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Taking fakes bigstringof Pennsylvania ones that
weren't even the right colors - they
Inside the world of the said 'genuine' or 'authentic' on seals
just stomped on there," Bell said.
campus bar bouncer Bell, a burly, barrel-chested man
who works at the grittiest base-
The University's geographical ment bar in town, said 75 percent of
demographic fluctuates drastically the 8 Ball's patrons are
every few months. regulars. The issue of
In September, there was a high counterfeit or borrowed
proportion of students who hailed identification comes up
from New York. Now, everyone is most when minors try to
from Pennsylvania, said Rob Bell, get into an 18-and-over
a doorman and bartender for the show at the Blind Pig as
8 Ball Saloon, the bar in the base- 21 years old, he said.
ment of the Blind Pig. Two winters ago, akid
At the entrances of Scorekeepers, presented Bell his fake
The Brown Jug and Conor O'Neills, New York ID, which Bell
doormen like Bell are in the best bent to test its authen-
position to perceive trends and ticity-it immediately
developments in Ann Arbor's under- snapped in half. The
ground false identification circuit. minor's friend then gave
Bell said every couple months a Bell his New York ID,
new style of fake ID springs up and which also broke into
replaces the former most ubiqui- two pieces upon testing.
tous make. "For a while, we had a "They seemed defeated,"
Bell said. "I said, 'Is this the same
one your friend just gave me?' and
T M E OR I G I N A L the guy was like, 'Yeah.'
The minors then tried their real
f f 3 l ID's, but Bell said that the concert-
goers, after waiting for two hours
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in freezing weather to get into a
sold-out show, only had one shot to
get through the door.
"This is a place where you really
don't try a fake ID out," Bell said.
"People for the most part don't
think they can pull a fake ID and

the 8 Ball Saloon and most other
local bars, it's the bar's policy to
return the cards to their owners.
Sanders said the worst fake in
circulation right now is a Massa-
chusetts one that is styled after the
state's old driver's license. He said
he also catches a lot
of Texas imitations.
Hint to fake ID man-
ufacturers: On the
back of a real Texas
driver's license, the
"i" in "directive"
isn't dotted.
Because of the
commonness of their
fakes, a lot of Boston
and Dallas "locals"
have been spend-
ing their Thursday
nights pouting at
home after being
turned away at the
doors of Scorekeep-
"It always goes in three stages,"
Sanders said."'Are you kiddingme?
It's real', 'This has never happened
before' and then acceptance."
Vincent Badalamenti, manager
of The Arena, said it's not uncom-

mon for minors to throw a scream-
ing tantrum when their IDs are
The two biggest tip-offs that an
ID isn't legitimate, Badalamenti
said, is when it's expired and when
the photo suggests the owner must
have recently had some plastic sur-
gery work done. But borrowed IDs
from states like Arizona, which
doesn't make its IDs expire as often
as other states, are the most diffi-
cult to evaluate.
Badalamenti said minors will
often offer him money to buy back
their fakes. Sanders said Score-
keepers patrons will often hand
him a twenty with their shoddy
New York ID. But trying to grease
the wheels with Andrew Jackson
only serves to expose a minor's
lack of confidence in a fake that
might have made it through oth-
Of course, actingconfident won't
fool a doorman who has taken your
fake. Bell, from the 8 Ball Saloon,
said that when he told a girl she
could call the police if she wanted
to get her phony Canadian identifi-
cation back, she actually did - and

get away with it."
In other bars in town, though,
students quickly learn to flash their
fakes. Scorekeepers doorman Max
Sanders said he might encounter 75
to 100 fake IDs a night, but unlike

