2A - Thursday, January 3, 2008
In Other Ivory Towers
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
It's tricky to pick a president
Every four years, the Iowa
Caucus kicks off a primary
cycle, serving as the first prov-
ing ground for presidential can-
A strong showing in the cau-
cus can give a candidate momen-
tum and a boost in the polls,
while a poor performance can
drive a candidate out of the race.
But exactly how that process
unfolds is a mystery to many.
The Iowa Caucus that will be
held today began in 1972. The
process is comprised of many
intimate meetings where voters
discuss policy issues and choose
who they want to be the next
president of the United States.
These meetings take place in
churches, schools, homes and
other civic locations throughout
The number of participants
at each location varies based on
the area's population. There are
1,784 precincts in Iowa.
Some political strategists
expect the turnout today to
reach 160,000 caucus-goers.
The Republican and Demo-
cratic parties do not use the
same process to determine their
respective caucus winner.
For Republicans, voters flock
to designated precincts to listen
to candidates campaign, and
then later vote for their candi-
date of choice in a secret ballot,
"one head, one vote" system.
Democrats use a differentsys-
tem. Voters indicate which can-
didate they support by standing
in a particular area of the room.
A section of the room is des-
ignated for each candidate and
one section is designated for
In order for aparticulargroup
of supporters to be "viable" and
move onto later rounds of vot-
ing, they must gain a certain
percentage of all the caucus par-
Though the percentage
threshold varies based on the
number of delegates each pre-
cinct receives, candidates gen-
erally need to garner 15 percent
of the vote to advance.
If a certain candidate is
deemed not viable, caucus-goersx
who used a vote on an non-viable
candidate are allowed to realign
by choosing to support another
candidate. They can also abstain
from the caucus if they choose.
Realignment can significantly
effect the results of the caucus.
After several rounds of voting, a
final count takes place to deter-
mine how many delegates each CLIF ttEDER/ Daily
candidate gets. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee poses for a photo with
a supporter at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.
JAKE SMILOVITZ Huckabee will be competing in the Iowa Caucus today.
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Caller loses car
in parking lot
WHERE: Parking lot SC-9, 300
WHEN: Tuesday at about 3:30
WHAT: A caller reported that
his car was stolen, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety reported.
The man later found his car
parked in a nearby lot.
swiped from car
WHERE: M-18 Carport, 1600
E. Medical Center Dr.
WHEN: Yesterday at about 1
WHAT: One dollar and forty
cents was stolen from an
unlocked car, DPS reported.
Police have no suspects.
Gym bag stolen
WHERE: Thayer Carport, 216
WHEN: Dec.27 at about 8:30
WHAT: A gym bag containing
tennis shoes and clothing was
stolen from a parked car, DPS
reported. The thief broke a win-
dow to gain entry.
Pole falls on car
WHERE: Rackham Building
WHEN: Dec. 28 at about 10:00
WHAT: A light pole fell on a
car, DPS reported. The driver of
the vehicle was not injured in
the accident. The pole shattered
the car's windshield and dented
its hood and fender. Police sans-
pect high winds were to blame.
Truck hits pole
WHERE: 1700 block of Plym-
WHEN: Yesterday at about 3:30
WHAT: A salt truck backed
into a crosswalk pole, damaging
it, DPS reported.
WHAT: A chance for stu-
dents who want to sell their
used textbooks to drop off
WHO: Student Book
WHEN: Tomorrow from 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Pond Room, Mich-
WHAT: A paper snowflake
making workshop, spon-
sored by a volunteer group
that organizes art and craft
projects to cheer up hospital
WHO: Gifts of Art
WHEN: Today from noon to
WHERE: Taubman Health
Care Center lobby
WHAT: A performance by
Michigan comic Bill Hildeb-
randt, who was named one
of the "Funniest People in
Detroit" by the Detroit Free
Press and has performed
with comic Rita Rudner and
Rosie O'Donnell. Tickets are
$7 at the door.
WHO: Ann Arbor Comedy
WHEN: Today at 8:00 p.m
WHERE: 314 E. Liberty
* A story in the Dec. 11
edition of the Daily (On
North Campus, a search for
new ideas) misspelled the
name of Douglas Kelbaugh.
0 The same story also said
Kelbaugh is the dean of the
School of Music, Theatre
and Dance. He is the dean
of the School of Architec-
ture and Urban Planning.
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LSA academic advisors will
be available to answer quick
questions for students with-
out an advising appointment
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
The Newnan Advising Cen-
ter is located in room 1225 of
Ajob opening in the Four
Points hotel chain drew
a record number of appli-
cants. More than 7,000 people
applied to be the chain's first
CBO - Chief Beer Officer,
National Public Radio reported.,
The job's primary duty is to
select beers for the hotel chain's
3Norman Mailer's "The Cas-
tle and the Forest" won the
Literary Review's 2007Bad
Sex in Fiction Award. The prize
is given annually for the most
embarrassing or redundant"
sexual passages in "otherwise
sound literary novels.",
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