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Venezuela votes to end term imits I PELL GRANTS

54 percent of voters
support proposal
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -
President Hugo Chavez won a ref-
erendum to eliminate term limits
yesterday, paving the way for him
to run again in 2012 - and beyond
- and push through his vision of a
socialist Venezuela.
Fireworks exploded in the sky
and caravans of supporters cel-
ebrated in the streets, waving red
flags and honking horns.

With 94 percent of the vote
counted, 54 percent had voted in
favor of the constitutional amend-
ment, National Electoral Council
chief Tibisay Lucena aninounced.
Forty-six percenthad voted against
the measure to eliminate term lim-
its on all public officials, too few
to make up the distance with the
remaining votes.
"Today we opened wide the
gates of the future. Venezuela will
not return to its past of indignity,"
Chavez proclaimed after singing
the national anthem from the bal-

cony of his Miraflores palace.
Voters on both sides said their
decision was crucial to the future
of Venezuela, a deeply polarized
country where Chavez has spent a
tumultuous decade in power chan-
neling tremendous oil wealth into
combating gaping social inequality.
The recorded blare of bugles
jarred Venezuelans awake before
dawn, and long lines formed even
before the polls opened at 6 a.m.
Information Minister Jesse Cha-
con projected turnout as high as 70

People voting "yes" said Chavez
has given poor Venezuelans cheap
food, free education and quality
health care, and empowered them
with a discourse of class strug-
gle after decades of U.S.-backed
governments that favored the
rich. No successor has emerged,
and voters said they worry their
gains will vanish if Chavez leaves
"If Chavez loses, his social
achievements will all disappear,"
said Richard Mijares, a 40-year-
old secretary.

Deardorff said the most memo-
VLCEK rable thing about Vlcek was the joy
From Page 1A she took in learning everything she
could about everyone in her life. .
son who cared about others. "I loved talking to her about
"We depended on her not just as my life and hers," Deardorff said.
a secretary, but as a human being," "Often she would tell me about her
I he said. "She had a greater under- kids and grandkids."
standing of the world." Marysia Ostafin, program man-
Deardorff, who attended the ager for the Center for Russian &
visitation before the service yes- East European Studies, worked
terday, said there were a lot people with Vicek for 10 years. She said it
present to pay their respects. was wonderful to work with Vlcek
"She clearly had a huge number because she pushed others to work
of friends and relatives," he said. well together.
"There were a lot of people that "It is hard to imagine our work
cared for her." without her," Ostafin said. "Her
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wry humor and understanding
will be much missed."
Thomas Ivacko, administra-
tor and program manager for the
Center for Local, State and Urban
Policy, worked with Vlcek as well.
As a colleague, he said she was
always looking to lend a helping
hand, often going beyond her job
"She was an extraordinarily
thoughtful and caring person,"
Ivacko said. "She always had a
smile on her face and she was
extremely easy to talk to."
Vlcek lived in Tecumseh, Michi-
gan with her daughter. She liked to

spend her free time cheering on the
Manchester High School wrestling
team, which is coached by her son.
Susan Collins, dean of the Ford
School, attended the memorial
service. She said there was an out-
pouring of support for Vlcek's fam-
ily and friends.
"Faith was a vibrant, benevolent
member of the Ford School com-
munity who we will miss greatly,"
Collins said. "The Ford School is
really in mourning of having lost
her so suddenly."
Vlcek is survived by her chil-
dren, Elizabeth Malcolm and Ste-
ven Vlcek.

maximum grant size for the 2008
fiscal year was $4,731.
These funding increases come at
a time of need for students and fam-
ilies struggling to afford the rising
cost of higher education.
"Giving more students an oppor-
tunity to obtain a college degree is a
smart, long-term economic invest-
ment that will help us prepare the
next generation ofworkers for high-
tech jobs," said Rep. Mark Schauer
(D-Battle Creek).
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
addressed the issue of Pell Grants
and higher education funding as
a part of the federal economic
recovery package in an address
given on the floor of the Senate
last week.
"The bill adds $13.9 billion to
increase the Pell Grant maxi-
From Page 1A
"All of the rooms should be dried
out by Monday," Logan said. "The
room where the sprinkler actually
detonated will take significantly
more cleanup. It could take several
days to a week, but there is no per-
manent damage."

