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with all of the conference teams and
yet- need not be hampered by any of
the conference rules except those re-
lating to eligibility, thus enabling her
to maintain a training table and to
play an unlimited number of games in
each football season.
It was to meet this situation that
the conference adopted the so-called
"boycott rule" which provided that no
member of the conference should en-
gage in athletic competition with any
college which had previously been a
member of the conference but had
withdrawn. The suggestion was ef-
fective and Minnesota, perceiving that'
her athletics would be hopeless with-
out the conference competition, re-
mained in the fold.
Students Begin to Doubt
In the meantime, all was not easy
sailing with Michigan athletics. In-
stead of the expected series of tri-
umphs over Yale, Harvard, and Prince-
ton, the Wolverines had games with
Pennsylvania and Syracuse and met
defeats instead of victories. The great
success of the Minnesota games in
1909 and 1910 turned the eyes of the
students in the game toward the west,
and many of the students began to
doubt whether or not the withdrawal
from the conference had been wise.
The same doubt seemed to be grow-
ing in the minds of the alumni. The
faculty still maintained their opinion
that Michigan should be a member of
the conference.
The question was debated pro and
con for several years. In the mean-
time, the board of control had again
been reorganized by the board of re-
gents. The new board consisted of
four faculty representatives, three
alumni, three students, and the di-
rector of outdoor athletics.
Board Cpp;ses (onference
This board was at first almost un-
animousl anti-conference in sentiment
so much so that when in 1912 a peti-
tion from the captains of the football,
baseball, and track teams was pre-
sented to it, asking the board to take
steps looking toward a resumption of
athletic relations with the conference
colleges, they adopted a resolution
that "we have no intention of return-
ing to the present conference, and
wish this fact be remembered and un-
derstood by all." Sentiment was,
however, apparently turning decidedly
toward readmission to the conference.
The student members of the board

elected in 1912 were not, as theretofore,
unanimously opposed; other members
of the board had also decided that a
return was advisable and on "March 22,
1913, the board in control by vote of
6 to 5, resolved: "In favor of return
to the conference with a board in con-
trol re-constituted so as to includ a
majority of faculty members, with a
veto power over the actions of the
board residing in the president of the
Two days later the University sen-
ate als > adopted a resolution favoring
a return to the conference. Numerous
alumni associations also adopted reso-
lutions to the same effect. It was, of
course, necessary that some of the
faculty control of athletics be adopt-
ed before Michigan could be eligible
for membership in the conference, but
no action toward re-constituting the
board in control so as to secure such
control was taken.
Daily Starts Campaign
In the fall of 1913 the newly elected
student members of the board in con-
trol demanded that some action be
taken by the board to secure results.
The Daily started a campaign looking
to the same end, and the board in con-
trol finally referred the whole matter
to the board of regents asking for c-
tion on its part. In the meantime The
Daily conducted a vote of the students
on the question.
In the campaign preceding this vote'
it appeared that there was, contrary
to the general impression, consider-
able opposition to their return. This
opposition was well organized and well
supported by some influential alumni,
and undertook a campaign which suc-
ceeded in overturning the apparent
majority in favor of a return to the
conference, and resulted in an over-
whelming student vote against a re-
This vote was taken on November
6. At the November meeting of the
board of regents held a few days later
the board, with one dissenting vote,
adopted a resolution in which it.
"deems inexpedient under existing
conditions, a return of the University
of Michigan to the western. conference
and deems undesirable a continued
agitation of the subject on the cam-
Trend Toward Conference
No further agitation of the subject
has been made public until the action
taken yesterday by the board in con,

trol of athletics, but the growing real-
ization of Michigan's unfortunate situ-
ation in athletic matters seems again
to have resulted in a pretty general
feeling on the part of students, facul-
ty and alumni that Michigan should
return to the conference.
The final decision lies with the re
gents, who alone have the power to
alter Michigan's plan of regulating
and conducting athletics so as to make
it comply with the conference's re-
quirements of membership, full and
complete faculty control.
A. S. hart, 117, and 31. F. Dunne, '17L,
Chosen to Attend Conference
at Purdue
Indicating that the members of the
western conference are anxious to af-
filiate with Michigan along non-ath-
letic lines, a letter has been received
by the Student council inviting repre-
sentatives from that organization to
attend the annual conference of the
Big Nine student council delegates to
be held March 1, 2, and 3.
"We would like in particular to hear
the views of the representative from
the University of Michigan on the
honor system as it now exists at Mich-
igan, and the attitude of that Univer-
sity, among students and faculty, to-
ward the resumption of athletic rela-
tions with the Big Nine," says the
Purdue student council in its letter.
A.S. Hart, '17, and M. F. Dunne, '17L,
were chosen by the council last night
to represent Michigan in the confer-
ence at Purdue.
By a unanimous vote the Student
council went on record as being in
favor of the return to the conference
by the University of Michigan.
Lawrence Heustis, '17P, and W. B.
Steele, '17D, were appointed as a com-
mittee to decide upon a suitable date
for the annual spring games.
Choose Union Dance Committee
Students chosen to serve on the
Union dance committee for the regu-
lar Union Saturday night dance this
week are: Clarence T. Fishleigh, '17E,
chairman: Henry L. Caulkins, '19,
Sterling Parks, '19, and Howard N.
Collins, '20E.
Try The Daily for service.


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