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CAUCUS
1 From Page 1.
As the results poured in last
night from precincts across Iowa,
it became increasingly evident that
young voters, previously described
as "elusive," "unreliable" and the
"icing on the cake," played a crucial
role in securing Obama's victory.
At two caucus precincts innorth-
ern Des Moines, held in adjoining
auditoriums on Drake University's
campus, Obama commanded the
majority of caucus-goers, and was
especially popular among the pre-
cincts young participants.
Peter Tomka, a senior at nearby
RooseveltHigh School, said he cau-
cused for Obama primarily because
of the Illinois senator's message of
change.
"People have underestimated
Obamauptonow,butIthinkthey're
starting to see the things he can do
for our country," Tomka said.
After first backing Democratic
candidate Bill Richardson and
then later supporting fellow Demo-
crat John Edwards, Des Moines
resident Sean Donovan said he
ultimately joined the majority of
Obama supporters at last night's
caucus because he believes Obama
can transcend the partisan divide
and win over undecided voters in a
general election setting.
"What (Obama) brings is the
willingness to work with the other
side, with Republicans or indepen-
dents, much more so than any other
(Democratic) candidate," Donovan
said.
An hour east of the capital in
Grinnell, home to the state's most
delegate-rich precinct and home
to progressive Grinnell College,
Obama scored a convincing vic-
tory by earning 21 of the total 37
delegates in Grinnell's Ward One
district.
Alec Schierenbeck, president
of the College Democrats of Iowa,
who caucused in Grinnell, said the
turnout there among young people
was "absolutely amazing." He said
the majority of young caucus-goers
in Grinnell - more than any other
age group - caucused for Obama,
which sends a message to the presi-
dential race's r other candidates
about the power of young people in
an election setting.
"(Obama) succeeded here in
Grinnell because of their support,"
Schierenbeck said. "And what it
proves is that when you take young
people seriously, they will deliver."
Huckabee celebrated his own
victory over Mitt Romney and a
crowded Republican field.
"A new day is needed in Ameri-
can politics, just like a new day is
needed in American government,"
the former Arkansas governor told

In Iowa, change,
faith were keys.

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards earned 30 percent of the vote last night, edging past fellow candida
Clinton for second place in the Iowa caucuses. Edwards considered his finish a victory, saying that Clinton and Barac<
who won last nights race, both outspent him during the campaign.

cheeringsupporters. "Itstarts here,
but it doesn't end here. It goes all
the way through the other states
and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue."
Huckabee, a preacher turned
politician, handily defeated Rom-
ney despite being outspent by mil-
lions of dollars and deciding in
the campaign's final days to scrap
television commercials that would
have assailed the former Massa-
chusetts governor. He stressed his
religion to the extent of airing a
commercial that described himself
as a "Christian leader" in his race
against a man seeking to become
the first Mormon president.
Nearly complete returns showed
Huckabee with 34 percent support,
compared with 25 percent for Rom-
ney. Former Sen. Fred Thompson
and Sen. John McCain battled for
third place, while Texas Rep. Ron
Paul wound up fifth and former New
York Mayor Rudy Giuliani sixth.
With the New Hampshire pri-
mary only five days distant, Clinton
and Edwards vowed to fight on in
the race for the Democratic nomi-
nation.
"We have always planned to run
a national campaign," the former
first lady told supporters at a noisy
rally attended by her husband and
their daughter, Chelsea. "I am so
ready for the rest of this campaign,
and Iam so ready to lead."
Edwards, the Democrats' 2004
vice presidential nominee, told The
Associated Press in an interview

