came in the 155-pound
class, where the only KO of the
evening occurred. Don Ayers flat-
tened Bill Muha in'1:27 of the
second round. Ayers displayed a
powerful right - hand offensive
which marked him as good varsity
In addition to Ayers, two ex-
cellent , p r o s p e c t s exhibited
themselves in the lightheavy
battle. A close decision went to
Mark Abend over Linus Litsey.
Both fighters employed spar-
kling boxing strategy and form
in the first two rounds, but in
the final three-minutes Abend
switched to a slugging offensive
that momentarily perplexed
Litsey and gave Abend the bout.
In the other bouts: Chuck Dean
decisioned Dick Kudner at 127;
Milt Higgs decisioned Bud Mar-
shall at 135; Bob Harrison de-
cisioned Jack Keeler at 145; Ed
Burns decisioned Jerry Wingeart
at 165; and Ralph Kohl decisioned
Dick Kempthorn at heavyweight.

While gymnastics achieved the
select circle of letter-winning var-
sity sports last spring, a similar
campaign staged by boxing fans
on the Michigan campus fell short
of its mark.
The Board in Control of Athle-
tics turned down a proposal to
make the fistic sport an inter-
collegiate activity last April, the
same afternoon they voted fa-
vorably for the'tumblers.
Setomer Led Drive
Lee "Satoh" Setomer. was the
leader in the pugilistic drive for
recognition. He gathered petitions
containing the signatures of 1,000
persons to present to the Board,
and acted as unofficial coach for
several aspiring leather-slingers
who worked out daily at the
Sports Building in hope that a
varsity team would soon be
The petition procedure was a
repeat-performance. Several years
ago the same kind of plea was
drawn up and presented to the
Athletic Board, but it didn't get by
the first round. The main reasons
given for the negative action were
that insufficient competition was
available at the time and, further-
more, that boxing may be consid-
ered too dangerous for the inter-
Board Cites Deaths
The Board this year cited spe-
cific examples which influenced

their adverse decision. They de-
clared that two deaths had result-
ed from the sport in the East last
year. In addition, they pointed
out that Navy had dropped in-
tercollegiate boxing with the same
objections in mind.
The Board also felt that a col-
lege boxing team here would be a
mecca for professional prono.ters
seeking suitable material fo e: -the
money-fighting game.
The door was left open, how-
ever. An investigation is being
made of other schools sponsoring
boxing teams in an attempt to
secure a complete and accurate
picture of all the pros and cons.
The Board is particularly interest-
ed in facts concerning the likeli-
hood of fatalities and serious in-
Backed By I-M
As to the immediate future of
boxing at Michigan, the Board
declared that as much as possible
would be done for the sport
through the existing intramural
organization. Thus, if the inves-
tigation returns a favorable an-
swer, the step toward creating a
full-fledged varsity mitt team
would not be too difficult.
A long step forward was taken
last March when the First All-
Campus Boxing Tournament was
held in conjunction with the an-
nual Intramural Open House.

After a year-long drive for rec-
ognition, gymnastics, the twist-
and-tumble sport, was elevated
last April to the status of a reg-
ular inter-collegiate varsity activ-
It thus joins the select family
of Michigan letter-winning sports
after a lapse of 14 years. The last
varsity gym team coached by Wil-
bur West, was disbanded in 1933
as a result of the lean purses
caused by the Big Blow on Wall
Tumblers Gave Exhibitions
The decision by the Athletic
Board. to reinstate the tumblers
came as no real surprise, for Newt
Loken, newly-named coach of the
team, had been parading a group
of crowd-pleasing, excellent per-
formers around the Midwest on
exhibition jaunts all season. The
usual dull between-halves period
at basketball games was turned
into a pleasant, anticipated fif-
teen minutes by their antics.
In addition to Michigan, Ohio
State adopted varsitytgymnastics
this past year. The roster of West-
ern Conference schools having in-
ter-collegiate competition thus
reads Minnesota, Illinois, North-
western, Indiana, Ohio State and
Eleven-Meet Schedule
An eleven-meet schedule has
been organized for the coming
season, an, ambitious undertaking
for the initial plunge. The new
squad will be unveiled Jan. 9 at
Mt. Pleasant, Mich. when the Wol-
verines engage Central Michigan.
On Jan. 17 the sport will receive
its Ann Arbor welcome in great
style when Minnesota, the present
Big Nine chamnps, invade the
Sports Building,
The remainder of the schedule:
January 17, Michigan State here;
Feb. 7, Central Michigan here;
Feb. 14, Illinois here; Feb. 17,
MSC away; Feb. 21, Ohio State
away; Feb. 28, Chicago away;
March 6, Syracuse away; March
13, Conference meet; March 27,
NCAA meet at Chicago.
Men Working This Summer
Coach Loken has had his pros-
pective varsity team doing some
work on their own all summer.
The leading candidates are Dave
Lake, Bob Willoughby, Tom Till-
man, Bob Schoendube, Glenn Neff,
Chico Kennedy, Loyal Jodar, and
Blil MacGowan. In addition to
comprising the Wolverine gym
squad these eight men make up
the Maize and Blue cheerleading


