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A prof.'s protesting past

The political climate on car
today is quite temperate compar
that of the 1960s, when Greg Ma
a University professor of politica
ence, was a college student.
"I'm one of those sixties a
types," Markus, who is also a rest
professor at the Institute of S,
Research, said in an interview
Markus's work has been dir
influenced by his own activism di
his college years, he said.
"I was active in student po
... mostly around the Vietnam'
but also about environmental n
ments and race and politics and <
things," he said.
Markus's research uses voter
ticipation and public opinion
to analyze political activism at
"everyday people," with a partic
interest in marginalized popula
and how their race, ethnicity
social class impact their activism.
MacBook taken
WHERE: Hatcher Graduate
WHEN: Monday at about 9:45
WHAT: An unattended Apple
MacBook was stolen from the
5th floor, University Police
reported. There are no sus-
Valet driver
misses mark
WHERE: East Medical Center
WHEN: Monday at about 12
WHAT: A valet driver acci-
dentally crashed a customer's
car into a pole, University
Police reported. Estimated
cost of damage is unknown.

In addition to teaching at the Uni-
versity, Markus said he stays involved
in what he calls "real world politics"
by serving as a community organizer
in Detroit. In 2007, he founded The
Detroit Action Commonwealth, an
organization of roughly 2,400 people
who volunteer at the Capuchin Soup
Kitchen on the east side of Detroit.
Markus said he often uses his expe-
rience with the organization in his
work at the University.
"We meet every week and work
on issues that affect indigent Detroi-
ters -- some really basic issues - and
I enjoy that a lot and I learn a lot from
that," he said. "it informs my teaching
and it informs my research."
Some of Markus's other work
includes studying a decline in politi-
cal involvement of young people since
the 1960s. An annual ISR survey of
incoming University students, con-
ducted since the 1960s, illustrates this
drop, he said.

Young people turned out at a much
lower rate for this year's midterm
elections than in the 2008 presi-
dential election, Markus said. He
explained that this apparent apathy is
one of the main reasons he chose to go
into teaching.
"There's a reason young people
aren't active and much of that reason
is because there are political interests
that like it that way, (they don't) want
young people not to be engaged in
politics," Markus said. "And so I try to
be a small little counter voice in that."
Though Markus spends much of
his time teaching or volunteering in
Detroit, Markus also takes time out of
his busy schedule to train for sporting
events like the Iron Man triathlon.
"I like endurance sports - I use it
as kind of a break from the other work
that I do," he said. "I've competed in15 COURTESY OF Otto MARKUS
Iron Man triathlons and will continue Prof. Greg Markus, who found his polititol roots aS
to do that." student activist in the 1960s, now studies the decrease
-SABIRA KHAN in political involvement among young people.

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The long-anticipated offi-
cial autobiography of Mark
Twain was released yester-
day, according to National Pub-
lic Radio. While he was alive,
the famous satirist dictated
that he wanted his memoirs to
be released 100 years after his
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WHAT: An unattended back-
pack was stolen from the 3rd
floor, University Police report-
ed. The backpack contained
textbooks and a wallet con-
taining $60 and credit cards.
There are no suspects.

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Defense asks judge to acquit
Do ou know Brian Mitchell in Smart case

Attorneys for
suspect say
prosecution failed
to make their case
Defense attorneys asked a federal
judge yesterday to acquit the man
charged in the 2002 abduction of
Elizabeth Smart, saying prosecu-
tors failed to make their case.
Brian David Mitchell faces
federal charges of kidnapping
and unlawful transportation of a
minor across state lines for sexual
activity. If convicted, Mitchell
could spend the rest of his life in
federal prison.
Prosecutors rested their case
yesterday. Defense attorneys con-
tend prosecutors failed, in partic-
ular, to prove the count relating to
sexual activity.
In court papers, Mitchell's
attorneys said that sex was inci-
dental to the trip made to Califor-
nia during Smart's nine months of
captivity. Smart was 14 at the time
of the abduction.
"To put it bluntly, Mr. Mitchell

