1972-08-28; Central Michigan Life
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K***i_JL ILL H - Charles B. House, Jr, <ti-,r^^,3^ There is irony in the fact that summer shows signs of.arriving in earnest just when We are called back to the> tyranny^r academic schedules. So far, the season has l3#eTre=*aiiiy1^^ We; thank you for that. It makes the hassles worthwhile; it has been over much of Michigan. Br there is justice in the universe we can look forward to a splendid autumn and I hope we can all make the'most of it. If your summer was spent working, I hope the work was rewarding. If the season was idle*. I hope it was truly relaxing as ,w_eH,J£ y°u travelled, I hope that you met interesting people in lovely places-or lovely people in interesting .places. These are uneasy times in universities. They might even be grim times if it was not for the vitality and excitement which students bring to the whole scene. 1 am happf to extend to new and returning students alike this formal and traSitibn^^ that the coming weeks will give my colleagues of the faculty and administration and myself the opportunity to demonstrate in action how sincerely our welcome is meant. Charles B. House, Jr. Executive Assistant to the President V V volume 52, number 94 . Mt. Pleasant, Michigdn 48858 . Monday, August 28, 1972 I x RainsHaJt Gonstructipn To Open? — ByDALEGOWING LIFE Managing Editor A near-record August rainfall has all but drowned any hopes that the new Perry Shorts Stadium will be completed in time for CMU's home football opener Sept. 30. m As of Sunday morning* 8.4 inches of: ram had soaked Mt. Pleasant since the bepnning of the month, causing lengthy delays in the construction of the $2.7 million sports facility south of Broomfield Road. The problem, according toJPhysical PlantJDirector Robert B. Long, is that the Astroturf playing surface cannot.be installed until the ground is completely dry, and each day's rainfall just delays the drying process. - The Chippewas open their home schedule Sept. SO against Indiana State, outj said Long, the chances "are not good" that the field can be made ready-in time. As a precaution, ancient Alumni Field is being prepared to handle the game if the need should arise. Long explained that the installation of the artificial turn in Shorts-Stadium is a three-step job. The first is the rolling and 'graveling* of the clay base, followed by the pouring of asphalt and finally the laying of the green carpet surface.. Ten large canvass tarps are covering the field now, but even so, the clay underneath is only 80 percent dry, said Long. "Once the rain finally stops, it will still take two to three days to totally dry out, and then another three days to roll and-gravel the ground." Friday Deadline Long and university officials have agreed on Friday as the "deadline date." "If the rolling and graveling is not started by Friday," he decided, "I see no way that the stadium can be ready for the first game." .; " , ," v The two Saturdays .following the Indiana State game are also home encounters, and Long was uncertain whether the stadium could be completed for them either. "I hate to be pessimistic," he said, "but we certainly haven't gotten any cooperation with the weather." The playing surface is not the only area affected, though. The huge parking lot west of the stadium is a sea of mud and cannot be completed either. Before the rains came, only one obstacle stood* in the way of a speedy completion, and that dealt with! labor. Pipe insulators contracted to the stadium have been on strike since Spring, causing minor changes to be made in plumbing layout. Helicopter Hired ' CMU officials were so desperate to dry the field in time that they hired a helicopter at ^75. per hour last Saturday to. hover over the field to K speed the process up. "We had the tarps off Friday," Long said, "and the field was allowed to dry all day." Rainfall Friday night and Saturday cancelled out those efforts, though. The Indiana State game is billed as the Dedication Game for the new stadium and extensive plans have already been made for the day. "But," noted Athletic Director Daniel P. Rose, "our plans can be altered to include Alumni Field." Head football coach Roy Kramer is disappointed in the turn of events since he would like to practice on the AstroTurf as soon as possible. The rain situation appears ironic to Long. "We were moving along well before the rain, and had made great progress on the stands and seats," he explained. "All that was left to do was a portion of the end zone stands." "It's funny, because in January I would have predicted that the concrete- work would hold us up, not the rain." 'r " *■'
|Title||1972-08-28; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, August 28, 1972 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1972 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|