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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, April 10, 2009

LSA ACADEMIC ADVISING
Students:
Advice too
scattered

Technical Director Janine Wood Thomas and apprentice Mike Cichen construct the set for the upcoming show "Fences" at the Performance Network Theatre on Thursday.
Performance Network calls
for aid t prevent shutdown

Double majors,
pre-med students
report lack of central
guidance resource
By AMY MUNSLOW
Daily StaffReporter
LSA junior Ashlee Mosley
decided to double major in Latin
and political science as a way to
pursue her divergent interests.
Little did she know that there was
no one adviser to guide her on
how to fulfill the requirements of
both majors.
Mosley said while she was gen-
erally able to find information
online to plan her double major,
there were a lot of "loopholes"
in requirements, and she wasn't
clear about which advisers to see
to resolve her questions.
As students in the College of
Literature, Science and Arts like
Mosley choose their classes for
next fall, some feelthattheir advis-
ing needs are notbeing adequately
met bythe Newnan LSA Academic
Advising Center. Major problems
cited by students include long
wait times for appointments, over-
generalized advice and conflicting
information between LSA advisers
and concentration advisers.
Tim Dodd, director of the
Newnan LSA Academic Advising
Center, said that the center isn't
designed to give students guid-

ance specific to their majors, and
pointed to concentration advis-
ers as sources of information for
specific majors.
"It makes the best sense to
train general advisers to know
the whole curriculum and the
vast array of resources out there,"
Dodd said. "A concentration
adviser who can give detailed
advice about that department's
requirements, internship possi-
bilities and opportunities to par-
ticipate in that disciplinary and
departmental community."
Dodd said students like Mosley
have avariety of advisers they can
see, but there is no one contact
person for questions specific to
double majors.
"Students can and should see
all of their assigned advisers -
general, first major, second major,
minor - as they have questions
about certain aspects of their aca-
demic program," he said.
Since LSA undergraduate reg-
istration began Monday, students
with both single and double majors
have reported experiencing frus-
tration with a lack of available
advising times as they struggle to
schedule their classes.
LSA freshman Charles Mark-
man said that while his adviser
was helpful, it was difficult to
schedule an appointment.
"I tried to geta hold of her, but
was four weeks down the line
before I could actually meet with
her," he said.
See ADVISING, Page 7

Downtown theater
must raise $40,000
by next Wednesday
to keep curtain open
By MALLORY BEBERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Ann Arbor's 27-year old, nonprof-
it Performance Network Theatre
is in a race against time. By next
Wednesday, the Performance Net-

work must raise $40,000 to keep its
actors working and its stage busy.
Carla Milarch, the executive
director of the Performance Net-
work, said the theater company
has been suffering from a decrease
in state art funding and corporate
support for the last few years. But
Milarch said the Performance
Network has been able to stay in
business because of individual
donations and special event fund-
raisers.
But with the current economic
crisis, the Performance Network

has seen those donations slip away.
"We took some significant hits in
our last few months in a couple of
key areas and so what that has done
is basically change our revenue pro-
jection for the end of the year," she
said.
To try to compensate for the
decrease in revenue, the Per-
formance Network has slashed
employee bonuses and parking sub-
scriptions, Milarch said. She added
that to eliminate more spending,
the Performance Network has post-
poned the date of its seventh show

of the 2008-2009 season. The show
will be the opener for the 2009-
2010 season instead.
"There are a number of differ-
ent ways across the board that
we've cut budgets and done all the
cost saving that we can do without
making major compromises to the
structure of the organization," she
said.
But it hasn't been enough.
Milarch said to raise the $40,000 by
next Wednesday, the Performance
Network has launched a grassroots
See THEATER, Page 7

STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS
B-School project competes for $25K

MRun set for cross-state fundraiser

Website project to
give small bands
more exposure
By DAVID TAYLOR
For the Daily
The Ross School of Business
likes to bill its classes as "action-
based learning," in which students
can grapple with real-world busi-
ness quandaries. And for Andrew

Charnik and Jeffrey Richman,
such was the case when they were
asked to create their own business
venture.
The result for the two Ross
School of Business graduate stu-
dents is "Relive" - a business
plan that melds the atmosphere of
live, small-scale concerts with the
struggles of up-and-coming artists
in an online community.
The idea afforded them the
chance to compete for $25,000
to make the business a reality.

Their team was chosen out of
160 teams as a semi-finalist in
the New Venture Championship
competition, which started yes-
terday and will continue through
the weekend.
The competition - which is
in its 17th year - is hosted by the
University of Oregon's Lundquist
Center for Entrepreneurship. It
pits student entrepreneurs against
one another for the chance to win
prize money.
See BUSINESS, Page 7

HOPPING AROUND THE GLOBE

Members of campus
running group hope
to cover 178 miles in
less than 24 hours
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
While many students will be
sound asleep at sunrise tomorrow
morning, around 30 University
students will be wide awake, clad
in running shoes, spandex and
maize T-shirts, preparing to run
across the state of Michigan.
The 2009 Race Across Michi-
gan is sponsored by MRun, a
student running club at the Uni-
versity. The event is the first of its
kind at the University, and MRun
members are hoping to make it an
annual event.
The students will be running in
pairs, and each pair will run five
to 10 miles. The group members
hope to complete 178 miles from

ARIEL BOND/Daily
MRun members run across the bridge near the CCRB yesterday during practice.

Detroit to South Haven in less
than 24 hours. The goal of the race
is to raise money for the Girls on
the Run of Michigan, an organiza-
tion that promotes a healthy life-
style for young girls.
MRun has already raised $1,150
for the organization through cor-
porate sponsors, individual fund-
raising and online donations on
the team's website.
Elliott Manzon, founder and
director of the race, said each and
every penny the group raises helps
more girls to participate in the
Girls on the Run program.
Sarah Brewer, co-director of
the race, who was also a coach for
GOTR last year, said she's excited
to raise money for such a great
cause.
"I saw firsthand how donations
were being used to sponsor girls

who could not afford the program
fee and how much this after-
school program meant to them,"
she said.
David Metler, president of
MRun, said the idea for the race
started as a joke when he suggest-
ed the group run across the coun-
try. Instead, the group came up
with the more feasible alternative
of running across the state.
The race will make the group
the first to run across the state of
Michigan, Brewer said.
Participants are divided into
five vans depending on how long
they want to participate, Brewer
said. She added that throughout
the race, they plan to blog and post
pictures on www.raceacrossmi.
com.
Manzon said he's excited to
See RUNNING, Page 7

Business senior Jon Marks samples international beers at the Hop Head Beer Tasting last night at the Ann Arbor Brewing Company.

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