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Random acts to brighten days
Whether it's giving out free and Mason Hall where members people can turn someone's day
food or free high-fives, the Uni- handed out snacks, Green Books, around," Li said.
versity's Do Random Acts of de-stress pamphlets and pencils. Upcoming events include
Kindness club believes that it LSA junior John Li, DoRAK's "Love Shack," which will be held
doesn't take much to brighten community outreach chair, said on Valentine's Day on the Diag.
someone's day. the club is especially beneficial Club memberswill hand out flow-
The club has more than 150 for students who are feeling dis- ers, candy, and Valentine's Day
active members and strives to mayed or discouraged due to high cards. There is also a mass meet-
carry out genuine acts of kind- levels of stress. ing next Wednesday at 8 p.m. in
ness on campus. Recently, they "College life can be very stress- the Koessler Room of the Michi-
held a Be Kind to Muggles Day ful," Li said. "I believe DoRAK's gan League.
event on the Diag where mem- goal is to perform acts of kind- ' Li saidthe club made himmore
hers read aloud excerpts from ness to help relieve students from optimistic and understanding of
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, stress and to hope that our acts others and the spontaneity of the
played Harry Potter trivia and of kindness will have a ripple acts of kindness is what makes
gave free high-fives on broom- effect." them so special and wholesome.
sticks. The club also worked with Li hopes acts of kindness are "You never know who really
the Alumni Center by holding the contagious and create a healthy, needs a random act of kindness,"
LSA Giveaway, an event at the happy campus community. Li said.
Shapiro Undergraduate Library "I believe that 'RAK'-ing ASHNATARAJAN
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Engineering senior Sea Dong practices break dancing in
Angel Hall on Wednesday.
WHEN: Tuesday between
6:30 and 7:45 p.m.
WHAT: A bag filled with a
cell phone, wallet and keys
was stolen from the main
Police reported. Police have
not identified any suspects
at this time.
WHERE: 1114 State Street
WHEN: Tuesday around
WHAT: A bus, visiting from
another area, was hit by a
red SUV, which then fled
the scene of the accident,
University Police reported.
There were no injuries
reported from the collision.
WHEN: Tuesday between
8:20 and 9:20 p.m.
WHAT: An MCard was
stolen from a locker
within a period of an hour,
University Police reported.
Police have not identified
any suspects at this time.
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN: Tuesday around
WHAT: Officers arrested
a subject in response to
a report of aggressive
Police reported. The case
was passed to another
agency as the man is not a
WHAT: Gifts of Art, a pro-
gram bringing together the
arts and health, will sponser
a performance by celebrated
and award-winning flute
and guitar duo Tracy Kash
Thomas and Duane Allen
Harlick, featuring jazz,
tango, and classical music.
WHEN: Today at 12:10 p.m.
WHERE: The University
Hospital Mail Lobby
WHAT: Dr. Cathy Drennan
will present a seminar,
"Shake, Rattle, & Roll:
Capturing Snapshots of
Metalloenzymes in Action"
as part of the Department
of Biological Chemistry
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Palmer Commons
WHAT: The International
Center will offer a welcome
program for new interna-
tional students in the 2013
winter term to meet each
other, create social networks,
and recieve information on
adjusting to campus life in a
WHEN: Today at 3 p.m.
WHERE: The International
WHAT: The practice rink of
the Univesity's Hockey team,
Yost Ice Arena, will be open
to the public for skating.
The cost is $4 for University
faculty, staff, students,
youth, and seniors. Skate
rentals are $2.
WHEN: Today at18 p.m.
WHERE: Yost Ice Arena
A new breed of cats,
called Elf Cats,' has
been created to look
like mystical elves, the
Daily Mail reported.
Each cat sells for $2,000 and
are a mixbetween the curvy-
eared American Curl and the
Daily Arts staff picks
their favorite movies,
shows, music and more
from 2012. Did they
choose your favorites?
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British scientists have
found olive oil to be a
protective coating for
British cathedrals that are
decayed and damaged, NPR
reports. The oleic acid and
long hydrocarbon chains of
olive oil allow it to repel water
and keep out acid rain.
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Hagel details stance on Iran'
Sec. of Defense
nominee claims his
views have been
WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Barack Obama's pick
for defense secretary, Chuck
Hagel, is meeting with senior
Pentagon staff to try to set the
record straight about his stand
on Iran, saying he backs strong
international sanctions against
Tehran and believes all options,
including military action,
should be on the table, defense
officials said Wednesday.