mum award and pay for increases
in program costs resulting from
increased eligibility and higher Pell
Grant awards," Levin said, "which
will help 7 million students pursue
postsecondary education."
In an e-mail statement last week,
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)
wrote that investments in higher
education funding and, in particu-
lar, in programs like Pell Grants, are
critical to the long-term viability of
the nation's economy. She wrote
they also provide more immediate
relief for families burdened by the
cost of college tuition.
"There is no question that fami-
lies throughout our state are strug-
gling to make ends meet,"Stabenow
wrote. "The crucial investment in
Pell Grant funding in the econom-
ic recovery package will provide
much-needed financial assistance
for students tryingto afford college
and technical trainingduringthese
difficult economic times."
manent damage and fans are being
used to dry themout, Logan said.
The fans ,are expected to run
continuously for the next few days,
Logan said.
The effects of the damage ranged
from only a few drops to over an
inch of standing water.
"We had standing water," LSA
freshman Jamie Burghdoff said.
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"It's clear that (videogames) are
motivating,"Fishmansaid. "There's
something about a well-designed
game that is compelling."
The goal, Fishman said, is to
explore why educators haven't
shaped high school algebra, or Sta-
tistics 350, in the videogame mold.
"Playisthe oldest formoflearning,"
Fishman said. "But when we designed
schools, we went away from that."
Fishman stressed that the course
is notjust fun and games. It focuses
on the relationship between videog-
ame technology and social science
in the field of education - some-
thing that, Fishman said, is not a
new concept.
Fishman pointed out that the mili-
tary has been at the forefront of using
videogames as tools for learning.
Simulators and virtual experi-
ences can present elements and
situations that live training, or book
theory, cannot re-create, Fish-
man said. The armed forces also
used videogames to help with their
recruitment needs.
Fishman said he often invites
colleagues and professionals in the
field to be guest speakers to stimu-
late class discussions. His list of
future speakers includes game
designers, educational researchers
and game developers.
As part of the course curriculum,
students are required to do their
own at-home research by playing
video games, Kinesiology junior
Josh Leskar said in an e-mail. But
Leskar stressed that this type of
homework is not just all play.
"Sure, we get to play video games
for homework throughout the semes-
ter," Leskar said. "But we also haveto
do a lotofcthinking about what we are
playing, and why we are playing it."
There are currently 70 students
in Fishman's course, and because
of such popularity, he expects the
class will be a regular offering for
the winter term.
While parents might gripe about
videogames' negative role in child-
hood development and question the
necessity ofa college course dedicated
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himself and his family," Jacobs said
yesterday before the quarterback
announced his intention to leave
the Wolverines. "He's going to do
what's best and do the right thing.
I'm supportive of the kid."
Threet enrolled at Georgia Tech
in January 2007 but transferred
after spring practice. He cited the
departure of Yellow Jacket offen-
sive coordinator Patrick Nix, who
primarily recruited Threet, as the
main reason for the transfer.
Although Michigan had five-star
quarterback Ryan Mallett, Threet
told Jacobs he wasn't intimidated.
Threet thought he outplayed Mal-
lett at Michigan's quarterbackcamp
after his junior year of high school,
Jacobs told The Michigan Daily
in September 2008. When Threet
decided to transfer to Michigan,
Jacobs said the quarterback called
him with a simple message.
"'Coach, I'm going to go back
to Michigan, and I'm going to beat
Mallett out for that starting job,' "
Jacobs said Threet told him.
Threet sat out the 2007 season
because of NCAA transfer rules,

and Mallett transferred to Arkan-
sas after that season.
Threet competed with Sheridan,
a former walk-o during spring

to the study, Fishman argues that our
culture has entered a different era.
"Videogames are a huge part of
popular culture," Fishman said.
As for the concerns of elder gen-
erations, he says that it is normal.
"This world doesn't look like the
world they remember."
Even games that have sparked
outrage and public debate have
some intrinsic value worthy of
study, Fishman said.
"Grand Theft Auto is full of fas-
cinating ethical problems," he said.
"You could shoot the guy, or you
could choose not to."
Fishman hopes that other uni-
versities take advantage of popular
technology to enhance the classroom
learning experience, and not to sepa-
rate the classroominto technological
and non-technological divisions.
"I want schools to take advantag
that lots of kids have iPods, lots of kids
have cell phones. Video games are a
part of that," he said, noting how his
class doesn'tuaeleglrs," blujtcgk
messaging to participatein lectures.
Fishman's class is part of a larger
movement in the University to push
the importance of popular technol-
ogy in modern learning. A videog-
ame archive on North Campus that
plans to make every videogame
ever created available to students is
another example.
The goal of the course is not nec-
essarily to train future teachers,
Fishman said, but to make educa-
tion better.
Leskar says he definitely has
learned a lot in the class, adding
that every lecture is a pleasure to
attend and he is glad he enrolled.
"I was blown away. Before this
class, I figured that video games
could improve hand-eye coordina-
tion, and 'educational' video games
like MathBlasters could help you
with fast math," Leskar said. "How-
ever, there are so many things you
can learn from a multitude of vid-
eogame types - from Call of Duty
to Madden NFL '09, each game can
teach you topics from math to time
management to forward thinking
and planning, among a multitude of
other ideas."
"Plus," Leskar said, "video games
are fun. What did I have to lose?"
and fall practices for the starting
job. Sheridan started in the season
opener, but Threet got the start-
ing nod in the next game against
Miami (Ohio).
"It's frustrating not to hit the
passes to help the team. win more
than anything," Threet said after
the Miami game, in which he went
6-of-13 for 63 yards, including one
50-yard screen pass. "Some passes,
some plays, I'd like to have back. But
that's the situation, so you justkeep
on working, and try and come back
next week and make the plays."
Threet's breakout start came
against Notre Dame on Sept. 13.
In South Bend, he went 16-of-23
for 175 yards, one touchdown and
no interceptions. He started seven
more games but missed two of
Michigan's final three games with
a shoulder injury. He didn't play at
Minnesota and didn't make the trip
to Ohio State. Threet said early last
season that being Michigan's quar-
terback wouldn't affect his laid-
back personality.
"I feel that I can be focused,
but be myself at the same time,"
Threet said. "Me as a person, I can't
be uptight. I don't like that feel-
ing, so that's not how I'm going to
approach a game."

- Daily Sports Writers Nate
Sandals and Joe Stapleton
contributed to this report.

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