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Fantasies come true

For about 30 University
students, fantasy football
offers philanthropic possibili-
ties.
In 2008, a group of Univer-
sity students formed Fantasy
Football for Charity. Every
football season since, the
members have competed for
fantasy glory and charitable
donations. Members pay $30
to enter the league. Half the
entry fee goes to a charity of
the entrant's choice, and the
other half is put in a larger
pool of money that is donated
to a charity that the league
champion chooses.
LSA senior Jordan Silver-
man, the club president, said

he was drawn to the club in
2008 because of the potential
to have fun and do commu-
nity service.
"(A friend and I) were
looking for something to get
involved in, and we wanted
leadership positions, and it
was a small but growing club,"
Silverman said. "We thought
that (since) we loved fantasy
football, why not do it for
charity."
The club is looking to
expand the fantasy sport
numbers they play in order to
continue their mission when
football is not in season, Sil-
verman said.
"The plan was this year to

add basketball, but that's a bit
of a problem obviously," Sil-
verman said referring to the
NBA lockout that has post-
poned the start of the basket-
ball season.
Because basketball is not
possible, the club plans to add
a fantasy baseball league this
spring. Retaining members
has been difficult for the club,
but Silverman said he hopes
adding another sport will
keep members involved.
"We don't have a very good
conversion rate, but we usual-
ly get about two to three new
football geeks every year," Sil-
verman said.
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CRIME NOTES

Towel
tampering
WHERE: Undergraduate
Library
WHEN: Tuesday at about
3:35 a.m.
WHAT: A paper towel
dispenser was torn off the
wall in amen's restroom,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects and
the damage was estimated
to be about $50.
Bumpy ride
WHERE: Fuller Road
WHEN: Monday at about
12:50 p.m.
WHAT: A motorist struck
a University bus and fled
the scene, University Police
reported. A mirror on the
bus was broken and there

Tickets
intercepted
WHERE: Ross School of
Business
WHEN: Monday at about
2:05 p.m.
WHAT: A male student's
football tickets went miss-
ing, Univeristy Police
reported. The student
believes the tickets were
Out of bounds
WHERE: Central Campus
Recreation Building
WHEN: Monday at about
9:05 p.m.
WHAT: A iPhone worth
$600 was stolen from
a male student near
the basketball courts,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Bhakti yoga Managing time
session workshop

WHAT: A yoga and medita-
tion class focusing on Bhak-
ti yoga practices that purify
the heart and soul.
WHO: Bhakti Yoga Society
WHEN: Today from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Pond Room
Patterns in
nature exhibit
WHAT: A exhibit of photo-
graphs of nature, seasonal
flowers and student and fac-
ulty projects about patterns
in nature.
WHO: Matthei Botanical
Gardens and Nichols Arbo-
retum
WHEN: Today from 10 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Matthei Botani-
cal Gardens Conservatory

WHAT: A workshop for
students struggling with
time management.
WHO: Counseling and Psy-
chological Services
WHEN: Today from 4:15 to
5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
room 3100
CORRECTIONS
* An article in the Nov
15 edition of The Michi-
gan Daily ("'U'opposes
elimination ofpartner
benefits bill")misidenti-
fied the number of Michi-
gan state senators. There
are 38 state senators.
. Please report any
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corrections@michi-
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Researchers found a
link between thyroid
problems and psychiatric
issues, The New York Times
reported. Doctors discovered
treating abnormal blood
levels of thyroid hormone
can prevent sympotoms of
psychiatric distress.
It's been 2,923 days
since the Michigan
football team last beat
rival Ohio State. Michael Flo-
rek says Michigan won't be
officially 'back' until it beats
the Buckeyes.
>> FOR MORE, SEE FOOTBALLSATUR-
DAY, INSIDE
A recent online study
by the journal Obe-
sity found that chew-
ing sugar-free gum is not an
effective weight loss strat-
egy, the Los Angeles Times
reported. Gum chewers do
not see big changes in boddy
mass index or weight.

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AFROTC Sgt. Maryam
Baker earns promotion

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Air ForceoOfficer
will be honored in
ceremony today in
Michigan League
By LIANA ROSENBLOOM
Daily Staf Reporter
After a decade of active duty in
the U.S. Air Force, Sgt. Maryam
Baker, the non-commissioned
officer in charge of Knowledge
Operations Management for the
University's Air Force ROTC,
is being promoted to the role of
technical sergeant.
Baker will be honored in a
ceremony at 9 a.m. this morning
in the Vandenberg Room of the
Michigan League.
Baker said she recognizes that
technical sergeant is one of the
most difficult levels of rank to
achieve in the Air Force, adding
that she knows the importance
of the promotion.
"With more rank there is
always more responsibility," she
said. "Any time you move up in
rank, you're expected to do big-
ger and better things."
Major Jonathan Liscombe,
operations flight commander for
the University's chapter of the
AFROTC, is Baker's supervisor.
He said many factors contribute
to a promotion, such as time in
the service, awards, decorations
and written tests to evaluate
officers' skills and knowledge of
the Air Force.
Baker was born and raised in
Charleston, S.C, which is where
she was stationed when she
began her career. She said she
was interested in serving her
country since she was a young
woman.
"Being in the military is
something I've always wanted
to do ever since I was younger,"
Baker said.
Baker has had numerous pro-
motions since she enlisted in
April 2001. In August 2002, she
was promoted to airman first

cOURTESYOF JOINT BASE CHARLESTOI
Baker was in charge of Defense Travel System, which included monitoring pass.
ports of those being deployed in Charleston, N.C before her promotion.

class and then to senior airman
in October 2003. She was pro-
moted to her current title of staff
sergeant in February 2006.
Baker was assigned to work at
the University in January 2009.
Her current role is to manage the
majority of the administrative
work, includingacademic records,
tuition and government funding
for the more than 90 cadets in the
Air Force ROTC program.
"Dealing with the 90-plus
cadets can be overwhelming,"
Liscombe said of Baker. "She
has a professionalism that is
unmatched."
Baker said she enjoys work-
ing with students in the ROTC
program because they are the
future of the military.
"I love to work with cadets,"
she said. "Even though it is a
learning environment for them,
I learn a lot from them as well."
Cadet David Spendel, an
Engineering senior, is the Public
Affairs Officer for the Detach-
ment 390 and has worked a great
deal with Baker. He wrote in

an e-mail interview that Baker
expects strong commitment
from her cadets.
"She has high expectations
for us and is not afraid to let us
know when we don't meet those
expectations," he wrote. "How-
ever, she will work as hard as she
can as long as you will give her
the same work."
Liscombe said Baker's duties
at the University will not change
much with this promotion. How-
ever, he said it will affect her next
assignment in the Air Force.
"That will most likely include
supervising other airmen and
having a more important men-
torship role towards lower rank-
ing airmen in whatever unit she
is assigned to," he said.
Liscombe said he is proud
of Baker's accomplishment
because she has proven herself
as a qualified officer.
"She has an exceptional drive
to accomplish taskings and
accomplish her job overall," he
said. "This is definitely a well-
deserved promotion."

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