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In Other Ivory Towers Michigan Myths
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International Student Volanteers, chalks on a sidewalk to inform students
ahout the compa ny's study ahbroad program.
Banner damaged Gate arm hit

Professor Profiles
For the creative thinkers in
Wolverine Soft, a video game
development club on campus,
offering up an idea - whether
big or small - is the first step
in creating a new video game.
"Game development is a
very iterative and evolution-
ary process, with developers
trying new ideas, improving
on existing ideas, and scrap-
ping ones that don't work,"
wrote club president and
Engineering junior Curt Law-
rence in an e-mail interview.
After a club member initi-
ates anideaand aprototypefor
the game is developed, group
members evaluate the proto-
type for its level of entertain-
ment, Lawrence wrote. While
the group is focused on enjoy-
ing the games they create -
each week, members meet to
not only develop games, but

c)lverrne Soft

play them - there's also a high
level of artistry involved.
"What we all have in com-
mon is a love of creation, of
bringing our ideas to life, and
video games are a powerful
and fun way of doing that,"
Lawrence wrote.
The love of creation has
attracted students with a mul-
titude of talents to the group,
which has about 30 active
In addition to welcoming
students who are familiar
with software engineering,
Wolverine Soft also invites
student artists, musicians and
writers to participate in the
game design process. Law-
rence wrote that members can
choose to participate in mul-
tiple areas of game develop-
ment in an environment that
is "social and collaborative."

"Within our small teams
everyone wears many dif-
ferent hats, while at a games
company people specialize (in
one area)," he wrote.
Outside of the Duderstadt
Center, where the club meets,
professionals are beginningto
take note of the group's hard
work. Lawrence wrote that
last year, eight members were
selected to attend a confer-
ence for professional game
developers. This year, the
group plans to host several
game companies, including
Electronic Arts.
"The goal is for more stu-
dents and video game com-
panies to know that we exist
and do cool things, and I
think we're in a good posi-
tion to share that message,"
he added.

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WHEN: Tuesday at about 3:15
WHAT: A movie banner val-
ued at $150 on the outside of
Hatcher Library was damaged,
University Police reported.
The cost of damage was $150
and there are no suspects.

WHERE: Glen Carport
WHEN: Tuesday at about
8:00 a.m.
WHAT: While exiting the
parking structure, a female
driver struck and damaged
the gate arm with her vehicle,
University Police reported.
Damage is estimated to be val-
ued at $65.

Engineering Activist talk
Social Change WHAT: An interview
Lydia Cacho, a journali
Lecture and human rights activ


WHAT: Speakers will dis-
cuss the relevance of engi-
neering work in social change
ventures. An open session
activities fair will follow.
WHEN: Today at 6:30 p.m.

WHO: Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs
WHEN: Today at 1 p.m.
WHERE: William Monroe
Trotter Multicultural
Center, lounge

Stadium graffiti Alcohol citation WHERE: Stamps Auditorium Acoustic duo
caught on tape performs
leads to the ER Antiques lecture
WHERE: Michigan Stadium WHAT: A performance
WHEN: Tuesday at about 1:00 WHERE: Mary Markley Hall WHAT: Univeristy alum Bruce Molsky and Darol
p.m. WHEN: Wednesday at about Wes Cowan has appeared Anger, two influential
WHAT: Gates 8 and 10 were 12:00 a.m. on Antiques Roadshow and acoustic musicians.
damaged by spray paint, WHAT: A male student was History Detectives. He will WHO: Michigan
University Police reported. A cited for being in possession speak on antiques, the future Union Ticket Office
male and female suspect were of alcohol, University Police of book collecting and items WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
detected on surveillance tape reported. The student was from our national past. WHERE: The Ark
and the damage was estimated transported to the emergency WHO: William L. Clements
to be about $5,000. room for further observation. Library CORRECTIONS

Health officials reported
on Tuesday that swine
flu is no longer a threat to
most Americans, according to
an article in the USA Today.
Vaccines, prior infections, and
antibodies to the virus have
lowered the risk of contracting
the flu.
Hip hop culture is alive
and well at the University,
and DJs and rappers with
'U' connections are trying to
make it big - or at least have
fun with an uncommon hobby.
A report from the High-
way Loss Data Institute
found that texting-while-
driving bans are ineffecitve and
fail toreducecrashes, according
to an article by MSNBC online.
Texting bans simply force driv-
ers to text in moredangerous
ways, the article reported.


