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Page 20 EWU Supplement September 23, 1982 For Eagle football news, see this week's Sports Page in the Cheney Free Press Eagle Coach Dick Zornes drills players on offense and defense. Eastern keeps eye on the 'Big Sky' From the Lewiston Morning Tribune By Paul Ramsdell Ron Raver has been a familiar face in the Big Sky Conference Football Kickoff gathering here this past July in Sun Valley, Idaho. He has been a frequent visitor at other Big Sky con- ventions. At this point, how- ever, he's not yet one of the boys. He's still an outsider looking in, hoping someday there will be a tournament reservation for him. Raver is the athletic direc- tor at Eastern Washington University at Cheney. His men's program at EWU is an independent NCAA Division II program except for base- ball which is a member of the expanded Northern Division of the Pacific-10 Conference. Raver is hoping down the " road that he can trade in his independence for a spot in the Big Sky Conference. "We are similar to many of the Big Sky schools in philo- sophy, sizes of the institution and in facilities," Raver said. The Eagles will play three Big Sky teams in football this season and may play as many as six next season including an opener at Idaho. "In this day and age of finances, location is very im- portant," Raver said. "Transportation, except for scholarships, is the single most costly aspect of an athletic program." There it works well for both EWU and the Big Sky schools to play each other with a minimum amount of travel cost. If EWU was in the Big Sky, the Eagles could bus to Idaho, Montana, Montana State, Boise State and Idaho State. EWU schedule with numer- ous Big Sky teams doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles are practicing before they enter the league. According to Ron Stephenson, the Big Sky commissioner, the con- ference has no desire to ex- pand. "I have not deduced, since being commissioner, any sen- timents toward expansion," Stephenson said. The Big Sky has a nice even eight teams right now, and the Big Sky Conference." according to Stephenson Without the Big Sky, there is no desire to go to a EWU's only chance to join a cumbersome nine team league would be either in league. California or in the northern If the Big Sky doesn't want plains. Travel costs for those to expand, why is Raver and options make independency EWU sports information di- look at little more tolerable. rector Jim Price attending The women at EWU don't most of the meetings here at have that problem with their Sun Valley? being a member of the new "I was invited," said Mountain West Athletic Con- Raver. "There is a common ference with six Big Sky __ ---- _ ............. schools and Portland State. "Excellent," is the way "We are similar to Raver describedthewomen's manY of the Big Sky situation. "We will enjoy the profes- schools..." sionalism in which that .............. league is conducted in and the interest. We have several attitude the other schools hold football and basketball toward women's athletics," games with the Big Sky Con- Raver said. ference." For EWU to even be con- Raver said he felt his ad- sidered into entry to the Big ministration would be in Sky Conference, the question favor of a move into the Big of finances would have to be Sky Conference. considered. "It is the philosophy of our Raver said his program is university to align itself in a close now to being able to be Ron Raver multi-sport conference as op- financially secure in football posed to being independent," and basketball at the Big Sky Raver said. level. Jumping to the Big Sky "At the present time, the would be an increase in schol- only schools that match up arships from 45 to 65 in with that philosophy are in football. WANTE 456-5600 l Van and Car Pooling Students to take a DIRECT and PLEASANT ride TO and FROM EWU Leave 8 to 9 a.m. Return 3 to 4 p.m. Potential Van Owners- Have I got a scam for your Call Rudy 456.3600. "Looking for professional birth control services at a price you can afford? , You', it in Cheney at - Planned Parenthood  Low-CoSt Services & Su (Fees based on income) Planned Parenthood provides - Family Planning Information All Birth Control MethOds & Supplies Pregnancy Testing & Counseling Natural Family Planning Sterilization Information & Referral Confidential Services Welfare Medical Coupons Welcome CALL FOR AN APPI 326-2142 InCheney- S. 115 ' Planned In Spokane - West 521 A United Way Agency