To carry out all of these recommendations will take precious time from the schedule of a college president. But the athletic program is so vital to the reputation and fiscal responsibilities of an academic institution that the president must give it his personal attention.
VERNON R. ALDEN
I am disappointed in the lack of coverage your magazine gave to the NCAA wrestling championships. I am insulted that in the same issue in which only two pages were devoted to these championships (Real Fire Brands, March 25), you gave the World Wrestling Federation seven pages (Wrestling with Success). College wrestlers do not wrestle to be wealthy or famous, they wrestle for the sake of the sport itself. There are readers who are interested in "real" wrestling.
A First-Class Final
It was nice to see our jazz ensemble mentioned in Shelley Smith's article A Tale of Two Springfields (April 1) about the Division II and III basketball championships. I am the director of that "band on loan from a local high school" from South Hadley, Mass. We have been honored to be involved with the Division II title game since 1983. Our student musicians are as serious about their jazz as they are about their academics and their sports. The photograph above shows our lead trombonist, National Honor Society member and starting center Richard (Chode) Johnson, playing the national anthem before a recent South Hadley High home game.
The Division II championship game in Springfield, Mass., has always been a first-class affair. Congratulations to the University of North Alabama, the University of Bridgeport and all of the people of Springfield for their fine game.
T. THOMAS BOATES III
South Hadley, Mass.