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NATION/WORLD

BURRITO
Continued from page 1A
angry, the owners decided to make
the best of the situation by trans-
forming the forced name change into
an interactive marketing strategy.
When the contest ends April 10,
Lowenstein and Herrick will com-
pile their favorites and determine
the winner through a final round of
in-store and online voting.
"The whole reason behind this
promotion is to get other people's
opinions," Lowenstein said. "But
we also get to educate customers so
they don't think we were bought out
or that the food is different."
The restaurant has a strong local
fan base. Students said they would
continue to buy their burritos at
BTB regardless of its name.
University media relations intern
Ryan Sosin, who eats at BTB sever-
al times a week, said the restaurant
will not lose customers as a result
of the name change. He submitted
his own idea for a name: "SCC Bur-
rito:"
"People will still call it Big Ten,
it just won't be (written) on any-
thing," Sosin added.
Sosin questioned why a corpora-
tion as large as the Big Ten Con-
ference would target a business that
sells $4 burritos.
"They have millions of dollars,
but they wanna mess with a little
burrito joint?" Sosin said. "They're
worrying about the trademarking of
a place where you can fit about eight
people. The Big Ten Conference has
bigger fish to fry, like getting a bas-
ketball team in the Final Four."
Sosin is not alone.
Lowenstein said many people
have expressed outrage, indiffer-
ence and disbelief at the Big Ten
Conference's actions.
In addition to providing advice on
trademark law, several law students
- including third-year law student
Michael Murphy - have offered to
work on the BTB case pro bono.
"To take what you learn in class
and apply it to the legal troubles of
Big Ten Burrito is pretty fun," Mur-
phy said.
Murphy said although there
seems to be a consensus that BTB
has a valid defense, debate has aris-
en over whether it is in BTB's best
interest to pursue a case against the
Big Ten Conference.
"Big Ten Burrito definitely has
a case, but it's one of those things
where they probably can't afford to
make it in legal fees," Murphy said.
Lowenstein said even if BTB had
gone to trial and won, there would
be no way to recoup the $100,000
to $200,000 in legal costs.
"At this point, we thought, we
can change the name now and make
sure it's legal," Lowenstein said,
"and never have to deal with this
again."

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A Turkish man holds a baby as he watches a solar eclipse at an ancient Roman theater in the Turkish Mediterra-
nean coastal resort of Side, Antalya yesterday.
Thousands gather in
teminple to witness eclipse

Senate approves new lobbying limits
The Senate passed an election-year ethics package yesterday that was heavy
on disclosing lawmaker contacts with lobbyists but light on outright prohibitions
- and with no independent office to police it all.
The legislation would bar lawmakers from accepting gifts or meals from lob-
byists or moving quickly to lobbying jobs after retiring. But members of Con-
gress could still use corporate jets for the price of a first-class ticket and accept
free lodging, travel and meals from non-lobbyists.
"Trust is the foundation of our democratic government," Majority Leader Bill Frist
(R-Tenn.) said moments before the Senate voted 90-8 for the first lobbying overhaul
bill in a decade. "With the public opinion of Congress at an all-time low, we have to do
a better job of retaining that trust and that confidence."
The vote came just hours after a U.S. District judge in Miami sentenced former lob-
byist Jack Abramoff, whose influence-peddling activities spawned the Senate action,
to five years and 10 months in prison on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.
The legislation also seeks to restrain earmarks, those thousands of special
projects that make their way into legislation. Former Rep. Randy "Duke"
Cunningham (R-Calif.) went to prison this year after using the earmark pro-
cess to help defense contractors who had given him bribes.
UNITED NATIONS
UN demands that Iran suspend enrichment
The U.N. Security Council demanded yesterday that Iran suspend uranium enrich-
ment, the first time the powerful body has directly urged Tehran to clear up suspi-
cions that it is seeking nuclear weapons.
Iran remained defiant, maintaining its right to nuclear power but insisting that it
was committed to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and had no intention of seek-
ing weapons of mass destruction.
"Pressure and threats do not work with Iran. Iran is a country that is allergic to pres-
sure and to threats and intimidation," Iranian Ambassador Javad Zarif said. He later
added that "Iran insists on its right to have access to nuclear technology for explicitly
peaceful purposes. We will not abandon that claim to our legitimate right."
The 15-nation council unanimously approved a statement that will ask the
U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to report back
in 30 days on Iran's compliance with demands to stop enriching uranium.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Hamas government formally takes power
Hamas formally took power yesterday, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
swearing in 24 Cabinet ministers, including 14 who served time in Israeli prisons.
Soon after the ceremony Canada announced it was suspending aid to the cash-
strapped Palestinian Authority, and other nations were expected to follow suit.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States is look-
ing for ways to get humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people, but "we are not
going to provide funds to a terrorist organization. And we are not going to provide
U.S. funds to a Hamas-led government."
MIAMI
Abramoff gets nearly to six years in prison
Assuring the judge he is working to become "a new man," disgraced
lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced yesterday to nearly six years in
prison for committing fraud in the purchase of a fleet of gambling boats.
He will remain free while helping prosecutors with a vast bribery inves-
tigation involving members of Congress.
Abramoff, 47, and former business partner Adam Kidan, 41, received
the minimum under federal guidelines: five years and 10 months.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
CORRECTIONS
A caption on page 3 of yesterday's edition incorrectly identified a dancer as Elana
Jacobs. The dancer pictured was LSA freshman Suzanne Santopolo.
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Total solar eclipse casts
an eerie blue glow across
the sky and sea
SIDE, Turkey (AP) - Thousands of
skygazers gathered in an ancient temple
of Apollo and let out cheers yesterday as
a total solar eclipse turned day into twi-
light, casting an eerie blue glow across the
sky and the Mediterranean Sea.
NASA astronomers handed out protec-
tive glasses to hundreds of Turkish chil-
dren before the eclipse cut a dark swath
across the sky - a band that stretched