he would distinguish himself from
Obama in New Hampshire by argu-
ing thathe is the candidate who can
deliver the change that voters have
shown they want.
"I'm going to fight for that
change," he said by telephone from
his hotel room in Iowa. "I've fought
for it my entire life. I have a long
history of fighting powerful inter-
ests and winning."
Not everyone was going on.
Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd
of Connecticut announced he was
leaving the race, and officials said
Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware
would soon join him on the side-
lines. New Mexico Gov. Bill Rich-
ardson said he would campaign in
New Hampshire despite finishing
in fourth place with a minuscule 2
percent support.
Romney sought to frame his
defeat as something other than
that, saying he had trailed Hucka-
bee by more than 20 points a few
weeks ago.
"I've been pleased that I've been
able to make upground and Iintend
to keep making up ground, not just
here but across the country," he
said.
The words were brave, but
already, his strategy of bankrolling
a methodical campaign in hopes of
winning the first two states was in
tatters - and a rejuvenated McCain
was tied with him in the polls in
next-up New Hampshire.
Iowans rendered their judg-
ments in meetings at 1,781 precincts

from Adel to Zwingle, in schools,
firehouses and community centers
where the candidates themselves
could not follow.
With President Bush constitu-
tionally unable to seek re-election,
a wide-open race developed in
both parties that resulted in cam-
paign organizations that dwarfed
anything in previous campaigns.
Romney alone spent $7 million on
television commercials. The result
was a record turnout.
Projections estimated that
220,588 Democrats showed up on
a cold midwinter's night, shatter-
ing the previous mark of 124,000.
Turnouttwas also up onthe Republi-
can side, where projections showed
about 114,000 people taking part.
The last previous contested Repub-
lican caucuses in 2000 drew 87,666
participants.
For three decades, Iowa's caucus-
es have drawn presidential hopefuls
eager to mnake a strong first impres-
sion, and this year was no different.
Obama, Clinton and Edwards
spent at least $19 million on tele-
vision advertising among them.
Romney told supporters in a final
daylong swing around the state he
had been in 68 of 99 counties since
he began his quest for the White
House, had spent 55 days in Iowa
and spoken before 248 separate
audiences.
- Daily Staff Reporter Andy
Kroll and The Associated Press
contributed to this report.

Survey found that
Huckabee struck a
chord with
religious voters
(AP) - Voters clamoring for
change, young people and first-
time caucus-goers gave Barack
Obama victory in Iowa's Demo-
cratic caucuses yesterday, while
evangelical Christians and those
who want a candidate to share
their religious beliefs were key to
Mike Huckabee's Republican win,
surveys found.
Given four choices, 52 percent
of Democratic caucus-goers said
the most important personal qual-
ity was that a candidate "can bring
about needed change," and Obama
won the initial preference of half
of them, according to the entrance
poll for The Associated Press and
television networks.
Hillary Rodham Clinton won
half of those who said it was most
important that a candidate "has the
right experience" - but only one in
five said that.
John Edwards won nearly as
many, 44 percent, of those who said
the top priority is that a candidate
"cares about people like me," but
again only one in five chose that
attribute. Only 8 percent said it's
mostimportantthatacandidate"has
the best chance to win in Novem-
ber," and Edwards fared best among
them with 36 percent support.
More than one in five Democrat-
ic caucus-goers was under age 30
- about twice as many as typically
vote in early presidential nomina-
tion events - and 57 percent of
them expressed initial preference
for Obama. Only 10 percent of those
younger voters backed Clinton, and
14 percent Edwards. Clinton won
45 percent of voters 65 or older, who
made up a fifth of the Democratic
electorate - double the share of
seniors in Iowa's general population.
Nearly six in 10 Democratic
voters were attending their first
caucuses, and 41 percent of them
backed Obama. Edwards, who
finished second in the 2004 Iowa
caucuses, edged out Clinton and
Obama among those who have cau-
cused before.
Obama also edged out Clinton,
vying to become the first female
president, among female voters.
The survey explained how
Edwards edged out Clinton for

