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Michigan Fans Not Quiet On Fight Song Ban

October 3, 1987

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Since he moved to ban the University of Michigan’s fight song from Lansing streets, City Councilman Sid Worthington has received a series of telephone serenades.

There have been solo performances of ″The Victors,″ along with some duets, trios, and a quartet or two. There have even been a few whistlers.

And the two dozen or so calls have worried the staunch Michigan State fan.

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

Worthington contends ″The Victors″ is noise pollution, so when he was working on a revision of the city’s ordinances he added one to the traffic code 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, the University of Michigan.

Worthington has agreed to face an Ann Arbor City Council counterpart Friday to debate the merits of Michigan versus Michigan State, which is in East Lansing. The annual confrontation between the schools’ football teams takes place the next day.

The Michigan fight song goes:

Hail to the victors valiant

Hail to the conquering heroes

Hail, hail to Michigan

The leaders and the best.

Hail to the victors valiant

Hail to the conquering heroes

Hail, hail to Michigan

The champions of the West.

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