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person tried to convince a student
who would not be 18 on Election
Day to use a fake birth date when
In the e-mail, Evilsizer also
cited complaints ofVoice Your Vote
members wearing campaign but-
tons supporting Democratic presi-
dential nominee Barack Obama
- a violation of the group's pledge
to remain non-partisan.
In an interview after yester-
day's meeting, Lieberman, an LSA
junior, denied that Voice Your Vote
representatives acted in a partisan
Lieberman went on to say that
specific alleged incidents weren't
discussed during the meeting.
"There was no need to dis-
cuss the specifics of the incidents
because we both had a mutual
understanding of where Voice
Your Vote stands on non-partisan-
ship," she said.
LSA senior Shingwani, a mem-
ber ofVoice Your Vote, said she was
she was certain those accused of
violating Housing's policy weren't
members of Voice Your Vote.
"I don't know who was respon-
sible for that, nor does Housing,"
she said.
Only Lieberman, Egler and
Shingwani were allowed to
go door-to-door Monday for a
planned registration drive in
Everyone trained and autho-
rized by Voice Your Vote - about
70 people, according to Lieberman
- is now allowed to register stu-
dents in the residence halls.
In a separate meeting yesterday,
representatives from University
Housing and the Office of the Gen-
eral Counsel met with representa-
tives of the College Democrats and
lawyers for the Obama campaign
to "review and clarify the Uni-
versity's Campaign Guidelines,"
Logan said.
"We have a responsibility to
ensure that those to whom we
grant access to University resi-
dence halls follow . University
(including Housing) policies as
well as state and federal laws,"
he said. "Those policies preclude
partisan door-to-door activities,
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was right to get something like this
off the ground."
Video game sales in 2007 would
seem to back that claim, too. Last
year, U.S. video game sales totaled
more than $9.5 billion, a figure
that has more than tripled since
1996, according to the Entertain-
ment Software Association. The
ESA also found that 65 percent
of American households had at
least one person who played video
games regularly.
College of Engineering Prof.
John Laird, who teaches a course
on computer game design, said
video games may not have the
same cultural following that lit-
erature or film do, but they repre-
sent an increasingly popular form
of entertainment. This trend, he
said, partially explains why the
University would create such a
Professors from an array of

departments - including Com-
munication Studies, Screen Arts
and Cultures and Art and Design
- supported the archive in its
infant stages.
"I thought it sounded great,"
said Catherine Soehner, direc-
tor of the Art, Architecture and
Engineering Library. She first
learned of the proposal when she
became the library's director in
May 2007.
Soehner said the library want-
ed to support "academic inquiry
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dent General Counsel Michael
Benson to author a resolution
against it.
Ann Arbor City Councilwoman
Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1), who
attended last night's meeting,
encouraged students to take a
more active role in the evolution of
the campus neighborhood.
"It seems sad to me that maybe
these developers haven't figured
out that it's really important to
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to avoid lettuce altogether, but rec-
ommended minimizing further
exposure by thoroughly washing
fruits and vegetables and thor-
oughly cooking meat.
Terry Denbow, Michigan State
University's vice president for
media relations, declined com-
ment, referrinj to a statement

consistent with our obligations
under state and federal law not to
endorse candidates or use public
resources to support or oppose
candidates or ballot proposals."
An amendment added to the
Higher Education Act when it was
renewed in 1989 requires that any
university receiving federal fund-
ing make a "good-faith" effort to
provide students with access to
voter registration forms.
To comply, the University
encourages students to register
to vote through Voice Your Vote
drives and other methods. Senior
administrators have also sent stu-
dents a number of e-mails this fall
with links to voter registration
forms and mail-in forms were also
distributed in dorm mailboxes.
Several Voice Your Vote volun-
teers said they were frustrated
with Housing, claiming the Uni-
versity wasn't working with them
in their attempts to hold registra-
tion drives in the residence halls
or put drop boxes for registration
forms in University buildings.
"This is the last straw ofbureau-
cratic roadblocks," Egler, an LSA
sophomore, told The Michigan
Daily earlier this week.
Policies governing voter reg-
istration in residence halls vary
from school to school..
Like Michigan, Ohio State
University has a similar policy
prohibiting partisan groups from
canvassing or registering voters in
residence halls. Ohio State admin-
istrators have worked with the
school's Undergraduate Student
Government-sponsored "OSU
Vote," a non-partisan group simi-
lar to Voice Your Vote.
Ohio State senior Anne Evans,
government relations director for
the OSU student government, said
OSU Vote is an alliance of sev-
eral groups on campus, including
College Democrats and College
Republicans. The group has regis-
tered voters at tables in every resi-
dence hall and also hosted events
during welcome week.
During move-in, Resident Advi-
sors explained how to fill out and
turn in voter registration forms at
hall meetings.
"Student life has been essential
in providing us the support in the
residence halls and pretty much
anything we need on campus,"
including but not limited to pro-
gramming and technology, artis-
tic and literary expression, social
and cultural impact, instruction
and education."
Soehner said she "never metany
resistance at all," when garnering
feedback on the archive. "It was
just explaining it," she said.
While the archive's primary
purpose is academic, it is also
open to students for recreation.
Its hours are currently limited to
weekdays from ito 4 p.m. as staff-
ers continue to set up the facility
and wait for more equipment to
With the exception of hand-
held systems and games - both of
which are currently unavilable
- students won't be able to rent
materials from the archive.
There has been no effort to
advertise the archive yet, and it
has had few patrons. Only about
10 people per day to stop by to
check out the archive's collection.
Once traffic picksup,the library
will use a reservation system,
with priority going to research-

