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Things have quieted down a little at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., where Michigan State plays its home games. Last year the student newspaper, State News, printed a page of pictures showing football fans drinking in the stadium parking lot before a game despite a university ordinance against possessing or consuming liquor on campus. The paper complained that the campus police enforced the liquor ban rigorously where students were involved but ignored alumni and others of the older set.
So, at Michigan State's first home game this year, the campus police moved in. It used to be that a spectator had to be obviously drunk before he was arrested. But this time 17 male fans, ranging in age from 25 to 60, were arrested simply for violating the no-booze ordinance—and more than $200 worth of liquor was confiscated.
So far there has been relatively little outspoken reaction to the new crackdown, and ticket sales don't seem to have been affected at all. And while flagrant displays of liquor will continue to bring police reaction, discreet drinking still flourishes. One campus policeman explained, "The guy who drinks from a vacuum jug and doesn't get loud doesn't have to worry."
Alfie Pike, veteran coach of the Phoenix Roadrunners of the Western Hockey League, figured that during his long career he had run into about every problem a coach could possibly face—until Ted Snell came along. Phoenix drafted Snell off the roster of the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League in June 1968, and he played 54 games with the Roadrunners during the 1968-69 season. But he wasn't happy in Arizona, and finally he was sent back to Hershey on loan. Snell, happy again, helped the Bears win the AHL championship and even went so far as to get married. But he was still Phoenix property, and this summer he dutifully reported to the Roadrunners' training camp in Canada. There he decided that he simply did not want to play for Phoenix anymore.
"I'm tired of seeing the sun every day of the year," he told the startled Pike. "I want to stay in the East where I can see the snow."
Pike tried to talk the player into coming out West anyway, but Snell was adamant. "No snow, no go" was the gist of his argument, and Pike finally gave up and reluctantly sold him outright to Hershey.