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EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH
'U' lauds
passage
of ballot
initia ive
Proposal2 will allow 'U'
to expand research using
public funding
By NICOLE ABER
Daily StaffReporter
Of all the races and ballot issues involved in
Tuesday's election, perhaps no result had as much
of an impact on the University as the passage of
Proposal 2, which loosened the state's restrictions
on embryonic stem cell research.
Soon after the passage of the proposal, Univer-
sity officials and members of the scientific com-
munity expressed excitement about the initiative,
arguing that they will have greater access to dis-
carded embryos from fertility treatment centers,
which would allow them to derive their own
embryonic stem cell lines.
Proposal 2 passed with 52 percent of the vote,
with almost all the state's precincts reporting.
University President Mary Sue Coleman said
the amendment would open up opportunities to
stem cell researchers at the University.
"The passage of Proposal 2 by Michigan voters
signals an exciting new era for scientific research
and innovation in our state," she said in .a press
release.,"By expanding research with the creation
of new embryonic stem cells, University of Michi-
gan scientists can broaden their pursuit of thera-
pies and cures for medical disorders that touch the
lives of thousands of Michigan families."
While the University is already considered
one of the leading institutions in adult stem cell
research, it hasn't been able to do the same amount
of embryonic stem cell research as schools in other
states because of a 1978 Michigan law that prohib-
ited the destruction of embryos. This law will be
overturned through the Proposal 2 amendment,
which takes affect Dec. 19.
In February 2007, the University opened a labo-
ratory that conducts research on embryonic stem
cells, but was forced to use private funding to do so.
See STEM CELLS, Page 7A

JEREMYCHO/Daily
Students stand in line waiting to vote at Mary Markley Residence Hall on Tuesday night. Democrat Barack Obama dominated campus precincts taking 83 percent to John McCain's15 percent.
Youth support key frObm

Obama won 83 percent
of vote at precincts near
'U' campus, almost 70
percent nationwide
By ANDY KROLL
Daily News Editor
If there was any voting bloc Demo-
cratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama knew he could count on this
Election Day, it was young Americans.
And deliver they did: Nearly seven in
10 voters between the ages of 18 and 29
chose the Illinois senator over Republi-
can presidential candidate John McCa-
in. According to exit polls conducted
by CNN, Obama won a majority of the
youth vote in 41 states.

In precincts here on the University
of Michigan's campus, a resounding 83
percent of voters selected Obama, while
about 15 percent chose McCain. The
turnout in campus precincts was an
impressive 45 percent.
According to CNN exit polls, young
blacks broke for Obama by the larg-
est margin - 95 percent to 4 percent -
among young people. 76 percent of young
Latinos and 54 percent of young white
voters chose the Democratic candidate.
According to preliminary estimates
by Tufts University's Center for Infor-
mation and Research on Civic Learning
and Engagement (CIRCLE), between
an estimated 21.6 million to 23.9 million
voters between the ages of 18 and 29
voted on Tuesday, an increase of more
than 2.2 million since 2004.
Obama's impressive youth support is
also the highest share of the youth elec-

torate won by any candidate since exit
polls began reporting results by
age in 1976, CIRCLE reported.
"We just saw the biggest mar-
gins young people have ever given
any presidential candidate in young
voterhistory,"said JaneFlemingKleeb,
executive director of Young Voter PAC,
a left-leaning youth vote organization.
"It's a testament to the amount of time and
sheer amount of money the Obama cam
paign investedinyoung people.
If Obama's impressive support among
young people stands as more voter data is
released inthe coming days,it would repre-
sent a significant increase in youth support
compared to the previous presidentialelec-
tion, in which Democrat John Kerry won ELECTION DAY 2008
only 53 percent of the youthvote. COMMEMORATIVE POSTER
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See YOUNG VOTERS, Page 7A

CARR IN THE CLASSROOM

CAMPUS SAFETY
Ex-DEA official selected to lead DPS

'U' alum Magee will
take top campus
safety position
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily StaffReporter
The University's Department of
Public Safety yesterday announced
the appointment of Kenneth
Magee, a longtime official at the
U.S. Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration, as the department's new

executive director.
On Nov. 14, Magee will offi-
cially take over for current exec-
utive director Bill Bess, who is
retiring after almost 10 years of
service.
Magee, an Ann Arbor native,
received awards from the DEA,
FBI, US Marshals and the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police. He
worked for four years as a police
officer in Jackson before serving
as a federal agent, including six
years overseas.
Magee attended graduate

school at the University of Michi-
gan and received his B.S. and M.S.
in criminal justice from Michigan
State University.
"I've always wanted to return
backtoworklocallawenforcement
and public service," said Magee,
whose parents both attended the
University. "The opportunity
to. return to Ann Arbor and be
involved in this position is a high-
light of my career."
Hank Baier, associate vice pres-
ident of Facilities and Operations,
said Magee would be the go-to

person for campus crime issues.
"Ken will be responsible for
assuming a leadership role in the
development and application of
policies and procedures for crime
prevention, loss prevention, law:
enforcement, and safety and secu-
rity services at the University,"
Baier wrote in an e-mail to Uni-
versity faculty.
In addition to continuing to
"uphold the outstanding traditionr
of DPS," Magee said one of his
goals would be to work with the
See DPS, Page 7A

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CUTTING HEALTH CARE COSTS
'U' Health System
imposes hiring freeze

Spike Lee to speak at
event in A2 next month

Patient care staff not
affected by cutbacks
By LINDY STEVENS
Daily StaffReporter
Even a $1.5 billion budget and a
reputation as one of the top medi-
cal centers in the world hasn't
been enough to shelter the Univer-
sity of Michigan Health System
entirely from the state's economic

woes. Citing budget challenges,
the Health System announced
this week a hiring freeze on any
employees outside patient care
positions.
Spokeswoman Kara Gavin said
employees working in human
resources, communications,
information technology and
finance will likely be the first
to feel the effects of the hiring
freeze.
See FREEZE, Page 7A

Director to speak
at student business
group's conference
By LINDSAY KRAMER
For the Daily
Famed film director Spike
Lee, known for films that deal
with social and political issues
like "Do the Right Thing" and
"Malcolm X," will be in town
next month to speak at a confer-

ence hosted by a group of Busi-
ness School students.
Lee is
scheduled to
give a keynote
speechonDec.
6 at the Mar-
riott on South
Huron Street
during a con-
vention held LEE
by the Black
Business Student Association. The
33rd annual Alfred L. Edwards
See SPIKE LEE, Page 7A

Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr speaks to students in an American Cul-
ture class taught by lecturer John U. Bacon yesterday. During his 40-minute talk,
Carr discussed how he's spent his time since retiring as coach in January.

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