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* FUELING THE FUTURE
Energy
chief
speaks
at U'
Panelists call for
new, sustainable
technology
ByARIKIAMILLIKAN
Daily StaffReporter
Everyone has turned on a
light switch. It doesn't require
much thought. There's just a
quick flick, and then back to
everyday life. At an energy
crisis symposium yesterday,
experts warned that if we
don't start
thinking
about that
light switch
soon, the
world will
soon be left
in the dark.
That's
the analogy BODMAN
Keith Trent, chief strategy and
policy officer for Duke Energy
- one of the nation's larg-
est electric power companies
- used to describe the need for
energy conservation.
More than 400 people
gathered in Rackham Audito-
rium yesterday to hear experts
speak about the state of the
world's energy supply at the
Energy Science, Technology
and Policy Symposium. The
event's keynote speaker was
U.S. Secretary of Energy Sam-
uel Bodman, who announced
a $500 million plan to reduce
gasoline consumption, carbon
dioxide emissions, increase the
Strategic Petroleum Reserve
and reduce dependence on
what he called "hostile and
unstable" regimes. Bodman
also announced a preliminary
plan that would speed develop-
ment and production of hybrid
vehicles.
By combining internal com-
bustion with an electric bat-
tery, current hybrid models can
travel for about 40 miles with-
outburningfuel.
Bodman said his plan would
See ENERGY, page 7A

(IIG AN STATE 59, MICHIGAN 44

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Native son
launches bid
for presidency

Romney announces
plans in Dearborn
By ALESE BAGDOL
Daily StaffReporter
DEARBORN - Standing in
front of symbols of a 1954 Ameri-
can Motors Rambler and a 2006
Ford Escape Hybrid, symbols
of Michigan's past and present,
former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney announced his candida-.
cy for president yesterday at the
Henry Ford Museum.
Romney likened Henry Ford's
influence on the auto industry to
his own potential to revitalize
America.
"This place is about innovation
- innovation and transformation
- which have been at the heart of
America's success," Romney said.
"If there ever was atime when inno-
vation and transformation were
needed in government, it is now."
To win the Republican nomi-
nation, Romney will have to
overcome the public's familiarity
with bigger, names like Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.) and former
New York City Mayor Rudy Giu-
liani. McCain and Giuliani have
bothtakentheinitialstepstoward
a White House run in 2008. Rom-
ney will face the challenge of
being from one of the nation's
most liberal states, though he
has distanced himself from Mas-
sachusetts since announcing he
wouldn't seek a second term as

governor.
In an e-mail to Michigan
Republicans last month, Rom-
ney's brother Scott, a trustee at
Michigan State University, quot-
ed Romney calling Michigan his
home.
Mitt Romney emphasized his
Michigan roots in his speech.
"I always imagined that I
would come back to Michigan
someday," he said.
Romney's first run for elected
office came in1994, when he failed
to unseat Massachusetts Sen. Ted
Kennedy. After running the Salt
Lake City Winter Olympics in
2002, Romney returned to Massa-
chusetts and ran for governor.
LSA senior Rob Scott, the chair
of the University's chapter of the
College Republicans and a Rom-
ney supporter, said Romney chose
a fitting location to announce his
bid for presidency.
"Coming to Detroit with all
the problems the auto industry is
having right now is a good way for
Romney to show his strength on
the domestic front," Scott said.
Scott said the College Republi-
cans as a group don't back any one
candidate in the primary and that
his support for Romney is personal.
Romney, who grew up in
Bloomfield Hills and attended
the prestigious Cranbrook King-
swood School there, sought to
distinguishhimself fromthe other
potential candidatesby emphasiz-
ing his distance from Washington
politics.
See ROMNEY, page 7A

ZACHARY MEISNER/Daily
Michigan State center Drew Naymick blocks Michigan guard Dion Harris during last night's game at the Breslin Center. After
the two teams entered halftime nearly deadlocked, the Spartans took control in the second half and won 59-44.
first, hope, then a loss

