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Sports Provide Info At Athletics Midway

By Stacey E. Blau
News Editor

The annual Athletics Midway will be held on the first floor of the Johnson Athletic Center from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

Intercollegiate and club sports will be represented at the midway, said Jean A. Heiney, the event's coordinator. There will also be a table with information about intramural sports and physical education classes, said Henley, who is also an associate professor of athletics and assistant director for sports information.

The Athletics Midway provides "an introduction to freshmen primarily about intercollegiate sports," Heiney said. "It's an information session, which is particularly good for many of the lesser known sports" not offered in most high schools, she said.

One of the most common questions freshmen have about joining teams is, "How good do I have to be?" Heiney said. "Many of the intercollegiate sports are skilled teams, but on others you learn how to do the sport here," she said.

"The midway really helps freshmen who are not sure about what sport they might want to play," said Stuart Schmill '86, director of the crew program.

"Most of the people who wind up rowing hadn't even heard of crew before the midway," Schmill said. The crew display at the midway will include a crew shell, he added.

Athletics "have different levels of importance for different people," Heiney said. But they are "are an excellent way to learn how to work well together," a particular advantage in the age of re-engineering at MIT, she said.

"Athletics provide a chance to compete in a different arena than just academic," Heiney said. "It's a special kind of competitive experience - both physical and mental," she said. "We think it's awfully important."

Athletics are stressed as MIT students are required to complete eight points of physical education credit before graduation. Students may receive credit through physical education classes, the Reserve Office Training Corps program, and intercollegiate sports.