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LEFT Independant candidate Scott Christopher reacts to the election results early Friday morning in the Duderstadt Center. (ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily)
RIGHT youMICH candidate Browyn Haltom and Michael Proppe, the presidential candidate, react to the election results early Friday morning. (PAUL SHERMAN/Daily)

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Landing a
WHERE: 530 Church
WHEN: Thursday around
6:50 a.m.
WHAT: Graffiti written
in marker was found in an
elevator, University Police
reported. There are cur-
rently no suspects.
Sharing is
WHERE: Mosher-Jordan
WHEN: Wednesday around
6:30 p.m.
WHAT: A student tried to
use the another student's
MCard to purchase food,
University Police reported.
The subject reported the
MCard belonged to her

Where's my
WHERE: Duderstadt
WHEN: Thursday around
12:30 a.m.
WHAT: A subject reported
her wallet missing around
8 p.m. on Wednesday, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
report was not completed.
Just cut it
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Wednesday around
7:20 p.m.
WHAT: A report was made
that a subject was cutting
a lock off a bike close to
Regents' Plaza, University
Police reported. The subject
was unable to be located by
police once they arrived on
the scene.

Yahoo! lecture Fault lines
series of faith

WHAT: As part of the
Yahoo! lecture series, Marti
Hearst, a professor at the
School of Information at UC
Berkeley, will give a lecture
on her work.
WHO: School of
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m.
WHERE: North Quad

WHAT: In a lecture as part
of the Human Rights Initia-
tive, Kira Kay, a correspon-
dant from PBS, will show
and discuss three stories
from her TV series.
WHO: International
WHEN: Today at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League

Dance Mix Geisha dance

A medical box that con-
tained a pair of eyeballs
was found in a trash can
at a gas station in Kansas City
on Thursday, My Fox New
York reported. Police are
unsure whether the eyes are
human or if there were any
crimes committed.
Fracking is back in the
spotlight in Michigan.
How does the Daily's
editorial board feel about the
risky natural gas extraction?
3G internet access will
no longer be available
for tourists in North
Korea, The Telegraph report-
ed. Access was available for
about one month before the
renewed ban, during which
time the first Instagram pho-
tos of the country surfaced.

WHAT: Dance Mix, an
organization that brings
together student perfor-
mance groups, will hold this
annual event to celebrate
diversity through many
unique dance groups. The
event costs $10 to attend.
WHO: Michigan Union
Ticket Office
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center

WHAT: Professor Mariko
Okada will give a presenta-
tion that covers the chore-
ography and history of the
geisha dance performance.
Okada will focus on the
choreography of the style
throughout history in order
to provide new perspectives
on the dance's history.
WHO: Center for
Japanese Studies
WHEN: Today at 7p.m.
WHERE: North Quad

Class project helps air
students' hidden stories

Obama urges Congress
to remember Newtown

Confidential the objective is not only to make
the grade, but to help fellow Uni-
campaign meant to versity students express their
secrets in a healthy, confiden-
act as cathartic outlet tially.
The Yellow Box Campaign is
By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA intended to be a cathartic means
Daily StaffReporter for University students to divulge
things they might otherwise keep
How many people did you bottled up. Boxes, pens and paper,
help by writing your last English have been discreetly placed in
paper? different areas around campus
For six students in an Organi- including the Shapiro Under-
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Union, Mason Hall, and several
residence halls.
LSA sophomore Julie Siegler
said the project, which kicked off
Thursday, will be in place for the
rest of the year. The team hopes
to get at least 500 responses in
that time.
"Everyone has those little
secrets that they would never tell
anyone, and this is a way for them
to do that," Siegler said. "Once
you've written it down, it's out,
it's done and you don't have to
worry about it anymore."
Siegler felt that the aspect of
confidentiality would appeal to
students, adding that the posts
will be shredded and disposed of
once the boxes are full.
"Keeping things bottled up
isn't healthy and can often lead
to depression and other mental
health problems," Siegler said.
"By writing down your secret,
you're helping to externalize it
and make it objective, not sub-
jective, which makes everything
more manageable."
Though the responses will
not be read by anyone, including
the Yellow Box team members,
Siegler predicts a wide range of
responses, likening them to post-
ings on Whisper or PostSecret.
"At this point, social media
is something that's viewed as
cool and trendy, so we felt like
this would be a good way to help
people express themselves," she
said. "We're expecting people
will have things to say, whether
they be these deep, profound
statements or just things they
don't want to keep a secret any
Siegler said the group is cur-
rently looking for other orga-
nizations to collaborate with.
So far, the group has earned the
support of the organization To
Write Love on Her Arms, which
provides assistance to students
struggling with self-abuse.
"I could definitely see this
project continuing on if people
are willing to do it," she said.
someone to supply the pens and
paper, so it's definitely achiev-