In East Lansing 44 victory over their not-so-com-
petitive rivals. Michigan State has
showdown, Blue won six of the past seven contests.
The Wolverines committed 20
keeps it close turnovers and were left wondering
what might have been had they just
before faltering held onto the ball.
"I didn't even know," said Michi-
By DANIEL LEVY gan guard Dion Harris after learn-
Daily Sports Writer ing exactly how many times his
team turned the ball over. "That's
EAST LANSING - It was a game unbelievable to me ... knowing we
Michigan State had to have. have full strength on the perimeter.
It was a game Michigan would That's terrible."
have liked to have. Despite the turnovers, Michigan
And as'the two conference foes still found itself in the game late,
battled down the stretch last night trailing 40-36 with less than seven
at the Breslin Center, that differ- minutes remaining.
ence was obvious. Unable to penetrate Michigan
The Spartans snapped their State's defense, junior Ron Cole-
four-game losing streak with a 59- man was forced to heave a des-

peration 3-pointer as the shot clock
expired. The Spartans capitalized
on the wild possession with a Ray-
mar Morgan lay-up to extend their
lead to six.
Michigan center Courtney Sims
dribbled into trouble on the next
possession, leading to two more
for Morgan, who finished with 18
points.
The following time down the
floor, it was Michigan guard Jer-
ret Smith's turn to lose the ball.
The turnover led to a Drew Neitzel
three, an 11-point Michigan State
lead and the nail in the Wolverines'
coffin.
"That was the turning point in the
game," Sims said. "We didn't value
the ball. You can't do that, especially
See BASKETBALL, page 7A

DEREK BLUMKE/Daily
Flanked by his wife Ann and twograndchildren, former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney waves to the crowd at his presidential announcement at the Henry
Ford Museum in Dearborn yesterday.

SNOW WAY

PARKING IN ANN ARBOR
On the streets with A2's ticketmaster

A day with the city's
most unwelcome
public servant
By KATHERINE MITCHELL
Daily StaffReporter
A white and red receipt whirs
out of the handheld ticket machine.
Community Standards Officer Jes-
sie Rogers rips it from the proces-
sor, sticks it into a white envelope
and slides it under the left wind-
shield wiper of a steel blue Toyota
Matrix with Virginia plates out-
side of East Quad Residence Hall.
It is 9:45 a.m., feels like 3 degrees
below zero, and the day has barely
begun.
Rogers, a city employee for
14 years, has been a community
standards officer for 10. She and
12 others are the parking meter
attendants who trudge up and

down Ann Arbor streets Monday
through Saturday. In addition to
parking infraction enforcement,
community standards officers deal
with issues of over-littered lawns,
uncut grass and - during snow
season - unshoveled sidewalks.
OUT IN THE COLD
Rogers, a single mother of three
who lives in public housing, began
work yesterday at 8 a.m., and her
shift didn't end until 4 p.m. She
was dressed like an ice fisherman
- heavy duty winter boots with
two pairs of socks; pantyhose,
long underwear and pants; a wool
sweater, thermal shirt and a jack-
et; thick knit gloves and a fleece-
lined winter hat.
"You can never get used to 10 or
15 below," Rogers said.
Employees won't go out if
weather conditions become too
intense. Rogers chose not to go out
last Monday and Tuesday due to

the extreme cold.
"They want you to do the job but
they don't want you to get hurt,"
she said.
The icy wind through the arch-
way below the new School of Pub-
lic Health building on Washington
Heights reinforced the need to bun-
die up. The blustering gusts would
deter any normal person from leav-
ing a building, even if the tempera-
ture stays positive, Rogers said.
"You have to take care of your-
self," she said. "Most importantly,
you have to take care of your feet."
Over the course of 2.5 hours
yesterday, Rogers covered most
of the east side of campus, includ-
ing main thoroughfares like East
University Avenue and Hill Street.
Under better conditions she would
have parked in one place and spent
the entire day on foot.
On frigid days like yesterday,
though, it's better to drive.
See TICKETS. page 3A

METER-OLOGY
0 If a vehicle accumulates
four tickets that haven't
been paid in 22 days or
more, the city of Ann Arbor
can tow it.
0 There is a10-minute
grace period built into Ann
Arbor parking meters. A
community standards officer
will not ticket a car whose
meter reads 0:00 but is not
flashing, indicating the end of
the extended time.
" A person who receives a
ticket can contest the ticket
with a parking referee. If the
person isnt't happy with
the decision, he or she can
request a formal or informal
hearing in front of a district
court judge.

A woman recoils after being hit in the face with a snowball by the man next to her
daring last eigbt's annual West Quad on. Soutb Qaad snowball figbt on Madison
Street. Tbe battle, widely expected throughoat the day as the first major soow storm
of the year advanced on Ann Arbor, started at midnight when someone pulled fire
alarms in each dorm. Students from both dorms claimed victory last night.

TODAY'S HI:16
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