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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 50, Number 10 (July 1949)

Smith, Alvie L.
This is Michigan State,   pp. 18-19


Page 19


Land Grant Colleges and Univer-
sities last fall.
   In the field of sports, Michigan
 State demands respect. Not only
 has the East Lansing school one of
 the best athletic plants in the na-
 tion, but Spartan sports teams have
 consistently provided better-than-
 average competition for Western
 Conference opponents. W i t h the
 addition of ice hockey this year,
 Michigan State competes in inter-
 collegiate competition in 13 major
 sports.
   The new Macklin Field Stadium,
with seating capacity of 50,011, was
formally dedicated last year in the
season's opener with the University
of Michigan. Jenison    Fieldhouse,
largest non-commercial building in
the state of Michigan, provides ap-
proximately 15,000 seats for basket-
ball games, in addition to housing,
athletic offices and training facili-
ties for the other major sports.
   The 1948 Spartan football team
was rated 14th in the nation in the
Associated Press poll, losing only to
Michigan, 13-7, and Notre Dame,
26-7. The team tied Penn State,
14-14, and Santa Clara, 21-21, and
scored lopsided victories over Ha-
waii, 68-21; Oregon State, 46-21;
Marquette, 47-0; Arizona, 61-7;
Washington State, 40-0; and Iowa
State, 48-7.
   The Spartan wrestling t e a m,
which finished second in NCAA com-
petit~ionin948, has suferechJut
one defeat during the past two sea-
sons. The boxing team, finished sec-
ond in 1948 and 1949 NCAA box-
ing tournaments.
  Michigan   State's cross- country
contingent this year became the only
team in history to annex the cov-
eted cross country triple crown,
scoring victories in the NCAA, IC4A
and NAAU contests. The indoor
track team annexed the Michigan
State Relays and the IC4A crowns.
  In swimming, the Spartans have
won 16 and lost 3 in 1948 and 1949.
In the other sports, MSC has con-
sistently averaged over .500, even
though its schedules have included
many of the nation's top teams.
  The 1948 US Olympic team had a
six-man Spartan contingent, includ-
ing five student athletes and veteran
Trainer Jack Heppinstall.
  This is Michigan State College-
ready and willing to take its place
in the powerful Western Conference.
It is a school that should add
strength and prestige to the Big
Ten, not only in athletics but also
in the overall educational stature.
JULY, 1949
* After a decade as the Big Nine, the Western
CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER: Michigan State's progran of "out-of-the-
classroom" services to the state will get a big boost with the completion
of
this building. Construction of the six-story plant started April 1.
MACKLIN FIELD: More than 51,500 football fans jammed into this enlarged
stadium last September for the dedication game with the University of
Michigan.
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