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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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ANN AR OR
A2 Council
pushes for
smoking
regulations
Ordinance would the ordinance has been who has
the responsibility to enforce
prohibit smoking in the law. Councilmember Chuck
Warpehoski (D-Ward 5) amend-
public areas ed his legislation to guarantee

LUNA ANNA ARCHEY/Daily
Wolverine Wellness director Mary Jo Desprez speaks about the alcohol climate at the University at a Senate Assembly meeting in the Fleming Administration
Building Monday.
A discusses possible
alcohol education changes
Presentation notes ing towards reducing the public During her presentation, one in the room had seen it, so
health risks of alcohol consump- Desprez presented materials Desprez proceeded to play the
high rate of alcohol tion on campus. on alcohol consumption trends video and explain the role that
E. Royster Harper, vice and strategies for combatting social media plays on the envi-
consumption at 'U' president for student life, Chief high-risk drinking. She said ronment that induces drinking
Health Officer Robert Win- 64 percent of students drink for students.
By ANDREW ALMANI field, director of the University socially, and 61 percent drink to "I'm Shmacked"' is a video
Daily StaffReporter Health Service, Wolverine Well- celebrate. series that glamorizes party-
ness director Mary Jo Desprez At one point, Desprez asked ing and alcohol consumption
The Senate Advisory Com- and J. Ann Hower, director of the faculty seated around the at campuses across the nation.
mittee on University Affairs the office of new student pro- table if they were familiar with There are at least three "I'm
met Monday with several grams, joined SACUA for the the "I'm Shmacked" video Shmacked" productions featur-
administrators who are work- meeting. filmed at the University. No See SACUA, Page 3

By MATT JACKONEN
Daily StaffReporter
The smoke is beginning to
clear.
Afterbeingdeferred twice, the
Ann Arbor City Council passed
the first reading of an ordinance
that would prohibit smoking in
certain parts of the city.
The ordinance received eight
votes. Only Councilmembers
Jane Lumm (I-Ward 2), Sumi,
Kailasapathy (D-Ward 1) and
Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4) voted
against the ordinance.
The ordinance would prohibit
citizens from smoking within
20 feet of any bus stop or city
building as well as within certain
areas of specific city parks.
While the official penalty for
violating the ordinance is $50,
the new legislation would ensure
that offenders must first be asked
to extinguish anyoutlawed prod-
uct before receiving a citation.
Another pressing issue with

that only police otticers can write
citations and give warnings,
whereas the ordinance previous-
ly stated that any city employee
reserved such power.
Further, the bill's sponsors
Warpehoski and Christopher
Taylor (D-Ward 3) also allowed
an amendment by Councilmem-
ber Sabra Briere (D-Ward 1) that
added e-cigarettes to the list of
banned smoking products explic-
itly laid out in the ordinance.
Councilmember StephenKun-
selman (D-Ward 3) expressed
concerns about the lack of focus
on preventing smoke from wood
burning as well, and added that
smokers having the ability to
walk down the sidewalk while
smoking near buildings would be
cause for worry.
He added that he does not
believe there should be a fine for
violating the ordinance since the
ordinance will be "self-regulat-
ing." He instead asked council to
eliminate the fine and revisit the
See COUNCIL, Page 3

BUSINESS
New products
bring caffeine
to baked goods

University alum's
start-up expands
to campus cafes
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Daily StaffReporter
Getting that caffeine fix has
become tastier and more con-
venient than ever before - no
coffee required.
For lack of a better alterna-
tive in the local market, Univer-
sity alum Chris Bogdan decided
to combine his favorite break-
fast items into one product,
called Get Up and Go. While it
is not necessarily uncommon
for bakeries to add espresso to
their offerings for taste, it is
rare that they do it to pack the
punch of a cup of coffee.
Bogdan said he used his Cel-
lular and Molecular Biology
major to combine the amount
of caffeine in a cup of coffee
and the baked goods com-
monly found in cafes. The
entrepreneurial path was a
sharp digression from Bogdan's
original plan to apply to medi-
cal school. However, he said the
long process to becoming a doc-
tor lost its appeal.
"I realized I had a good idea,
I'm still young and I really
didn't have anything to lose,"
Bogdan said. "The way I look
at it is that I could graduate and
get a job or I could start a busi-
ness."

