The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 3A
party takes over
Relive the "groovy" years moving
to the sounds of Motown, the Beatles
and the Beach Boys at the '60s Shim-
my Shake, tonight from 9 to 11 p.m.
at Leonardo's in Pierpont Commons.
Prizes will be awarded for best costume
and dance moves, so break out the bell-
bottoms and go-go boots and get your
groove on at this free event.
Ten poets will
" at tonight's slam
Poetry Slam, a performance poetry
contest, will be held tonight at 8 p.m. in
the U-Club of the Michigan Union. This
event is sponsored by University Unions
Arts and Programs and will showcase
10 poets competing for the honor of the
evening's "top poet." There will also be
an open-mic session giving audience
"members a chance to share their cre-
ations. Tickets are $3 for students and
$4 for the public.
to inform students
Students interested in the field of den-
tistry have the opportunity to learn more
about the University's dental programs.
The Dental Student Seminar, today at
5:30 p.m. in room G378 of the Dental
* School & Kellogg Institute, enables
those interested to meet with Dental
students and discuss classes and clinics.
Food will be provided.
" Espresso Royale
The Department of Public Safety
responded to a report that an oil and
crayon piece of artwork was stolen
from a wall at Espresso Royale in
Pierpont Commons on Tuesday. The
artwork was valued at $150, and
there are currently no suspects in
found in restroom
A caller reported to DPS on Tuesday
that there is racial graffiti in a men's
restroom on the fourth. floor of the
suffers hand injury
A caller requested assistance from
DPS for a subject who smashed his
finger while working in the kitchen
in the Law Quadrangle on Tuesday.
There were no serious injuries, how-
ever, and Huron Valley Ambulances
were not needed.
. THIS DAY
In Daily History
Local coffee shop
may face closure
Jan. 27, 1983 - One of Ann Arbor's
most popular and historically valuable
coffee shops, The Ark, may be forced
to relocate if a church decides to sell or
demolish its residence.
The First Presbyterian Church allows
The Ark rent-free use of its house at 1421
Hill St., but over 20 members of the con-
gregation recently voted to tear down
the building and turn the property into a
much-needed parking lot.
First Presbyterian Church Senior Min-
ister William Hillegonds said the house
is in need of renovations that the church
simply cannot afford with the little money
the congregation has set aside for upkeep
of the structure.
The majority of the congregation dis-
agreed with the decision to tear down the
Hill St. house, but the ultimate decision
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Donors spar in blood battle
By Kevin Kim
For the Daily
The rivalries that play themselves out
on the basketball court are taking another
form this time of year - and this time suc-
cess is measured not in points, but pints.
From today through Feb. 11, the Univer-
sity will be engaged in a blood drive com-
petition with Michigan State University.
The event, which is co-sponsored by the
American Red Cross, pits the two schools
against each other each year. The university
that collects the most pints of blood wins.
The blood battle is being held to assist the
Red Cross with the difficult task of meeting
hospitals' need for blood. According to the
Red Cross website, blood is needed every
three seconds. One out of three people needs
donated blood in his lifetime. One out of 10
hospital patients needs a transfusion.
Blood is always needed for treatment of
accident victims, cancer patients, hemo-
philiacs and surgery patients. In order to
be prepared for everyday patients' needs
and for unexpected disasters, a seven-day
inventory of blood is necessary, according
to the Red Cross.
But on most days during the fall, the inven-
tory reserve in the region was measured in
hours, not days. In the past, according to the
Red Cross, the region has obtained addi-
tional blood from other parts of the coun-
try. These sources, however, have declined
because of national shortages.
To help counteract the shortages, the
community service organization Alpha Phi
Omega is co-sponsoring the blood drive.
APO has been heavily involved in the
blood battle tradition for the past 10 years,
said LSA junior Kathryn Beachnau, who is
one of the co-chairs of APO's blood battle
committee. The tradition of the fall blood
battle with Ohio State University began 23
years ago. The winter rivalry against MSU
- which began four years ago - is a rela-
tively new addition to the blood battles. Orig-
inally, the winter competition centered on the
hockey season and the University's hockey
match against MSU. However, this year is a
"This is the first year that the blood battle
has been organized to match the basketball
season," said Beachnau, who is a veteran of
three winter blood battles herself. Beachnau
added that having the blood battle during
hockey season did not work very well because
the dates were too difficult to match.
"The goal for this winter drive is
about 750 pints," she said. "It's about half
the goal in -the fall. We just expect less
people to be walking around and running
into the blood drive stations in the winter
than in the fall."
Despite the lowered expectations, the
blood battle has already gained a great deal
of interest. Engineering freshman Joseph
Lee said that he and his fraternity broth-
ers in Lambda Phi Epsilon will be donating
"I'm pretty excited about giving blood.
I've never done it before, and I think it's
something everyone should try," Lee said.
In order to donate blood, a prospective
donor must be at least 17 years old, weigh
at least 110 pounds and not have donated
blood in the last 56 days. Other aspects of
each potential donor's health history are dis-
cussed during the donation process prior to
any actual collection of blood. Each donor
also receives a brief examination during
which temperature, pulse, blood pressure
and blood cell count are measured.
