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Michigan Fans Not Quiet On Fight Song Ban

October 3, 1987

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ All City Councilman Sid Worthington wanted to do was keep the University of Michigan’s fight song off Lansing’s streets.

But dozens of Michigan fans responded to the ban of ″The Victors″ by calling City Hall and serenading the staunch Michigan State University fan. And now Worthington is worried.

″I’m really fearful I’m going to learn the words to that song,″ he said.

Worthington contends ″The Victors″ is noise pollution, so when he was revising the city’s ordinances he added one that prohibits vehicles from having mechanical devices that play the song.

Worthington’s tongue-in-cheek ordinance went into effect about a month ago, but isn’t being enforced. He says the ordinance will be eliminated in a couple of months when the city incorporates some state changes into its traffic code.

However, it has already prompted some interest in Ann Arbor, the home of Michigan State’s archrival.

Worthington has agreed to face an Ann Arbor City Council counterpart next week to debate the merits of Michigan vs. Michigan State, which is in East Lansing. The Oct. 9 debate also is to feature state Sens. William Sederburg of East Lansing and an unspecified Michigan backer.

The annual confrontation between the schools’ football teams is scheduled Oct. 10 at Michigan State.

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