January 16, 2004
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By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
After more than a year without a
permanent housing director, the Uni-
versity has announced four potential
candidates to lead the sixth-largest
university housing system in the
After former Director Bill Zeller left
the position last January, Vice Presi-
dent for Student Affairs E. Royster
Harper, created a committee to find his
replacement. The committee is com-
prised of 13 people, including two stu-
dents, and has been sifting through
potential candidates since September.
"(We want) a leader who is dynam-
ic, with fiscal and financial experience,
and has been through new construction
and major renovations of residence
halls," said Diane Nafranowicz, Uni-
versity Lawyer's Club manager and
head of the search committee.
Members are also looking for a
director who is open to student input.
"Our past director was very involved
in (the Residence Halls Association)
and we want someone who is student
focused," said LSA junior Amy Keller,
president of the RHA and member of
the committee. "We'd like someone
who will work with and recognize the
goals of the RHA."
The candidates for the position
include Michael Coakley from
Northern Illinois University, Fred
Fotis from the University of British
Columbia, Carole Henry from the
University of Connecticut and
Frankie Minor from the University of
Missouri. All four are directors of
housing departments and were select-
ed in early December from a group of
Each candidate will make presen-
tations to the search committee and
the public during the week of Jan.
26 at the Michigan Union. Each one
was assigned a topic for discussion
and will be questioned and inter-
viewed by faculty, staff and stu-
"We always have public presenta-
tions so we can get feedback,"
Harper said. "This is the person
who is going to set the tone for
See HOUSING, Page 2
Dems prepare for close race
Kerry and Edwards
catch up polls with
caucuses 3 days away
Students for Gephardt chair Ilya Rusinov and Ramya Rhagavan with Students for Dean get ready for a tough fight with the
competitive Iowa caucus Monday.
Cam us political groups advocate
pe erences for prestde~td candidates
By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter
Sens. John Kerry and John
Edwards have found the necessary
steam to jumpstart their respective
campaign locomotives, unexpectedly
transforming Monday's Iowa Democ-
ratic caucus into a four-man race.
A poll of Iowa voters released yes-
terday by Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby
shows a statistical dead heat between
Kerry of Massachusetts, Edwards,
Howard Dean and Rep. Dick
Gephardt of Missouri.
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polls showed Dean and Gephardt tied
for first, with Kerry and Edwards
trailing. The current poll shows Kerry
in the lead with 21.6 percent of likely
Iowa caucus voters, followed by
Gephardt and Dean tied at 20.9 per-
cent and Edwards at 17.1 percent.
But Traugott said the public should
take caution since the poll has a rela-
tively small sample size and the atti-
tudes of Iowa voters are still volatile.
The only definitive conclusion is that
the race is tight, he said.
"(The candidates) need to build
momentum to carry them into subse-
quent events. A lot is going to happen
in the next three weeks," Traugott
said, adding that candidates will start
dropping out of the race rapidly if
they do not do well in upcoming cau-
cuses and primaries. Carol Moseley
Braun exited the race yesterday.
Traugott added that although Iowa
has historical significance to both
parties, the state's electorate is not
representative of the nation as a
Iowa is the first official caucus of
the election cycle, giving it extra
importance because of the increased
media attention, even though no
Democrat has won the caucuses and
gone on to
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of error is 4.5percent. Democratic
will be known by mid-March. The
official nomination will take place at
the Democratic National Convention,
which starts July 26 in Boston.
At the convention, each state's del-
egation casts their vote for a candi-
date, almost always in line with the
results of the caucuses or primary in
that particular state.
Iowa uses a proportional represen-
tation system based on the results of
the caucuses in each precinct to
appoint delegates to the convention.
Each state has a different and
sometimes complicated procedure for
assigning delegates to the national
See CAUCUS, Page 2
By Mona Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
With three days to go before the
Iowa caucuses, University students
are rallying their voter bases to sup-
port their favorite Democratic presi-
Students have formed groups to
support all eight remaining Democ-
rats with the exception of the Rev. Al
Beginning as early as March of last
year, the groups have been hard at
work handing out flyers and stickers,
and working tables in the Michigan
Union and residence halls to encour-
age students to support their candi-
dates. Some groups visited Iowa to
campaign during the fall and winter
In addition to campaigning on
campus, Students for (Howard) Dean
and Students for (Dick) Gephardt will
be in Iowa this weekend to get out the
vote. Members of the latter group
plan to have a send-off rally today at
the cube near the Union.
