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E op essng over the salary supplement.
Opinion, Page 4

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

michigandaily.com

* CAMPAIGN 2008
With limited
field, students
make choices

Owners of Village Corner, a grocery store on South Forest Avenue, distributed flyers affirming that the store will continue to serve the area.
Stores race for construction

With Michigan
primary a week away,
students
solidify picks
By JULIE ROWE
and DANIEL STRAUSS
Daily Staff Reporters
LSA senior Lia Clarkson, like
many college students, wants the
next president of the United States
to turn the country around.
"We need a big change," said
Clarkson, who voted for Bush in
2004. "But I don't know if I've seen
the person that can do that."
As Michigan's primary nears,
many of the thirty students inter-
viewed around campus yester-
day shared Clarkson's desire for
change and level of indecision
about the candidates, with many
saying they might not vote in the
primaries because of their uncer-
tainty.
Many students said they don't
plan to vote in the Michigan
primary on Jan. 15 because the
state has been stripped of half
of its delegates for the Republi-
can National Convention and all
of its Democratic delegates. This
occurred after the Michigan state
legislature moved the state prima-
ry forward, in violation of Demo-
cratic and Republican National
Committee rules.
LSA and School of Music senior

Erica Ruff said the move has dis-
couraged some students from vot-
ing. Two of the leading Democratic
candidates, Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Ill.) and Sen. John Edwards (D-
N.C.) aren't on Michigan's primary
ballot.
"Because of the drama with the
Democratic party, students don't
seem to be interested in making a
decision," Ruff said.
Ruff said that even though Uni-
versity students don't seem inter-
ested in voting in the primary,
she thinks they tend to support
Obama's message. Ruff said Obama
appeals to young voters because
his platform.would address issues
facing their generation.
Several students were still
unsure about who they would vote
for.
Even though she has supported
Republicans in the past, LSA soph-
omore Josie Morris said she plans
to vote in Michigan's Democratic
primary.
"I'm torn between Hillary and
Obama," Morris said. "Obama
is presenting more new ideas,
though."
Morris said that the candidates'
backgrounds played a role in her
decision.
"I'd like to see a woman as pres-
ident, but it came down to what I
identify more with, my race versus
sex," said Morris, who is black.
LSA junior Lee Stobby said he
thinks Obama will get the Demo-
cratic Party's nomination.
See PRIMARY, Page 7

Planned S. Forest
apartment complex
could force shops to
move or close
By SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily StaffWriter
A 500-unit high-rise apartment
building proposed for the inter-
section of South University and
South Forest avenues, several local
businesses are likely to move - for

the time being, at least. While at
least one of the stores will return
to a rejuvenated storefront at its
current location, managers and
customers alike said they were
annoyed by the construction pro-
posal's impact.
A manager at Village Corner,
a popular grocery store located
at the construction site, declined
to comment, but was handing
out paper slips yesterday read-
ing, "NEWS FLASH!! VILLAGE
CORNER CONTINUES TO CON-
TINUE!" The leaflets, written and
distributed by the owners, said Vil-

lage Corner will be displaced for
an indefinite amount of time, but
"rumors of its passing are greatly
exaggerated."
The store has stood at the cor-
ner of S. University and S. Forest
avenues for 37 years.
The Village Corner note ends
by saying, "We look forward to
serving, well into the future, both
the Washtenaw County commu-
nity and our worldwide clientele
of wine lovers."
The store's owners could not be
reached for comment.
University Village, the con-

struction project proposed last
week that would be located across
the street from University Towers
apartment complex, is slated to
open by the fall of 2010. It would
include 26 stories luxury apart-
ments with a capacity of about
1,750 residents and retail stores on
the complex's first floor.
Once completed, developers
hope University Village will give
the neighborhood and retailers in
the neighborhood a boost.
The complex will include16,000
square feet of new retail space on
See BUSINESSES, Page 7

