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- Tuesday, November 16, 2010


In Other Ivory Towers Michigan Myths Professor Profiles
'U': Grades myth not true

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Many wide-eyed students
on campus have heard the
myth that if your roommate
dies, all your professors have
to give you A's for the semester.
But before rushing out to buy
a virtually untraceable poi-
son in hopes of becoming an
Angell Scholar, students might
want to consider that the myth
could be false.
There's no irrefutable policy
at the University that states
whether the myth is true or
false, but University spokes-
man Rick Fitzgerald told The
Michigan Daily that it is sim-
ply a myth.
"That is not true," Fitzger-
ald said. "That is a myth."
Though the myth is false,
the notion that a student will
get all A's if their roommate
dies has become lore at cam-
puses across the country, even

serving as the plot for the 1998
movie "Dead Man on Cam-
Where the myth originated
at the University is difficult to
pinpoint, but students often
associate it with a different
myth that claims that if a stu-
dent is hit by a bus, he or she
would have his or her tuition
waived - a notion that is also
However, in the interview,
Fitzgerald said he would
encourage any student who is
experiencing a stressful situ-
ation to take advantage of the
counseling services offered on
"We would certainly
encourage students who find
themselves in that situation or
any other stressful situation
to seek out the counselors at
(Counseling and Psychologi-

cal Services) for help in deal-
ing with something like that,"
Fitzgerald said.
CAPS services include coun-
seling for both individuals and
groups, psychiatric evalua-
tions, assistance in monitoring
medication and a suicide pre-
vention program. Addition-
ally, CAPS offers walk-in crisis
services for urgent crises like
sexual assault, a campus cri-
sis response team and a wide
array of outreach activities
and workshops.
According to the organi-
zation's website, CAPS has
a diverse staff with wide-
ranging expertise - including
clinical social workers, psy-
chiatrists and psychologists
- who work with students to
manage mental health con-

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Volvo recovered Laptop left for Stage fighting Film screening People who are obese
WHERE: 2200 Hayward five mins. stolen lessons WHAT: Screening of "Invic- are more likely to have a
WHEN: Sunday at about 9 tus" and discussion with 1 stronger sense of smell,
a.m. WHERE: Duderstadt Building WHAT: Theatrical stage Professors Barbara Ander- BBC News reported. A study
WHAT: A 1999 grey Volvo S80 WHEN: Sunday at about 3:50 combat training will son and John Romani. at the University of Ports-
that was reported stolen on p.m. be offered based on a WHO: Sociology Under- mouth found that people with
Nov. 8 was recovered, Univer- WHAT: A Macbook Pro left wide range of weapons graduate Association a higher body mass index had
sity Police reported. unattended for about five min- and combat styles. WHEN: Tonight from significantly heightened olfac-
utes was stolen from the third WHO: The Ring of Steel 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. tory senses.
floor of the library, University WHEN: Today at 7 p.m. WHERE: 1360 East Hall

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Stairwell lurker
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Sunday at about
10: 15 p.m.
WHAT: A female student
found a male subject lying
underneath a stairwell alleg-
edly masturbating, according
to University Police. He was
arrested at the time by Univer-
sity Police and released later
that night.

Police reported. Officers gath-
ered evidence and the case is
still under investigation.

WHERE: Student The-
atre Arts Complex

panel discussion
Cqntr e" 3ntepr

WHERE: Cancer Center
WHEN: Saturday at 1:10 p.m.
WHAT: Various food items
valued at about $10 were sto-
len, University Police report-
ed. Currently, the incident is
still under investigation.

WHAT: Panelists from
various University depart-
ments of science will discuss
opportunities for science
students after graduating.
The panelists will offer
opportunities that are gen-
erally overlooked by the
majority of science students.
WHO: Science Learning
WHEN: Today at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Palmer Commons

* A photo caption in The
Michigan Daily ("The
Last Lap") inaccurately
reported that members
of Michigan's ROTC run
one mile for every year of
the group's existence. It is
one mile for each year of
the existence of the Unit-
ed States Marine Corps.
0 Please report any
error in the Daily to

Mixing a can of Red Bull
with five shots of vodka
has a higher alcohol-to-
caffeine ratio than a can of
Four Loko.
Passengers are advocat-
ing for child-free flights,
The New York Times
reported. A survey by Skyscan-
ner found that nearly 59 per-
cent of passengers support the
creation of "family-only" sec-
tions on planes.

