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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 8 (May 1948)

All around the Wisconsin campus,   pp. 8-11


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ALL AROUND THE WISCONSIN CAMPUS
Schultz, Sr., who teaches a course in
professional tumbling in the Vocational
School at Manitowoc. Mr. Schultz has
turned out scores of professional tumb-
lers and also originated a unique teeter-
board act.
  Every University athlete wants to
earn a major letter in the sport in
which he is participating, and the lack
of a uniform   system  of awarding
letters in gymnastics hasn't done too
much to make the sport attractive to
potential candidates for the team.
Before the 1936 season a gymnast had
to score at least 25 points in conference
competition before he was eligible for
a major letter. Later, when the sport
sort of dropped off, the score was
lowered to 15 points. Now the entire
Big Nine Conference is in a state of
confusion as to how many points are
the ideal number for the awarding of
major letters. Coach Mory says that
all this will iron out at the next
meeting of conference officials, and the
score will probably be set at a mark
suitable enough to attract athletes to
the sport.
  There are six events in a regulation
gymnastics meet. They include the high
bar, flying rings, tumbling, parallel
bars, side horse, and a new event called
the long horse.
  A high bar performer executes all
kinds of body rolls and gyrations on a
stationary bar 8 feet off the ground.
The flying rings event appears much
the same only the athlete does his stuff
while swinging back and forth on the
trapeze-like rings which are suspended
from 20 foot-long ropes. The parallel
bars are used to execute various body
and shoulder rolls. Leg circles are
about the most important maneuver in
the side horse event, and are perhaps
the most difficult to do. The athlete
* Lest its readers get the idea that UW life is any more
all big headlines and flashy feature stories today than
it was in years gone by, the Wisconsin Alumnus likes
occasionally to present campus sidelights like these.
Here are five short items-about church, about tum-
bling, about flyers, about librarians, and about dancers.
Little yarns like these all go to make up the real Wis-
consin story.
while brin"ging his "legs-........ around the
horse several successive times without
touching them to the ground or to the
horse. Many "strong" men have been
known to "pop-out" fast when attempt-
ing this intricate stunt. The long horse
takes courage as well as training and
stamina. Many of us may have played
leap frog in our younger days, but our
little playmates weren't 8 feet long, nor
did we do flips or even flops over them
like a long horse contestant must do.
  A regulation college gymnastic team
includes 10 men. A team may enter
three men in a single event, but any
individual gymnast may participate in
-as many events as he wants to. At
present Wisconsin has only one man
who enters as many as three events.
He is Raymond Kusserow, a junior
from Milwaukee.
  Just how popular tumbling can be
was demonstrated between the halves
of UW basketball games in the Field
House this past season. The crowd got
a big kick out of an act which featured
an athlete being tossed 20 feet into
the air and being caught in a chair
held by another gymnast. The act was
similar to one which appeared as a
main-ring attraction with the Ringling
Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus
for many seasons.
GYMNASTICS HAS NEVER been a popular spectator sport in the Midwest, but
Badger parallel-bar boys are about to bring added interest in shoulder rolls,
flip-
flops, and teeter-boards.
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