second place under Democrats'
quirky caucus rules. After an ini-
tial vote, supporters of candidates
who don't get 15 percent backing in
any caucus site can switch to one of
the "viable" candidates who clear
that threshold. The entrance poll
found that among supporters of
candidates who finished in single
digits statewide, only 11 percent
said Clinton would be their second
choice; 31 percent said Edwards
and 34 percent Obama.
In the Republican contest, born-
again or evangelical Christians
comprisedsixin 10 Republicaneau-
cus-goers, and 46 percent of them
favored Huckabee. Only 19 percent
favored Mitt Romney, a Mormon
who has been viewed skeptically by
some religious conservatives.
More than a third of Republican
caucus-goers said it matters a great
deal to them that a candidate shares
their religious beliefs, and 56 per-
cent backed Huckabee versus only
11 percent for Romney.
Given a choice among four per-
sonal attributes, 45 percent of
GOP caucus-goers said it was most
important that a candidate "shares
my values," and nearly half of them
supported Huckabee. A third said
it was most important that a can-
didate "says what he believes," and
Huckabee won among 33 percent of
them, while 21 percent supported
Fred Thompson, and John McCain,
Romney and Ron Paul each won
about 15 percent.
McCain and Romney each won
a little more than a third of voters
who said the top priority was that
a candidate "has the right experi-
ence." Only 7 percent said the most
important attribute was a candi-
date's electability, and half of them
backed Romney.
Iowa caucus-goers typically are
more ideological than most other
states with competitive presiden-
tial nomination contests. Nearly
nine in 10 Republican caucus-goers
called themselves politically con-
servative, including 45 percent
who said they are very conserva-
tive - a relatively strong group
for Thompson. Among Democratic
caucus-goers 54 percent said they
are liberal, and Obama did better
among liberals than more moder-
ate caucus-goers.
The surveys were conducted for
AP and the television networks by
Edison Media Research and Mitof-
sky International as voters arrived
at 40 sites each for Democratic and
Republican caucuses in Iowa.

Groups say Mich. is main focus

GROUPS
From Page 1
senator, reminding her support-
ers to vote.
Bernero said she's met a lot of
student volunteers, but not many
students planning to vote in the
caucus. i
She said it's often difficult for
people to caucus because of work
schedules and other prior com-
mitments.
Students for Hillary was the
only University of Michigan stu-
dent group - Democrat or Repub-
lican - that traveled to Iowa to
campaign for a candidate.
LSA senior Travis Radina, the
chair of Students for Edwards,
said his group decided not to
travel to Iowa, instead focus-
ing on campaigning in Michigan
instead.
Michigan's primary is sched-
uled for Jan. 15, violating the
Democratic National Commit-
tee'srulesprohibitingstatesother
than Iowa, New Hampshire and
South Carolina and Nevada from
APARTMENTS
From Page 1
said the RAs could be a comforting
presence.
Hughes said the RAs would be
"more attractive to younger stu-
dents who are adjusting."
The complex, which is designed
to be eco-friendly, also features a
14,000 square-foot green roof,
that would collect and recycle
rain water. According to the
plans, developers will apply for
Leadership in Energy and Envi-
ronmental Design certification.
The LEED program grades
buildings on a scale according to
criteria including the project's
building materials and its ener-
gy efficiency. The proposal is
expected to meet the LEED gold

holding primary elections before
February 5. Sen. John Edwards
(D-N.C.), Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Ill.), Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)
and Bill Richardson (D-N.M.)
subsequently dropped out of the
Michigan election.
Radina said he's confident in
Edwards's following. He said that
the group will begin campaign-
ing more aggressively next week
to encourage voters to support
Edwards.
LSA freshman Justin Schon,
chair of the University's chapter
of Students for Joe Biden, said
the group hasn't been focusing
on Iowa, either.
He said he doesn't know how
the group will campaign for the
Delaware senator in 'Michigan,
but said the group will begin to
increase publicity soon.
LSA senior Amy Drumm, chair
of the University's chapter of
Students for Romney, said she
spent most of her break at Mitt
Romney's caucus headquarters
in Farmington Hills, Mich.
She was there yesterday, call-
ing supporters to solidify their
votes and watching the results
standard, the program's seconc
highest level.
City officials and the commit
sion will review the proposal an
make a recommendation to th
city council, which will ultimatel
approve or deny the project.
MatthewKowalski,thecityplan
ner assigned to the proposal, said i
an e-mail interview that a timelir
for the review has not been set.
City officials will examine th
proposal for compliance with cit
codes and zoning and will also co
sider how the building will fit i
with the city's master plan, Kowa
ski said.
Developers plan to construct tL
complex's towers separately in tw
phases.
- Charles Gregg-Geist and Ko
Asiedu contributed to this repor

