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Invasive Asian
carp found in the
Kalamazoo River
Genetic material from
Asian carp has been found
in the Kalamazoo River in
southwestern Michigan, but
there's no indication the invasive
fish have become established in
the river that flows into Lake
Michigan, officials said Tuesday.
DNA from silver carp was
detected in one of 200 water
samples taken in July from the
river in Allegan County, this
one from below the Caulkins
Dam about 24 miles from Lake
Michigan, the state Department
of Natural Resources and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The discovery marks the first
time so-called environmental
DNA for silver carp has been
found in Michigan's Great Lakes
waters outside of Maumee
Bay in Lake Erie. The term
"environmental DNA" refers to
genetic markers that fish leave
behind as they move through
waters, shedding scales, mucous
or excrement.
BOISE, Idaho
Appeals court rules
same-sex marriage
legal in Idaho
A federal appeals court
declared gay marriage legal in
Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday,
a day after the U.S. Supreme
Court effectively legalized
same-sex marriage in 30 other
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in San Francisco struck
down the two states' bans on
gay marriage, ruling they vio-
lated equal protection rights.
"This is a super sweet vic-
tory," said Sue Latta, who along
with Traci Ehlers sued Idaho
last year to compel the state
to recognize their 2008 mar-
riage in California. Three other
couples also joined the lawsuit
to invalidate Idaho's same-sex
marriage ban.
"Taxes are easier, real estate
is easier, parenting is easier,
end-of-life planning is easier,"
Latta said.
Texas Ebola patient
visited by parents,
Rev. Jesse Jackson
The family of a man diag-
nosed with the first U.S. case of
Ebola again visited him at the
hospital Tuesday but declined
to view him via video the last
time had been too upsetting.
Relatives of Thomas Eric
Duncan glimpsed him using a
video system at Dallas' Texas
Health Presbyterian Hospi-

tal on Monday. But when they
returned anew, this time with
Rev. Jessie Jackson, they decid-
ed such images were too much.
"What we saw was very pain-
ful. It didn't look good," said
Duncan's nephew, Josephus
Weeks said he and Duncan's
mother were unable to sleep
after seeing Duncan's face.
Democratic protests
calm as talks with
government start
Crowds of protesters who
filled Hong Kong's streets with
demands for more democracy
thinned dramatically Tuesday
after student leaders and the
government agreed to hold talks
in the increasingly frustrated
The government and students
leaders announced they will
begin talks on political reform
on Friday. But while a govern-
nient representative said negoti-
ations were off to "a good start,"
the students expressed anger
S and disappointment at officials'
daunwillingness to address their
real demands.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

From Page 1A
Michigan a truly special place
is not one area or sectors, it is
the humanity of the University,
the people," Snyder said in his
In the same month, Snyder
also toured the MHacks expo
to see projects created by inno-
vative students from all areas
of campus, including various
mobile apps, a robotic arm and.
software that analyzes the
mood in speeches.
The University's chapter of
College Republicans is one of
the largest organizations that
supports Snyder's actions in
the state and the University
and has been working for his
reelection this fall. LSA senior
Gabriel Leaf, chairman of the
University's chapter of College
Republicans, said he believes
the biggestcreason why students
believe in Snyder are because of
his job-creating policies.
A major platform of Snyder's
2010 campaign was creating
jobs and stimulating Michigan's
economy, earning him the title
of "one tough nerd." Since tak-
ing office in January 2011, the
state has created approximately
300,000 new private sector

jobs and the administration
has overseen the sixth-fastest
growing economy in the nation
- though there is significant
debate about how much Sny-
der's policies have contributed
to the economic growth.
Leaf said the hardest posi-
tion a student finds themselves
in after graduation is the task of
actually finding a job and enter-
ing the workforce, a problem he
believes Snyder understands
and wants to simplify.
"He understands where
they're coming from, he under-
stands their background," Leaf
said. "He's been what we've
been through."
Members of the College
Republicans and other stu-
dents have been helping galva-
nize voters to support Snyder
through the student group
Wolverines For Rick. Though
Leaf acknowledges the city's
liberal reputation, he fully
believes in Snyder's core issues
and is diligently working to
"do all he can" for Snyder's
reelection in these final weeks.
"It is hard trying to get a
Republican basis here in the
heart of Ann Arbor, Washt-
enaw county as it is very lib-
eral," he said. "So there isn't as
much support as he would like
to see here, but there definitely
is some here."

