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3B The Daily Dish
James David Dick-
son tabs about
college journalism.
3B The List
Weekend happen-
ings around town.
4B Youth movement
How the Ukraine
is rebuilding
its society.
6B ShopEatDrink
Zanzibar.
7B Point/Counterpoint
Should loyd
Carr get fired?
8B Nike Town
A closer look
at the Univer-
sity's contract
with Nike.
13B ShopEatDrink
American Apparel.
14B Columnists
Aymar Jean and
Joseph Kilduff
discuss style and
campus life.
16B A Portrait
Photos from
the Ukraine.

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UKRAINE
Continued from page 5B

Random invents emo song title
By Doug Wemert / Daily Magazine Editor

e hi Michigan Daily: Hi, I'm calling from
The Michigan Daily, and you've been
selected to do this week's Random Student
Interview. Are you up for it?
Random: Yeah, sure.
TMD: Cool. Do you even know what this is?
R: Well, I've read The Michigan Daily but not
the interview section.
TMD: Yeah, it's just a thing that appears in
the magazine section of the Daily every Thurs-
day. We call somebody and just them a whole
bunch of random questions. Do you still want to
do it?
R: Sure.
TMD: Great. What's your name?
R: Alyssa.
TMD: Cool. First question: How was your
weekend?
R: Busy.
TMD: What was so busy about it?
R: Homework. Lots of homework.
TMD: Oh, already? And you still do all of it?
R: I try.
TMD: Oh, you will learn, Alyssa, not to do
that. What do you think the bigger party error is:
vomiting on the host or stealing the keg?
R: Stealing the keg.
TMD: What would make that worse?
R: The party stops.
TMD: Well, not for you.
R: Wait, if I steal the keg? Well, I don't know.
We'll say vomiting on the host.
TMD: Yeah, that would be worse. Do you
have a livejournal or a blog?
R: No.
TMD: Do you ever read other people's live-
journal to see them lamenting about their love
life?
R: Not really.
TMD: Why not? It's very interesting.
R: Because I think sometimes people have
livejournals to have people feel sorry for them
and get some sympathy. I've read some bad live-
journals.
TMD: Do you think "Lover's Lament" is a

good name for a song by an emo group?
R: Yeah, I can see it being a song.
TMD: Yeah, unless it has been taken. You
never know with these emo groups. Can you
think of any other good emo song titles? You can
just take a couple of sad sounding words and put
them together.
R: Hang on ... "Melancholy Massacre."
TMD: "Melancholy Massacre?" What would
that be about?
R: Haha, I have no idea.
TMD: I bet the first line would be like "The
battle has been lost" or something like that.
What's your favorite bad movie?
R: What do you mean by bad?
TMD: Like a movie that nobody likes but you
really like.
R: "Freaky Friday."
TMD: Oh, that's a good one. What did you
like so much about it?
R: Chad Michael Murray.
TMD: Oh, and you think he's ... uh ...
R: Gorgeous.
TMD: Gorgeous. So say Chad Michael Mur-
ray called you up right now. What would you say
to him?
R: I really couldn't say what I wanted to say
because he just got married.
TMD: What would you say to him if he
wasn't?
R: Um ... I don't know.
TMD: Come on! This is Chad we're talking
about here.
R: But you're not Chad.
TMD: Well, right, but we're pretending that
I am.
R: Hmmm ... no.
TMD: Why can't I be Chad Michael Murray?
Is my voice not sexy enough?
R: Not quite.
TMD: Well, I'll work on it. Maybe my voice
will change. Have you bought any of Britney
Spears's new perfume?
R: I already have.
TMD: You have? Really? She says that there

are hints of cupcakes in it. Is that true?
R: Haha, I haven't really noticed that.
TMD: Well, you should check that out. Who
doesn't like cupcakes?
R: Cupcakes are delicious.
TMD: But what about in a perfume? Would
that be any good?
R: Are you talking about Curious or another
kind?
TMD: Oh, I'm talking about Curious.
R: I don't smell the cupcakes in it.
TMD: Well, maybe Britney Spears is a liar.
R: Maybe she is.
TMD: Have the guys commented on it?
R: A few.
TMD: What do they say?
R: "You smell good."
TMD: Well, that's about as deep as guys go.
How are your classes working out for you?
R: Not bad.
TMD: Do you have any crazy professors or
any hot people in your class? Is there a Chad
Michael Murray in any of your classes?
R: Not a Chad Michael Murray.
TMD: What's a step below Chad Michael
Murray? Like Justin Timberlake?
R: Do you know who Brandon Boyd is? He's
the lead singer of Incubus. There's some of
them.
TMD: Oh really? Do you give them the eye?
R: Yeah.
TMD: And what happens?
R: I've studied and stuff with some of them.
TMD: Oooh. Do you put on the Incubus when
you're studying to get in the Mood?
R: No, not really.
TMD: Well, you should do that. Last ques-
tion: would you rather be blind or be a midget?
R: Be a midget. Because if I was blind, I
wouldn't be able to look at Chad Michael Mur-
ray.
TMD: That is a good answer! A very good
answer. OK, that's it. Thanks for doing this.
R: No problem.
TMD: Take it easy.

