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Wie iidligan Dail.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, September 11,2008

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CRIME NEAR CAMPUS
Police say
mugger
targeting
students
AAPD suspects one robber
responsible for two late-night
muggings near campus this week
ByKELLY FRASER
and SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily Staff Reporters
After two students were mugged late at night near
campus earlier this week, police think a single man
might be targeting students.
Detective Richard Kinsey of the Ann.Arbor Police
Department said yesterday that the rarity of mug-
gings near campus make police think the two rob-
beries were connected. He said a robber might be
looking for students walking home from a bar or
party.
"I know how things go in the city, and we don't
have many street robberies like this," he said. "If it is
the same guy, he's going after lone people at night, so
walk in groups," Kinsey said.
Kinseysaid police are doing everythingthey can to
apprehend the suspect, but wouldn't say whether the
department has increased patrols or changed proce-
dures since the robberies. He said he wouldn't want
the suspect to know anything about the department's
strategy.
"My confidence is high that this guy will get
caught," he said.
University Police issued campus crime alerts after
both robberies.
In the first incident, an unknown man approached
a University student sitting on his porch on Oakland
Avenue near East University Avenue and Arch Street
at about 3 a.m. Sunday.
The man brandished a handgun and demanded the
student's wallet. After the student gave the man his
wallet, the man fled on foot.
In a second incident, an unknown man approached
See MUGGINGS, page 7A
For an article about home invasions near
campus, see Page 3A.

ZACHARY MEISNER/Dai l
Actor and Barack Obama supporter Kal Penn spoke on the Diag yesterday encouraging students to vote and urge their friends to register for the fall presidential election.
Obama adviser lays U.S. Senate hopeful

out foreign policy

looks to upset Levin

In lecture on campus,
Rice details candidate's
Iraq withdrawal plan
By EMILY BARTON
Daily News Editor
In an effort to woo more Michi-
gan voters, a, senior policy adviser
for Democratic presidential hopeful
Barack Obama's campaign visited
the Michigan League Wednesday to
lay out the candidate's foreign policy
platform.
Susan Rice, currently on leave from
a fellowship at'the Brookings Insti-
tution in Washington, D.C., spoke to
about 120 people.
To begin, Rice explained Obama's

plans to remove combat troops from
Iraq in 16 months.
"The next president of the United
States is going to inherit from George
Bush an unprecedented series of
messes," she said. "The people who
brought us this mess are not going to
be the ones who fix it."
When the foreign policy platform of
Obama's opponent, Republican presi-
dential candidate John McCain, came
up, Rice slammed the Republican by
comparing his positions to those of
George W. Bush.
"John McCain has been asked and
said repeatedly in recent weweks that
he would do Iraq all over again," she
said. "I think most of you, however,
would agree that we need to change
course."
See OBAMA, page 7A

Hoogendyk tells
College Republicans
he's not the party's
"sacrificial lamb"
By BETH WITTENSTEIN
Daily NewsoEditor
State Rep. Jack Hoogendyk has his
work cut out for him.
The three-term Republican legis-
lator from Kalamazoo is looking for
a promotion to the U.S. Senate, but to
get there, he has to defeat five-term
incumbent Sen. Carl Levin.
In a speech to the University's Col-
lege Republicans chapter last night,
Hoogendyk said people shouldn't

count him out.
"I wasn't drafted," he said. "Some
consider me as a sacrificial lamb, but I,
did this willingly because I felt called
to and I felt it was something we could
do," he told 100 College Republicans
gathered at the Michigan League.
Levin, a Democrat, is running for a
sixth term after winning the last three
elections with the support of 60 per-
cent of voters.
Hoogendyk, who has twice been
voted the most conservative member
of the Michigan House of Represen-
tatives, said government is "becom-
ing more and more socialistic, that
believes they know all the answers and
that they can provide all the things
that you need."
He said the federal government is
See HOOGENDYK, page 7A

CONTRACEPTIVE COSTS
Student pushes Congress
for cheaper birth control

After delays, soccer facility nears opening

AtUHS, cost of
popular prescription
doubled last week
By LINDY STEVENS
Daily StaffReporter
After the cost of some prescrip-
tion birth control doubled at Uni-
versity Health Service last week,
LSA senior Allyson Hoerauf head-
ed to Capitol Hill to take matters
into her own hands.
On Tuesday, Hoerauf lobbied
membersofCongress,includingSen.
Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
(D-Nev.), to make the price of birth
control more affordable for college
students around the country.
StudentsfromschoolsinCalifor-
nia, Missouri, Illinois and Nevada
also traveled to Washington, D.C.
to meet with their respective mem-
bers of Congress and represent
Planned Parenthood, a non profit
organization that advocates for
women's reproductive health.

The push for new legislation
responds to the Deficit Reduction
Act, a Congressional measure that
restricted pharmaceutical com-
panies from selling their products
at reduced prices to some buyers,
including colleges and universi-
ties.
Originally intended to reduce
Medicare and Medicaid costs when
it took effect in January 2007, the
impact of the DRA on college
campuses is largely regarded as
accidental, according to Lori Lam-
erand, the CEO of Planned Parent-
hood for Mid and South Michigan.
"By all accounts it was truly an
oversight, and it was not something
that anybody intended," she said.
The Prevention Through Afford-
able Access Act, a bill introduced by
presidential nominee Sen. Barack
Obama (D-Ill.) and Rep. Joseph
Crowley (D-N.Y.), was designed
to correct the mistake and restore
affordable birth control at college
health clinics when it was intro-
duced in November 2007
The billwas read twice in the Sen-
See BIRTH CONTROL, page 7A

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Both squads have hosted games
mplex slated for atEastern Michigan and Saline
High School, while practicing at
next month Mitchell Field and the Ray Fisher
Stadium outfield.
4ICHAEL EISENSTEIN Though in the background of
Daily Sports Editor the athletic-campus overhaul, the
soccer complex's construction has
ugh it's currently just a flat- been a difficult process, particular-
sass of mud with construc- ly because it's being built on three
ar on the side, the practice wetlands sites.
the University's new soccer And in order to develop those
x is expected to be ready for sites, the University has had to
nday after a lengthy delay, apply for special permits, reorient
c Department officials said. its plans and delay construction.
econd field, intended for The Athletic Department first
and originally scheduled applied for the Michigan Depart-
nished for the Aug. 16 sea- ment of Environmental Qual-
ner, should be ready by the ity (MDEQ) permits in the spring,
occer team's Oct.1 matchup but the MDEQ asked Michigan to
otre Dame. redesign its three-field plan when
're just waiting patiently for the wetland sites were discovered
ior tri-captain Daniel Gray to be bigger than originally esti-
We've been waiting for it mated.
've been here, basically, so Walking through the area,
longer isn't hurting any- which is surrounded by commer-
cial buildings, the Varsity Ten-
truction on the new indoor nis Center and the Michigan Golf
I practice facility, which is Course, Wolverine men's soccer
ngtheoldsoccer field,began coach Steve Burns said he didn't
the permits for the new soc- think the'law, which is intended to
mplex were approved, leav- save vast areas of wetlands, should
th the men's and women's See SOCCER, page 7A

MAX cOLLINS/Daily
Though it was originally scheduled to open Aug. 16, the new Michigan soccer
facility is still under construction. It is now slated to open in early October.

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