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Monday, November 6, 2006 - 7A
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and Bill Clinton. Their grandpar-
ents saw Democratic commander
in chiefs lead the country out of
the Great Depression and through
World War II.
Ever since the current crop of
college students have been old
enough to vote or pay attention to
politics, though, things have been
Most college-aged Democrats
can barely remember a time when
their party controlled the House of
Representatives. Republicans have
held the chamber since 1994.
This year, polls show that Demo-
crats have an excellent chance of
taking control of the House and a
smaller shot at winning the Senate
in tomorrow's election.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Sen.
Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats,
are leading their Republican chal-
lengers in most polls. A Detroit
Free Press poll released yesterday
showed Granholm ahead by 13
points, one of her largest leads so
But Democrats on campus aren't
"I think we've sort of become
almost resistant to what pundits
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be more wary to say they oppose
the proposal because they fear
being seen as racist.
In an attempt to recreate the
environment voters face, Greb-
ner has developed his own tech-
nique for polling ballot questions.
Instead of conducting phone polls,
Grebner mails dummy ballots to
targeted areas around the state
and lets his subjects fill them out
in their own homes. Under this
method, the voters are under no
pressure to avoid sounding rac-
ist like they would on the phone,
because the dummy ballots are
Grebner said his method more
accurately recreates the voting
experience, removing the pres-
sure that respondents might feel
to answer a question in a certain
way when they are talking with a
stranger on the phone.
"You need to let people be as big-
oted as they really are," he said.
Although he did not offer an
exact prediction of the results,
Grebner said his results show that
white voters, who compose about
85 percent of the Michigan elec-
torate, will overwhelmingly vote
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say about Democrats' prospects in
elections because of those negative FRAT
experiences we've had in the past," From page IA
College Democrats Chair Jamie
Ruth said he's nervous that high the Hazing Task
poll numbers could make Demo- that it had violate
crats complacent. forcing pledges t
"I have a lot of reservations," he exercise excessive
said. "One thing that could hurt us The suspension
is the fact that we do think we're ternity from IFC
doing better than we really are." events and recru
Whatever the polls say, College That meant it w
Republicans and College Demo- have a pledge clas
crats will be out in force today and But when the U
tomorrow, working to turn out as of Greek Life1
many votes as possible for their reports that ZBT
candidates. a pledge class, th
The Democrats chalked campus investigation.
walkways, made phone calls and The investigal
planned last-minute efforts yes- ZBT held events
terday. They will spend today and bers interacted
tomorrow passing out literature on and "organized w
campus and knocking on doors in recruit," Millman
Ann Arbor and surrounding towns. Instead of incre
The College Republicans also ZBT's suspension,
plan to go door-to-door today, done for other frat
but they will stay away from Ann breached sanction
Arbor, focusing instead on Oakland ed to use the mo
and Jackson counties, where voters available and expe
are more likely to cast ballots for
Granholm and Stabenow will
make one of their last campaignI
stops at the University tonight. srael
They will appear together at a mid-
night rally in the Union. "
d hazing rules by
o eat, drink and
n banned the fra-
asn't allowed to
s this semester.
did, in fact, have
e panel began an
tion found that
at which mem-
rith the intent to
asing the length of
as the panel has
ternities that have
s, the panel decid-
ast severe penalty
l the fraternity.
"ZBT's continued indifference
toward the values embraced by
the Greek community has dem-
onstrated its inability to function
as a contributing member of the
Interfraternity Council at the Uni-
versity of Michigan," Millman and
IFC President Jon Krasnov said in a
This isn't the first time the IFC
has expelled the fraternity.
ZBT was suspended in April
2000 for a hazing incident in
which a pledge was burned with
bleach. That fall, the fraternity was
expelled after it failed to send a rep-
resentative to IFC meetings, a con-
dition of its suspension.
The fraternity was reinstated in
2001 after appealing to the IFC as
part of the council's effort thatyear
to expand the number of houses on
ZBT President Benji Fischer said
his fraternity will appeal the expul-
sion, claiming that it did not violate
He said that until the results of
the appeal are known, ZBT will not
comment on its expulsion.
Device may kill lice
in one fell swoop
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Head
lice - those nasty nuisances for
schoolchildren and parents - were
blown away in half an hour by a new
blow dryer-like device its inventors
call the "LouseBuster," university
The device, which kills bugs and
eggs by drying them out, might one
day offer an alternative to the pow-
erful delousing shampoos and lit-
eral nit-picking currently necessary
for dealing with this widespread
The LouseBuster results were
reported in the November issue of
the journal Pediatrics by University
of Utah researchers who said the
device eliminates infestations by
The study, involving 169 chil-
dren in the Salt Lake area, showed
the LouseBuster killed 80 percent
of hatched lice and 98 percent of
eggs on infested children. Enough
bugs were killed to prevent remain-
ing lice from breeding so "virtually
all subjects were cured of head lice
when examined one week following
treatment with the LouseBuster,"
the scientists wrote.
"The idea would be that instead
of sending kids home from school,
which is a hardship on kids and the
parents, a kid might be able to go to
the front office and get treated" and
return to class, said biologist Dale
Clayton, the co-inventor and leader
of the research.
The appliance works by blowing
twice as much air as a typical blow
dryer, he said. Treatments typi-
cally take 20 to 30 minutes, he said,
although in the study they lasted 30
to 35 minutes.
Clayton studies birds and lice,
but after moving to Salt Lake City
from England in 1996 he found the
air was too dry to keep lice alive on
laboratory birds. He had to humidi-
fy rooms to keep the bugs alive.
