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ITS project
to evaluate

Provost forum focuses on tech
Students discuss students and faculty engaged in vost for digital education - told underutilized. If professors pre
roundtable discussions during attendees that Pollack was busy. sented information in dynami
ways to use tech to the Provost's Town Hall meet- Students at the event were ways, the students said, th
ing to explore how thfe Univer- quick to defend the value of lessons might flow better an
improve learning sity can best use technology to social interaction within the reengage students snoozing o

Affected users
to be alerted of
impending changes
Daily Staff Reporter
This week, the University
began the second phase of Proj-
ect Horizon, an initiative that
aims to improve all programs
administered by Information
and Technology Services by
ITS employees began evalu-
ating services in April, decid-
ing whether to upgrade them,
support them on a limited basis
or retire them completely.
Throughout January, ITS will
alert users to impending changes
that will be implemented in 2014.
The project is part of Next-
Gen, an initiative that plans to
reduce the costs of ITS for the
University and improve quality

of service by providing modern,
standardized offerings like stor-
age and server infrastructure.
Terry Houser, interim assis-
tant director of Infrastructure
Projects for ITS, said a main goal
of Project Horizon is to reduce
the confusion on campus caused
by redundant ITS products,
moving to, offerings that meet a
standard set of performance and
quality requirements.
'Houser said cutting costs is a
priority "first and foremost," but
could not provide an exact goal
or figure.
"We have services that are, in
many cases, old, and they're in
need of retirement," he said.
Obsolete programs such as
the University's blogging plat-
form, MBlog, will be retired
permanently. Houser offered
Google's Blogger platform as
one of several alternatives to the
site. Computer Power & Patch
Management, which is part of
See HORIZON, Page 3A


Daily StaffReporter
Are you struggling to remain
engaged in a large lecture? The
' University feels your pain.
Tuesday night in the Union,

transform education into a more
engaged learning experience.
Though invitations sent to
students suggested University
Provost Martha Pollack would
host the event, she was not pres-
ent. Dean of Libraries James
Hilton - who is also vice pro-

classroom setting, and did not
advocate moving the classroom
completely online. Instead,
most of ideas focused on ways to
enhance the experience already
in place rather than replace it.
One table thought live demon-
strations of concepts are highly

scrolling through social media.
"(They're) viewed asa luxury,
as a chocolate after dinner," said
LSA junior Paul Hanona.
Hilton envisioned technology
as the catalyst for a bright future
where instead of sitting in a lec-
See FORUM, Page 3A

Professors save
life using object
from 3D printer

Popular Mechanics
recognizes faculty
members as 'world-
changing' innovators
Daily StaffReporter
Two University professors are
honored in this month's issue of
Popular Mechanics magazine as
one of the 10 most world-chang-
ing groups of innovators in 2013.
The honor follows the profes-
sors' unprecedented treatment of
a rare type of tracheal collapse:
using a 3D printer to produce a
customized, tailored splint to
correct medical problems. Glenn
Green, associate professor of
pediatric otolaryngology, and
Scott Hollister, professor of bio-
chemical and mechanical engi-
neering and associate professor
' of surgery, produced what may
be the first instance of 3D print-
ing saving a life.
The University got a men-
tion in the list last year for the
MABEL robot, which was built
with the ability to walk more like

humans than most other robots.
Logan Ward, a senior corre-
spondent for Popular Mechanics,
selects the Breakthrough Awards
and said the honored technolo-
gies are not necessarily the
flashiest and most complex of the
year, but are making the biggest
changes in impressive ways.
Ward added that Green and
Hollister are particularly notable
because they applied innovative
technology to save a life.
"As magazine editors, we tell
stories, and this is a dramatic
story with a happy ending," Ward
Green took the honor as an
acknowledgment of his and his
team's effort to help children in
innovative ways.
"They look at this as being a
harbinger of the future," Green
said. "The potential of 3D manu-
facturing to help children and
help everyone is recognized by
them, and they wanted to show-
case the way that 3D printing can
revolutionize medical care."
Green and Holister's invention
helped 2-year-old Kaiba Gion-
friddo, who, at a very early age,
faced great difficulty breathing.
See 3D, Page 3A

[SA sophomore Avery Popofsky poses ata photo booth during the launch party for the local branch of Spoo
University. Originally founded at Northwestern, Spoon University is an online publication that writes about local
restaurants and recipes.
S tudents can now spoon

City Council
aims at city's
Hayner says he'll
increase efficiency
and cut costs
Daily Staff Reporter
University alum Jeff Hayner,
a small-business owner, is run-
ning for city council, and he's got
his crosshairs set on the city's
Hayner is running in Ward 1
as an independent against cur-
rent council member Sabra Bri-
ere (D-Ward 1). Originally from
Saginaw, he received a degree in
industrial design from the Uni-
versity in 1987. During his time
in school, Hayner was a resident
adviser in Bursley Residence
Hall and a member of the biking
After graduating, Hayner
worked various design jobs in
Midland and Ann Arbor. Hayner
and his wife Lea now live in Ann
Arbor with their two children.
He said his interest in politics
came from an interest in the city,
involvement in local schools and
See BUDGET, Page 3A

to satisfy campus

the la
on Tu

line publication versity say the site seeks to
facilitate the exploration of.
Dos students at food around college campus-
es, from recipes to personal
local event food experiences and the best
local restaurants. The organi-
y SYDNEY BERGER zation prides itself on its three
Daily StaffReporter main goals: to motivate stu-
dents to construct something
oon University, an online meaningful; to expose stu-
publication, welcomed dents to food, journalism and
nts in packs to support online media and marketing;
unch of its University of and to create a strong com-
igan site at World of Beer munity on campus focused on
esday evening. food.
e creators of Spoon Uni- Since it was founded in 2011

at Northwestern University it
has expanded to 10 campuses
across the country, includ-
ing the University of Chicago,
New York University and the
University of Pennsylvania.
Amy Henson, editor-in-
chief for the local site, works
with a team of more than SO
people on campus. Henson
emphasized the importance
of being a publication geared
toward students.
"We are a college website.
We focus on affordability and
See SPOON, Page 3A


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