man, Yushchenko, had lost the election.
There were rumors of widespread voter
intimidation and fraud, so Yushchenko
supporters, most of them college students,
boarded trains for Kiev.
"When we first heard that Yanukovych
had won, we just went to Kiev. I felt like I
could change something," Chop said.
One day after the election, Stepan and
other Yushchenko supporters had shown
up in Kiev to protest what they viewed as
a fraudulent election. They wanted to see
Yanukovych's victory repealed.
"We didn't even know where we would
stay," Chop recalled. "I spent the first
night in the October Palace. The whole
floor was full of people. There were thou-
sands of us in the city."
Those same people who arrived in
Kiev to protest the election results started
banding together. Viktor Yushchenko
urged them to make a stand against Yanu-
kovych and the incumbent government's
illegal theft of the presidency. The people
responded in a way that hadn't been seen
in Eastern Europe since the Solidarity
Movement in Poland in1980. Hundreds of
thousands of frustrated Ukrainians, most
of them young and motivated, gathered in
the city center, camping out and protesting
day and night. Soon a tent city developed,
turning the central square into a sea of
orange, the color of Yushchenko's cam-
paign. The people sat there through the
bitter cold nights of the Ukrainian winter,
refusing to leave until their voices were
heard.
Over the next weeks, the Orange Revo-
lution, a democratic and peaceful fight for
justice, emerged. Because the country was
almost evenly split into Yushchenko and
Yanukovych supporters, the possibility of
violence was also hanging in the balance.
Chop, who became the media coordi-
nator for the tent city, recalled an incident
where 25 busloads of police approached a
rally during the first few days of the revo-
lution.
"Everybody wanted to fight," he said,
"but thankfully the police showed up and
turned back."
Not everything worked out well for
Yushchenko and his supporters. At the
height of the revolution, Yushchenko was
poisoned with dioxin, which left him with
severe facial deformations. Rather than
this incident ending the protest, it only
spurred on the revolution and hardened
Yushchenko's will to go on.
The protesters were able to organize
and create a huge international buzz, and
certainly the poisoning helped bring atten-
tion to their cause. Soon, the government
had no choice but to rule the first election
illegal and call for a revote.
Under the intense scrutiny of the inter-
national press, the next set of elections
featured much less corruption. This time
Yushchenko came out on top, leading
many Ukrainians to believe that their
country was on the brink of economic and
political rejuvenation.
A Country Divided
Ukraine celebrated its 14th year as an
independent nation this past August, and it
provided the people a chance to reflect on
the results of the revolution that occurred
eight months before. Yuri, a 17-year-old
who participated in the Orange Revolu-

tion, was in Kiev to celebrate his country's
breakaway form the Soviet Union. After
President Yushchenko addressed the
crowd, which was much smaller than the
one that got him the revote, Yuri spoke
about how proud he was.
"My country is ready to become great,"
he said, "We will soon join the EU and the
people will be happy." Whether or not that
turns out to be true remains to be seen.
Not everyone is as happy as Yuri. The
country was divided before the election
and still is today. Many people feel that
Ukraine would be better off if was more
closely aligned with the Russians, who are
fellow Slavs with similar outlooks on life.

"The independence day should be a
day of mourning, not a celebration," said
Dimitry Grigorenko, a Ukrainian who
had spent the last four years in New York
studying and had returned to see his coun-
try changed.
Grigorenko believes that Ukrainians
have sacrificed their morals and values
by embracing capitalism and democracy.
He points to the frequent displays of pub-
lic intoxication and high levels of unem-
ployment, both things not tolerated under
Soviet rule, as indicators of his country's
wayward turn toward the West.
There are many people who agree with
Dimitry, and many more who feel that

Yushchenko hasn't lived up to his prom-
ises. While the president has only been in
office since December, his supporters are
disappointed he hasn't done more to bring
them Western-style wealth. It's a slow
process, turning around a country, but
many people just aren't that patient. The
Ukrainian people have dealt with a lot in
the past, and now they seem to be dealing
with the fact that even leaders who preach
of democracy and transparency often
aren't what they seem. Even Stepan Chop,
who had supported Yushchenko from the
start, had his doubts about the future.
"The Orange Revolution did great
things for Ukraine. We have freedom in

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