would do is I wouldn't add these
teams,' "Martin said.
Martin's fiscal responsibility
made him the logical choice for Bol-
linger back in 2000, but the same
trait would make it harder for other
aspiring club teams.
M ichigan's lineup of 25 men's
and women's varsity teams
doesn't seem like a lot compared to
the 37 teams currently at Ohio State
University or the 30 sports support-
ed by Stanford University's athletic
But don't think Martin hasn't
heard all that before. His concerns
lie in the here and now, he said, not
in what other schools are doing.
"What concerns me is, in order of
priority: how our student athletes
do in the classroom, how they do
in the community - are they good
representatives of our institution
and don't embarrass us with their
. behavior? - do we win and do we
pay our bills?" he said. "I want us to
be the best academically, ethically,
athletically and financially."
To become a varsity team, clubs
start by making a formal request
with the a planning committee of
the University's Advisory Board
on Intercollegiate Athletics, which
reviews formal requests by club
sports in their pursuit of varsity sta-
The committee consists of two
faculty members, one alum, one
student and the athletic director
or someone he or she designates.
All members are chosen on a case-
by-case basis upon the filing of a
proposal. The findings of the com-
mittee are then reported back to the
advisory board.
The committee focuses mostly
on four categories when making its
decision: student-athlete welfare,
quality of competition at the confer-
ence and national level, viability of
a new sport and financial consider-
The quality of competition clause
surrounds the viability of the sport
within the Big Ten or an equivalent
athletic conference. There must be a
league with championships for the
proposed varsity team to join.
In terms of viability of a new
sport, the committee focuses on
the participation in the sport on
the high school, regional, confer-
ence and national levels. The status
of the club team and the sport as an
emerging NCAA activity are also
taken into consideration.
Last, and most important, are the
financial considerations. The costs
of coaches, trainers, facilities, sup-
port services, equipment, recruiting
and travel are all factors the com-
mittee must be able to address.
"I would love to have more varsity
sports," Martin said. "It's not a mat-


ter of wantingto have new teams or
not. It's a matter of if you can afford
them or not."
Michigan Men's Soccer Coach
Steve Burns knows too much
about the hoops a club team must
jump through to become a varsity
member of the Athletic Depart-
ment. As a student, Burns played for
the club soccer team from 1984-1988
and returned as a coach in 1992.
As coach, he proposed soccer to
be elevated to varsity status several
times. And each time his request
was rejected, there were three pre-
vailing reasons given - finances,
facilities and gender equity.
To overcome these hurdles,
Burns, with the help of some ambi-
tious graduate students, created a
36-page proposal, which attempted
to alleviate any concerns the Board
on Intercollegiate Athletics had.
But Burns did not emphasize
factors like money and facilities
because there was no chance soc-
cer could be a revenue-producing
sport once it reached varsity status.
Instead, the report zeroed in on the
explosion in interest in soccer with-
in the state.
"Real strong players continued
to leave our state and go to Duke,
Virginia, Stanford, Indiana, and we
tried to push that issue of at a state
school shouldn't we do a better job
of representing, within our own
athletic department, what's really
happening out there in the trench-
es," Burns said.
Having worked in the devel-
opment office of the athletic
department before he became coach
of the lacrosse team, Paul under-
stands the obstacles his team must
overcome. And in regards to stu-

dent-welfare, quality of competition
and viability, he has all the answers.
Paul is quick to point out that
lacrosse has been the fastest grow-
ing sportboth nationally and region-
ally for the past 10 years. He thinks
the sport is in the process of ridding'
itself of the elitist, private school
distinction it had in the past, as pub-
lic middle school and high school
programs become more prevalent.
And in today's world of college
sports, where low graduation rates
have become a topic of much dis-
cussion, both men's and women's
lacrosse are tops in graduation rates
among NCAA sports.
If lacrosse were to become a var-
sity sport at Michigan in the future,
Paul thinks it would likely join the
Great West Lacrosse League, where
Ohio State and Notre Dame have
Division-I squads.
None of it matters, though, with-
out the necessary money. Paul
claims it would take between $20-
30 million to fully endow the men's
lacrosse team as a varsity sport. If
the Athletic Department isn't will-
ing to put up that money, it's up to
the team's supporters to fundraise.
But Paul knows he won't be able
to collect that kind of cash.
"We're not going to come up
with 30 million dollars and just pay
for the team," Paul said. "No team
here has anywhere close to that.
But before we put a formal proposal
together, we will have more on the
table than most, if not all, the var-
sity teams have now in endowment
The endowment money is one
hill to climb, but it's the mountains
of hidden costs that trouble Mar-
tin. The addition of men's lacrosse,
without the subsequent inclusion of
an equivalent women's sport, would

