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A family affair

Though the University offers
35 club sports, the University
Taekwondo Club prides itself as
serving an outlet for students to
make connections, strengthen
their skills and experience a
smaller tight-knit community
within the larger student body.
Engineering senior Jorge
Pena, a member of the club, said
he practices at least three days
each week. He joined the club
as a junior transfer student, but
has been practicing taekwondo
for 19 years, and he was chosen
as the University's 2010-2011
Club Sports Outstanding Male
Athlete.
Pena assists coaches Naji
Husseinia nd Jacque Husseini,

a husband and wife duo, during
practices. Pena said the Hus-
seinis' relationship helps tie the
club together and makes it feel
more like a family.
"When I first'got here, and I
first started meeting the coach-
es Naji and Jacque, I noticed
(that) there was something dif-
ferent in this club," he said. " ...
You can really feel more like a
family. They were like the mom
and dad...of the entire club."
The club has received mul-
tiple first-place titles in division
championships, during its sea-
son, and Pena attributes the suc-
cess of the club and its members
to the hard work and dedication
of the coaches.

"(The Husseinis) have
stepped in to the club, to take
the lead," Pena said. " ... They
run the classes, they run the
trainings. Ihave never seen that
much passion about taekwondo.
They have so much love for this
sport."
Pena said he is excited to
bring attention to the club and
to acknowledge the work of the
group's officers and coaches.
"That's one of the reasons
why I want to make a name for
the taekwondo club," he said.
"To promote it and (show) what
we have done...(and) to give
some recognition to them."
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Phone's asleep Blackout

WHERE: Duderstadt Cen-
ter
WHEN: Monday at about
3:45 p.m.
WHAT: Two female stu-
dents' iPhone 4 cell phones
went missing after they fell
asleep for about an hour
in a study area, University
Police reported. There are
no suspects.
Gloves are gone
WHERE: North Quad Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Monday at about
4:25 p.m.
WHAT: A male student's
expected package contain-
ing gloves went missing
when he attempted to pick
it up from the community
center, University Police

WHERE: Thayer Carport
WHEN: Monday at about
8:35 a.m.
WHAT: A light was dam-
aged in the carport, Uni-
versity Police reported. A
large truck likely acciden-
tally scraped the light as it
passed beneath it.
Swindled while
swimming
WHERE: Don Canham
Natatorium
WHEN: Monday at about
1:40 p.m.
WHAT: A cell phone and
headphones were taken
from an unlocked locker
at the Don Canham Nata-
torium, University Police
reported. There are no
"unets

Sexpertise
conference
WHAT: Local experts are
holding discussions with
students on the meaning of
healthy relationships and
sexual health. All Univer-
sity students and faculty are
invited to participate.
WHO: University Health
Service

Time workshop
A new study confirmed
WHAT: A program to iden- pork can be used to stop
tify and solve issues of time nose-bleeds, The Guard-
management, including ian reported. The tradition of
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Russian opposition leader
F"; 'rrbarred from election process

Candidate for
president was critic
of Vladimir Putin
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's
elections commission said yes-
terday a prominent opposition
leader will be disqualified from
running for president in March,
a move that would prevent his
party from fielding observers.
Russian news agencies quoted
elections commission secretary
Nikolai Konkin as saying yester-
day that the body would formally
block Grigory Yavlinsky from the
ballot later this week, after find-
ing that hundreds of thousands
of the signatures submitted on
his nominating petition were
invalid. .
Yavlinsky is leader of the lib-
eral Yabloko party and a critic of
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,

who is seeking a return to the.
presidency in the March 4 elec-
tion.
The election commission
already has registered Putin and
three other contenders: Commu-
nist Party chief Gennady Zyu-
ganov, ultranationalist Vladimir
Zhirinovsky and socialist Just
Russia leader Sergei Mironov.
Since their partjes are represent-
ed in the parliament, their reg-
istration is easier than for other
potential candidates.
The rejection of Yavlinsky's
candidacy, however, is likely
to sharpen political tensions
that have been strong since last
month's unprecedented massive
protests sparked by alleged fraud
in parliamentary elections.
Although Yavlinsky has not
been a key figure of those pro-
tests, his party fielded thou-
sands of election observers in
the December election who

documented evidence of fraud
in favor of Putin's United Russia
party.
On Monday, Yavlinsky said
authorities wanted to prevent
him from running in order to
block genuine competition. He
says other candidates are only
nominal rivals and are following
Kremlin guidance.
Yabloko has not had any seats
in the parliament since 2007.
Politicians who want to run for
president but whose parties are
not in parliament must submit 2
million signatures in support of
their candidacy.
Konkin said that examinations
of about 600,000 of the signa-
tures-submitted to support Yav-
linsky's nomination found some
25 percent of them to be invalid,
largely because the signatures
were photocopied. That is higher
than the 5-percent rejection level
allowed by law.

