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An 18-year-old freshman on
Northern Michigan University's
varsity women's soccer team who
drowned was alone in a pool when
she was discovered after a team
workout, school officials said
Public safety director Mike
Bath said a student exercising
Friday in an area overlooking the
pool at the Physical Education
Instructional Facility in Mar-
quette reported seeing Arianna
Alioto in the water about 30 min-
utes after the workout ended and
Employees found her unre-
sponsive, and after unsuccessful
life-saving attempts by staff mem-
bers and emergency responders,
she was pronounced dead at a
nearby hospital, Bath said.
Pres. George H.W.
Bush in hospital
Former President George H.W.
Bush remains Monday in a Hous-
ton hospital, where he is being
treated for a painful, lingering
bronchitis-related cough, and
there is no timeline for his release,
his spokesman said.
Initially, aides had said the
88-year-old 41st president would
be released from the hospital over
the wesL,,na. But he has a "nag-
ging cough" and "we don't have
any idea when he'll be released,"
said Methodist Hospital spokes-
man George Kovacik.
"They're not in any hurry, so
they're just keeping him here, but
there's really no change in his con-
dition," Kovacik said. "He's stable
and he's still here."
CDC: Flu season
to start early
Flu season in the U.S. is offto its
earliest start in nearly a decade -
and it could be a bad one.
Health officials on Monday said
suspected flu cases have jumped
in five Southern states, and the
primary strain circulating -4
to make people sicker than other
types. It is particularly hard on
"It looks like it's shaping up to
be a bad flu season, but only time
will tell," said Dr. Thomas Frie-
den, director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
The good news is that the
nation seems fairly well prepared,
Frieden said. More than a third of
Americans have been vaccinated,
and the vaccine formulated for
this year is well-matched to the
strains of the virus seen so far,
CDC officials said.
Pope joins Twitter
Benedict XVI, the pope known
for his hefty volumes of theology
and lengthy encyclicals, is now
trying brevity - spreading the
faith through his own Twitter
The pontiff will tweet in eight
.languages starting Dec. 12 using
his personal handle (at)Pontifex,
responding live to questions about
faith during his weekly general
audience, the Vatican said Mon-
Within 10 hours of the Vatican's
announcement, Benedict had
already garnered nearly a quarter-
million followers on the English
version of (at)Pontifex alone, with
thousands more following him in
the eight other language accounts.
All that, and he hadn't sent a
He may never hit the 1 billion
faithful that the Catholic Church
counts around the globe, but he's
odds-on to get 1 million follow-
ers by the end of the year, British
bookmakers Ladbrokes said.
The pope sent his first tweet
last year from a generic Vatican
account to launch the Holy See's
news information portal, and
someone in his name tweeted
daily during Lent, part of the
r Vatican's efforts to increase the
church presence in social media.
Daily wire reports
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of student athletes. Goldenberg
specifically noted that the addi-
tion of the two East Coast schools
could burden students with long
ABIA members also claimed
that other proposals, such as add-
ing new sports teams or changes
to ticket prices, are consistently
neglected to be mentioned to the
council until after a decision is
"We hear about it afterwards,"
Communication Studies Prof.
Rowell Huesmann, an ABIA
"(Brandon) cut the number
of meetings down dramatically,
but he made them longer. So,
they tend to be presentations
by him and his staff to us about
things that are already pretty
(decided)," Goldenberg said.
The Athletic Department
did not respond to requests for
comment on Monday.
Some professors said Bran-
don's role as chair and his con-
trol over the agenda for ABIA
is the reason it has not ful-
filled its role. Medical School
Prof. Charles Koopmann, a
SACUA member who also for-
merly served on the ABIA, said
the University is an "outlier"
because it does not have a pro-
fessor serve as the chair of the
"Whoever sets the agenda,
sets the meeting," Koopman
said. "It would be at least a rea-
sonable accommodation to have
the SACUA chair or a faculty
member sitting down with the
athletic director and jointly set-
ting up an agenda."
ABIA member Michael
Imperiale, a Medical School
professor, pointed out that
Brandon does not have a vote
and that the committee is
meant to advise the athletic
"My sense is that it's not our
job to micromanage the Athlet-
ic Department," Imperiale said.