Both groups plan to go door-to-
door and run phone banks to encour-
age Iowans to go to the polls to vote.
Student supporters of Dean, a for-
mer Vermont governor, will also be
on hand to set up the hall for his
speech in Marshalltown, Iowa today.
The voting in Iowa initiates the
first of the Democratic presidential
caucuses, and will be followed by pri-
maries in New Hampshire, Michigan,
and many other states throughout the
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark and
Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut
decided not to campaign in the Iowa
caucuses. Instead, they have chosen to
focus their resources on the New
Hampshire primary on Jan. 27.
The student groups have many rea-
sons for supporting their respective
Members of Students for Dean said
they admire his grassroots campaign.
"The house calls have been a great
way of educating people about Dean's
stances on the issues and getting them
to support him," said LSA sophomore
See STUDENTS, Page 7
Michigan Union adds wireless
connection in lounges, basement
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter
Students can expect to see wireless Internet
access arriving in many new areas of campus
by the end of this month, most notably the
Michigan Union, the Michigan League and
The Union's wireless network was brought
online shortly before winter break in Decem-
ber, but accessibility is not being publicized
while Information Technology Central Ser-
vices works out glitches in the system.
"We brought it out without too much fan-
fare just to make sure all of the bugs were out
of it," said John Brockett, director of technol-
ogy for the Division of Student Affairs.
The three buildings plan to advertise the
new systems together once the other two loca-
tions are functioning properly. The League
and Pierpont Commons were expected to start
running wireless connections this week, but
work is still in progress.
"It's a schedule of things getting set up. I
believe all of the equipment, if not installed, is
in the process of being installed. Hopefully
this month we will have all three facilities up
and running," Brockett said.
Currently, the wireless networks on the
ground and first floor of the Union are func-
tioning. On the ground floor, the only areas
included in the network are the Tap Room and
food court area.
More areas are included on the first floor,
such as the study lounge, art lounge, patio and
terrace. Union Director Audrey Schwimmer
said that ITCS has tested locations to make
sure the system functions properly.
"They've been working on the installation
for probably over a year now, and actually
determining the spread of the areas in which it
would cover," Schwimmer said.
There are currently no plans to add more
wireless coverage areas in the Union, such as
the offices on the third and fourth floors.
"There is no plan to do internal office
areas. The ground and first floors are areas we
capitalized on because there are so many
more open areas for students that we thought
would be advantageous for them to use,"
According to ITCS, it is more difficult to
develop a wireless network in older buildings
such as the Union because the building's
architecture cannot be modified.
The process of converting areas of campus to
offer wireless service depends on the individual
buildings and is up to the discretion of different
schools such as the College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts, said Andy Palms, director of
Communication Systems for ITCS.
"LSA is looking at doing most of their
See WIRELESS, Page 7
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MBA students Patrick Sahm and Robert Arocha browse the Internet over a wireless connection in the
Tap Room of the Michigan Union yesterday.
Some students apathetic about MLK Day
I can feel the beat
By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter
When he's older, LSA freshmen John Wooster will
still recall the day when Linda Brown Thompson
came to the University. For Wooster, it was seeing
history before his eyes.
"I mean it was Linda Brown, the little girl in the
pea coat who's in every American history textbook,
why wouldn't I go?"
The girl, who at age 7 helped ignite the movement
that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark
Brown v. Board of Education ruling, spoke Monday
night in a lecture, marking the first of many events to
remember the civil rights movement at the Universi-
attend it with me, but no one went, so I went
alone," he said.
With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaching, the
University has sponsored various events and activi-
ties as part of its 17th annual Reverend Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Symposium to bring students togeth-
er in commemoration of the civil rights movement.
The University will hold no classes Monday in an
effort to encourage students to attend many of these
events, which include a day of community service, a
King memorial lecture and discussions on race-relat-
Students are excited, but there is a feeling among
many students that the excitement is more because of
the three-day weekend and less because of the holi-
the history of the civil rights movement. Moreover,
they question if students care about the holiday.
"Personally, I see it for them as a three day break,"
said LSA sophomore Trevor Angood.
"I think some students take it for granted. ... A
decent majority overlook what went on, what the hol-
iday is about," he added.
LSA junior Ryan Stack said some students don't
respect the holiday as much as they should.
"It hasn't gained the status it should. Some will
definitely celebrate it, but not as much as other holi-
days," he said.
Students who are not attending any events this
upcoming Monday have said they plan to take advan-
tage of the extended weekend by sleeping in, catch-