NOVEMBER 12, 2008 | THE MEREDITH HERALD • Educating Women to Excel \ VOL XXVI • ISSUE 8 FRINGE SCIENCE (SEE PAGE 4) -ComhuskinJ^^.;"'; %Technoloay bi Art Show . iris At Mereditf) Mris^OVe OBAMA ELECTED PRESIDENT iior 7-8|Opihi6n & dam ./'^^•:'Repub|ican;pai^r^ by Morgan Ericson Staff Writer With Obama’s victory as president elect on Nov. 5,2008, consumer psy chologists watched as the Obamas’ favorites, such as Fran’s Chocolates, J. Crew, and Nicorette gum, became the must-haves for his constituents. Eight swing states later and with 349 electoral votes, celebrations erupted in his father’s native Kenyan home, Obama’s hometown Chicago and even India. Nelson Mandela and Nicolas Sarkozy issued congratula tory letters, and celebrity recogni tion ranged from ‘Oprah unleashed’ to Madonna and Hugo Chavez, who attributed Venezuela’s “era of change” to Obama’s victory. Unfortunately, there has been an outpour of negative attention, threats and, for some, a continued feeling of gloom. Russia’s Presi dent Dmitry Medvedev promised to deploy missiles if Obama utilizes an anti-missile system installed in the Czech Republic. Two white su premacists, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman of Tennessee, were indicted after authorities discovered their sawed-off shotguns and con spiracy to assassinate Obama and behead other African Americans. How did Obama arrive at his vic tory? By turning red states blue. He won eight states that had voted for President Bush in 2004, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, and Colorado. In heavily Democratic suburban areas, voters turned out more than before, and the percentage of black voters also increased. According to the Wall Street Jour nal, 66% of 18-29 year-olds favored Obama/Biden over McCain/Palin, a recorded figure of youth voting that has not been matched since 1976. Mots coutlesy The New Yotk Times Also, in battleground states such as Ohio, Indiana, and Florida, col lege towns saw increases by 92% in young adult voters. We represented 18% of the electorate whereas our elders, those 65 and over, only rep resented 16%. This shift has already aflected how future candidates will have to campaign and leads politi cal analysis to speculate how voting power could be shifting away from the Baby Boomers as they ease into retirement. By the time this article is published, Obama will probably have appoint ed many members of his cabinet and have held a conference to publicize his next steps as president-elect. For pnolo coude^y oAsma.sensfe.goi' those still caught up in all the hate speeches and propaganda that have been infiltrating our televisions for the past months, it might be difficult to remember Obama’s stance on is sues and various priorities. Accord ing to CNN’s election issues page, Obama supports the following: Economy Obama supported the Wall Street bailout package, believing an emer gency rescue plan to be necessary. He advocates reforms for “new oversight of investment banks, more disclosure by financial firms...and more consistent rules that apply to all financial institutions...” Obama also advocates Congress’ extension of unemployment for 13 weeks to support families af fected the most by the economic crisis. Both Biden and Obama be lieve in investing more money in infrastructures—highways, bridg es, etc.—as a way to create more jobs. Biden advocates tax breaks for small businesses. Iraq Obama advocates complete removal of troops by summer of 2010. He See OBAMA, PAGE 2 Green Tip for the Week of October 27 Install compact fluores cent light bulbs, which use 60 percent less energy and last longer. During the 2008-09 academic year, Meredith College’s cam pus theme is “Sustaining our Environment: Developing our Greenprint." To help the Meredith community make daily choices that are ben eficial to the environment, Angels for the Environment have compiled a year’s worth of tips for greener living. To view green tips from previous weeks, visit www. meredith.edu/campus-theme/ environmental'tips.htm.