Senate prepares
to debate gun
President Barack Obama
pressed Congress on Thursday
not to forget the heartbreak
of the Newtown elementary
school massacre and "get
squishy" on tightened gun
laws, though some lawmak-
ers in his own Democratic
Party remain a tough sell on
an approaching Senate vote
to expand purchasers' back-
ground checks.
"Shame on us if we've for-
gotten," Obama said at the
White House, standing amid
21 mothers who have lost chil-
dren to shootings. "I haven't
forgotten those kids."
More than three months
after 20 first-graders and six
staffers were killed in New-
town, Conn., Obama urged the
nation to pressure lawmakers
to back what he called the best
chance in over a decade to tame
firearms violence.
At the same time, gun con-
trol groups were staging a
"Day to Demand Action" with
more than 100 rallies and other
events planned from Connecti-
cut to California. This was on
top of a $12 million TV ad cam-
paign financed by New York
City Mayor Michael Bloom-
berg that has been pressuring
senators in 13 states to tighten
background-check rules.
But if political momentum
was building after the night-
marish December shootings,
it has flagged as the Senate
prepares to debate gun restric-
tions next month. Thanks to
widespread Republican resis-
tance and a wariness by moder-
ate Democrats from Southern
and Western states - including
six who are facing re-election
next year - a proposed assault
weapons ban seems doomed
and efforts to broaden back-
ground checks and bar high

capacity ammunition maga-
zines are in question.
In one statement that typi-
fies moderate Democrats'
caution, spokesman Kevin
Hall said Virginia Sen. Mark
Warner is "still holding con-
versations with Virginia stake-
holders and sorting through
issues on background checks"
and proposals on assault weap-
ons and magazines.
In stronger language this
week, Democratic Sen. Heidi
Heitkamp of North Dakota
said, "I do not need someone
from New York City to tell me
how to handle crime in our
state. I know that we can go
after andprosecutewcriminals
without the need to infringe
upon the Second Amendment
rights of law-abiding North
Expanding federal back-
ground checks to private sales
at gun shows and online is
the gun-control effort's cen-
terpiece and was the focus of
Obama's remarks. The system,
designed to block criminals
and the mentally disturbed
from getting firearms, current-
ly applies only to transactions
by licensed gun dealers.
The National Rifle Asso-
ciation opposes the expansion,
citing a threat that it could
bring federal registries of gun
owners, which would be ille-
gal. The NRA says what is
needed is better enforcement
of the existing system, which
it says criminals too easily cir-
Democratic sponsors are
sure to need 60 votes to pre-
vail - a daunting hurdle since
the party has just 53 of the
Senate's 100 seats, plus two
Democratic-leaning indepen-
dents. In a sign of potential
trouble ahead, six Democrats
backed a failed GOP proposal
last week that would have
required 60 votes for all future
bills restricting guns.
"The week after New-
town, we thought it would be
a tough road to 60 votes but

we'd get there," said Mark
Glaze, director of Mayors
Against Illegal Guns, a group
that Bloomberg helps lead.
"Three months after New-
town, it looks like a tough slog
but we'll get there."
Exactly how they can
achieve that has yet to be dem-
onstrated, with Obama's turn
Thursday as arm-twister-in-
chief underscoring the politi-
cal pressure that proponents
feel is needed 104 days after
the Newtown killings.
"Now's the time to turn that
said Obama. While not naming
the NRA, he chided opponents
for tryingto "make all our prog-
ress collapse under the weight
of fear and frustration, or their
assumption is that people will
just forget about it."
NRA officials are unyielding
intheir opposition, with spokes-
man Andrew Arulanandam say-
ing, "We have a politically savvy
and a loyal voting bloc, and the
politicians know that."
Obama and his backers find
themselves in an unusual posi-
tion- strugglingtoline upvotes
for a proposal that polls show
the public overwhelmingly sup-
An Associated Press-GfK
poll in January found 84 per-
cent support for expanding
background checks to include
gun show sales. Near-universal
checks have received similar
or stronger support in other
national surveys.
Polls in some Southern states
have been comparable. March
surveys by the Quinnipiac Uni-
versity Polling Institute found
morethan 9 in10people inFlori-
da and Virginiabackingexpand-
ed background checks, the same
margin found in February by an
Elon University Poll in North
Analysts say politicians are
loath to alienate the people who
oppose broader background
checks and other gun restric-
tions because they tend to be
dedicated, single-issuevoters.


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