"I think we need to remember
that while these are student
athletes and while we do look
after the student athletes, really
this is the Athletic Department
and it's not an academic unit."
U' and Special Olympics
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and are connected to the pulmo-
nary artery by a graft that pumps
blood into the device. Though
it has only been tested on sheep
so far, Cook said it has received
"That's very much the way
your natural lung works," Cook
said. "Your natural lung receives
blood from the pulmonary artery
and returns blood to the left atri-
In the sheep trials, the
researchers found that the lungs
have stayed clean and had no
change in resistance after 14
days, whereas normally the
blood flow resistance in the
lungs would triple over nine
days due to clotting.
As opposed to extracorporeal
membrane oxygenation - the
current oxygenation system for
patients who need lung trans-
plants - attaching the TALs to
the pulmonary artery requires
an invasive surgery. Cook said
he believes the benefits TALs
provide are greater than those
Specifically, he noted that
they remove much of the circuit-
ry of ECMO, are gentler on the
blood, work more like n natural
lung and allow the patient to be
mobile instead of bed ridden.
Cook noted that in order to
receive a transplant, patients
have to be physically strong
enough to handle the operation.
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"Tim Hortons may not be as
good as Espresso Royale, but
because it's more convenient for
me as a resident of Landmark
I'll definitely be going there,"
LSA junior, Myles Barkoff, a
fellow Landmark resident dis-
"Tim Hortons is like a poor
man's Dunkin' Donuts," Barkoff
said. "I want Dunkin' Donuts."
Employees at popular coffee
shops in the South University
neighborhood did not express
anxiety that the opening of Tim
Hortons opening would trigger
their own workplaces to lose
Alexis Cook, a barista at
Espresso Royale, argued thatcthe
contrast in atmosphere between
chain coffee shops and small
businesses creates a separation
in playing field for business com-
If patients are bed-ridden they
often are never able to build up
the necessary strength.
"If you have a patient that is
decompensating and needs a
lung very soon, ECMO is a good
mode of support," Cook said.
"Now, if you need to go beyond
that period (of a few weeks), I
think that the patient will be far
better served by having a Ho-
racic artificial lung."
David Skoog, a graduate stu-
dent research assistant in bio-
medical engineering who builds
the lungs fortesting, said it takes
a few weeks to build one because
they are all handmade.
"Since there are a lot of steps
in the process, we always have
several lungs being made at the
same time, just at different stag-
es in the process because it's so
time consuming," Skoog said.
"Otherwise we'd never be able
to produce enough devices to do
Cook added that the TALs cur-
rently beingtested didn'thave an
anticoagulation coating on them,
adding that he believes with the
addition of a coating, the lungs
could last up to a month without
having to be replaced.
Cook said his ultimate goal is
to support all the patients who
won't ever make it to the trans-
plant list. However, he said he
is unsure as to when TALs will
make it to human clinical trials.
"The answer is always five
years (until clinical trials). We
always say five years," Cook
"Big chains are big chains,
and people will go either way,"
The quirks and coziness of
smaller businesses like Espresso
Royale attract loyal custom-
ers and a regular clientele, she
"People who enjoy this kind
of experience will keep coming,"
Justin Hood, manager of the
Starbucks location on South
University, demonstrated a simi-
lar confidence on the matter.
"Ever since (Landmark)
opened, we've been really busy,"
he explained, "And I don't fore-
see any lost business."
In reference to already regu-
lar Starbucks c-nsumers, he
reasoned that the growing pop-
ularity of the Starbucks rewards
program create incentive for
customers to remain loyal.
"I don't think (Tim Hortons)
is really going to impact us," he
rogram aims to scheduled between Feb. 23 and
aise awareness Associate Athletic Direc-
tor David Ablauf said though
about mental studert athletes participate in
local community service proj-
dlsabilities ects, Ike reading to students
at local Ann Arbor schools, the
By DANIELLE partne'ship with the Special
STOPPELMANN Olymics is primarily focused
Daily StaffReporter on enraging Athletic Depart-
ment employees in community
tile most students will be service.
led up inside studying this "Were really excited to be
ary, a select few will jump able t> partner with Special
a pool of water to raise Olymics and to be able to do
eness about disabilities. some things to help some of
e University's Athlet- these aspiring athletes," Ablauf
epartment announced a said. "rhey have some amazing
partnership with Special events They do some amazing
pics Michigan on Thurs- things and we're excited to be
commencing with a polar a partof it and to offer up our
e at Michigan Stadium on time aid energy to help them
ary 23. meet tie goals that they have as
e mission of Special Olym- an orgtnization."
