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Tire takes a Nuisance at
tumble North Quad
WHERE: Intersection of WHERE: North Quadrangle
Baxter and Hubbard Roads Residence Hall
WHEN: Wednesday at WHEN: Wednesday at
about 4 p.m. about 3 p.m.
WHAT: A tire on a Univer- WHAT: Up to seven tables
sity bus flew off and struck were broken in a public
the window of a building, room and paint was spilled
University Police reported. on the floor, University
No injuries were reported. Police reported. There are
currently no suspects.

reach new level
WHERE: Fletcher Carport
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 7:15 p.m.
WHAT: A bystander
noticed a group of young
people skateboarding on
the top of the carport, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
subiet fled the scene.

Pop can pilferer
WHERE: Phoenix
Memorial Library
WHEN: Thursday at about
5 a.m.
WHAT: Two large bags
of returnable bottles were
stolen from a private room,
University Police reported.
There are currently no

Performance of
WHAT: The all-male
theatre performance group
Propeller.will act out a
rendition of Shakespeare's
"Richard III."
WHO: University Musical
WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center for
the Performing Arts
Food festival
for charity
WHAT: Food will be served
from local restaurants
with proceeds benefiting
impoverished children
worldwide. The evening will
also feature performances
by campus groups.
WHO: People Realizing
Opportunities to Volunteer
in Dreams of Eliminating
WHEN: Tomorrow at 6p.m.
WHERE: East Hall

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Michigan Daily ("Funds
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Michigan Daily ("Native
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annual powwow") inac-
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the University holds
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According to KKTV.com,
a Denver man is offering
a $700 reward for the
return of Butti, a 13-year old
tortoise that was stolen from
the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The tortoise was stolen from
the zoo on March 27, 2011.
Basement Arts is pro-
ducing Rachel Gil-
man's "Boy Gets Girl,"
a play critiquing dating cul-
ture. Tickets are available
for the show, which is being
performed tonight at 7 p.m.
and 11 p.m. and tomorrow at
7 p.m.
According to the Chi-
cago Tribune, a teacher
put photos of a student
on Facebook, which resulted
in the student being mocked.
The teacher apologized and
removed the photos. How-
ever, the teacher now faces
disciplinary action.

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Japan disaster leads to
social media innovation

People around
the world turn to
Facebook, Twitter
to aid in tragedy
TOKYO (AP) - As Japan
grapples with an unprecedented
triple disaster - earthquake, tsu-
nami, nuclear crisis - the Web
has spawned creativity and inno-
vation online amid a collective
desire to ease suffering.
Once the magnitude of the
March 11 disaster became clear,
the online world began asking,
"How can we help?"
And for that, social media
offered the ideal platform for
good ideas to spread quickly, sup-

plementing efforts launched by
giants like Google and Facebook.
A British teacher living in
Abiko city, just east of Tokyo, is
leading a volunteer team of blog-
gers, writers and editors produc-
ing "Quakebook," a collection of
reflections, essays and images of
the earthquake that will be sold
in the coming days as a digital
publication. Proceeds from the
project will go to the Japanese
Red Cross, said the 40-year-old,
who goes by the pseudonym "Our
Man in Abiko."
The entirely Twitter-sourced
project started with a single
tweet exactly a week after the
earthquake. Within an hour, he
had received two submissions,
which soon grew to the 87 that
now comprise the book.
Quakebook involves some 200

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book, as has Yoko Ono. Best-
selling novelist Barry Eisler
wrote the foreword for the book.
Organizers, including Our Man
in Abiko, will hold a press confer-
ence at the Foreign Correspon-
dents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on
"I just thought I want to do
something," he said in a tele-
phone interview. "I felt complete-
ly helpless."
Another project, "World's
1000 Messages for Japan," is an
effort to convey thoughts from
around the globe. Writers can
leave short notes on Facebook or
through e-mail, which a group
of volunteers then translate into
Japanese. The translations are
then posted on Twitter as well as
the group's website.
"The news of the earthquake,
tsunami, and meltdown in Japan
has mostly been horrifying. But
it has also served as a reminder
of the strength and resolve that
comes out of Japanese culture,"
said one recent message on the
project's Facebook page.
The calamitous events that
transfixed people worldwide
led to a jump in traffic among
social networking sites - typi-
cal after recent major disasters
In the immediate aftermath
of the disaster that likely killed
more than 18,000 people, phone
and cellular networks were
either down or overwhelmed
with traffic.
So people turned to the Inter-
net to track down friends and
family, and connect with those
who saw the disaster unfold
firsthand. In Tokyo, which suf-
fered minimal damage, commut-
ers wanted to know if their trains
were running, and whether their
neighborhoods would be subject
to rolling electricity blackouts
due to damage to nuclear and
conventional power plants.
Figures released this week
show that millions flocked to
sites like Twitter following the
earthquake and tsunami.