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way to make a positive impact."
Mehta added that the 1,000
Pitches competition is going
strong and is proving to be the
"hub where a lot of entrepreneur
activity happens."
According to the live update
on the competition's website,
there are 2,324 pitches as of
last night. Mehta said this num-
ber already exceeds last year's
"We want quantity because it
creates virility in the competi-
tion," he said.
He said that there's been was
talk of turning 1,000 Pitches into
one million pitches for America.
At yesterday's Diag day, 1,000
Pitches hosted a station that fea-
tured students who had already
submitted their ideas. The event
also had two large plastic globes
where students could write their
ideas about how to make the
world a better place.
Engineering junior Andrew
Brehm pitched an idea aimed at
purifying water without having
to use fuel or energy.
The idea is to create a "cheap,
easy to make, easy to distribute
water purifier for hot, dry cli-
mates," he said.
He explained that dirty
water would be in one container
underneath a black surface. The
dirty water would be evaporated
by the sun's heat, and the evapo-
rated purified water would then

drip into a separate container.
"This will help prevent the
spread of disease and ensure that
people are always drinking clean
water," Brehm said. "It's also
going to be very cheap to make
because it'll be mostly made of
plastic parts."
Business sophomore Julia
Shi pitched an idea for a mobile
application that uses a Global
Positioning Satellite to deter-
mine restaurant options near the
location of the mobile device and,
then provide prices, average wait
times for dining in and carrying
out and restaurant capacity.
"This application would be
helpful, for example, if you are
a college student, because some-
times you have awkward 30
minute pads of time between
classes," Shi said.
She said the application would
be free for students but that she
would make a profit by hav-
ing local restaurants pay for ad
Feeding off of college stu-
dents' need for food, Business
sophomore Han Zhang pitched
a similar idea, which would use
mobile GPS technology to send
the user's location to a restau-
rant to have food delivered to
wherever the student is located.
"This way you can literally get
food from wherever you are,"
Zhang said. "You don't have to
be at a given location."
LSA freshman Harry Hant-
man pitched multiple ideas,
one of which was a website and
phone application called "Paths

From Last Night."
The program would record
different points of one's loca-
tion at 30-second to 5-minute
intervals, mapping the user's
movement. He said the applica-
tion could have a variety of uses
and could be posted on social
network sites like Facebook or
"You can post your path from
last night and say 'this is a great
path as a runner' or 'look how
wasted I was last night and I
just did this and it was really
stupid,"' Hantman said. "It con-
nects the different paths you
take from one place to another."
Business and Engineering
sophomore Prateek Garg pitched
an idea of heated sneakers for
the cold Michigan winters.
His idea involves a magnet
and coil inside the shoe to cre-
ate currents that would produce
"The more you walk the
warmer your feet get," Garg said.
"So in the winter your feet won't
get as cold."
LSA freshman Becca Weisz
pitched an idea that aims to help
users resist the urge to text while
driving. Her application, called
"driving mode" would require
a car to have the ability to sync
and would send out an automat-
ed, personalized text response to
any message received while the
car is in drive.
"Basically what driving mode
is, is the solution to texting while
driving," Weisz said. "The laws
aren't a solution."

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Tversky worked very closely
together and added that Tversky
would've also been awarded the
Nobel Prize had he not died in 1996.
"(Khaneman) came here
between 1965 and 1967 to do a
visiting professorship and start-
ed collaborating with one of our
recent Ph.D.s, Amos Tversky,
and they did this work together
and published together for a long
time. But Amos died, otherwise he
would've gotten the Nobel Prize
with Daniel," Coleman said.
"It's very wonderful, and I'm
very happy that he's going to be
the speaker," she continued.
Kahneman was born in Pales-

tine in 1934, but spent his child-
hood in France where he and his
family escaped the Nazis dur-
ing the Holocaust. After the war,
Kahneman returned to Israel
before he eventually immigrated
to the United States in 1958. Cur-
rently, he is a professor emeritus
at Princeton University. Faber
is a professor of Astronomy and
Astrophysics at the University of
California, Santa Cruz. In 1976,
Faber helped to develop the Faber-
Jackson Theory, which is used to
estimate the distance between
Coleman said Faber is a world-
renowned astronomer, adding
"she is very distinguished."
Munger, the third individual to
be awarded an honorary degree at
winter commencement, is worth

over $1 billion and donated $3
million to the University's Law
School in 2007. Munger has come
to campus a number of times to
speak, visiting most recently last
In the interview, Coleman
called Munger, "one of the world's
leading investors" for his work at
Berkshire Hathaway alongside
Warren Buffett.
Honorary degree recipients are
chosen by the University's Honor-
ary Degree Committee, which is
chaired by Rackham Dean Janet
Weiss. The committee reviews
nominations for the degree recipi-
ents submitted by students, fac-
ulty and staff.
Winter commencement will
be take place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 19, 4
2010 at Crisler Arena.



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