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ELECTION
From Page 1A
over whether lawmakers would
cast their ballots publicly or
secretly delayed the start of the
first vote until 8 p.m. Friday.
During the debates, two parlia-
ment members were taken to the
hospital before voting took place
- one for a heart arrhythmia and
another for stress.
In the voting, Klaus received
one more vote than Svejnar, but
he didn't achieve the necessary
majority, forcing a second round
of voting.
The second vote was also incon-
clusive, and there was concern
about the way votes were tallied,
said Michael Kraus, a professor
of political science at Middlebury
College and an adviser to Svejnar.
"There are serious allegations
that in the second round the votes
were miscounted and two votes
PROGRAM
From Page 1A
to work for Teach For America in
Miami next fall, said she thinks
the efforts to expand the organi-
zation could be the reason for the
increased interest.
"This is something that people in
the organization have been working
for,"Mannsaid. "Idon'tknow whatit
has been like in the past, but I know

that officially went to Klaus
were actually votes for Sve-
jnar," Kraus said. "They
didn't keep records of how
each deputy voted and it shows
how pathetic it is when they can't
add up the votes correctly."
Kraus said the election commis-
sion changed the voting process
on Saturday for the third round of
voting.
Klaus was one vote shy of the
necessary 140 votes during the
third round, with Svejnar receiv-
ing 113. Legislators will begin the
process again on Friday, and new
candidates will be able to enter the
race.
The 26 Communist Party mem-
bers in Parliament have cited con-
cerns with both candidates and
haven't endorsed either. Commu-
nist Party members in the parlia-
ment, who did not vote in the third
round, have suggested they will
nominate their own candidate.
The Communists criticized
they were doing alot ofrecruiting."
Mann said a Teach For America
representative contacted her during
the first week of the school year and
continued to recruit her throughout
the year.
She said she was drawn to the
organization because she was look-
ing for a hands-on experience that
could help her find the roots of the
problems in the United States' edu-
cational system.
Jon Gleicher, a former Teach For

Svejnar's dual citizenship, which
led him to promise he would relin-
quish his U.S. citizenship if elect-
ed. Still, many question his loyalty
to the Czech Republic.
Svejnar still believes he can win
the race.
"There is actually a good chance
that I could win in the second elec-
tion," Svejnar said. "It really is a
question of one or two votes going
one way or the other."
Klaus was nominated by the
Civic Democratic Party, which he
co-founded. His support comes
from right-wing political parties.
The CDP is the largest party, hold-
ing 45 percent of seats in parlia-
ment.
Svejnar was asked to run by
members of the Green Party,
which holds 2.5 percent of seats in
parliament, and nominatedby sev-
eral members of center-left par-
ties such as the Social Democratic
Party and the Green Party.
Parties across the political spec-
America campus campaign coordi-
nator at the University, said the orga-
nization has increased its recruiting
efforts at the University from past
years.
Most schools have one recruit-
ment director, while the University
has two to go along with four cam-
pus campaign coordinators.
"We invested this much because
we see how active these students
are," said Gleicher, who graduated
from the University in 2004 and

trum support him and the leftist
SDP, which holds about 30 percent
of seats, officially endorsed him.
Czech officials now consider
Svejnar, who officially entered the
race on Dec. 14 as an underdog, a
"formidable candidate."
In December, only 28 percent
of Czech citizens would have
voted for Svejnar in a public elec-
tion, according to a poll conducted
by the Median Agency. The poll
showed 43 percent would have
voted to reelect the incumbent
president.
Even though the Czech presi-
dent isn't elected by the public,
Svejnar led an American-style
campaign, spending a great deal of
time speaking with the public.
A STEM poll conducted last
week showed 55 percent of Czech
citizens prefer Svejnar to Klaus.
Svejnar said he spoke with peo-
ple in key areas of the country to
better understand the opinions of
the people and share his perspec-
worked in West Harlem through
the program.
Law School student Jacob Weix-
ler started working for Teach For
America in New Orleans in August
of 2005. He said he was placed
there two weeks before Hurricane
Katrina ravaged most of the city.
"Teach For America was a good
way for me to make an immediate
impact," Weixler said. "It shaped
my beliefs about poverty and made
me want to become an advocate for

tives. He said the public support
helped him win over lawmakers.
"The members of the parlia-
ment look over their shoulder to
see what the public opinion is
like," Svejnar said. "It's also clear
that I'm a serious candidate in the
sense that the president, who was
supposed to be a shoo-in, could not
manage to be elected in the first
election."
Klaus, along with many Czech
politicians, has contended that
Svejnar is not experienced enough
in Czech politics to serve as presi-
dent.
"There are 18 years behind me,
on his side there is nothing," Klaus
said in a speech to students in
West Bohemia, the Prague Daily
Monitor reported.
In 2009, the president of the
Czech Republic will serve a six-
month term as president of the
Council of the European Union.
Svejnar said this election will be
an important opportunity for the
these people."
Asked if he would do it again,
Weixler replied, "Absolutely."
Weixler said Michigan is a state
very in tune with people living in
poverty, and that could be one of the
reasons why Teach For America is
so successful at the University. He
said the experience - especially in
the context of Katrina's aftermath
- helped him a lot.
"It made me tougher," Weixler
said. "I had some kids who bought

Monday, February 11, 2008 - 7A
Czech Republic to become more
involved with the EU. During his
campaign, Svejnar has been criti-
cal of the incumbent president's
reluctance to fully integrate the'
country with the EU.
Svejnar said his service as eco-
nomic advisor in the Czech Repub-
lic under former president Vacla4
Havel and his study of economics:
has adequately prepared him foi'
the role.
"It's not like I don't understand
the country," Svejnar said. "That
was more a campaign rhetoric
against me, to portray me as a for-
eigner who is not rooted here and.
therefore would not be a good rep'
resentative of the country."
Svejnar's daughter, LSA senior
Laura Svejnar, said the success of
her father's run surprised her.
"About three months ago,
we didn't really think he had a
chance," she said. "It's amazing to
see what he's been able to do ant
the way people support him."
in right away, and some who tried
to push up against me." Grace Chen;
who graduated from the University
last year, is currently teaching math
to tenth- and eleventh- graders in
rural North Carolina.
Chen said it has been a good
experience, but unlike anything she
has ever done before.
"It's a strange feeling," she said.
"It's discouraging and encouraging,
at the same time. It shows that we
have to work a little harder."

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your community or among your peers. year ahead of you. Already you can feel
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come to you. Be alert! (The world needs times with siblings and relatives.
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throughout 2008. Keep your pockets (Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
open! Your spiritual and religious life will
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Warm relationships will arise quite teacher. Or you might become one.
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Plan for a vacation and for lots of fun dictated to. You appreciate those who
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Nevertheless, you're still working hard. humor. People enjoy your company. The
Go figure. year ahead will hold major changes, per-
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