Michigan is to provide The Athletic Department's
19,260 children and adults Office of Community and Uni-
disabilities with the oppor- versity Engagement, which
y to develop their physi- handles the community service
ness skills and to create a partnerships between Michi-
ming community, accord- gan atiletes and local organiza-
o their Facebook page. tions, vill now also work with
ams for athletes and their the Special Olympics Michigan
ies are free and include on thenew partnership.
s, such as alr.ne skiing or Kimberly Purdy, the chief
ootball. marketing and development offi-
e University's polar plunge cer for Special Olympics Michi-
event where participants gan, sad the first polar plunge
into a frigid manmade or was organized about 15 years
al body of water - will ago an has grown immensely
ne of 28 polar plunges in furding and participation.
ghout the state during Purdy added that the event is
ary, February and March. a "fun and crazy" way to raise
urpose of these events is to awaretess to the organization.
money and awareness for "It'sjust phenomenal," Purn
rganization and the com- said,aadingthat aSpecialOlym-
ons that Special Olympics pics atllete also speaks at each
igan provide for their ath- polar Ilunge to educate attend-
A pool will be placed on ees about the organization and
ootball field for the event, the inportance of acceptance
thletic Department said. and tobrance.
e Athletic Department will Uniersity Athletic Director
ipate in subsequent Spe- Dave Irandon said in a state-
lympics Michigan events, ment that the new partnership
ding a basketball tourna- will integrate the values of the
at Saline High School and University Athletic Department
cling tournament at Colo- with tie values of the Special
anes. Thus far, six events, Olympcs.
ding the polar plunge, are "Service to our community
is something our team mem-
bers feel passionate about, and
this partnership with the Spe-
cial Olympics will allow us to
help aspiring athletes," Bran-
don said. "We plan to make the
polar plunge a 'wow' experience
for everyone involved in taking
the plunge. We look forward to
teaming with the Special Olym-
Purdy added that Special
Olympics Michigan hopes to
expand the relationship with
the University. She said the Big
House will be an "amazing"
venue for the polar plunge and
there was strong interest from
Athletic Department employees
to volunteer year round at local
competitions and training.
The Special Olympics Michi-
gan's long-term goals are to
further integrate volunteers,
perhaps certify coaches and
have the polar plunge become
an annual event at the Big
House, Purdy said. She added
that the Athletic Department
will help Special Olympics
athletes with disabilities feel
included and united in the larg-
Anne Rogers, the special
projects manager for the Special
Olympics Michigan, said she is
impressed with the efforts put
forth by the Athletic Depart-
ment's team members.
"I think it's really impres-
sive that they come together as
a staff," Rogers said. "This is
exclusively for their staff, it's
really not for the student ath-
letes ... it really is staff driven,"
She called the collaboration a
"win-win" iftuation for the Ath-
letic Department and the Spe-
cial Olympics Michigan.
"They're such a great group,"
Rogers said. "Our missions align
- that we both focus on sports
- and I just think that they will
be great volunteers. And the
experience with them will be
rewarding as well - to spend
time with our athletes. We're
very excited about it."
"It was only a couple of years
ago that we would get calls from
the newsroom and hear people
say, 'Who is Marcellus Shale and
why do you keep writing about
it?' Schwartzel said.
Erica Brown, a graduate stu-
dent instructor in the School of
Public Policy, asked the panel-
ists whether they have observed
public opinion shaping fracking
policies. Pless responded that it
depends on the influx of drilling
in the given state.
"Public opinion is possibly
coming into play a lot more in
Pennsylvania than in Texas
where they've been drilling for
a longer time," Pless said.
Borick added that he thinks
the ideal Pennsylvania system
would include more public ben-
efit since many Pennsylvanians
believe shale oil is a public
they think it's good for the state,
don't think fracking provides
the maximum amount of ben-
LSA sophomore Marissa Sol-
omon attended the event due to
her interest in environmental
policies. After the panel, she
said she was happy the lecture
was informative and unbiased.