From Page 1A
to on-campus coffee shops and
upload a picture of their cups to
KillTheCup.com. After uploading
the pictures, participants are eli-
gible to receivea prize.
After calculating the results,
KillTheCup.com uses prizes
and gift cards as incentives to
encourage student participation.
After the end of the campaign,
the teams who achieve the high-
est participation will be eligible
to receive a $5,000 grant to start
and fund their personal sustain-
ability project. Along with this
grand prize, four weekly prizes of
$50 and one iPad will be awarded
for each individual campus.
Drew Beal, co-founder of
SVS, said he- likes to view the
organization as a "social enter-
prise" because of the combina-
tion of social and environmental
impacts. Beal said he hopes stu-
dents, faculty and staff will gain
a general awareness of the impor-
tance of sustainability that can
result ina daily habit.

"They can learn that little
adjustments to daily routine col-
lectively, can have a huge impact
on the environment," Beal said.
Along with encouraging con-
sumers to reuse coffee cups as
a daily routine, Beal hopes that
the Kill the Cup campaign will
construct a new norm on college
campuses across the country.
"If we can really celebrate the
fact that more and more people
are getting coffee in a reusable
cup on a specific campus, then it
will help establish a social norm
within that university," Beal
said. ,
Beal and Mike Taylor, co-
founder of Kill the Cup, started
the program while in graduate
school at the University of Cali-
fornia, San Diego in 2013. They
piloted the program last year at
UCSD and decided to expand
their outreach after an estimat-
ed 1,300 disposable coffee cups
were saved, which translates to
approximately 80 pounds of land-
fill waste.
"Not only were people bringing
their own cup more frequently
and there was a lot of excitement
around sustainability, but the cof-

fee shops we worked with also
were more profitable," Beal said.
Beal and Taylor implemented
a four-week program at George-
town University in the fall of 2013
to compare and validate their
initial findings. Georgetown's
results were also positive, which
resulted in Taylor and Beal pursu-
ing this campaign into SVS.
Public Policy senior Kayla
Ulrich, co-director of Kill-A-Watt
at the University, said Beal con-
tacted her and LSA senior Natalie
Stevenson, co-director of Kill-A-
Watt, and explained the details of
the competition and the mission
of SVS. Ulrich said this competi-
tion would expand the current
sustainability movement at the
University and "bring something
new and fun to campus."
While there are many different
sustainability efforts on campus,
Ulrich said Kill the Cup is dif-
ferent than others because the
results are concrete since Kill the
Cup's focus is waste reduction.
"Because we are talking about
cups, I think that it is a lot more
relevant and more tangible. Peo-
ple will be ableto relate to it much
better," Ulrich said.

Islamic State fighters
closing in on Syrian town

From Page 1A
efforts of students to stop "rac-
ist police acts against minority
Assembly members dis-
cussed amendments to the res-
olution extensively and, though
each proposed amendment
passed, the resolution was still
voted down, with dissenting
voters noting the language as
being generally too extreme
and overreaching.
The resolution presented
to CSG was submitted at 4:54
p.m. Tuesday, two days after
the deadline to submit resolu-
tions and did not include pre-
vious amendments made and
passed by CSG in prior weeks.
Those amendments were added
and the updated resolution wdl
presented to CSG and voted on.
Among those voting yes for
this resolution, LSA senior
Michael Chrzan, School of
Education representative, said
though the resolution was
flawed, it was his belief that the
CSG body should still have sup-
ported the amended resolution.
"Obviously there were
ways that it could have been
improved," Chrzan said, "It did
not have to be a perfect resolu-
tion and I think that this reso-
lution fit the bill enough that it
could have been passed. There
were no extreme generaliza-
tions or inaccuracies and as a
person who has lived experi-
enced like these, I will say it is

Stephen Richards said, as the
representative of the School of
Social Work, he advocates for
social justice and believes in
this cause and the values set
forth in the resolution.
"It is fact that these things
do happen to people of color,"
Richards said. "I do under-
stand that this assembly is not
a majority of people of color
and do not have these personal
experiences, but all of us do
have experiences with these
sorts of things. It is hard to rec-
oncile the fact that these things
do happen in our communi-
Members from By Any
Means Necessary responsible
for recent protests on cam-
pus this month and earlier'
this year were in attendance.
BAMN Organizer David Doug-
lass asked CSG to colnsider the
opportunity their resolution
presented for minority stu-
dents on campus to be involved
in the Ferguson movement as
leaders for campuses across the
"We are in a very impor-
tant historic window. We can
make history tonight and stand
against this racist murderer,"
Douglass said, referring to
Wilson. "Students come here
because they expect to be a part
of a diverse, integrated student
body, but they are met with
the reality of a segregated and
white student body."
Members who voted for the
resolution said they hope to
continue to address this issue
and develop and present a new
resolution in the future.