Forwer Massachusetts Guv. Mitt Romney, right, smiles during a Repsblican presidential debate an Jan. 23.
Ro-mney addresses housing,
banks fr Florida GOP primary

Candidate humanizes
Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP)
- Republican presidential can-
didate Mitt Romney came to
ground zero of the housing cri-
sis yesterday to assail rival Newt
Gingrich over his ties to the gov-
ernment-backed mortgage com-
panies that helped make it worse,
a message Romney has been
pushing since he landed in the
state. But that meant he also had
to talk about banks - and he con-
tinued what's become a habit of
comparing companies to people.
Romney was standing outside
a Fannie Mae-foreclosed home in
a struggling neighborhood tell-
ing a small crowd why they're
having so much trouble. "In this
case, it's because of the banks,"
he explained. "Well, the banks
aren't bad people: They're just
overwhelmed right now."
During a Monday roundtable
with business owners struggling
in Florida's hobbled housing
market, the former Massachu-
setts governor told the group that
their troubles with banks came
because the lenders were worried
about staying in business.
"The banks are scared to death,

of course," he said. "They're feel-
ing the same thing that you're
feeling. And 'so they just want to
pretend that all this is just going
to get paid some day."
Both comments echoed the
now-famous line Romney deliv-
ered from a hay bale at the Iowa
state fair: "Corporations are peo-
ple, my friend!"
They're also part of a string
of comments Romney has made
that his opponents have used to
pummel him as wealthy and out
of touch with average Americans.
Ahead of the New Hampshire
primary, he said he once feared
being "pink-slipped" and later
said "I like to fire people." He was
referring to insurance compa-
nies, but both Democrats and his
Republican rivals attacked him
for it.
In calling corporations people,
Romney meant that the money
companies make benefits indi-
viduals and ultimately employs
people and creates jobs. And
in Florida, he's been trying to
explain that banks are scared
they'll go out of business because
so many people have stopped
paying their mortgages. He's also
argued that regulations passed
during the Obama administra-
tion give banks less flexibility if
they're trying to help consum-
ers renegotiate the terms of their

mortgages.
He's focusing on the hous-
ing market because it's a critical
issue in Florida, where the GOP
primary will be held on Jan. 31.
Gingrich, his chief rival, earned
more than $1.6 million working
as a consultant to Freddie Mac.
The mortgage giant was heavily
involved in the subprime lending
business that helped drive the
housing bubble.
"Housing has become a mess
in large measure because the
government got in the middle of
it," Romney said. "I'm running
against a guy, as you know, in
this primary, who was out there
working for one of those guys in
the case of Freddie Mac."
Freddie Mac, a government-
sponsored enterprise, was origi-
nally designed to help more
people get access to mortgages to
buy homes.
Romney himself hasn't out-
lined any specific proposals to
help fix the housing market. He
says improving the economy will
allow Americans to regain their
footing and keep their homes.
Since coming to Florida,
though, he's softened his rhetoric.
Last year, he told the Las Vegas
Review-Journal that the govern-
ment should let the foreclosure
crisis "run its course and hit the
bottom."

U.S. flexes military muscle in bid
to deter Iranian aggression in Gulf

NATO allies respond
to threats to close
vital strait
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Mili-
tary power near the strategic
Strait of Hormuz could be bol-
stered by additional .British
forces, the country's defense sec-
retary said yesterday, as a defiant
Iran shrugged off Europe's oil
embargo and moved ahead with
plans to hold naval exercises
alongside the oil tanker shipping
lanes it has threatened to block.
Tehran's bravado was in sharp
contrast to the widening interna-
tional pressures seeking to curb
its nuclear program.
Australia became the latest
country to shun Iranian oil, and
the European Union's foreign
policy chief traveled to Israel
for talks certain to convey the

West's belief that increasing eco-
nomic isolation, rather than a
push toward military action, is
the most effective tool against
Iran's leadership.
Iran also has accused Israel of
masterminding a series of covert
attacks such as a malicious com-
puter virus designed to infiltrate
uranium enrichment labs and
targeted slayings of members of
Iran's scientific community. Isra-
el has made no direct comments
on the claims, but dangled hints
that clandestine operations are
possible by Iran's many foes.
The EU on Monday joined
Washington in backing sanctions
targeting Iran's vital oil industry,
which accounts for about 80 per-
cent of its foreign currency reve-
nues. The vote in Brussels came a
day after a Western flotilla - two
British-and French warships and
the American aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln's battle

group - entered the Gulf in a
show of force against any Iranian
attempts to disrupt the route for
one-fifth of the world's oil.
Iran's commanders, mean-
while, are preparing their own
message. Plans remain in place
for the powerful Revolutionary
Guard to send its maritime forc-
es for maneuvers next month in
the Strait, which is jointly con-
trolled by Iran and, Oman and
has become the latest flashpoint
for a potential military confron-
tation.
"Elements within the Euro-
pean Union, by pursuing the
policies of the U.S. and adopting
a hostile approach, are seekingto
create tensions with the Islamic
Republic of Iran," the official
Islamic Republic News Agency
quoted Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior
foreign ministry official, as say-
ing. He called the EU decision
"irrational."

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