ers. Rackham student Sarah Rae-
zler also said they hope to hold
tournaments at the archive in the
Engineering freshmen Yang
Wang said he hoped a club of
World of Warcraft enthusiasts
would form in response to the
archive's opening.
"I think that it's wonderful," he
Carter said about $40,000 of
existing library funds have been
have students involved in the
project," Briere said. "This is your
town too."
Sohoni said he regretted not
getting involved sooner.
"Students didn't really get a
chance to voice an opinion on this
at all," he said.
The assembly discussed a num-
ber of issues related to the con-
struction of 601 Forest, including
the potential for a shortage of
parking, increased traffic on the
already congested South Universi-
ty Avenue and whether Ann Arbor
and the University would ben-
released by the school earlier this
week. According to the statement,
the school's dining halls pulled
turkey products from their menus
and discarded all iceberg lettuce
because of the E. coli outbreak.
The decision to toss the food was
made without officials knowing
whether the items were contami-
nated, the statement said.
The Michigan Department of
Community Health is further
inves1 gating the cases and piec-

Evans said.
Ohio State spokeswoman Ruth
Gerstner said the Office of Student
Life works to support the group in
their efforts.
"They are all working togeth-
er," Gerstner said of the OSU Vote
coalition. "As administrators in
student life, we are not doing the
actual voter registration but we
are assistingthe students."
A Michigan State University
initiative called "You Vote" also
works to register students,but does
not sponsor any residence hall-
based voter registration drives.
But that doesn't mean Michigan
State dorm residents haven't had
students knock on their doors and
offer to sign them up to vote.
Michigan State policy allows
any registered student group to
recruit members in the dorms,
including the College Democrats
and College Republicans. Paul
Goldenblatt, director of Residence
Life at Michigan State, said stu-
dent recruitment in the residence
halls is not considered solicita-
"They are registered student
organizations," he said. "They
have a right to be in the residence
halls as long as they aren't being
overly disruptive or insistent."
Brad Dennis, a Michigan State
sophomore and voter registra-
tion coordinator for his school's
chapter of the College Republi-
cans, said his group is canvassing
the residence halls and recruiting
members. When a canvasser finds
a student who supports Repub-
lican presidential nominee John
McCain, they have the person fill
out a voter registration form.
"Because it's for the actual
group, we're offering membership
for the group as we're doing it, it's
considered student recruitment,"
Dennis said.
George Schuttler, president of
the Michigan State Democrats,
said the school's administration
has been very cooperative with
their voter registration drive
"We're a student organization
and we have that access," he said.
"They'haven't tried to prevent us
from doing anything thus far and
everything's cool."
- Daily Staff Reporter Matt
Aaronson contributed to this report.
spent to open the archive. Of that
total, about half was spent to ren-
ovate the archive room nd half
was spentcon the video games. The
archive's annual budget, $10,000,
will allow it to acquire just over a
dozen games a month if no other
equipment is purchased.
Because of budget limits, Cart-
er said, the archive will focus on
games with cultural and critical
significance. But, archive officials
intend to have a broad representa-
tion of the variety of video games
"There's something to be
learned from looking at bad
games," Carter said with a chuck-
Hitslike GuitarHeroIII, Smash
Brothers Melee, and Halo 3 are
currently on the archive's shelf,
along with classic systems like
the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo
Entertainment System. Lesser-
known games like Kung Fu Fly
Catcher for the Coleco Head to
Head are also available.
The archive is seeking dona-
tions for games, systems and

