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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, September 4, 2008

SEMESTER IN DETROIT
After hiring
first leader,
program
lays plans
Detroit-based urban studies and
internship program seeking
students for inaugural semester
By BETH WITTENSTEIN
Daily Staff Reporter
The Semester in Detroit project moved one step
closer to sending students to the Motor City in Janu-
ary.
The University recently appointed Craig Regester
as the associate staff director for the program, which
will intertwine a community-based internship and an
urban studies course.
Before his arrival, University students were respon-
sible for all the organization's duties.
Since his hiring, Regester baa already set up a web-
site listing additional information about the program,
which will house students in Wayne State University
residence halls and give them access to the school's
facilities.
"It will provide an opportunity for students that
seriously want to immerse themselves in the city in
a way that wasn't possible until now," said Regester,
who, aside from University students, is the lone staff
member involved with Semester in Detroit.
Regester, who began work Tuesday, said the group
has contacted more than 300 Detroit-based orga-
nizations in hopes of placing University students in
internship programs. Regester said he hopes to have
at least two students interning at each location.
The program currently offers three elective
courses for program participants - "Detroit Connec-
tions" taught by Nick Tobier, an assistant professor
in the School of Art and Design; a creative writing
course titled "Writing in Detroit" taught by RC Lec-
turer Lolita Hernandez; and a theater course taught
See DETROIT, Page 7A

In the biggest speech of her political career, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination and criticized Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee
Palm accepts VP nomination

McCain's running mate touts
reform agenda in acceptance
speech, responds to critics
By ANDY KROLL
Daily News Editor
ST. PAUL, Minn. - In her first major address to the
nation, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accepted the Republi-
can Party's nomination for vice president and wasted
little time going on the offensive against Democrats
and their presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The 44-year-old Alaska governor has dominated
the Republican National Convention's headlines this
week, as uncertainties swirled about her political re-
cord and the pregnancy of her 17-year-old daughter,
Bristol. Many in the GOP hoped for a confident ap-

"Americans expect us
to go to Washington
for the right reasons,
and not just to mingle
with the right
people."
Sarah Palin, governor ofAlaska and
the Republican party nominee for vice
president

pearance by Palin that would lay to rest any concerns
about her ability to serve as John McCain's running
mate.
Palin used her speech to answer critics, but not
before attacking Obama, for whom she reserved her
sharpest rhetoric.
Having previously served as mayor of Wasilla,
Alaska, (population: about 10,000), she played off her
small-town image when criticizing the Illinois senator
and his campaign trail speeches.
"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'com-
munity organizer,' except that you have actual respon-
sibilities," she said. "I might add that in small towns,
we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who
lavishes praise on working people when they are lis-
tening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to
their religion and guns when those people aren't lis-
tening.'
Before a crowd of limited government-loving GOP
See PALIN, Page 7A

* CAMPAIGN 2008 *
RETHINKING 'REPUBLICAN'

With change dominating
the national agenda,
conservatives -imagine
'inclusive' future for GOP
By ANDY KROLL
Daily News Editor
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Despite her
support for gay rights and being pro-
choice - stances that most Republicans
don't take - Kayla Van Cleave considers
herself one. She leans conservative on just
about everything else, she says, but even
then, the GOP establishment has hardly
welcomed her with open arms.
But after spending a week here par-

ticipating in the GOP Youth Convention,
Van Cleave, a high school student from
Tomah, Wisc., says she now recognizes
what it'll take to work her way into the
Republican Party.
"I had a conversation with one of the
adults here, and he was talking about
how, you know, sometimes even if you
don't feel accepted by the traditional GOP
you have to kick down the door," she said.
"You have to make yourself be accepted.
And I am all for kicking down the door."
If young Republicans take anything
away from this week's GOP Youth Con-
vention, it will be the message that the
only way to rebuild the struggling Repub-
licanPartyis to open the party ranks from
within - or else kick them down - to geta
broader, more ideologically diverse party
including people like Van Cleave. ,

Throughout the youth convention's
events, current and former politicians,
political organizers and prominent con-
servative thinkers have bemoaned the
rigid guidelines that have come to govern
the Republican Party's membership and,
in turn, contribute to its fall from power.
"Quite frankly, ifyoulook at the Repub-
lican Party today, at the state that we're
in, it's largely become exclusionary," said
Dan Crowley, a McCain campaign orga-
nizer speaking at a Wednesday morning
event themed "Building America's Next
Generationof Leaders."
Before about25 high school and college
students from across the country, Crowley
said the core principles of Republicanism
- "limited government, individual lib-
erty and individual responsibility" - are
See REPUBLICANS, Page 7A

SAMWOLS5N/Daily
Studio 4 nightclub's liquor license was suspended this week as a penalty for state policy violations.
At Studio 4, party goes
on without the alcohol

College political groups ramp up election efforts

With the downtown
club's liquor license
suspended for this week,
water's a well drink
By SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily StaffReporter
Studio 4's first Saturday of the fall
semester will host its usual dance night,
but with one small catch: water will be the
only drink on tap.
"We're doing teen night on Saturday
night, which the high school kids love
because it gives them an outlet to come

and let loose for three hours," said Studio
4 manager Jeff Mangray. "The only thing
we serve is water, and we provide music
for dancing and the kids have a great
time."
Tefn nights are one way the Fourth
Street dance club is attempting to sustain
revenue it expects to lose during the sus-
pension of its liquor license from today to
Sunday and on Thanksgiving weekend,
from Nov. 27-29.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commis-
sion issued the suspension in July, along'
with $2,200 in fees, as a penalty for vio-
lations the club has accumulated over the
past two years. Charges include illegal
weapon possession, assault and battery,
See STUDIO 4, Page 7A

Dems to focus on voter
registration, while GOP
will press the issues
By JULIE ROWE
Daily StaffReporter
When LSA senior Sam Marvin stopped
two students at Maize Craze last weekend
to ask if they were registered to vote, they
told him they weren't U.S..citizens.
But instead of heading off in search of
Maize Craze giveaways, the two asked
Marvin, a member of the College Demo-
crats, what they could do to help Barack

Obama get elected.
"Most of the people I've talked to have
already been for Obama, and their ques-
tions are more 'How do I get involved?"'
Marvin said.
Armed with clipboards and voter regis-
tration forms, the College Democrats have
made their presence known on the Diag,
at Meijer Madness, Artscapade, Escapade
and the Taste of Michigan. They haven't"
been passing out information on the Dem-
ocratic presidential nominee - because,
they say, they don't need to.
"It's not really that hard of a sell around
here," LSA senior Daniel Villamarin, vice
chair of the College Democrats, said of the
See GROUPS, Page7A

STUDENT POLITICAL
ORGANIZATION
MASS MEETINGS
College Democrats
Sunday 4 pm,
Pendleton Room,
Michigan Union
College Republicans
Today 8 pm
Henderson Room
Michigan League

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