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Monday, November 25,2013


by faculty

Left: Firas Mouasher, Engineering sophomore, pitches an idea at a "Customer Discovery" Session at the MPowered 1,000 Pitches Summit at Palmer Commons
Saturday, Right: Joshua Spigelman, Engineering freshman, pitches his idea.
Semi-finalists develop pitches

1000 Pitches
Summit features
200 of 5,342
initial applicants
Daily StaffReporter
Investors, pay attention.,
Two hundred University stu-
dents came together Saturday
at the 1000 Pitches Summit in

Palmer Commons to push their
ideas and innovations. These
semi-finalists were selected
from a record-breaking pool
of 5,342 pitches in the startup
competition sponsored by the
student-run entrepreneurship
organization, MPowered.
Students from a variety of
disciplines submitted simple
video pitches to one of nine cat-
egories, ranging from health
to education to mobile apps. A
winner will be selected from
each of these categories, receiv-

ing $1,000 in prize money to
further their idea.
This year, the project was
expanded to Pennsylvania State
University, where the 1,000-
pitch goal was met as well. The
total of this year's campaign
reached 6,396 pitches between
the two universities.
At Saturday's summit, the
200 students with the most
impressive pitches had the
opportunity to develop their
ideas in anticipation of the
announcement of the winners

in a few weeks.
Business sophomore Zach
Wloch, a 1000 Pitches project
director, stressed the value of
the summit for the semifinal-
"We provide the basic skills
about how to take an idea to the
next level," Wloch said. "The
main goal is to promote collabo-
ration and show them that any
idea can really take off."
The summit kicked off with
advice from keynote speakers
See PITCHES, Page 5A

Shared services
would centralize
275 HR and
finance staff
Daily StaffReporter
University faculty have created
a petition against the University's
proposed Shared Service Center
an open letter to University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman and Uni-
versity Provost Martha Pollack.
The consolidation of services
is a cost-saving measure that
will create a centralized loca-
tion to transfer 275 departmental
human-resource and finance from
many departments sometime

next year. Since the beginning of
November, administrators have
received a slew of letters from
University departments concern-
ing the Shared Services Center,
which is a part of the Adminis-
trative Service Transformation
The Shared Services Center
is expected to save $5 million to
$6 million annually in an effort
to help reduce up to $120 million
in costs over the next five years,
according to estimates by the
University. The new center will
be located close to the Univer-
sity's Wolverine Tower building
on South State Street near Briar-
wood Mall.
The savings from the center
will be directed toward mak-
ing college more affordable for

Save A Heart
raises funds for
Moti patients
Celebration at the marily benefit families of con-
genital heart disease patients.
League benefits "it means a lot to patients
and myself. It's a real labor of
families of heart love," said Stephanie Cloutier,
a volunteer whose daughter
disease patients was diagnosed with congenital
heart disease in 2001.
By EMMA KERR Various student organiza-
Daily StaffReporter tions helped in preparing for
the event, including Circle K
Having a child with a heart and the University of Michi-
defect comes at costs far gan Pre-Medical Club. Volun-
beyond those covered by health teers worked to set up a silent
insurance. To offer support to auction that consisted of fine
the families of children staying wines, autographed Michigan
at the Congenital Heart Center football gear, free event tickets
at C.S. Mott Children's Hospi- and other items.
tal and dealing with all of the Guests enjoyed an extensive
trying issues, more than 700 wine list and food choices from
people gathered in the Michi- many local restaurants and
gan League Friday. shops, including Zingerman's,
The 21st annual Save A Afternoon Delight, Conor
Heart Celebration, which O'Neills and La Dolce Vita.
filled the League with fami- Affected families spoke
lies, surgeons and volunteers, about the level of support
focused on raising funds that they experienced at the cen-
primarily benefit the families ter, and how their lives have
of children with congenital been affected by their expe-
heart disease. Save A Heart riences. Parents said they
also facilitates the need for attended both in gratitude for
community awareness about the restored life and happiness
the heart disease. that surgeons provided to their
Event coordinators expect children as well as in honor of
anywhere from $75,000 to the children who did not sur-
$100,000 in proceeds from the vive.
celebration, though the exact "Families have a lot to worry
number is not currently avail- about already, the last thing
able. The proceeds from the they need to worry about is
Save A Heart Celebration pri- See HEART, Page 5A

Holocaust survivor Rene Lichtman shares photographs at the Holocaust survivor luncheon at Hillel Sunday.
Holocaust survivors share
stories with'U community

Detroit event
focuses on
preparing for
college apps
University offices
partner with Detroit
Center to educate
potential advisers
Daily StaffReporter
DETROIT - The University's
Detroit Center, located on the edge of
downtown, held a seminar Saturday
to educate mentors of Detroit youth
about the college admissions and
enrollment process.
The Detroit Center partnered with
the University's Center for Education-
al Outreach, Office of Undergraduate
Admissions, Office of New Student
Programs and Office of Financial Aid
to present a series of lectures aimed
at informing mentors about college
preparation, finding the right school,
procuring financial aid and adjusting
to college life. The center also reached
out to Big Brother and Big Sisters of
Metropolitan Detroit to help volun-
teers better understand how to best
serve their mentees.
Feodies Shipp III, associate direc-
tor of the Detroit Center and a former
University admissions officer, spear-
headed the educational initiative.
Shipp said the center chose to reach
out to mentors rather than directly to
See DETROIT, Page 5A

Hillel holds
seventh annual
luncheon focusing
on Jewish history
Daily StaffReporter
The University of Michi-
gan Hillel hosted the seventh-
annual Conference on the
Holocaust luncheon Sunday to
honor Holocaust survivors.
About 200 University stu-
dents and faculty and 50 sur-
vivors attended the luncheon,
with four to five students and
one to three survivors at each

table.As the event commenced,
students and survivors got
acquainted with intimate one-
on-one discussions over bagels
and tuna.
LSA senior Michelle Kappy
and LSA junior Alana Karbal,
co-directors of the conference,
welcomed students and sur-
vivors and encouraging them
to engage and have meaning-
ful conversation with each
other. Tilly Shames, Hillel's
executive director, spoke on
the importance of publicizing
Jewish history and survival
to the world. After, she led the
crowd in Mourner's Kaddish -
a Jewish prayer for those who
have passed.
Because Chanukah, the

Jewish festival of lights,begins
Wednesday, the event incor-
porated a holiday theme with
Chanukah cookies and spin-
ning dreidel toys on the tables.
"It is really nice to sit in a
relaxed environment with the
survivors and hear their sto-
ries," LSA sophomore Ilana
Beroff said. "It's nice to have
them sit with a small group of
students and get to know them
on a better level."
Many of the survivors
attend the luncheon each year
and are part of the Program for
Holocaust Survivors and Fam-
ilies, a Detroit-based program
dedicated to the needs of Holo-
caust survivors and their fami-


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