contingent. So the cheers at this
fall's football games will be a
sneak-preview of the tumbling
season. Pancho Saravia, Wally
Neiman, and Dick Fashbaugh are
also on the team.
The young Wolverine coach is
particularly enthused over a new
event which has been recognized
by the NCAA and AAU. -It's the
trampoline, the drum-tight can-
vas that is held a few feet off the
floor and which sends the tum-
bler shooting into the air like a
diver. It was one of the boys' fa-
vorite exhibitions on their tours,
Newt Loken
'Tumbles' into
New Position
Newt Loken's determination to
emulate the man on the flying
trapeze has never deserted him.
Ever since his early boyhood days
in Minneapolis he's been coming
up-and going down-with a se-
ries of original stunts.
In high school Newt was quite
a gymnast already, and also all-
city diving champion. At the
University of Minnesota, how-
ever, he had to choose between
swimming and the tumbling
sport, and he selected the latter.
While at Minnesota he won sev-
eral major titles. He climaxed his
brilliant career in 1942 when he
captured the NCAA and Western
Conference All-Around Gymnas-
tics and Tumbling crowns.
He was commissioned in the
Navy after graduation, and was
assigned to instruct gymnastics
for 16 months at Iowa Pre-Flight.
In 1943, as a Seahawk representa-
tive, he won the runner-up place
in the AAU gymnastic meet.
After a tour of sea duty as
athletic and welfare officer he
was discharged in 1945, and
came to Ann Arbor to work on
his master's degree. He joined
the athletic staff the following
'M' Fencer Takes Title
The unofficial fencing team
added another laurel to its grow-
ing list when 'it was announced
that one of their members, Ray
Chambers, had captured the State
of Michigan Junior Sabre Cham-

M' Sailing Club Hopes Sport
Will Cain Varsity Recognition

Students longing for the sea'
breezes may well envy fresh water
enthusiasts of the Michigan Sail-
ing Club who descend upon Whit-
more Lake every windy day.
Unpublicized and, until recent-
ly, almost alone in Midwest, the
Michigan Sailing Club operates
independently of the University
from early spring until winter ice
makes sailing impossible.
Ice Makes No Difference
At the present time the Club
possesses six dinghies and a sloop
donated to it this summer. The
addition of an iceboat may permit
some members to continue sailing
all through the winter.
Only midwestern member of the
Intercollegiate Yacht Racing As-
sociation, the Michigan Sailing
Club was founded in 1938 as an
offshoot of the Quarterdeck So-
ciety, naval architecture organiza-

Because the Club has no Uni-
versity backing, its facilities are
severely limited and all equipment
and upkeep expenses must be paid
from club dues.
Memberships Restricted
The limited equipment available
has made it necessary for the Club
to restrict its membership to 40.
At the present time there are
about 125 names on the waiting
list for admission to the Club.
Fondest dream of Sailing Club
members is that some day sailing
may become an intercollegiate
sport at Michigan. The local Club
has been requested by the ICYRA
to aid in establishing other sailing
clubs in the Midwest and bring
them into the fold of the sailing
brotherhood. Michigan S t a t e,
Northwestern, Illinois and Wis-
consin are reported to be interest-
ed in establishing sailing clubs.

NEW COACII-Newt Loken, newly -appointed gymnastics coach,
demonstrates the art of "twist, turn, and tumble." That's Glenn
Neff, an assistant, holding Loken. The new coach takes charge
of gymnastics this fall, since the sport has recently been reinstated
on the Varsity level.
Expansion * *r*

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courts, will be built on the present
site of the Coliseum. Part of the
present student housing area near
the Coliseum will also be used for
this purpose once there is suf-
ficient housing elsewhere for the
Crisler woula noT give any esti-
mate on the expense of the mam
moth project, saying that even the
architects and contractors found
it difficult to give him any in-
formation on its ultimate cost.

The entire building program will
be financed by funds from the
athletic organization of the Uni-
The idea for the project has
been under consideration for some
time, but lack of materials and
other obstacles created by the war
emergency made it impossible to
carry it out.
Crisler felt that the increased
enrollment in the University
makes such a building program a


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