from Brazil, across West Africa, Turkey
and Central Asia, then disappeared at
sunset in Mongolia.
The last total solar eclipse was in
November 2003, but that was best viewed
from sparsely populated Antarctica. Yes-
terday's eclipse blocked the sun in highly
populated areas.
In Ghana, automatic street lamps
switched on as the light faded, and
authorities sounded emergency whis-
tles in celebration.
Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq
were summoned to mosques during the
eclipse for a special prayer reserved for

times of fear and natural disasters.
In the Turkish resort of Side, a crowd
of 10,000 cheered and whistled as the
moon took its first bite out of the sun.
When the moon masked the sun and
Venus suddenly appeared in the blue
glow of the darkened sky, another loud
cheer went up.
"It's one of those experiences that
makes you feel like you're part of the
larger universe," said NASA astrono-
mer Janet Luhmann who witnessed
the eclipse from the ruins of an ancient
Roman theater just a few hundred feet
from the temple of Apollo.

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PRIMARY
Continued from page IA
the surprisingly strong showing of for-
mer Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. The
Washtenaw County chapter of the Dean
campaign's offshoot, Democracy for
America, has endorsed Warren.
Like Dean, Warren has drawn heav-
ily on student activists and other young
people, courting students with a new
campus group, Students for Warren -
the product of a Facebook.com group of
the same name.
She's earned the endorsements of
Students for Choice, an abortion-rights
group, and the Stonewall Democrats, an
arm of the College Democrats that advo-
cates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-
gender issues.
Warren's campaign is conducting an
absentee ballot drive to ensure that sup-
porters who leave Ann Arbor this summer
will still vote for her in the August primary.
The campaign aims to sign up 500 students
to receive absentee ballots wherever they
may be in August, said RC senior Claire
Schreiber, an executive board member of
Students for Choice, which is working to
collect names and addresses for Warren.

This doesn't mean that Greden has
ignored the student demographic.
After drawing the ire of many students
two years ago with his support of a couch
ban ordinance, which would have pre-
vented students from having couches on
porches, Greden has reached out to them.
He now calls the handling of the
couch ban his biggest mistake during
his tenure on the council and holds a seat
on the Council's new Student Relations
Committee. He worked closely with the
Michigan Student Assembly to pass an
ordinance delaying the signing of new
leases on a property until 90 days into
the previous lease period over the objec-
tions of many local landlords.
Greden also plans to conduct an
absentee ballot campaign. His campaign
will send likely primary voters that will
include an absentee ballot application.
Will student support make a difference?
Most students will be out of town dur-
ing the primary, and neither campaign
seems to be experiencing a groundswell
of student support.
Still, if the Warren campaign can gar-
ner even half of the 500 student votes it
hopes to pick up from its absentee ballot
drive, it might.

Past Democratic state representative
primaries in Ann Arbor have seen rela-
tively low turnout - usually somewhere
around 5,000. In a close election with so
few voters, 250 votes could be crucial.
Ann Arbor political observers are
split over which faction will prevail.
Dale Winling, a Rackham student
and founder of the New West Side Asso-
ciation, a group borne out of the Ann
Arbor blogging community to represent
the concerns of renters and students,
said Greden's establishment credentials
will give him an edge.
"Greden's got more namerecognition,"he
said. "Greden's got strong ties in the city."
Washtenaw County Clerk and Reg-
ister of Deeds Lawrence Kestenbaum
disagreed.
"In the primary, it's primarily activists,
it's primarily people who are plugged in,"
he said. "Name I.D. is great in a general
election - in a primary it doesn't matter."
He speculated the makeup of the pri-
mary electorate will lead to a Warren
victory.
Of course, elections depend on a lot
more than who's ahead long before any
votes are cast - something to which
Howard Dean can attest.

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