"I thought they did a really
good job of not being super
biased, but still kind of show-
ing concerns on both sides, and
they all seemed like they were
experts on the issue," Solomon
Solomon added that people
should take time to educate
themselves about fracking,
since it is becoming a relevant
policy issue in Michigan.
"Michigan residents should
really take the time to learn
about fracking more," Solomon
said. "It's becoming a really
big issue here with Governor
Snyder supporting it (and) a lot
of environmental groups are
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shale fracturing to extract natu-
ral gas in Michigan.
Fracking is a method of
extracting oil and gas byutilizing
underground hydraulic pressure.
Jacquelyn Pless, a policy asso-
ciate for the Energy Program at
the National Conference of State
Legislatures, said fracking offers
technological advances, such as
enhancing natural gas recovery
and loweringelectric power pric-
es, as well as economic benefits,
such as job creation and helping
the state and local governments
w:, a tight budget.
She added that there are also
negative health consequences
of fracking to consider, such as
water contamination and with-
drawal, as well as the negative
impact on the surrounding veg-
etation and wildlife.
"Water contamination is
linked to natural gas operations,
such as spills and leaks," Pless
At the W.K. Kellogg Biologi-
cal Station in Battle Creek, Mich.
last Wednesday, Republican Gov.
Rick Snyder delivered an address
on the state of Michigan's envi-
ronmental affairs. He specifical-
ly remarked on how the state can
"do better" in regards to envi-
ronmental efficiency and that
the state should take advantage
of hydraulic fracturing to extract
Accordina, to Pless, 158 bills
regarding fracking have been
introduced in26 states this legis-
lative session.Allofthem address
the enhancements of fracking
through improved waste treat-
ment and disposal in a variety
of ways, such as chemical dis-
closure requirements and frackN
ing fluid disclosure. Pless said
Michigan is looking into similar
measures to ensure safe fracking
"Miahigan state legislators are
aimingto delay fracking opera-
tions util more is known about
effects;" Pless said. "(Fracking)
offers tremendous economic
benefit, and states are working
to ensore resources are devel-
As fiacking becomes a central
issue it Michigan, Rabe empha-
sized tlat public opinion is more
importtnt than ever.
"This is an issue that's been
emergiig for a num... of years,"
Christopher Borick, a pro-
fessor of political science and
director of the Muhlenberg Col-
lege Intitute of Public Opinion,
discused his telephone survey
study :onducted last October
that aompared responses of
Michigan and Pennsylvania resi-
Borik said he chose to com-
pare Nichigan with Pennsylva-
nia because the Keystone state
is pioeering fracking prac-,
tices it the United States and
is acclamed as the new energy
capitaf the world.
According to Borick, the fed-
eral gorernment's influence on
frackiny policy remains quite
limited and the state has the
opportinity to institute its own
regulatory policies without
much fideral oversight.
"What does the public -feel
about Itate level regulation of
frackirg)? Who should be regu-
lating? Mill regulation deter eco-
nomic levelopment? How do we
find the way to have it both eco-
nomicaly prosperous and at the
same tme protect the natural
resoures?" Borick said.
The last panelist, Erich
Schwattzel - the editor of
Pipeline, the Pittsburgh Post-
Gazette's site detailing natural
gas dilling in Pennsylvania
- opeed with a light joke, yet
noted tiat fracking has garnered
significtnt public opinion in the
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ideas for improvements to a
public art funding program in
the city, noting l wants stron-
ger community involvement in
decisions made concerning art
He added he would also like
more community participation
in physically helping create the
art, as well as more community
leverage, citing Toledo, Ohio as
a city that he said has its public
arts funded in partby donations.
When votes were cast, Coun-
cilmember Margie Teall (D-
Ward 4) was the only member
in opposition and even called
for a roll-call vote, saying that it
sent the wrong message to sup-
porters of public art in the city.
"(The suspension) does put a
chill on the ideas and the par-
ticipants," Teall said.
She said this direct involve-
ment in public art funding was
"micromanaging," adding that
she would-like to see more staff
for the Public Art Commission.
Kunselman, like other coun-
cilmembers, said that no one is
against funding public art, but
people disagree on how public
art should be funded. And that's
regrettable, he said.
"I feel sad for AAPAC
because they've been uealt a
hand they can't address," Kun-
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