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announced his candidacy
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backpack was stolen on the
fifth floor of the library when
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professor while campaigning.
In order to bolster his campaign
against incumbent Vaclav Klaus,
10 days before the election in Feb-
ruary 2008 Svejnar announced he
would give up his U.S. citizenship.
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wife, told the Daily in a Jan. 29,
2008 article that her husband
was willing to drop his American
citizenship because he wanted
to show his loyalty to Czech citi-
zens. Terrell, a former Business
and Public Policy professor, died
of respiratory complications last
"It was not easy because he has
great attachment to the United
States, the country that offered
him a new home," Terrell said in
Despite Svejnar's efforts, Klaus
won with a final vote of 141-111
after a second election, which was
needed to reach a majority of at
least 140 votes in the Czech par-
liament since the president is not
elected by the public.
Svejnar said one of the reasons
he ran was to try to cut down the
amount of bribery involving offi-
cials in the Czech government.
"There was an incredible
amount of pressure tactics and
corruption," Svejnar said in a Feb.
18, 2008 Daily article.
Svejnar graduated from Cornell
University and Princeton Univer-
sity, and received degrees in eco-
nomics and industrial and labor
relations. His research concerns
government policies on labor and
capital markets as well as corpo-
rate governance and performance.
Today, Svejnar is the director
of the University's International
Policy Center and a professor of
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Thief removes Workshop on David Broza
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serial number for the battery,
and police say it will be diffi-
cult to track.
Gift shop theft
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staff realized two items were
stolen after they found torn
price tags on the ground, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
items have not been deter-
will learn how to forgive
themselves and others and
how to deal with personal
fears and expectations.
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Riding GOP wave, Walberg
unseats U.S. Rep. Schauer
From Page 1A
by a three-point margin in 2008
to represent the south-central
Michigan congressional district
- which includes portions of
At his watch party at the
McCamly Hotel here, Schauer
told his staff and supporters that
they "almost pulled off a miracle"
as Republicans throughout Mich-
igan and the country made mas-
sive gains in what many chalked
up as an indictment of the Obama
administration and the Demo-
crats, who have controlled both
houses of Congress since 2007.
"It's going to be a tough, close
loss," Schauer said before all the
votes had been , counted. "But
think of what you did in the face
of a national tidal wave."
Walberg won the Washtenaw
County portion of the district
with 49 percent of the vote, while
Schauer claimed 47 percent.
During his watch party at
Daryl's Downtown Restaurant in
Jackson, Mich., Walberg spoke
early this morning after the elec-
tion results were announced to
thank his supporters.
"(I'm) excited with the fact
that the people of the seventh
district turned around from
the last vote two years ago and
decided they wanted to with me
again," Walberg said.
Walberg added that he and
Schauer had a "hard-fought cam-
"We ran two different cam-
paigns," Walberg said. "I ran
it on policy and record. He felt
he had to run it on perception.
I was proud of my record, and
he couldn't run on his record
because it wasn't selling any-
where in the United States as
we've seen tonight."
Compared to the 2008 elec-
tion, Walberg said the Republi-
cans were able to put up a good
fight this year.
"The last election was very
clear, the Democratic wave that
went through. In fact, (it was)
more than a wave, it was a tsu-
nami," Walberg said.
In an interview last night,
Communication Studies Prof.
Michael Traugott said Walberg's
victory was consistent with the
GOP's big night across the state,
in which Republican Rick Snyder
won the gubernatorial contest in
a landslide, and a larger nation-
wide victory for Republicans.
"It's a big Republican night
nationally," Traugott said.
"There's a little Republican
wave that's benefiting all can-
didates, but it's also been a big
Republican night in the state of
Michigan, starting at the top of
Traugott explained, "There
are some coattails and national
swing involved in this."
Walberg's victory mirrored
races across the country as the
Republicans captured 238 seats
to reclaim the House of Repre-
sentatives, which Democrats had
controlled since 2006.
And while the GOP remains
the minority in the Senate, the
Republican Party made large
gains there too, netting 6 seats.
Traugott said these Republi-
can gains in the House and Sen-
ate were the result of the Obama
administration's and congres-
sional Democrats' inability to
improve the country's economy
at a fast enough pace.
"(Voters were) concerned that
the Obama administration has
not been able to push recovery in
a faster way and not been able to
get people back to work," Trau-
Traugott added that the next
two years are likely to be full
of "gridlock" in Washington as
the Republicans try to prevent
Obama from pursuing his agenda.
"Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky)
has made it clear in the Senate
that (the Republicans) don't want
to assist the Obama administra-
tion in any way and they want to
make him a one-term president,"
Traugott continued, "It'll be a
little more difficult for the House
Republicans when they take
over control because they have
a whole new responsibility for
budgetary matters. (But), they're
not going to cooperate with the
The atmosphere was somber
here in light of the large Repub-
lican gains. Schauer's staff and
supporters could be seen fighting
back tears as he addressed the
100 or so people assembled at the
Schauer said he called Walberg
about five minutes before taking
the podium and congratulated
him on a hard-fought win, urging
him to continue to represent the
people of the seventh congressio-
"To the best damn group
of volunteers, supporters and
friends that I've ever known:
thank you. Your compassion
for others is inspiring to me,"
Schauer said. "Everyday when I
walked into one of our campaign
offices and saw you working
hard, making the extra phone
calls, that inspired me. You
deserved victory, but we will
fight another day."
Schauer told the crowd that
the highlight of his short, two-
year tenure in the House was vot-
ing to pass landmark health care
reform earlier this year.
"If that vote cost me my job,
I'd sleep like a baby every night,"
Schauer said of the polarizing
- Daily staff reporter Lillian
Xiao contributed reporting
from Jackson, Mich.
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