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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, October 7, 2013


Health orgs
- global focus

Student organizers
say campus lacks
interest in worldwide
health issues
Daily Staff Reporter
Twenty-six health-related
student organizations came
together Sunday for Students
Taking Action, an event host-
ed by the Global Health and
Development Coalition, a net-
work of health-focused student
The event, which lasted most
of the day, included several
prominent speakers, including
School of Public Health Prof.
Kenneth Warner and James
Holloway, vice provost for global
and engaged education.
In addition to speakers, the
event included a professional
development panel. One panel
member spent 10 months in
India on a Fulbright scholar-
ship, and another is working
on a mobile app-sensor pair for
monitoring blood pressure with-
out a cuff.
LSA seniors Nick Majie and
Samantha Cunningham formed

the Coalition in December 2012
because they wanted to form
an umbrella organization that
could unite health groups on
campus to increase effective-
The coalition meets biweekly
with a delegate from each mem-
ber organization in order to plan
events that will help achieve
common goals.
"We wanted the effort of
these groups to be as great as
possible," Cunningham said.
"Sometimes it is counterproduc-
tive to have groups overlap, and
we wanted to encourage collabo-
Majie said he started think-
ing about the need for a group
like the coalition when he
learned that the University's
Center for Global Health had
dissolved in July 2012. He said
the closing of the center wor-
ried him that the University
may not put a big enough focus
on global health.
Cunningham and Majie
said they want the coalition to
include a focus on professional
development, innovation and
support dealing with cultural
issues abroad. They also want to
help student groups gain access
to University resources.
See GLOBAL, Page 5A

LSA senior Christopher Horn, Mr, Blue, and LSA senior Tiffany Steele, Ms. Maize, walk down the aisle at the Black Homecoming dance in the Michigan Union Saturday,

Sister 2 Sister
and H.E.A.D.S.
organize Black

dent groups Sister 2 Sister
and Here Earning A Destiny
Through Honesty, Eagerness
and Determination of Self, stu-
dents had a blast from the past
this weekend.
On Saturday, the two orga-
nizations held their 14th annu-
al Black Homecoming Dance.
The dance celebrated the
accomplishments of the black
community and was open to
all University students.
The annual celebration,
held this year in the Michigan
Union, was "an event for the

community," said Alma Wor-
thy, Sister 2 Sister co-external
The University's Sister 2 Sis-
ter organization was formed in
1997 by several black women
who didn't feel that there were
any safe spaces for African
American women on campus.
Today, its mission is to
give back to the community
through fundraising and ser-
vice, as well as to providea safe
space for minority women.
H.E.A.D.S. was formed a
year after Sister 2 Sister by

several like-minded individu-
als who wanted to provide a
safe space for African Ameri-
can men on campus, and it
retains that focus on dialogue
and discussion today.
The April before the dance
is to take place, two groups got
together and began planning.
It's now one of several annual
staple events for both groups,
and each year it grows in size
and prominence.
"Just to give people a sense
that there is a light at the end

For the Daily
Formal dances, while an
important rite of passage
in high school, tend to fade
away once students enter col-
lege. But thanks to the stu-

march in
* A2 against
poaching of
Activist group fears
eventual extinction,
cites growing Chinese
demand for ivory
Daily StaffReporter
A world without elephants seems
too hard to imagine - but a national
advocacy group says that will be a
reality if people don't take action.
On Friday, March for Elephants
held a protest against elephant
slaughter on the corner of State
Street and North University Avenue,
followed by a march to the Federal
Building on Liberty Street between
Fourth and Fifth Streets.
The group is concerned about
the increased level of poaching of
African elephants and fears that the
species could be extinct within 10
years. According to the World Wild-
life Fund, sporadic enforcement of
poaching bans and increased land

First Days in
Administrators, confront a host of issues, includ-
ing affordability, diversity and a
experts outline most changing face of higher educa-
tion. On top of those hurdles, the
significant issues for 14th president will need to earn
the respect of the community he
next U president or she has been tasked to lead.
Tobin Smith, vice president
By SAM GRINGLAS for policy at the American Asso-
Daily StaffReporter ciation of Universities, said a new
president must be ready to inno-
The President's Office on vate around an arrayof issues.
the second floor of the Fleming "I don't see it getting any
Administration Building will easier for university presidents,
likely sit empty for a few days this and the challenges will become
summer. even more difficult in the coming
That is how the University's years, given financial challenges
next president will find it when at both the federal and state
he or she arrives in Ann Arbor level," Smith said.
and looks out on Thompson
Street for the first time. College affordability
When University President
Mary Sue Coleman's term con- In interviews with The Michi-
cludes in gan Daily, Smith, as well as Uni-
July, the versity Provost Martha Pollack
presidency, and former LSA Dean Terrence
and some McDonald, immediately listed
of the Uni- affordability as the top challenge
versity's for the next president.
greatest The average annual increase
Filling Fleming challeng- in tuition revenue during the past
es, will be decade was 5.09 percent, accord-
passed on to a new leader who ing to data provided by the Uni-
will greatly influence the Uni- versity.
versity's course over the next Between academic years
decade. 2004-05 and 2013-14, LSA in-
The newleader willbe asked to See FLEMING, Page 3A

Students attend the 100th anniversary celebration of the Department of Recreational Sports on
Intramural Sports Building.

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