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From page IA
Ed Sarpolus, the vice president
of EPIC/MRA, said the Democrats
can expecta 3- to 4-percent advan-
tage in voter turnout, with Gran-
holm and Stabenow winning by 4
to 5 percent.
But Sarpolus said he thinks
incumbent regents David Brandon
(R-Ann Arbor) and Kathy White
(D-Ann Arbor) will retain their
seats, unless Granholm and Sta-
benow bring more Democrats to
the polls than he expects, boosting
Darlow's chances.
If Granholm wins the guberna-
torial election by 6 percent or more,
the Democrats will likely win both
seats, Lessenberry said. If that
doesn't happen, it could be a close
Before they write their vic-
tory speeches, though, Democrats

might want to remember the 2002
election, when Granholm won her
first term as governor by a 3-per-
cent margin.
In that year's regental election,
the Republicans took both seats.
But Andrew Richner of Grosse
Pointe Park won his seat by a mere
7,000 votes and the other Republi-
can, Andrea Fischer Newman had
an incumbent advantage.
Other than party affiliation,
name recognition is the only thing
most voters look at, Sarpolus said.
Sarpolus said Brandon, as an
incumbent and CEO of Domino's
Pizza, is well-known enough that
he should win re-election even
if Granholm and Stabenow score
modest victories.
This year, the Democratic Party
has capitalized on that by nominat-
ing recognizable candidates for the
boards of other universities in the
For example, Debbie Dingell,
wife of U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-
Mich.), is on the ballot as a candi-

date for the Wayne State University - --
Board of Governors. MSA
And George Perles, a former From page IA
football coach at Michigan State
University, is running for the MSU
Board of Trustees. Currently, MSA
"It's more sensible than running student groups':
Paris Hilton, but they're doing it for ages without a tw
the exact same reason," Lessenber- the committee th
ry said. "Almost nobody pays any funding.
attention to those races." "The reason f
The University, Michigan State not funded is tha
University and Wayne State Univer- an integral parto
sity are the only schools that hold Rep. Nate Fink sa
statewide elections for their gov- Fink, who ise
erning bodies. Although some have the assembly's Co
criticized the election process for Commission, said
the Board of Regents saying many student groups g
voters select candidates arbitrarily food on several
or along party lines, it doesn't look past.
like the process is likely to change, In addition to
Sarpolus said. platform approac
In some states, the governor rated itself from t
appoints statewide the governing ties in other way
boards of public universities. not use typicalc
"It's the way things have always gies, like "botheri
been done (in Michigan), so why dorm rooms," Gol
change?" Sarpolus said. "I can't reveal

A does not pay for
food and bever-
o thirds vote from
at would provide
food is generally
at it's usually not
f the event," MSA
also the chair of
mmunity Service
d he had heard of
etting money for
occasions in the
the food-based
h, HHC has sepa-
he rest of the par-
s. The party will
campaign strate-
ng people in their
den said.
too much of our
. "But we're going
ple to go to the site
t of events are out

there, and we plan to go out on the
Diag and get to know more people."
The Michigan Action Party,
this year's reincarnation of the
long-dominant election machine
Students 4 Michigan, has a more
extensive platform.
Its new slogan is "protecting
your wallets, protecting your rights
and taking action for you."
If elected, MAP candidates say
they will work to have book lists
for courses published earlier, put
more course packs online, coordi-
nate with campus police to improve
safety and improve MSA's rela-
tionship with City Council, among
other plans.
The Student Liberty Party,
led by former Student Conserva-
tive Party presidential candidate
Ryan Fantuzzi, another victim of
S4M's dominance in last spring's
election, has a threefold platform:
reform the race and ethnicity
graduation requirement so more
classes qualify, discouraging the
assembly from taking stances on
political issues and allowing stu-
dents to designate a dollar of their
MSA student fees to a student

Friday, November 3, 2006 - 7A
group of their choice.
Regardless of the outcome of
Proposal 2, a ballot proposal that
would end many affirmative action
programs in Michigan, the Defend
Affirmative Action Party's goal is to
retain and increase minorityenroll-
ment and fight racial harassment on
Members said they will do this
by passing resolutions and working
with University administrators.
"We're not prepared to accept
the end of affirmative action,"
said Maricruz Lopez, a DAAP co-
chair and candidate for LSA rep-
resentative. Lopez is also involved
in the group By Any Means Nec-
The only independent candidate
is Tim Hull, a junior who attends
all MSA meetings and is involved in
various MSA committees.
There are nine LSA seats up for
grabs Nov. 16 and 17, four Rackham
Graduate School seats, three Col-
lege of Engineering seats, two Busi-
ness School seats and one seat each
in the Schools of Nursing, Phar-
macy, Social Work, Medicine and
Public Health.