had no need of traveling outside of
Utah for the purpose of engaging
in sexual activity with Ms. Smart,"
the defense wrote.
In a response, the government
said it only has to prove sex was a
motivating purpose for the trip.
It's unclear when U.S. District
Judge Dale Kimball will rule on
the acquittal motion.
Smart has said she was forced to
marry Mitchell in a religious cer-
emony and act as his wife, includ-
ing having sex. She testified that
she was raped after arriving in
California in October 2002.
But she also said Mitchell felt
"inspired" to got to California,
believing that he needed to "find a
new city for a new wife." She said
Mitchell recounted having a rev-
elation that "seven different wives
would come from seven different
Defense attorneys also noted
that an FBI agent said Mitchell
told him that he had chose to go
the San Diego area because the
winter climate would be warmer
than Utah.
Prosecutors argue that Mitchell
was clearly motivated by sex.
"The evidence is clear that the

defendant intended to treat Miss
Smart as his 'wife' in California,
which treatment including raping
and otherwise sexually abusing
her," federal prosecutors wrote.
"The evidence is clear that the
defendant traveled to California
with the intention of obtaining a
new 'wife' in California, and part
of Miss Smart's responsibilities as
his 'wife' was to demonstrate sex
for the new'wife.'"
The filing came hours after
Mitchell's defense attorneys began
building their case, painting a pic-
ture of a deeply religious man who
became increasingly inflexible
and lost in his own beliefs.
Witnesses told jurors that Brian
David Mitchell thought the world
was descending toward the final
days and followed "revelations"
from God to change jobs, follow
an alternative medicine and travel
around the country homeless to
test how others would treat the
"He felt that he had some kind
of divine mission," said Karl West,
whose parents allowed Mitchell to
intermittently live in their Orem,
Utah, home between 1999 and

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From Page 1A
O'Connor said.
"The characteristics and
description in Mexico at times live
up with characteristics of dogs
described with having mange," he
The legend people in most of
Mexico and South America are
familiar with describes the chupa-
cabra as four-legged, scaly, rancid
smelling, and fanged - much like
the description of a coyote with
"Mange is a skin disease caused
by a mite," O'Connor said. "When
the mite burrows in the skin, the
skin thickens. Hair falls out."
The infected coyote's scabbing
body develops "a bacterial infec-
tion that makes the animal smell
bad," and "their face skin swells,
pulls back," making their teeth
appear more prominent, according
to O'Conner.
O'Connor also noted that chu-

pacabra translates to "goat sucker"
in Spanish, which probably comes
from an exaggeration of the notion
that chupacabras mainly prey on
livestock. It's likelythatthe severe-
ly infected coyote subsists mainly
on livestock because the disease is
"quite debilitating," making it dif-
ficult for them to hunt down their
prey, O'Connor said.
Wild animals typically catch the
mange-causing mite from dogs,
O'Connor said, though humans
aren't at much of a risk.
"In terms of being able to trans-
mit mite bacteria to humans, there
is a possibility of that," he said.
"It's not common."
He added that experiments
show it's not easy to transmit the
mite from a dog toa human.
Though the mite can also cause
human scabies, O'Connor said
humans don't develop symptoms
as severe as those experienced by
coyotes or dogs because humans
have had millions of years to co-
evolve with the parasite.
"When a parasite moves on to a

new host and is able to survive, it's
often very damagingto thatorgan-
ism," he said.
Through domestication, dogs
have had thousands of years to co-
evolve with Sarcoptic mange, so
they're not at as high of a risk as
wild animals of becoming severely
infected. But now, new species
like the feral monkeys and coyotes
are being exposed to the parasite,
O'Connor said.
With the spread of mites
between species, places like Aus-
tralia could soon have their own
version of the chupacabra. 4
"There's a mite problem in
wombats that they caught from
dingoes," O'Connor said.
But will the legendary creature
make its may to Ann Arbor?
"Right now in Ann Arbor we're
seeing a lot of cases of Sarcop-
tic mange in red foxes. It's often
fatal, as we see in coyotes," he
"We found a dead, mangy fox
here on North Campus," O'Connor

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