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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, April 22, 2013


Ahmo's to
join Union
food court

Participants dressed in Mario-Kart-themed costumes run at the MRelay event at Ferry Field Saturday.


MRelay raises over$ 300K

2,000 students
come out for event
at Ferry Field
While libraries and cof-
fee shops across campus were
filled with University students
cramming for exams this past
weekend, more than 2,000 stu-
dents took a study break to raise
money for cancer research.
Against a backdrop of live
music performances, on-site
fundraisers and appearances

by members of the Michigan
football and men's basketball
teams, MRelay - the Univer-
sity's annual Relay For Life
event - was held Saturday
through Sunday at Ferry Field
outdoor track. Relay For Life is
a national 24-hour fundraising
event for the American Cancer
Society, and MRelay is the sec-
ond largest collegiate event in
the country.
Though the MRelay team.
doesn't stop counting monetary
contributions until August,
this weekend's event raised
$310,388.71 for cancer research.
By August, MRelay's goal is to
raise $372,000, $2,000 more

than the 2012 event took in.
Despite the cold tempera-
tures and new location, more
than 130 student organiza-
tions formed teams to partici-
pate activities, which included
Relay Idol, flag football, a scav-
enger hunt and the Mr. Relay
male pageant.
The teams of students
camped out around the field
from 10 a.m. Saturday until 10
a.m. Sunday. Reflecting on the
theme "Celebrate, Remem-
ber, Fight Back," there was an
opening celebratory ceremony
to empower participants, a
night-time Luminaria Cere-
mony to remember those who

lost their battles with cancer
and a Fight Back ceremony
to inspire students to take
Kinesiology junior Sara
Knysh, a member of MRelay's
executive team, said she was
inspired to join the effort to
cure cancer because several
people in her family have been
affected by the disease.
"It's pretty personal for me;
it means a lot to my family,"
Knysh said. "It just means a lot
to be able to help everyone else
Knysh said planning the
event was a rewarding process,
See MRELAY, Page 5A

Mrs. Field's, Auntie
Anne's to depart,
Wendy's and
Subway will stay
Daily News Editor
After anticipation and spec-
ulation, including fake signs
suggesting Chick-fil-A and
McDonalds would be leasing
space, University Unions has
announced the tenant line-up
for the Michigan Union's ground
floor food court, the Michigan
Union Grill.
Ahmo's Gyros and Deli will
join current vendors Wendy's,
Subway and Panda Express in
MUG in August, while Pizza
Hut, Mrs. Fields, Freshens and
Auntie Anne's will vacate their
spaces after their leases expire
at the end of the month.
Union officials have not yet
made a decision on whether
they plan to allow Amer's
Mediterranean Deli to renew
its first-floor lease, Laura
Seagram, marketing and com-
munications specialist for Uni-
versity Unions, wrote in an
e-mail. Seagram said they hope

to have a final decision over
the summer.
After it was suggested that
Amer's would likely close, a
Facebook page was created to
rally support to keep the deli
in the Union. Though the deli's
owner said the page was created
by a customer, E. Royster Harp-
er, the University's vice presi-
dent for student affairs, accused
the owner of creating the page
Ahmo's, which currently is
a guest vendor one day a week
at Pierpont Commons, will sell
Mediterranean staples like
falafels, gyros, hummus and
pita sandwiches. Owner Majed
Issa said the restaurant's food
seems to be very popular with
the students at Pierpont. He is
currently planning for Ahmo's
to stay in the Union for at least
10 years, with two five-year
"We're looking forward to
being there," Issa said, "hope-
fully all the students are looking
forward to it too."
Issa said Ahmo's will replace
the space currently occupied
by Auntie Anne's pretzels, Mrs.
Fields cookies and Freshens
smoothies. It will be operational
by Aug. 16.
See UNION, Page 5A

NAACP hosts
Image Awards
at art museum

Ceremony honors
students for
contributions to
Beneath the University of
Michigan Museum of Art atri-
um, more than 70 University
students gathered to recognize
the achievements of their peers
during the fifth annual Nation-
al Association for the Advance-
ment of Colored People Image
The gathering was hosted by
the University's chapter of the
NAACP, which presented 21
awards to University students
and campus groups at Sunday's
"We try to make sure we
recognize all the hard work
students have put in through-
out the year," said LSA junior
Michael Dalton, the chapter's

The University's NAACP
chapter began holding Image
Awards to mirror a ceremony
held by the national organiza-
tion since 1967. Image awards
recognize achievements in
television, literature, film and
music, as well as achievement
in social justice through cre-
ative outlets. Similarly, the
campus awards acknowledge
scholastic advancement and
social justice contributions by
University students, faculty
and administrators.
Before the event,Kinesiology
senior Dexter Mason reflected
on what he called a bittersweet
moment as he attended the
Image Awards for his fourth
and final time.
"Events like this are very
important because in the black
community I feel like there
aren't any other events that
highlight what the black com-
munity does," Mason said. "It's
a good way to have a sense of
A few rows behind Mason,
LSA sophomore Toni Hemby
See NAACP, Page 5A

CSG leaders
clean parks
to thank A2
About 100 students
pickup trash in
seven local parks
Daily StaffReporter
Whether students were raised
here or halfway around the
world, Ann Arbor becomes their
home for their college years.
Saturday, about 100 students
picked up garbage and engaged
in service work at seven parks in
their adopted hometown as part
of the Big Thank You A2 event
organized by members of the
Central Student Government.
CSG President Manish Parikh
spent one of his last days as the
CSG executive picking up gar-
bage. He wrote in an e-mail it
was important he show apprecia-
tion to the city he called home for
the duration of his undergradu-
ate experience.
"The goal for Big Thank You
A2 is to thank the city of Ann
Arbor for being such a wonderful
and kind neighbor to U-M and its
students," Parikh wrote. "Hope-
fully in the future the number
of students volunteering will go
from 100to1,000."
See THANK, Page SA

Rackham student Jimmy Schneidewind, organizer of the Boston Solidarity Run, leads the first lap on Saturday.
Com-munity runs for Boston

Student organizes
run in solidarity
with victims
Daily StaffReporter
One by one, runners from
all over Ann Arbor and metro
Detroit crossed the one-mile
mark at the Diag. There were no
fists in the air, no cheers from
the crowd. Instead, there were
thoughts of those who had lost

or were fighting for their lives
after the events following the
Boston Marathon.
Wearing marathon bibs that
uniformly read "We are all Bos-
ton Marathoners at Heart," run-
ners came together Saturday
morning for a Solidarity Run -
circling a one-mile loop as many
times as they could in support
of victims of the bombings and
shootings in Boston.
Three people - including
eight-year-old Martin Richard,
29-year-old Krystle Campbell
and graduate student Lu Lingzi

- were killed and over 170 peo-
ple were wounded after a ter-
rorist attack involving several
bombs at the race's finish.
In conjunction with numer-
ous other solidarity runs being
held across the country, Public
Policy graduate student Jimmy
Schneidewind organized the
event to give an opportunity for
local runners to show Boston
runners that they stood with
About 200 runners partici-
pated in the run, includingsome
See BOSTON, Page 5A


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