money, as well as grants to expand
its collection.
Along with supporting academ-
ic inquiry, archive administrators
are focused on preservation of the
games and systems.
"We called it an 'archive' rath-
er consciously," Carter said. "We
want to, as much as possible, try
to preserve the original experi-
ence, playing games. So when
possible, be able to play it on the
original equipment."
efit from the new first-floor retail
MSA Rep. Jason Raymond sug-
gested that while the rental rate
for 601 Forest is significantly high-
er than average for the area, the
quality of the units offered could
potentially increase competition
and force other area landlords to
improve the standards of their
"The competition factor is really
going to take hold," he said.
- Benjamin S. Chase
contributed to this report.
ing them together to track the
route of the bacteria. Local and
state health agencies are working
to keep the outbreak as contained
as possible.
Ernst said he considers the iden-
tification of a source a positive step
to controlling the outbreak.
"It's certainly very encourag-
ing that there's been this link to
this one distribution site," he said.
"Now they can affect some chang-
es at that end."

Early voting began in Ohio yesterday. The state, which borders Michigan to the east, was the source of controversy in02004,
when President Bush narrowly defeated Democratic nominee John Kerry. Some claimed that voter fraud took in the state.

In Ohi, early voting underway
CLEVELAND (AP) - Inthe state cast by afternoon. Many of those senator from Chicago with a lib-
that may again determine the presi- who voted cited convenience. eral voting record and would be the
dency, voters started casting ballots "I wanted to avoid the traffic and country's first black president.
Tuesday as Barack Obama struggles the people," said Charlene Glass, In all, 270 electoral votes are
to thwart a John McCain victory in 49, of Cleveland Heights. A first- needed for victory.
Ohio four years after it tipped the time voter, she backed Obama and Ohio is crucial to McCain's elec-
electionto President Bush. expressedherenthusiasmforablack toral strategy. Bush narrowly won
Both candidates visit often while candidate. In Dayton, Terri Bell, 49, the state, and a loss for McCain here
spending millions of dollars flood- chose McCain because of his expe- would be very difficult to make up
ing TV and radio with advertise- rience and his military service. "I with victories elsewhere given that
ments, mailboxes with literature have a lot on my plate. I wanted to the political landscape favors Dem-
and even voicemail with automated do this early," she said. ocrats and several other key states
phone calls to get supporters to the At stake: 20 electoral votes - per- are tilting toward Obama.
polls, particularly during the one- haps, the presidency itself. Obama, however, now leads
week window in which people can Most recent state polls show a McCain in enough other states Bush
register and vote in one swoop. dead heat; others give McCain an won in 2004 that he could lose Ohio
Early participation appeared edge. National surveys show Obama and still reach the 18 electoral votes
light; officials in the state's largest slightly ahead if not more. The dis- he would need if he carries all the
counties that are home to Cleveland, parity underscores the difficulty states Democrat John Kerry did
Cincinnati, Toledo and Dayton each Obama is having in closing the deal in 2004. Still, winning Ohio itself
reported several hundred ballots inthis pivotalstate. He's a first-term could do the trick.

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also requires students to take other
targeted classes including Public
Policy in Postsecondary Education,
Development and Advancement
in Higher Education, and Philan-
thropy and Higher Education.
Concentrators are also required to
complete a two-semester intern-
ship in education or government
relations to gain real-world expe-
rience to prepare them for future
Before the creation of the new
concentration, undergraduate

internships with the University's
Office of Development were offered
to help students explore fundraising
as a possible career path. Those sum-
mer internships will still be available
for undergraduate students.
"We began with a program to
attract undergraduates to take on
summer internships and classes
through the Development Summer
Internship Program," Burkhardt
said. "The master's program is the
next step."
Burkhardt said one goal the
school had in developing the con-
centration was to change the image
of philanthropy and fundraising as
a career option.
"We're trying to change the face

of the field," he said. "This is a rela-
tively emerging field within higher
Burkhardt said he didn't expect
the program's enrollment to be
very high at first.
"We're targeting, within the first
year, perhaps four to six students
would take this on as a concentra-
tion, and it'll probably grow from
that point," said Burkhardt, noting-
the degree could be used for more
than development careers with col-
leges and universities. "It's not just
fundraising. It can be government
relations, it can be communications,
advancement, there are a number of
sub-specialties that we will be pre-
paring people to enter."

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