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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 70, Number 3 (Dec. 1968)

Badger sports,   pp. 21-22


Page 21


  Swahili, the most popular Afri-
can language south of the Sahara, is
spoken in Kenya, Tanzania and
Uganda. It is understood outside
these countries. Hausa is spoken in
Chad, Niger, Nigeria and in some
other parts of West Africa. Xhosa
is one of the languages used in
southern parts of Africa.
  Several factors account for the
present enrollment in African lan-
guages. The-overriding one-seems to
be the faility -provided--by- these
languages for research. Choosing
Hausa, for instance, is an indication
of interest in research in West
Africa.
   Some students are taking African
languages to gain insight into the
cultures of Africa.
  For some students, however,
knowledge of an African language
is a degree requirement. A student
who majors in African history, for
instance, will have to take at least
one African language.
UNIVERSITY NAMES
IN THE NEWS
Nobel Prize-winner H. Gobind
Khorana (Elvehjem Prof & Co-dir
13.17 Inet) A Mr. . t~~qi~nt uxlth
Marshall W. Nirenberg, of National
Institutes of Health, of 1968 Albert
Lasker Award in Basic Medical Re-
search and $10,000 honorarium for
their work in deciphering the ge-
netic code. Warren H. Southworth
(Curr & Instr & Hlth Educ), re-
ceived William Howe Award of the
American School Health Associa-
tion for his teaching, laboratory and
community research, and publica-
tions. Pres. Fred Harvey Harring-
ton, installed as president of
National Association of State Uni-
versities and Land-Grant Colleges
at 1968 annual meeting in Washing-
ton, D. C. Thomas E. O'Malley, of
Marshfield, named to direct Univer-
sity Extension library functions in
Madison and statewide services.
Melvin Butor (Art) is among 30
American artists whose works will
appear in a year-long traveling show
sponsored by the American Federa-
tion of Artists.
Badger Sports
Sad Windup to a
Bad Year
   Wisconsin finished its second win-
less football season, and it must
have seemed like the final irony to
Coach John Coatta when the annual
banquet-historically and nationally
an event of warm- camaraderie-
led to a rumble - of hard 7 feelings,
charges of racial bias, and the
angry resignation of one of his as-
sistants, his friend and former team
mate, Gene Felker.
   It began when 18 Negro players
stayed away from the November
26th banquet, after meeting with
teammates in the afternoon (to elect
all-Big Ten linebacker Ken Criter
MVP and guard Wally Schoessow
honorary captain).
   The next morning, sports writer
Tom Butler in the Wisconsin State
Journal reported that "unrest among
black varsity gridders came to a
head a few days before'the (season's
final) Minnesota game. The conjec-
ture is that they have aired to the
Administration some of their griev-
4t1lu¢s, WiIuriae oenieveU LO cInue
dissatisfaction with some of the
coaches."
  Other reports had it that the
black athletes had considered boy-
cotting the Minnesota game, then
decided to suit up.
  The Negro athletes had met with
the athletic board a week previously
and made their demands. They had
been represented by Ray Arrington,
a Negro and middle distance star on
the track team and student repre-
sentative on the board. The griev-
ances were listed as: lack of coun-
seling service to help black and
white athletes alike upon gradua-
tion; lack of rapport between some
of the coaches and the black ath-
letes; and information on what the
athletic department is doing for
black athletes who have not earned
degrees before eligibility ends.
  Meetings were held between the
dissident athletes and the board fol-
lowing Thanksgiving recess, and
later between the board and white
athletes. All were closed to the
press.
  On December 6 the regents met
in special session in Milwaukee,
called in Coach Coatta and gave
him a vote of confidence. But it was
immediately after this meeting that
assistant co ach Gene Felker an-
nounced strong support of Coatta
and his own resignation, claiming
black athletes committed "treason
against the coaching staff", and call-
ing for a change in University ad-
ministration and dismissal of Negro
"ringleaders" in the athletes' pro-
test.
  Felker, 39, said the University
has "shown tremendous prejudice
against the white football coaches",
including the fact that Les Ritcher-
son, Negro assistant coach and
father of quarterback Lew Ritcher-
son, had been granted a five-year
contract while Coatta had only a
three-year pact and white assistants
one-year terms.
  Coach Ritcherson denied the
charge and said "If they wanted
to fire me tomorrow they could
do it."
  Felker called the Negro athletes'
charige a "farce".
  The black athletes refused to
make statements to the press, but
some of the white players voiced
their opinions. Tom McCauley, sen-
ior safety man, told an Associated
Press interviewer he felt that certain
Negro players blamed the coaching
staff for what he called their own
failures.
  "They wanted the glory. They
weren't getting it. If they only went
out there and played football it
would have been alright," he said.
"It's a question of 14 or 15 little
people following three or four guys."
  Criter said the racial problem was
"definitely part" of the team's bad
showing the past two seasons.
  White quarterback John Ryan
disagreed: "I don't think that would
be an honest answer," he said.
"There are (race) problems on
other teams and they don't neces-
sarily affect the record."
   The athletic board met on De-
December-January, 1969
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charge a "farce"


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