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Opinion, Page 4
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
* CAMPAIGN 2008 *
GOP
candidates
turn to
Michigan
McCain, Romney, Huckabee
arrive in state for last push
before Tuesday's primary
By EMILY BARTON
Daily StaffReporter
Over the past few days, Republican presidential
candidates have ramped up their campaign efforts in
Michigan.
Arizona Sen. John McCain will be campaigning in
Ann Arbor Tuesday, but does not plan to visit campus.
He will speak at Michigan State University on Sun-
day.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and
current Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who will be
in Detroit today, have made numerous appearances
around the state. Romney will be campaigning mostly
on the west side of Michigan.
LSA junior Chris Irvine, chair ofthe College Repub-
licans, said he's hoping for a strong Republican voter
turnout in Tuesday's primary because the Democratic
candidates aren't campaigning in Michigan.
He said most of the Republican student campaign-
ing is being left up to each candidate's campus group.
"The lack of Democrats on the ballot hasn't affect-
ed how much work they're putting in either way," he
said.
Kinesiology senior Allison Schneider, chair of Stu-
dents for McCain, said she's hopeful McCain's win in
New Hampshire will help his chances in Michigan.
She said that McCain will face stiff competition from
Romney, whose father was the governor of Michigan
from 1963 to 1969.
Romney has canceled all of his campaign commit-
ments in South Carolina and Nevada to focus solely on
Michigan.
LSA senior Amy Drumm, chair of Students for
Romney, helped open a campaign office for Romney
near Briarwood Mall this week. She said volunteers
have been coming to the office to make phone calls
and collect supplies for door-to-door canvassing.
Drumm said she plans to spend every day in the
office until after the primary election on Tuesday.
Drumm said she's hoping for a high Republican
voter turnout because all of the Republican candidates
will be on the ballot. She also said she thinks turn-
out will be boosted by Democrats who would rather
vote in the Republican primary than vote uncommit-
ted in the Democratic primary. Ever since Michigan
See PRIMARY, Page 7

Friday, January 11, 2008

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SPRING COMMENCEMENT

Eastern Michigan University freshman Maggie Manville criticized University students' reactions to the decision to move commencement to Eastern Michigan.

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By ANDY KROLL a pause," Harper said.
Daily StaffReporter Although the move to Crisler
-- Arena would keep commencement
Michigan Stadium ruled out on campus, which many students
enue for spring commence- want, University officials say there
d student opposition mount- are several reasons the move could
inst holding the ceremony hurt the ceremony.
ern Michigan University's First, it would greatly limit the
on Stadium, students are amount of tickets available to grad-
ng to explore alternative uates for commencement. Univer-
sites for the event. sity officials said graduates would
venue many students said receive eight tickets each if the
referoverRynearsonStadium event were held at Rynearson Sta-
r Arena, home to the Michi- dium. At Crisler, only two or three
ketball and women's gymnas- tickets would be available to each
ns. Crisler Arena, located just graduate.
Michigan Stadium, can hold LSA senior Craig Cleary said he
people, about a one-tenth of was disappointed that he wouldn't be
House's capacity. able to receive his diploma in the Big
interview Tuesday, Roys- House, but would rather keep com-
rper, the University's vice mencement at Ryne arson Stadium so
nt for student affairs, said the he could invite more guests.
ity hadn't ruled out Crisler "I would be opposed to Crisler
s a potential venue for com- simply because we could only have
tent, but said it would only two or three family members,"
r Crisler if an overwhelming See OPTIONS, Page 3

Eastern students say
seniors' reactions are
overblown

For a senior's take on the
University's announcement,
see Opinion, Page 4.