During his busy schedule as
a student, Bogdan found him-
self stopping into local cafis
such as Espresso Royale to grab
a quick coffee and muffin.
"Basically I was spending $6
to $7 a day because I didn't have
time to make breakfast," Bog-
dan said. "I wanted something
that was convenient but also
that was a better price."
During his junior year at
the University, Bogdan's kitch-
en turned into a "lab," as he
experimented with crushing
and purifying caffeinated pills
to add into muffins. When this
combination didn't work out,
Bogdan began using coffee
bean extract- a natural form of
caffeine that does not require
the masking of any bitter taste.
"Thewholeideaisthatyou're
getting a cheaper product that's
kind of killing two birds with
one stone, but also something
that's convenient and quick,"
Bogdan said.
Until this past fall, Get Up
and Go items were only sold
online. The 7-Eleven at 1300
S. University Ave. underneath
Landmark was the first busi-
ness to sign on and agree to sell
the product.
"I've literally been in retail
for six months, so it's really
been the past six months that
have proved this is a viable
business," Bogdan added.
Get Up and Go products can'
now be found at twenty loca-
See CAFFEINE, Page 3

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CAMPUS LIFE
Engineering
event looks
into student
health at 'U'
Keynote speakers
address methods
of attaining joy,
fighting depression
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Observe. Connect. Act. - This
is the motto of Own It, a fledgling
student movement in the College
of Engineering aimed to build
community awareness of mental
health issues since its inception
this fall.
In its second keynote event
Monday, titled "Leading Inclu-
sion: Ending Stigma Around
Mental Health," Own It host-
ed three speakers to address
the importance of combatting
depression among students in
engineering.
Engineeringsenior Luke Brus-
ki, executive director of Own It,
said the organization's main goal
is to foster academic success by
encouraging inclusivity within
the College of Engineering.
"Own It is a challenge to the
Michigan Engineering com-
munity to be our most authentic
selves and to support others in
doing the same," he said.
Bruski added there is a culture
of poor mental health awareness
at the University - an assertion
substantiated by data presented
by Public Health Prof. Daniel
Eisenberg Monday night.
See ENGINEERING, Page 3

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
Benjamin Sommers, an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, spoke
about Medicaid policy and national healthcare reform at the School of Public Health Monday.
Lecture examines possible
Medicaid expansion effects

Harvard Prof. says
current system fails
to meet needs of low-
income population
By AMABEL KAROUB
Daily StaffReporter
June 28, 2012, the Supreme
Court voted the U.S. govern-
ment could not require states
to expand Medicaid under the
Patient Protection and Afford-
able Care Act. Today, 26 states
and the District of Columbia

have chosen to expand Medic-
aid, and the other 24 have yet to
do so.
At the University's School of
Public Health Monday night,
Benjamin Sommers, assistant
professor of Health Policy &
Economics at Harvard School
of Public Health, discussed the
implications of the Supreme
Court's decision regarding
Medicaid expansion.
Sommers said a Medicaid
expansion is overdue because,
contrary to popular percep-
tions, Medicaid does not cover
most underprivileged individu-
als. Medicaid has traditionally

covered low-income people who
have a disability, are pregnant,
are under 18 or are parents of
children who live at home. But
these categories fail to capture
the majority of the low-income
uninsured.
"What's conspicuously
absent from those categories are
the bulk of uninsured - adults
between the ages of 19 and 64,"
Sommers said. "Because they
don't have a child who live in
the home and they don't have a
disability, they're not eligible."
The ACA proposed that Med-
icaid be expanded to every per-
See MEDICAID, Page 3

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