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~ Touchdown voted among top
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By Josh Klolnbaum
Daily Staff Reporter
Touchdown Cafe might not be the best sports bar in the Big
Ten, but it is the best in Ann Arbor, at least according to
ESPN The Magazine.
In its most recent issue, a summer special edition which fea-
tures 99 ways to live the life of the ultimate sports fan, the mag-
azine picks the top sports bar in the country, then names 1
other bars that "will leave you warm and fuzzy." Touchdown
didn't get top honors - those went to The Esso Club in
Clemson, South Carolina - but it did net honorable mention.
Touchdown was one of three Big Ten sports bars to make
the list, joining Madison's State Street Brats and
Bloomington's Nick's English Hut.
ESPN has been working on its list for several months, talking
to sports writers, fans, students and alumni, as well as reading
what other mediaoutlets have been writing about sports bars, said
ESPN The Magazine Public Relations Manager Kim Shapiro.
Shapiro said that it was not a survey or a poll, just a list
based on what the editors have heard, a lot of it through sec-
ESPN The Magazine wanted to choose a bar in Ann Arbor
because "Michigan is a huge college campus, it's a big sports
campus, and it has a lot of sports fans," Shapiro said.
The only text in the magazine about Touchdown states, "Roll
out of bed and get into the game spirit with the 9 a.m. Kegs n'
Eggs special: $1 pitchers, and all the scrambled eggs you can eat"
But some students said Scorekeepers Bar and Grill is the
better Ann Arbor sports bar.
"Scorekeepers is the better of the two,' said Kari McCarron,
an LSA senior. "The atmosphere at Scorekeepers is more fun."
Both bars have satellite dishes, many TVs, including big
screen versions. They both have pool tables and dart boards.
Students said one problem with Touchdown's is that its
grill closes early, leaving inebriated patrons to make the trek
to Brown Jug down the block.
But many said Touchdown is more of a true sports bar
- sports are almost always on, either live or highlights on
ESPN. While Scorekeepers can claim the same thing,
when there is no live sports on TV, some of the tables are
cleared out for a dance floor, complete with a DJ. At
Touchdown's, the focus never shifts off sports.
"Certainly it is subjective," Shapiro said. "That's what
sports fans and sports are all about - debate."
ouchdown Cafe was chosen as one of the best sports bars in the cou
The Magazine. The bar was noted for its "Kegs n' Eggs" special.
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experience intellectual activity in an
explosive world. Every year this world
gets more complicated."
Cantor said the University needs to
increase the number of first-year semi-
nars and keep classes small.
Regent Lawrence Deich (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said the University
must continue to strive to be among the
top institutions in the country. He added
he was impressed that budget growth
focused on individual academic units.
"We live in a real world" Deitch said.
"We are competing with private institu-
tions. I think it's our responsibility to
ensure our continued excellence."
MSA Treasurer Bram Elias said he
was disappointed students were not
given input on the budget. He added that
the administration did not give enough
time to students and assembly to prepare
to raise serious objections or support.
The assembly "is supposed to repre-
sent the student voice, and I feel under-
equiped," Elias said.
University President Lee Bollinger
commented on how the state increased
the level of appropriations by 4.2 percent
last year. This year the state only offered
a 2.3 percent increase. Bollinger said that
since the University is a public institution
with fewer resources it must be able to
compete with other colleges. He added
that faculty and staff are vulnerable to
outside recruiting by universities that can
afford to have higher wages.
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full representation on the Board, but he
did admit the Secretary of State's deci-
sion puts a damper on the campaign.
"It cuts down our options,"
Thompson said. "We can't use money
from students through the University
anymore. We have not yet decided
which strategy to use in the future."
Among the possible strategies is an
ongoing attemptby MSA to convince the
legislature to pass a bill amending the
constitution and creating a student seat
"We live in a very competitive envi-
ronment in higher education," Bollinger
said. "In order to have the resources, we
really need a 3.9 percent increase."
MSA President Trent Thompson said
students' interests should be addressed.
He added that the cost of an education
at the University is very high.
"I strongly believe students should be
involved in the budget process,"
Cantor said the budget will feature a 4
to 5 percen increase in faculty salaries.
She said University professors earn
$10,000 less than teachers at other
ihe '98-'99 budget will grow 4.9 per-
cent this year in comparison to last years.
The rate of inflation was 2.3 percent in
1997, which means that, under state law,
University students will not be able to
qualify to gain a state tuition tax credit of
as much as $375 offered to students
whose colleges keep tuition and fees
below the rate of inflation.
"I don't think the CPI (a measure-
ment of inflation) is an appropriate
measurement," said Regent Martin
Taylor (D-Grosse Pointe).
Many members of the board said
they were impressed with Cantor's pre-
sentation of the budget.
"Provost Cantor eloquently expressed
the University's top priorities," said
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-Goodrich),
adding she felt comfortable supporting
the proposed budget. "There is strong
evidence that the administration is work-
ing hard to look at cost containment."
on the Board of Regents. The assembly's
efforts in the legislature had been pushed
aside by the more promising prospect of
the statewide ballot, Thompson said.
MSA is also considering raising
funds independently, rather than
through the University, to pay for the
signature gathering. Another option is
to have students themselves gather sig-
natures for the statewide ballot.
The draft letter will be open to public
comment for five days, and MSA will
respond to the Secretary of State's ini-
tial interpretation. A final version of the
letter will be issued 10 days later.