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Wednesday, January11, 2012

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ELECTION 2012
Romney
wins New
Hampshire
primary

Students learn more about joining student organizations during Winterfest at the Michigan Union yesterday.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Officials say cuts to NIH
budg W e oimact 'U

Frontrunner
extends lead as
campaign moves to
South Carolina
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily Staff Reporter
Former Massachusetts Gov.
MitRomneyscored a decisive vic-
tory in the New Hampshire presi-
dential primary last night, offering
a strong follow-up to his narrow
win in the Iowa caucuses and
becoming the first non-incumbent
Republican presidential candidate
to capture wins in both the Iowa
caucuses and the New Hampshire
primaries in the same election.
Political experts and members
of the campus community said last
night's results may have solidified
Romney's standing as the front-
runner for the Republican nomina-
tion, noting that a win in the South
Carolina on Jan. 21 primary could
make Romney nearly unstoppable
as the race continues.
With 95 percent of precincts
reporting as of 1:30 a.m., Romney
had earned 39 percent of the vote,

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished
second with 23 percent, and for-
mer Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
claimed third with 17 percent, the
Associated Press reported.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick
Santorum, runner-up in Iowa, and
former House Speaker Newt Gin-
grich tied for fourth with ten per-
cent of the vote.
LSA junior
Brian Rozi-
ara, external
vice chair of
the Univer-
sity's chapter
of College
Republicans,
said Rom-
ney's ability to withstand criticism
this week from Republican candi-
dates hoping to defeat him and to
meet expectations by winning by
a double-digit margin further bol-
stered his status as the Republican
frontrunner.
"I think it shows that people
across the country in both Iowa
and New Hampshire, which are
two completely different states ...
agree that Romney's vision of the
economy is the best chance for
beating Obama," Koziara said.
See ROMNEY, Page SA

Researchers not
concerned about
funding issues
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily Staff Reporter
Though funding cuts by the
National Institutes of Health
may reduce medical research
efforts at colleges nationwide,
University officials said they

do not anticipate a decrease in
University research initiatives.
As part of its 2012 fiscal year
budget, NIH will lower the por-
tion of its outside researchers'
salaries - researchers who are
not employed by NIH - from
$199,700 to $179,700. While the
reduction will lower the sala-
ries of some University inves-
tigators, research officials say
they are not concerned about
its impact on the breadth or
quality of research at the Uni-

versity.
In the last fiscal year,
research expenditures at the
University increased 8.5 per-
cent - or $1.24 billion - with
a 9.8-percent growth in federal
funding largely contributing
to the increase, including an
increase in grant money by 12.6
percent from the NIH.
In an interview in Septem-
ber, Stephen Forrest, the Uni-
versity's vice president for
research, said he anticipated

a decrease in federal research
funding.
"I think I'm fairly safe in say-
ing that the growth in research
funding from the federal gov-
ernment is going to be slowed
this year quite considerably,"
Forrest said.
Antonia Villarruel, associate
dean for research and global
affairs for the University's
School of Nursing, said NIH
funding is central to the Uni-
See NIH, Page SA

CAMPUS GROUPS
Campus Muslim group
appoints first chaplain

Rackham student
hired to provide
spiritual guidance
By JESSICA GELFARB
For theDaily
Rackham student Moham-
med Tayssir Safi's daily respon-
sibilities now extend far beyond

those of some of his classmates.
After months of searching,
the Michigan Muslim Alumni
Association recently hired Safi
as the University community's
first Muslim chaplain. Safi, who
is also the first ever paid chap-
lain at a public university, will
serve as a resource for Muslim
students seeking for spiritual
guidance and act as a liaison
between the Muslim commu-

nity on campus and the Univer-
sity.
Safi received a bachelor's
degree from the University in
2006 and is currently a graduate
student instructor studying in
the University's teaching arabic
as a foreign language program.
He said his interest in becom-
ing a chaplain on campus stems
from the desire to serve the Ann
See CHAPLAIN, Page SA

LOCAL BUSINESSES
BTB Cantina, Good Time Charley's
owners buy downtown bar and club

After closing on Dec.19, the newly-opened Starbucks features increased seating and chalkboards for community use.
Starbucks on South University
reopens following renovations

LIVE to open
Feb. 3, cocktail bar
to follow
By K.C. WASSMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Startingearlynext month, fans
of BTB Cantina and Good Time
Charley's will soon have two new
hangouts to add to their list.
The owners of the popular

South University Avenue restau-
rants - Adam Lowenstein, Justin
Herrick, Robbie Schulz and Paul
Drennan - are expected to open
LIVE, a new dance club, on Feb.
3 and a cocktail bar called the
The Last Word, slated to open
soon after. Both businesses will
be located at 102 First Street in
downtown Ann Arbor - taking
the spaces formerly occupied by
the music club Live at PJ's and
Goodnite Gracie bar.
Derek Aldridge, former owner

of PJ's and Gracie's, wrote in an
e-mail interview that he sold his
businesses in order to move onto
new opportunities because "the
time was right", adding that he
believes Lowenstein, Herrick,
Schulz and Paul hold the tools
to develop a successful business
venture.
"I think the new owners have
the resources and industry know-
how to make that space success-
ful," Aldridge wrote. "I wish
See BAR, Page5A

New furniture and
chalkboards liven
up cafe
By LIANA ROSENBLOOM
Daily StaffReporter
Students looking for their
daily caffeine fix can finally
enjoy a cup of coffee at the
newly renovated Starbucks on
South University Avenue.

After closing on Dec. 19 for
renovations, the store finished a
majority of its construction dur-
ing winter break and reopened
yesterday at 6 a.m. to serve cus-
tomers. A Starbucks spokesman
wrote in a statement that the
store improvements are a rou-
tine procedure for all Starbucks
locations.
"Remodeling is standard
course of business for Starbucks
stores and is typically done on a
regular basis in order to provide

the best experience to custom-
ers," the statement said. "We're
excited to share this store with
our customers and look forward
to welcoming them in to see it."
The store received a variety
of improvements including new
furniture and large chalkboards
for community use. The renova-
tion also incorporated a num-
ber of environmentally friendly
features like tables made from
reclaimed urban wood.
See STARBUCKS, Page 5A

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