The blood drive will be held at vari-
ous buildings on campus. Though walk-
ins are welcome, students can register
beforehand by visiting the Red Cross
website, www.givelife.org, and following
the directions on the site. The required
sponsor code is "goblue."
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UM Stars hope to grant wishes for dying children
By Magaly Grimaldo
Daily Staff Reporter
In the spring of last year, UM Stars, a Uni-
versity organization affiliated with the Make-
A-Wish Foundation, set it sights on fulfilling
one wish for a child stricken with a life-threat-
But after a successful start with its first two
charity events, it is now hoping to grant mul-
The student group began when LSA sophomore
Jeff Tosoian - now president of the organization
- coordinated with the University's Greek commu-
nity to see who was interested in creating an organi-
zation to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Now after having started the organization
just a year ago, UM Stars has raised about
$4,000 dollars, Tosoian said.
Moreover, the organization has increased
"We have a full board with over 20 people and
about 500 members," said Jeannie Uh, UM Stars
Director of University Affairs.
Tosoian said the organization was able to
raise $1,600 through renting out ice skates at
its ice skating event held at Yost Ice Arena, and
it also raised about $1,000 in another fundrais-
ing event held at the club Necto.
Donations have made up the rest of the total
funds raised, added Tosoian.
One of these donations was raised during the
Mud Bowl last October hosted by the fraternity
Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
The fraternity doubled the amount raised at the
bowl, which amounted to $500 for UM Stars.
Although not officially a part of the Make-A-
Wish foundation, UM Stars contributes finan-
cially to the foundation.
UM Stars is organizing future charity events
to increase the amount of money it has collect-
ed for the organization.
"We are working on Wings for Wishes,
another charity event for sometime in March to
be held at Buffalo Wild Wings," Uh said.
"This event will be accomplished by giving
students fliers which will allow Buffalo Wild
Wings to donate a percentage of each student's
purchase to UM Stars," Uh added.
The Organization will also be holding a
charity event during Greek Week called Penny
Wars - a competition to raise money by donat-
Greek houses will be competing against
each other to raise the most money in the
UM Stars is hopping to raise a significant
amount of money so it can grant multiple wish-
es to deserving children in the spring.
"UM Stars will be able to choose the wish that
we are able to fulfill and then donate the money to
the Make-A-Wish foundation," said Tosonia.
The organization's next meeting will be Feb. 15
in the Wolverine Room of the Michigan Union.
Trotter House murals work
to bridge gap among cultures
By Keara Caldarola
For the Daily
Today and tomorrow, students can participate in the paint-
ing of an "interactive mural" at the William Monroe Trotter
Multicultural Center. "This mural will help students to learn
about people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and
come together to learn about each other's history and overall
help everyone to learn about living together through imagina-
tion and creativity," said LSA senior Marcia Lee.
The theme of the mural, We Have Yet to Learn the Simple
Art of Living Together, references a Martin Luther King Jr.
sermon that was also the inspiration for the theme of this year's
MLK symposium, Lee said.
"The mural shows a progression from individual cultures to
the idea of solidarity and working together," she said.
The mural will consist of four different panels that depict the
struggle to live in harmony with people from all cultures. The
centerpiece of the mural is an oak tree with pictures, portraits,
symbols and icons from various cultures - submitted by stu-
dents involved in this project - hanging from the branches.
"This oak tree symbolizes strength and shows how positive
behavior helps it grow as well as the negative aspects that try
to tear it down," Lee said. The mural will also have a section
for graffiti art and will display the word "solidarity" written in
Highly acclaimed painter Eliseo Art Silva will be overseeing
the creation of the mural. Students will paint the mural by fol-
lowing the paint-by-number outline that was drawn yesterday.
The actual painting of the mural will take place today from 8
a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
Student organizations that will be involved in the creation of
the mural include the Black Student Union, La Voz Latina, Stu-
dents Allied for Freedom and Equality, United Asian Ameri-
cans Organizations, Native American Student Association,
the Office of Multiethnic Student Affairs, the Arab Student
Association, Ozone House and Fighting Obstacles Knowing
NASA co-chair Matthew Stehney said that his organiza-
tion decided to help with the project because, "(NASA) has
always felt strongly about being unified with other cultural
groups. There has always been a desire to be connected."
SAFE treasurer Allie Dakroub said his group chose to be
involved in the creation of the mural to show solidarity with
"While SAFE is a political organization concerned about
the Arab-American struggle, we decided to be a part of the
creation of this mural to show that we care about and recognize
the struggles and hardships that all other cultures have to face,"
Dakroub said. "This mural will promote multiculturalism and
bring awareness of negative aspects that work against the unity
The Trotter House is a multicultural house on campus where
culturally and ethnically based student groups meet together
and hold various events. "It would only make sense to have the
mural there," Stehney said.
"The mural itself will help to increase the presence of
art here at the University," Dakroub said. "I feel students
will be able to appreciate the imagination and creativity that
went into the creation of the mural, but more importantly,
this project will bring about awareness to the similarities
of the stereotypes that all cultures face. This mural is being
painted to promote unity."
Painter Eliseo Art Silva and LSA senior Marcia Lee examine the draft for
a new multicultural mural to be created in the William Monroe Trotter
House and painted by residents.
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