come in.
Students for Kucinich is pre-
paring for a visit from Rep.
Dennis Kucinich _ (D-Ohio) on
Jan. 14, said LSA sophomore
Yousef Rabhi, the group's chair.
Kucinich will be speaking in the
Natural Science Building at 2:30
p.m. Students for a Sensible Drug
Policy will be broadcasting the
event.
Rabhi said Students for
Kucinich plans to step up its
efforts in the state of Michigan.
LSA sophomore Tom Duvall,
chair of Students for Obama,
said many group members spent
their winter breaks calling Iowa
students and encouraging them
to caucus. Duvall said he's cau-
tiously optimistic about Obama's
chances during primary season.
Rob Johnson, chair of Stu-
dents for Ron Paul, said the group
hasn't focused on Iowa so that
they can organize what they will
be doing in Michigan. He said the
group is planning to go door-to-
door to talk to students and Ann
Arbor residents.
"We don't have any time to lose
in Michigan," Johnson said.
- SCANDAL
From Page 1
d
e MSA President Moham-
y mad Dar said he wasn't yet
sure whether he will ask for
- Vuljaj's resignation from
n the assembly.
ie "His resignation gives us a
lot to think about," Dar said.
ie "There are more members
y of the assembly I need to
- consult with before I would
n want to discuss any plan of
- action."
Former MSA President
ie Zack Yost, MSA Student
o General Counsel Arvind
Sohoni and MSA Rep. Gibran
Baydoun were in Washtenaw
o County Court yesterday with
t. Vuljaj.

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For Friday, Jan. 4, 2008
ARIES
(Mcl 21to April 19)
If you're asked to take on extra
responsibilities for something, by all
means, accept. People look upon you
very favorably right now.
TAURUS
(April 20to May 20)
You might want to sign up for a course
or get more training or education in
some way this month. You're eager for
adventure.
GEMINI
(May 21to June 20)
Do whatever you can to make
improvements in yottr life and
improvements to yourself. You have an
urge to be the best that you can be.
Bravo!
CANCER
(June 21to July 22)
Your focus definitely is oa close
friends and partnerships now. Observe
how you relate to others. The more skill-
fully you relate to others, the happier
you will be.
LEO
(July 23to Aug. 22)
Act on your urge to get better
organized now. Get the right tools to do
a good job. You want to feel on top
of your scene both at home and at
work!
VIRGO
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Accept invitations for parties and
pleasurable events. It's important to
party and have fun right now. Enjoy
playful activities with children.
Romance flourishes!
LIBRA
(Sept. 23to Oct. 22)
Spend extra time with family mem-
bers today. Or perhaps you want to
spend extra time and more effort on your
home. Get things back in order!

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
It's a busy day. Get out and run some
errands. Talk to others. Spend time with
siblings and relatives. Shopping, buying
and selling, and reading are perfect
choices today.
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
This is a good, day for business and
commerce. You're focused on your
assets, your possessions and your cash
flow. You're thinking abouthow to make
more money!
CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
This is a powerful birthday month for
you. That's because mighty Pluto is get-
ting ready to enter your sign. This is
something you have never felt before in
your life.
AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
Youneedto work behindtthe scenes or
lie low in some way. You have a lot of
thinking to do, especially about how you
want your new year to turn out.
PISCES
(Feb. 19to March 20)
Talk to friends about your goals and
dreams for the future. Speaking out loud
helps you to formulate your own ideas.
In addition, their feedback can help you.
YOU BORN TODAY You have a
wonderful imagination. You can visual-
ize things. You also have a structured,
practical, mathematical mind. This
makes you a natural problem-solver.
Many of you alsoarecollectors. You like
to surround yourself with books, tools
and other favorite objects. You have your
own unique way of doing things. Your
year ahead is wonderfully social and
friendly. Enjoy!
Birthdate of: Julia Ormond, actress;
Louis Braille, inventor; Don Shula, foot-
ball coach.

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