strategy," he said.
to encourage peop
and see what sort

From page IA
tions than it had at this point last
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the University has
been more aggressive this year in
getting applicants to apply early.
This way admissions can make
admissions and financial aid deci-

sions can be made earlier.
The date a prospective student
applies may be of heightened impor-
tance this year because of the likely
passage of Proposal 2 - a state bal-
lot proposal that if passed would
prohibit the University from con-
sidering race, gender and national
origin in admissions.
Unless a court blocks its imme-
diate implementation, Proposal 2
would take effect in late December,
forcing the University to change its

admissions policies midstream.
By late December, a sizable por-
tion of next year's class will already
have been accepted.
Spencer said there are all kinds
of legal challenges that could delay
the implementation of Proposal 2.
But he called the potential that
next year's freshman class might be
judged under two different admis-
sions policies - one that considered
race and one that did not - "a real

Pa. congressman agreed to
pay ex-mistress $500,000

From page IA
Southeastern Michigan regional
representative. "The patients in the
hospital will be the winners."
Last year, combined donations
totaled more than 4,000 pints, the
largest amount of blood given dur-
ing a drive between any two uni-
versities in history.
Although OSU's main campus
had 10,000 more undergraduates
than the University of Michigan
last year, the Buckeyes won by a
mere 80 pints for their third victory
in a row.
University organizers said they
don't consider the close loss a
"There really are no losers,"
Blood Battle co-chair Kurt Susdorf
said. "It's a good warm-up for the
game and a chance for students to
have friendly competition to save
There will be 28 separate drives

across campus. Many will be in res-
idence halls, and there will be one
in the Michigan Union Ballroom
every weekday beginning Monday.
Blood Battle co-chair Caitie
Hill said each drive has a number
of pints it aims to collect. Meeting
these goals is not just a strategy to
beat OSU, it's an attempt to break
previous collection records.
"We've upped some of our goals,"
Hill said. "We're hoping that will
help us pull it off this year."
Organizers are using a new col-
lection method in an attempt to
increase the number of pints.
Donors in the Union will have
the option of giving blood via
automated red cell collection.
This option, available for people
with blood types B and 0, lets
donors give double the amount of
"With the process, the donor
basically donates two units instead
of one, and the plasma is replaced
after the process to restore energy,"
McNevin said.
Because it is a more intensive

procedure, only women who are
more than 5 feet 1 inch tall and
weigh more than 150 pounds and
men who are more than 5 feet 5
inches tall and weigh more than 175
pounds may participate.
To donate, you must be in good
health, be at least 17 years old and
weigh at least 110 pounds. Snacks
and juice are provided, but Blood
Battle co-chair Mike Diamond
stressed the importance of eating
well before donating.
Although organizers welcome
walk-ins, they encourage donors
to make appointments because it
helps control long lines.
"One of our problems is that we
have too many walk-ins," Susdorf
said. "The biggest reward is see-
ing the student and faculty output
and reaching our drive goals, but
if we want to collect more than we
ever have, we need people to make
To register, go to www.givelife.
org and enter the sponsor code
"goblue" to view times and loca-
tions and make an appointment.

Republican congressman accused
of abusing his ex-mistress agreed
to pay her about $500,000 in a set-
tlement last year that contained a
powerful incentive for her to keep
quiet until after Election Day, a
person familiar with the terms of
the deal told The Associated Press.
Rep. Don Sherwood is locked
in a tight re-election race against
a Democratic opponent who has
seized on the four-term congress-
man's relationship with the woman.
While Sherwood acknowledged the
woman was his mistress, he denied
abusing her and said that he had
settled her $5.5 million lawsuit on
confidential terms.
The settlement, reached in
November 2005, called for Cyn-
thia ore to be paid in installments,
according to a person who spoke
on condition of anonymity because
the deal is confidential. She has
received less than half the money
so far, and will not get the rest until
after the Nov.7 election, the person
said yesterday.
A confidentiality clause requires
Ore to forfeit some of the money if
she talks publicly about the case,

according to this person and two
other people familiar with ele-
ments of the case.
It is common in settlements for
payments to be made in install-
ments and for the parties to be held
to confidentiality.
Sherwood admitted no wrong-
doing, a standard provision in such
agreements, this person said.
Sherwood, a65-year-old married
father of three who is considered a
family-values conservative, had
one of the safest seats in Congress
until Ore sued him in June 2005,
alleging he physically abused her
throughout their five-year affair.
Reached by telephone Wednes-
day, the congressman and success-
ful car dealer said: "I can neither
confirm nor deny because this was
a private settlement. If I'd like to
talk to you about it, I can't."
The Associated Press has been
trying for months to find out the
terms of the settlement.
According to a police report, Ore
called 911 on her cell phone from
the bathroom of Sherwood's Capitol
Hill apartment in 2004 and report-
ed that Sherwood had choked her
while giving her a back rub. Sher-

