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Monday, May 5, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

PRIMARY
From Page 1
Despite the candidates' pleas,
though, some are convinced the
end-of-the-year stress will keep
some students from the polls
tomorrow.
Recognizing that college stu-
dents largely flock to Obama's
message of hope and change,
Nathan Ashworth, chapter coor-
dinator of Ball State University's
Students for Obama, said he is "a
little bit concerned" that some
students will be busy with finals
and moving out.
Ashworth, who had just com-
pleted an exam before being
interviewed, said numerous
students asked him for advice
when they realized Ball State's
residence halls would be clos-
ing May 3, leaving them with
no place to stay if they wanted
to vote in tomorrow's election.
The Indianapolis native said his

group planned ahead, and has
been encouraging students to
vote early since the voter regis-
tration deadline passed April 7.
Amanda Morris, president
of Purdue University's chapter
of Students for Hillary, said she
expects her campus to be some-
what disengaged from politics
until the exam period ends.
Despite the fact that Madeline
Albright, the first-ever woman
to serve as U.S. Secretary of
State and one of Clinton's most
important supporters, was due
to visit campus last Thursday,
Morris anticipated that few stu-
dents would show for the event.
"I don't think many students
willgoto that," said Morris, who
had just finished a Spanish liter-
ature final and had a psychology
exam later that evening. "I just
think right now we're at a criti-
cal point in time where students
are more focused on their finals
than they are on the race."
Even when Clinton spoke

near the Purdue campus in
downtown West Lafayette
Wednesday afternoon, the New
York senator drew a visibly older
crowd of about 1,000 people to
the event. Few students were in
attendance for Clinton's stump
speech on how to help America's
struggling economy.
Some said the final exam peri-
ods would also limit how much
students could campaign for the
candidates.
Purdue University sopho-
more Kathryn Morrical agreed
to campaign for Clinton by mak-
ing phone calls to registered
Democrats in the area. She made
the commitment under one con-
dition, though - that she could
work her phonebanking shift
after her last exam.
"You want to help out, and
you know that should, but then
again, you know that finals are
most important and that they
should be your first priority,"
she said.

RIAA
From Page 1
Bernard said that while take down
notices are common,untilAprilthe Uni-
versity hadn't received a single preser-
vation notice from the RIAA this year.
Overall it saw a decline in the number
of notices in 2007, too, he said.
"For some reason that we don't know,
the RIAA has escalated its efforts to
issue take down notices and issue sub-
poenas in the last week or two," he said.
Bernard said that sending large num-
bers of notifications at the same time
places a bigger burden on universities.
. While the University has been taxed
by the sudden increase in notifications,
the number it has received is dwarfed
by the number sent to other campuses.
Michigan State University received
more than 1,000 notices over the past
two weeks - the same number of notic-
es the school received over the entire
2005-2006 school year, said Randy
Hall, who handles infringement com-
plaints at MSU.

Steven L. Worona, director of policy
and networking programs at EDU-
CAUSE, a nonprofit group focused on
technology use in higher education,
said that during the past two weeks uni-
versities nationwide were sent as many
as 50 times the number of notices they
usually receive over the same period.
But Worona warned against using
the number of copyright infringement
notices sent to universities as an indica-
tor of the amount of illegal file-sharing
happening on college campuses.
"We have no reason to believe and
every reason to doubt that there's been
an increase in infringing activity," he
said."All we know is that they have clear-
ly made a major change in the way they
are determining what infringements are
taking place and what infringements
they choose to send notices about."
RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duck-
worth said in an e-mail interview with
The Chronicle of Higher Education on
Tuesday that the group has not changed
its procedures for identifying copyright
infringement. RIAA officials declined
to comment further.

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