EMU students to 'U':
'Get over yourselves'

By JULIE ROWE thy location for commencement was
Daily StaffReporter an insult to Eastern Michigan and
the city of Ypsilanti.
Since Tuesday, when University "I think they need to get over
officials announced that April's themselves," Manville said. "I don't
spring commencement would be think they should make it a bigger
held at Eastern Michigan Univer- deal than it is, and they shouldn't
sity's Rynearson Stadium rather think of us as less than them."
than Michigan Stadium, many Barbara Glover, a University of
students have demanded that the Michigan alum and librarian at
University find another location on Eastern Michigan, said she thought
campus rather than hold the event University of Michigan students
on Eastern Michigan's campus in were overreacting.
Ypsilanti. "I think it's much ado about noth-
Some of them, Eastern Michigan log," Glover said. "Students should
students say, have taken that senti- be flexible."
ment too far, insulting their neigh- Because of ongoing construc-
bors to the east. tion, the Big House will be unavail-
Eastern Michigan freshman Mag- able on April 26, the day of the
gie Manville said she understood ceremony.
University students' disappointment Future graduation ceremonies
but their insistence that Eastern will not be affected.
Michigan's campus was an unwor- See REACTION, Page 3

CAMPUS ENVIRONMENTALISM
Law students push for
'greener' building plans

BROWSING LOCAL BREWS

MENTAL H EALTH
'U' launches new
wellness program

Group wants $102
million project to
meet higher
energy standards
By JACOB SMILOVITZ
Daily StaffReporter
About 20 Law School students
are lobbying the University to
set higher environmental stan-
dards when it develops plans for
a recently approved Law School
building project.
The Environmental Law
Society, a group of law students
concerned with environmental
issues, wants the construction
plans to exceed the University's
environmental standards for its
buildings. The students want the
project's plans to meet standards
set by the Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design Green
Building Rating System, which
evaluates buildings based on var-
ious environmental criteria. The
rating system's criteria include
the availability of nearby pub-
lic transportation, the materials
used in the buildings construc-

tion and the building's water effi-
ciency.
In an effort to convince the law
school to follow LEED standards,
the students have met with the
building committee, written let-
ters to the Law School's news-
paper, collected signatures for a
petition and spoken before the
University Board of Regents.
Last month, the regents
approved the $102 million
project, which includes a
100,000-square-foot academic
building on Monroe Street and
a 16,000-square-foot student
commons building between
Hutchins Hall and the Cook
Legal Research Building.
The project will also upgrade
Hutchins Hall and the Cook
Legal Research Building.
Hartman-Cox, the Washing-
ton, D.C.-based architecture firm
hired for the project, has not yet
completed schematic drawings
for the project.
Law School student Mark Sha-
hinian, a member of the Envi-
ronmental Law Society, said the
University would improve the
University's reputation for envi-
ronmental stewardship by asking
See LAW SCHOOL, Page 7

Website provides
faculty with.
diagnostic tools
By JILLIAN BERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
In an effort to reduce the stig-
ma associated with mental illness
and decrease insurance costs, the
University launched a web-based
program called Understanding U
last month.
Though the resource is
designed to help faculty and
staff feel more comfortable with
addressing mental health issues,
some employees were skeptical
about the program's effective-
ness. -
Understanding U is part of
University President Mary Sue
Coleman's Michigan Healthy
Community Initiative. The plan,
announced in April of 2004, aims
to promote healthy living on
campus.
Tom Waldecker, director of
the Faculty and Staff Assistance
Program and the co-chair of the

Understanding U advisory com-
mittee, said the program includes
several components, including a
website with self-help and self-
screening tools, training for
supervisors and a printed guide
for employees without access to
the Internet. The website also
provides University supervisors
with guides to recognize mental
health issues among their employ-
ees so they can help them.
Other large public institutions
like the University of Virginia
and the University of California
at Berkeley already offer similar
online resources to faculty.
LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior
director of Health and Well-Being
Services, said Understanding U
was created in response to grow-
ing concern about mental health
issues on campus.
"We looked at what were big
issues in the Michigan health
community, and as we looked at
the data, we found that mental
health was one of the top issues,"
Palma-Davis said.
Along with providing a more
stable work environment, offer-
See HEALTH, Page 7

RODRIGO GAYA/Daily
Business School senior Mike Shearman and School of Nursing senior Caroline Luke
sample beer at the Arbor Brewing Company on East Washington Street yesterday
night. The brewery hosts monthly tastings.

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