Kurdish troops work
to expel extremists
along Thrkish border
(AP) - Islamic State fighters
were poised to capture a stra-
tegic Syrian town on the Turk-
ish border, Turkey's president
warned Tuesday, even as Kurd-
ish forces battled to expel the
extremists from their footholds
on the outskirts.
The outgunned Kurdish fight-
ers struggling to defend Kobani
got a small boost from a series
of U.S.-led airstrikes against the
militants thatsenthuge columns
of black smoke into the sky. Lim-
ited coalition strikes have done
little to blunt the Islamic State
group's three-week offensive,
and its fighters have relentlessly
shelled the town in preparation
for a final assault.
Warning that the aerial cam-
paign alone was not enough to
halt the Islamic State group's
advance, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan called
for greater cooperation with
the Syrian opposition, which
is fighting both the extremists
and forces loyal to Syrian Presi-
dent Bashar Assad.
"Kobani is about to fall,"
Erdogan told Syrian refugees
in the Turkish town of Gazian-
tep, near the border. "We asked
for three things: One, for a no-
fly zone to be created; Two,
for a secure zone parallel to
the region to be declared; and
for the moderate opposition in
Syria and Iraq to be trained and

Erdogan's comments did not
signal a shift in Turkey's position:
He has said repeatedlythat Anka-
ra wants to see a more compre-
hensive strategy for Syria before
it commits to military involve-
ment in the U.S.-led coalition.
Turkish tanks and other
ground forces have been sta-
tioned along the border within a
few hundred yards of the fight-
ing in Kobani, also known as
Ayn Arab, but have not inter-
vened. And while Turkey said
just days ago that it wouldn't let
Kobani fall, there's no indica-
tion the government is prepared
to make a major move to save it.
Since mid-September, the
militant onslaught has forced
some 200,000 people to flee
Kobani and surrounding villag-
es, and activist say more than
400 people have been killed in
the fighting. It has also brought
the violence of Syria's civil war
to Turkey's doorstep.
Capturing Kobani would give
the Islamic State group, which
already rules a huge stretch
of territory spanning the Syr-
ia-Iraq border, a direct link
between its positions in the Syr-
ian province of Aleppo and its
stronghold of Raqqa, to the east.
It would also give the group full
control of a large stretch of the
Turkish-Syrian border.
Syrian Kurds scoffed at the
rhetoric coming out of Ankara.
They say that not only are the
Turks not helping, that they are
actively hindering the defense
of Kobani by preventing Kurd-
ish militiamen in Turkey from
crossing the border into the

town to help in the fight.
"We are besieged by Tur-
key, it is not something new,"
said Ismet Sheikh Hassan, the
Kurdish defense chief for the
Kobani region.
Relations between Turkey
and Syria's Kurds have long been
strained, in large part because
Ankara believes the Kurdish
Democratic Union, or PYD - the
leading Syrian Kurdish politi-
cal party - is affiliated with the
Kurdish PKK movement that has
waged a long and bloody insur-
gency in southeast Turkey.
In towns across Turkey,
Kurdish protesters clashed
with police Tuesday, while
Kurdish demonstrators forced
their way into the European
Parliament in Brussels - part
of Europe-wide demonstrations
demanding mor help for the
besieged Kurdish militiamen
struggling to defend Kobani.
Turkish news agencies say
least at 14 people have died and
scores were injured in clashes
between Turkish police and
Kurdish protesters.
Despite Erdogan's dire
assessment of the battle for
Kobani, the front lines were
largely stable despite heavy
clashes Tuesday.
Kurdish forces managed to
push back Islamic State mili-
tants from some neighbor-
hoods on the eastern edges of
town, hours after the extrem-
ists stormed into the areas,
according to the Britain-based
Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights. Still, two black jihadi
flags fluttered from a building
and a small hill on the eastern



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