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he said.
"Wellness and well-being for
college students has really been
on the rise," said Christine Asid-
ao, assistant director of Outreach
and Education for CAPS.
Though in part due to the
office's faculty and funding
expansion, 3,362 students went
to CAPS last year - an increase
from the 3,127 students who vis-
ited the office in the 2008-2009
school year, according to the
CAPS 2009-2010 annual report.
Funding for the Zone - now
open each weekday - came from
existing CAPS resources and is a
part of the office's five-year mas-
ter plan, Sevig said.
The Zone's primary goal is to
encourage emotional wellness

to prevent serious psychological
problems, Sevig said. And while
Sevig said he hopes the Zone can
be used to help those already
seeking treatment through
CAPS, he is hopeful the new
center can reach out to students
who have never been to CAPS
Asidao said she anticipates the
"wellness center will essentially
attract a lot of students who don't
necessarily want to come in for
therapy, but who would really
benefit from just learning how to
Asidao and Sevig emphasized
that students' input is especially
important since the Zone is tai-
lored to them.
"We as professionals can think
of all kinds of great things, but if
it doesn't meet student needs, for
us that would violate our mission
and everything that we stand

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light on an interesting paradox in
that cell phones can close people
off but also help them connect with
the world around them.
"The technology itself is not
good or bad," Campbell said. "It
is how it's used and who it's used
In the study, more than 1,800
responses from a national survey
suggested that. cell phone users
seekingnews ontheir mobile devic-
es were more likely to engage with
people around them than people
talking on cell phones. Addition-
ally, the study found that people
who use cell phones to coordinate
plans are more likely to participate
in public conversations.
Campbell said the findings also
support the notion that people who
talk on cell phones frequently are
less likely to communicate in pub-
"Cell phones do have the poten-
tial to make us more focused on
what's going on in our personal
lives, and the personal lives of the
people that we're close to," Camp-
bell said. "Maybe we're not paying

enough attention to things outside
that realm."
While Campbell said he was
surprised to find that cell phone
use can spark conversations with
strangers, the new findings also
support the researchers' previ-
ous hypothesis that cell phone use
can strengthen familial bonds and
encourage interpersonal commu-
These previous findings, which
were published in an issue of New
Media & Society last year, chal-
lenge the popular assumption that
cell phones are replacing face-to-
face contact. In the 2010 study,
Campbell and Kwak found that a
positive link exists between the
amount of time spent communicat-
ing with someone on the phone and
the amount of face-to-face time
with that person.
Campbell said his fascination
with how mobile communication
devices connect and detach people
motivated him to pursue research
on the topic. He added that he plans
to continue studying cell phones,
particularly how they function in
international societies.
"Who we are closely connected
with rubs off on us," he said. "I'm
interested in the way that the cell

phone facilitates that social conta-
gion effect."
This week, Campbell and Kwak
presented separate research
at a conference in Hawaii. The
research focused on the ways
mobile communication facilitates
connectedness and disconnect-
edness between adults in South
Korea. Kwak, who is in Hawaii,
could not be reached for comment.
Campbell said there is a lot left
to explore in the field of telecom-
"Compared with other tech-
nology studies, only a sliver of
research is being done on mobile
communication," Campbell said.
"It's outrageous because cell
phones are contributing so muchto
social change. I think it's meaning-
ful and something that people take
for granted."
Next fall, Campbell plans to
teach a course in the Department
of Communication Studies called
"Social Consequences of Mobile
Communication," which will
examine mobile device use and the
impact ithas on social interactions.
"(The course) will basically
explore the social changes that
we're witnessing right now with
mobile communication," he said.

for," Sevig said.
The CAPS student advisory
board - a group of 18 members
who meet monthly with Sevig
and Asidao to provide student
perspectives on CAPS - played
a key role in developing plans for
the Zone. When a space opened
on the third floor of the Union
over the summer, CAPS real-
ized a wellness center could truly
become a reality and approached
the student advisory board with
the idea at the beginning of last
LSA senior Emily Green, a
member of the student advisory
board, said she thinks the Zone
will provide students with a good
place to relax.
"It's not about studying, it's
about recharging, regrouping, sit-
ting in a massage chair for twenty
minutes and just kind of letting
the dayde-stress," Green said.




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