If dry air could kill lice on birds,
Clayton reasoned, it might do the
same on humans. And the project
became personal: His own kids had
Clayton found temperature
wasn't as important as the amount
of air. The air in his device is cooler
than a standard hair dryer.
Larada Sciences, a University
of Utah company set to market the
LouseBuster to schools and doctors,
believes the device could be avail-
able within two years.
"The device itself will be definitely
under $2,000, and hopefully under
$1,000," Larada president Randy
Block said. "While that sounds like
a lot, think about the average parent
spending $40 or $50 for atreatment."
Amongthe kids in thestudygroup
were students from Mountain View
Elementary, where lice infestations
commonly strike 10 to 15 at a time.
Students are sent home for days
until the bugs are removed.
[pledges to press
th Gaza offensive
in favor of Proposal 2. He also
said there is almost no correlation
between a person's political party
affiliation and how they will vote
on Proposal 2.
Although Grebner's methods
polling methodology is unortho-
dox, he has successfully predicted
the results of ballot proposals in
the past when traditional polling
firms got them wrong.
In 2002, there was a referendum
in Michigan that sought to over-
turn a legislative ban on straight-
In the run-up to the election,
several major polls showed voters
supporting a ban on straight-tick-
et voting. Using his own polling
method, Grebner correctly pre-
dicted that voters would overturn
the ban. He found that many vot-
ers were confused by the ballot
wording. Although they may have
supported banning straight-ticket
voting, they misread the ballot
language and voted to repeal the
Grebner is so confident that Pro-
posal 2 will pass that he urged its
opponents to stop using resources
campaigning against the proposal,
calling it a lost cause.
"Save your money and go work
on some other campaign where the
result remains in doubt," Grebner
told Inside Michigan Politics.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert pledged yes-
terday to press ahead with Israel's
offensive in northern Gaza, brush-
ing off international calls to halt the
fighting and Palestinian complaints
of dwindling supplies of water, food
and other staples.
The death toll in Israel's five-day
sweep through the northern Gaza
town of Beit Hanoun rose to 48 on
Sunday, when four Palestinians,
including two Hamas militants,
were killed, according to Palestin-
ian health officials. Israel launched
the drive last week to try to stop
to daily rocket barrages aimed at
The Vatican and European Union
have expressed grave concerns about
the offensive, but Olmert told his
Cabinet on Sunday it was necessary
to "considerably reduce the (rocket)
fire and prevent terror." He saidIsra-
el has no intention of reoccupying
Gaza after lastyear's pullout.
"When we reach the conclusion
that the effectiveness of the opera-
tion is bringing us closer to reach-
ing the goals, we will definitely pull
our forces out of Gaza," he said.
Palestinian Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh called the Israeli
offensive a "massacre," and Beit
Hanoun residents warned of a bur-
geoning humanitarian crisis.
"We have electricity, but no
drinking water," said one 28-year-
old woman, who declined to be
identified because of the military
presence in town.
She said there were shortages of
staples like milk and diapers and
residents were being forced to share
food. She also said tanks were visi-
ble from herhome, and her husband
was taken away by Israeli troops for
questioning. "I don't know what's
happened to him," she said.
Col. Nir Press, head of Israel's
liaison team dealing with Palestin-
ian authorities and international
aid organizations, said Sunday that
shops in Beit Hanoun were open for
a few hours Sunday and would be
open again Monday.
Press said U.N. agencies and the
Red Cross were shipping in food,
water, baby formula and other sup-
plies and would continue to do so.
He added that Palestinian techni-
cians would be allowed to repair
water mains on Monday.
Yesterday, AP Television News
showed images of ambulances and
taxis rushing Palestinian casualties
to the small Beit Hanoun hospital,
dodging potholes gouged by Israeli
shells. A young man, writhing from
a chest wound, was pulled out of
a yellow taxi and carried into the
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For Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 judgment is off today.
(March 21 toApril 19) (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You're becoming increasingly pas- It's not worth mentioning your disap-
sionate and intense about relationships pointment about issues related to parents
or events in your life at this time. and bosses. Others will not be sympa-
Because your feelings are confused thetic. Just let this one go. (It was ever
today, it's a poor day to decide how to thus.)
share things. SAGITTARIUS
TAURUS (Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
(April 20to May 20) Just go with your daydreams and intu-
Try to be realistic about your expecta- itions right now. It's hard to say what is
tions from partners and close friends. real and what is not. It's also very easy to
Your idealism and unrealistic expecta- kid yourself today.
tions are a sure setup for disappointment. CAPRICORN
GEMINI (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
(May 21 to June 20) A friend might deceive or confuse you
Don't expect too much from co- today. This confusion could be deliber-
workers today. Stay as realistic as possi- ate or accidental (it's hard to say which).
ble. If you're not sure about major deci- Either way, if you feel unsure about
sions, then postpone them. something, don't act.
(June 21to July 22) (Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
Unexpressed expectations almost Avoid intense discussions with par-
always guarantee disappointment. In ents, bosses, VIPs and the police. You
matters of the heart, or matters related to will be singled out. People notice you
children or the arts, be very clear to oth- now because the Sun is at high noon in
ers about what you want. your chart. Be cool.
(July 23 to Aug. 22) (Feb. 19 to March 20)
You're very keen to help a family Don't try to defend your beliefs about
member today. You feel sympathetic religious orpolitical situations today; it's
about the misfortunes that someone else of no avail. You cannot speak to those
is undergoing. (Never miss an opportu- who are wearing headphones. Just live
nity to practice kindness.) and let live for today.
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