In private meetings with
top military and defense lead-
ers and staff this week, Hagel
sought to counter critics who
say he is soft on Iran and would
be the most antagonistic sec-
retary toward Israel. Senior
defense officials who have met
with Hagel said he told them
that his views on Iran have
been misrepresented and that
he has long backed internation-
Hagel, a former Republican
senator from Nebraska, has
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staff so he can begin preparing
for what will likely be a conten-
tious Capitol Hill hearing on
Already this week, Hagel
has had dinner and lunch with
Defense Secretary Leon Panet-
ta and met with Joint Chiefs
Chairman Martin Dempsey
and Deputy Defense Secretary
Ashton Carter. He also has
begun making calls to senators
to answer questions and lay out
his positions on key national
Critics have zeroed in on
statements Hagel has made
questioning the wisdom of a
military strike by either the
U.S. or Israel against Iran.
As a senator, he voted against
unilateral economic sanc-
tions on Tehran, although he
supports the joint interna-
tional penalties Obama also
prefers. Hagel also irritated
some Israel backers with
his reference to the "Jewish
lobby" in the United States.
A handful of Republi-
can senators, including Sen.
Pat Roberts, R-Kan., have
already announced opposi-
tion to their former GOP col-
league, and some Democrats
have expressed unease with
the choice. But it is likely
that, in the end, senators will
confirm the Vietnam veteran
- who was twice award-
ed the Purple Heart - as
Obama's third defense chief
An injured passenger from the Seastreak Wall Street ferry is taken to an ambulance after the ferry crashed intoa New York
High-speed ferry strikes
NYCdock;- inj ures over 80.
into walls, down
stairwells on impact
NEW YORK (AP) - A high-
speed ferryloaded with hundreds
of commuters from New Jer-
sey crashed into a dock in lower
Manhattan on Wednesday dur-
ing the morning rush hour, seri-
ously injuring11people, including
one who suffered a severe head
wound falling down a stairwell.
Scores of people who had
been standing, waiting to disem-
bark, were hurled to the deck or
launched into wallsby the impact,
which came after the catamaran
Seastreak Wall Street slowed fol-
lowing a routine trip across New
York Bay and past the Statue of
Liberty, passengers said.
"We were pulling into the
dock. The boat hit the dock. We
just tumbled on top of each other.
I got thrown into everybody else.
... People were hysterical; cry-
ing," said Ellen Foran, of Nep-
tune City, N.J.
The crash, which ripped open
a small part of the hull like an
aluminum can, happened at
8:45 a.m. at a pier near the South
Street Seaport, at Manhattan's
southern tip. Around 70 people
suffered minor injuries, and for
nearly two hours paramedics
treated bruised and dazed pas-
sengers on the pier. Firefighters
carried several patients on flat-
board stretchers as a precaution.
Other patients left in wheel-
The cause of the crash was
under investigation. The ferry,
built in 2003, had recently
undergone a major overhaul that
gave it new engines and a new
propulsion system, but officials
said it was too soon to tell wheth-
er they played any role in what
Dee Wertz, who was on
shore waiting for the ferry, saw
the impact. She said that just
moments before the ferry hit,
she had been having a conversa-
tion with a ferry employee about
how the boat's captains had been
complaining lately about its
"He was telling me that none
of these guys like this boat," she
said. "It was coming in a little
wobbly. It hit the right side of
the boat nl the dock hard, like a
James Barker, the chairman
of the ferry's owner, Seastreak
LLC, said at a news conference
hours after the crash it was "a
terrible day for all of us."
"We are simply shocked and
stunned that this happened," he
said, adding that the company
would work with investigators
from the National Transporta-
tion Safety Board to determine
what went wrong. "Our priority
continues to be the people who
About 330 passengers and
crew members were aboard the
ferry, which had arrived from
Atlantic Highlands, a part of the
Jersey Shore still struggling to
recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Passenger Frank McLaughlin,
whose home was filled with 5
feet of water in the late October
storm, said he was thrown for-
ward and wrenched his knee.
"We come in and do this every
day, and so it just kind of glides
in," he said. "It came in hard,
and it was just a huge impact as
Some passengers were blood-
ied when they banged into walls
and toppled to the floor, he said.
New York City's transpor-
tation commissioner, Janette
Sadik-Khan, said the ferry was
coming in at 10 to 12 knots, or
about12 to 14 mph, when itstruck
one slip and then hit a second.