wood admitted having an affair
with the 30-year-old woman, but
vehemently denied ever hurting her,
and criminal charges were never
filed. But Ore sued for damages.
Sherwood's challenger, Chris
Carney, has hammered the con-
gressman over the affair in TV ads,
calling Sherman a hypocrite who
brought "Washington values" to
his rural northeastern Pennsylva-
nia district.
Sherwood responded with his
own ad, in which he looked directly
into the camera and apologized
for his conduct. Last month, his
wife mailed a letter to voters that
accused Carney of "needlessly
cruel" campaign tactics.
Although GOP voters greatly
outnumber Democrats in his con-
servative district, many people
have said they would not vote for
him again because of the affair.
Even before Ore settled, the
congressman tried to keep a tight
lid on the case. His lawyer asked
a judge to prohibit disclosure of
materials from the case, warning
that Sherwood's opponents might
try to use the information to harm
him politically.

Rev. resigns amid gay sex allegations


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. the allegations. His accuser refused
(AP) - The leader of the 30 mil- to share voice mails that he said
lion-member National Association backed up his claim.
of Evangelicals, a vocal opponent of Haggard also stepped aside as
same-sex marriage, resigned yes- head of his 14,000-member New
terday afterbeing accused of paying Life Church while a church panel
for sex with a man in monthlytrysts investigates.
over the past three years. "I am voluntarily stepping aside
The Rev. Ted Haggard, a married from leadership so that the overseer
father of five who has been called process can be allowed to proceed
one of the most influential evangeli- with integrity," Haggard said in a
cal Christians in the nation, denied written statement."I hopeto be able

to discuss this matter in more detail
at a later date."
He also told KUSA-TV late
Wednesday: "Never had a gay rela-
tionship with anybody, and I'm
steady with my wife, I'm faithful to
my wife."
The allegations come as vot-
ers in Colorado and seven other
states get ready to decide Tuesday
on amendments banning gay mar-

High water
herd of Dutch
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands
(AP) - Rescue workers struggled
yesterday to save a herd of 100
horses stranded for days on a tiny
knoll after a fierce storm turned
their pasture into an angry sea.
Eighteen horses have drowned
and the rest have spent two nights
huddled together in knee-deep
water. Rescuers planned to bring
in horses that are strong swim-
mers to show the panicky animals,
including several foals, how to get
to dry land.
Dutch television and news-
papers carried dramatic pho-
tographs and footage of the
horses crowded together, their
backs to the wind, on a small
patch of ground. They were sur-
rounded by brackish-colored sea
water, pushed by the storm surge
into a wilderness area outside the
dikes of Marrum, 90 miles north-
east of Amsterdam.

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(March 21to April 19)
Someone might surprise you with an
offer of help or support for whatever
you're doing. Others could even give
you outright gifts of cash or goodies.
Just say "thank you."
(April 20 to May 20)
Discussions with partners and close
friends are unusually frank today. You
might learn something about someone
that you never knew before. (The gossip
is flying.)
(May 21 to June 20)
A surprise job opportunity could come
your way today. Alternatively, unex-
pected tech support that affects your job
might occur. Something at work will sur-
prise you.
(June 21to July 22)
Saucy flirtations might create new
romance for you today. (Ooh lala!) Your
creative drive is strong. Vacation offers
or chances to see sports might also
delight you.
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
You have a strong, lively energy
today! Disruptions to your home routine
are likely. However, they will be pleas-
ant surprises. You want to do things dif-
ferently. Unexpected company might
drop by.
(Aug. 23to Sept. 22)
Your routine will definitely be inter-
rupted today. Instead, new activities and
new acquaintances will make this a sur-
prising and eventful time for you. It's a
stimulating day.
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Something financially surprising will
occur today. You might find money; you
might lose money. Spontaneous pur-
chases will take place. Be open to new

ways of earning money.
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
This is an exciting day. You feel inde-
pendent and courageous enough to just
be yourself, (Love me or leave me!) You
feel no need to apologize for who you
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
If you have any time for deep reflec-
tion, a deep truth could be revealed to
you today. In part, this will happen
because you have a heightened aware-
ness of everything now. It's as if you
have X-ray vision.
(Dec. 22to Jan. 19)
Someone unusual might step into your
life today. If this doesn't happen, then
somebody you already know will do
something unusual that surprises you.
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
You feel rebellious today. You won't
take kindly to anyone giving you orders
about anything. You want to call your
own shots. (And you will!)
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
This is a great day to broaden your
understanding of the world, especially
through courses or the study of science,
technical disciplines, astrology or
astronomy. You want to explore new
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competitive and forceful. You go after
what you want with dogged determina-
tion. You like to work on your own time
schedule. (You won't be rushed.) You
are generally successful at whatever you
choose to do. Continue to work hard to
build or construct something this year.
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