Plan looks to curb student housing
Proposal would

Looking for a cancer cure,
scientists target stem cells

block more students
from moving into
Golden Ave. area
By SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily StaffReporter
Maybe it's the beer cans on their
lawns. Or the loud noise late at
night. Maybe it's the lack of com-
munity that occurs when your
neighbors leave every year or two.
Whatever the reason, student
encroachment in the Lower Burns
Park neighborhood of Ann Arbor
has prompted residents to propose
rezoning the area to block more
students from moving in.
The neighborhood is currently
zoned to allow multiple-family
housing, meaning that homes could
be converted into student rent-
als made up of multiple apartment
units.
To avoid this, the AnnArbor City
Council originally proposed rezon-
log the entire Lower Burns Park
region between State and Packard
Streets below Dewey Street, but
the city's Planning Commission has
since revised the plan to recom-
mend rezoning only a small section
of the neighborhood along Golden
Avenue.
If passed, the proposal would
prevent single-family homes from
being converted into student rental
apartments in the future. Housing
r already used for student rentals
would be grandfathered into the
rezoning plan.
The City Council will vote on the
proposal Jan. 21.
Debate over the proposal has
appeared on the blog annarboriso-
verrated.com, where some locals

St
c

udy to examine from getting necessary nutrients.
When adult stem cells mutate
how to cut off and become cancer cells, they lose
their normal properties and begin
iutrients from to divide out of control. Chemo-
therapy kills cancerous cells pro-
ancerous cells duced by stem cells but doesn't kill
the stem cells.
By ELAINE LAFAY After the treatment ends, the
Daily StaffReporter stem cells can begin the process
all over again.
versity researchers are part The clinical trial to test the
groundbreaking study that theory combines chemotherapy
igates the theory that small with an inhibitor - a plug that
ations of stem cells exist blocks vital pathways from reach-
n cancers. ing the stem cell - in patientswith
e researchers hope to dis- advanced breast cancer.
what the cancerous stem The first round of treatments is
ieed to function so scientists designed to ensure that the treat-
evelop ways to prevent them ment is not harmful and to see

whether the technique will help
patients - who have exhausted
all other conventional treatments
- will live longer.
Max Wicha, director of the
study and the Cancer Center, said
his team hopes to try the method
on stem cells for all other cancers
within the next few years."
"The purpose of the new thera-
pies is to try to hit the roots of the
cancer," Wicha said.
Although adult stem cells are
not the same as the controversial
embryonic stem cells because they
come from aspecific tissue or organ
and don't require the destruction
of an embryo, some think that the
research is too risky.
See CANCER, Page 7

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of a
invest
popul
withit
The
cover
cells n
can de

Inside the 'inhumanity' of North Korea

Landlords won't be able to convert houses in Burns Park if a proposal passes Jan. 21.

have raised concerns about the
plan's potential affect on landlords,
renters and families.
Business graduate student Nate
Troup, who lives in a converted
home on Granger Avenue, said
he has a good relationship with
his Golden Avenue neighbors and
wouldn't be affected by the chang-
es. He said he thinks people are
concerned about property values,
not the neighborhood itself.
"It's really an issue for the inves-

tors," he said.
If the proposal passes, landlords
wouldn't be able to make property
alterations to accommodate more
tenants, like converting a two-unit
building into a four-unit one.
Area landlord Richard Fisher
said he understands why residents
want the area rezoned, but was
opposed to the initial proposal,
which included his properties on
Dewey Avenue.
See REZONING, Page 7

Former tutor to N.
Korea's ruling
family decries
atrocities
By ELIZABETH LAI
Daily StaffReporter
in a chilling lecture at the
Michigan League yesterday, a
former North Korean citizen and
current George Mason University
professor described problems with
North Korea that go far beyond a
lack of food, electricity and run-

ning water.
Hyun-Sik Kim, who served as
a tutor to the
country's rul-
ing family dur-
ing the Korean
War, called :
current North
Korean leader
Kim Jong I1
a "monster" HYUN-SIK KIM
who has sup-
pressed the
human rights of the country's citi-
zens while brainwashing them to
believe that they are "the happiest
people in the world."
"There is no such thing as

humanity in North Korea - or
human rights," Hyun-Sik Kim
said at the event. It was hosted by
Liberty in Korea, a University stu-
dent group.
He described the country's
thorough political indoctrina-
tion as leading citizens to believe
that the country's first communist
ruler Kim Il Sung is God, his son
Kim Jong Ilis Jesus, and the Peo-
ple's Party is the Holy Spirit. The
few radios still available to the
North Korean public are perma-
nently set to government channels
so citizens have no access to infor-
mation from the outside world, the
See NORTH KOREA, Page 7

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