who come here to know their coach
can go out and recruit the best stu-
dent-athlete in the country."
But even the way the system is
set up now, the expense of recruit-
ing presents another significant
obstacle for the' lacrosse team's
effort. While the sport is growing
at an exponential rate in the state of
Michigan, many of the top lacrosse
recruits reside on the East Coast.
AcAccording to Inside Lacrosse mag-
azine's ratings of the top incoming
freshmen in Division-I lacrosse, just
one of the top 100 came from the
state of Michigan.
Even at the club varsity level, the
University must rely on out-of-state
players to remain successful.
I n whatever capacity, Paul is here
I to stay. He's been coaching at
the University for 11 years, but only
recently began accepting a salary
to do so. His life is dedicated to his
ZACHARY MEISNER/Dalyplayers - and his mission of one day
coaching a Division-I lacrosse pro-
cause the Athletic Department to no gram in Ann Arbor.
longer be Title IX compliant. The The Athletic Department knows
Athletic Department must consider it - which is one of the keys to Paul's
the financial ramifications of sup- propelling lacrosse into varsitysta-
porting two new teams. tus.
"Gender equity, a lot of people "There has to be a certain resil-
use gender equity as a scapegoat, iency; there has tobe someone there
and they shouldn't because it really as a constant force," Burns said.
isn't," Burns said. "It all really boils "And in lacrosse's case, that's John
down to finances. Can you afford, Paul."
in your philosophy as an athletic Paul understands the focus of the
department and your programming Athletic Department is on facilities
of which sports you have, to add right now, and forhis part, he agrees
more sports?" that many of the venues on campus
One of the guiding principles for are long outdated. He's realistic that
Martin is his belief that all varsity lacrosse becoming a varsity sport is
programs that the department sup- not going to happen overnight. Ide-
ports have the maximum amount ally, he'd like it to happen in the next
of resources the NCAA allows. He four years.
wants to give all teams the great- Paul is still waiting to raise more
est possibility of success in their money to help ease the Athletic
respective sport. Department's financial burden,
That means giving coaches free although he says there are already
reign concerning recruiting outside several high-ranking, wealthy CEO-
the state of Michigan. The differ- types ready to.support a Michigan
ence between an out-of-state and in- varsity lacrosse program.
state scholarship is nearly $20,000, There are procedures in place
according to Martin. to deal with a sport becoming var-
"At other schools they tier sports," sity, and until Paul and Michigan
Martin said. "They'll take football, lacrosse supporters submit some-
basketball and an equal amount of thing concrete, the responsibility
women's sports and say, 'Here's an lies outside the realm of the Athletic
unlimited budget for recruiting. Department
The rest of you, here's your dollar "The way the sport continues to
amount and that may buy you four grow, and all of the selling points
in-state scholarships or two out-of- that we have for it, it's going to hap-
state.' We don't do that." pen," Paul said. "So rather than
Not that he hasn't considered it. reacting when it does happen, let's
"We could,ifwe were goingto add do a little planning now. Then let
sports, perhaps say, 'OK, in order to us take care of making this a logical
add these new sports, we're going add for them. They don't have to fig-
to cut back on the scholarships, and ure that out. Let us figure it out and
abandon our long standing policy then sell them on it."
of telling the coaches to recruit the A lot has happened to Michigan
best student-athletes,' " he said. lacrosse since Paul and his team-
"Well, we're not going to do that. We mates lugged a barrel of beer onto
treat all coaches the same - all pro- the field. Clearly, though, there's
grams the same. We want recruits still work to be done.

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