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WHEN: Today from
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: William Clements
Library, main room

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Obama rallies, scolds Dems in campaign trip.

President tells
fellow Democrats
they must participate
in midterms
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Buck
up. Stop whining. And get to work.
Clearly frustrated by Republi-
cans' energy - and his own party's
lack of enthusiasm - President
Barack Obama scolded fellow
Democrats even as he rallied them
Tuesday in an effort to save the
party from big GOP gains in the
crucial midterm elections. In the
final month of campaigning, he's
trying to re-energize young vot-
ers, despondent liberals and other
Democrats whose excitement over
his election has dissipated.

"It is inexcusable for any Dem-
ocrat or progressive right now to
stand on the sidelines," the presi-
dent declared in a Rolling Stone
magazine interview. He said that
supposed supporters who are "sit-
ting on their hands complaining"
are irresponsible because the con-
sequences of Republican congres-
sional victories could be dashed
Democratic plans.
He gave an example during
a backyard conversation with
New Mexico voters, arguing that
Republicans would reverse the
progress he's made on education
reform and student aid. "That's
the choice that we've got in this
election," Obama said, underscor-
ing the stakes of Nov. 2.
Later, at an outdoor rally at
the University of Wisconsin in
Madison, the president urged

thousands of students to stay as
inspired and involved in this elec-
tion as they were two years ago.
"We can't let this country fall
backwards because the rest of us
didn't care enough to fight," he
said to loud applause.
It was the first of four large
rallies planned for the campaign
homestretch as the presidenttries
to rekindle some of his 2008 cam-
paign magic and fire up young
supporters and others who helped
elect Obama but who Democrats
fear may stay home this fall. Top
lieutenants Vice President Joe
Biden, Democratic Party Chair-
man Tim Kaine and Cabinet
members also fanned outon other
college campuses to call party
foot soldiers to action.
At Penn State University in
State College, Pa., Biden noted he

was criticized a day earlier in New
Hampshire for urging Democrats
to "remind our base constituency
to stop whining and get out there
and look at the alternatives."
"All I heard when I got here
in Happy Valley was the roar
of lions. Folks, it's time for us to
roar," Biden said, pressing his
audience to knock on doors, make
phone calls and commit to vote.
With the elections looming,
the White House and Democratic
Party are focused primarily on
trying to compel their core voters
- liberals and minority groups -
as well as the ideologically broad
coalition that helped elect Obama
in 2008 to participate in the first
congressional elections of his
They have little choice.
Midterm contests largely turn

on which party can get out more
of its backers. And polls show that
Republicans are far more enthu-
siastic this year partly because of
tea party anger. Also, polls show
Democrats can't count on inde-
pendent voters who carried them
to victory in consecutive national
Mindful of that and armed
with polling, the White House
has started arguing that voters
who backed Obama in 2008 must
turn out for Democrats this year
because the GOP wants to undo
what the president has accom-
"We are focused on motivation,
not laying blame or pointing fin-
gers, because the consequences
for sitting this election out could
be disastrous," said Dan Pfeiffer,
the White House communica-

tions director.
White House aides said House
Republicans "Pledge to America"
last week made it easier for Obama
to do something he's been trying
for weeks: to frame the election
as a choice between Democrats'
ideas and Republicans' proposals.
By signaling plans for deep spend-
ing cuts in popular areas such as
education, officials said, the GOP
pledge presented an opportunity
for the White House to remind
voters, and particularly the base,
what's at stake in November.
Aides say Obama was trying
to underscore those stakes in his
interview with Rolling Stone,
and the final-stretch strategy -
in everything from rhetoric to
events - is to underscore that
midterm elections have conse-


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