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ALL OVER THE MAP: 'Cloud Atlas' intertwines multiple stories to craft a far-reaching visual masterpiece. ) PAGE 5A

~be1Mician &iI&,

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, October 29, 2012

michigandailycom

ELECTION 2012
Democrats
set sights on
recapturing
state House

Ouimet targeted
as Dems support
Saline Mayor
0 Driskell
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily Staff Reporter
Though State Rep. Jeff Irwin
(D-Ann Arbor) claims he is
friendly with his colleague State
Rep. Mark Ouimet (R-Scio
Township), Irwin spent much
of the summer campaigning for
Ouimet's opponent in the 52nd
district election, Saline Mayor
Gretchen Driskell.
To Irwin, the Republican
incumbent has given up his
moderate values to side with
the ranking Republicans in the
state legislature and Republican
Gov. Rick Snyder on issues like
education cuts.
At a rally co-hosted by
Driskell and the University's
chapter of the College Demo-
crats Sunday night at Circus
Club in Ann Arbor, Irwin
emphasized the opportunityfor
Democrats to re-claim the state
House of Representatives as his
reason for endorsing Driskell.

State Democrats need 10 seats
to gaina majority in the legisla-
tive chamber, and the party has
been pressing the importance
of winning elections across
the state, such as the contest
between Ouimet and Driskell,
in an effort to reclaim control.
At the event
- which fea-
tured U.S. Rep. 2
John Dingell * U~
(D-Mich.), his l
wife Debbie
Dingell and
State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-
Ann Arbor) - discussion of the
House races overshadowed the
presidential election, even as
poiis show a narrowing presi-
dential race in the state.
"This is ground zero," Debbie
Dingell told the crowd of about
100 people. "We have so much
at stake."
According to the Democratic
officials at the rally, the future
of state politics is at the fore-
front of the state House races.
. "You're here because you
already know that the future of
this state hangs in the balance
right now," Warren said. "This
is a big election."
Officials at the rally also
See DEMOCRATS, Page 7A

tRIN tIRtLAND/Daily
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson donned a jacket and watched the second half of Michigan's 23-9 loss to Nebraska from the sideline at Memorial Stadium in
Lincoln. Robinson injured a nerve in his right arm that affected his ability to grip the ball late in the second quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Russell Bellomy
replaced Robinson and struggled mightily, going 3-for-t6 passing with three interceptions. For more, see SportsMonday, inside.
NATUR A.L DIS AST E R
Sudents brace for Sandy

Massive storm
heads toward the
East Coast
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
and TAYLOR WIZNER
Daily News Editor and
Daily toajReporter
Hurricane Sandy is expect-
ed to wreak havoc on the East
Coast this week with sheets

of rain, high winds and heavy
snow slated to impact one third
of the country, including Uni-
versity students partaking in
programs in coastal areas.
Officials have warned mil-
lions of residents living in com-
munities in the storm's path to
evacuate, and various business-
es and public transit systems
have been closed, including
some subway routes in New
York City. Several universities
have also closed their campus-

es due to the storm, including
Georgetown University, Boston
University, New York University
and Princeton University, while
many others have canceled
Monday classes.
Of the 17 University of Michi-
gan students in Washington,
D.C. as part of the Michigan in
Washington Program - a pro-
gram that allows students to
complete an internship in D.C.
while receiving University cred-
it - many will not be going to

work Monday due to the storm.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the MIW par-
ticipants will find solace in their
housing facility, which is staffed
24-hours a day to ensure protec-
tion of its residents.
"All 17 students are living in
a solid building in D.C. that has
weathered many storms there
without even losing . power,"
Fitzgerald said. "We are confi-
dent the U-M students in Wash-
See SANDY, Page 7A

* * * A N N A R B O R V O T E S **
Millage would provide
$65M to A2 libraries

Community split to determine whether the Ann
Arbor District Library should
over proposal receive a $65-million bond that
will finance the building of a
to fund facility new facility to replace its cur-
rent main branch at Fifth Ave-
construction nue and William Street.
Margaret Leary, the presi-
By ANGELA SON dent of the AADL Trustees and
DailyStaffReporter former director of the Univer-
sity's Law Library, said the new
When Ann Arbor voters head building would better serve the
to the polls this November, they needs of the community with a
will be have the opportunity 400 seat auditorium, meeting

and tutoring spaces, computers
and a caf6 with-extended hours.
"The condition and size and
quality of a public library (are)
a real indication to the world of
how important education, lit-
eracy, reading and community
gathering are," Leary said. "And
by that measure Ann Arbor
doesn't stand up ... Ann Arbor
is really falling behind in that
regard."
Leary said the library build-
See LIBRARIES, Page 7A

Voters to determine fate of
$5M proposal for city parks
Funding would be In order to continue financing Department for the city of Ann
the city's recreation facilities, Arbor.
used for upkeep of Ann Arbor voters will decide Smith said more than $5
whether to approve Proposal million in reductions will' be
157 facilities, 2,088 A, a $5 millon per year park required from the annual park
acres of land millage, which would renew a budget beginning with the fis-
arSolad similar millagfepassed in 2006. cal vear 2014 budgzet. which

James Acheampong a master drum carver from Ghana, carves cordia Wood into drums on Friday in Palmer Commons.
U.S. HOUSE
In new 12th district, Kallgren the
GOP alternative to Rep. Dingell

By STEPHEN YAROS
For theDaily
It's expensive to operate 157
parks and facilities on more
than 2.088 acres of land.

If approved, the millage would
span another six years.
Without the renewal, a num-
ber of recreation facilities and
parks will close, according to
Colin Smith, the service manag-
er for the Parks and Recreation

t-t ya ' , Y U ~ CL, witl
commences on July 1, 2013. This
accounts for approximately 45
percent of the operations, main-
tenance and 'capital improve-
ments budget for the park
system.
See PARKS. Page 7A

Republican a long
shot to unseat
Dean of the House
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily StaffReporter
Trenton resident Cynthia
Kallgren spends a lot of time
knocking on doors, climbing
porches and ringing doorbells
- she is a congressional candi-

date on a mission.
Though she doesn't have
the seasoned . experience of
her opponent, U.S. Rep. John
Dingell (D-Mich.), the Repub-
lican candidate hopes her back-
ground as a "Downriver girl"
and small-business owner will
resonate with voters on Elec-
tion Day as she seeks to repre-
'sent Michigan's newly drawn
12th Congressional District.
However, for many voters in
the district - which stretches

from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti,
south to Monroe County, and
east to the downriver commu-
nities of Dearborn, Trenton
and Southgate - Kallgren is
not a familiar name.
Winning the race of name
recognition is a tough feat in
the face of a "dynasty," Kall-
gren said, as Dingell has held
office since 1955, after replac-
ing his father who had served
since 1932.
See KALLGREN. Page 7A

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