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Ann Arbor, Michigan
BUSINESS
Blimpy to
return to
downtown
Ann Arbor

Monday, April 21,2014

michigandaily.com

Popular burger
joint announces
new S. Ashley
Street location
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily News Editor
Ann Arborites, rejoice: Krazy
Jim's Blimpy Burger announced
its new location Friday, aiming to
reopen in late June at 304 S. Ash-
ley Street.
The new location is the for-
mer home of the Eastern Flame
restaurant, which served Indian
and Mediterranean food before it
closed last year. The space is on
the corner of W. Liberty and S.
Ashley streets.
The 551 S. Division Street loca-
tion closed August after the Uni-
versity purchased the property
for $1.075 million to make way
for Munger Graduate Residences
, much to thediscontent of Ann

Arbor residents and students.
However, Blimpy Burger did
not receive money from the sale
as a displaced tenant. Owner Rich
Magner started an Indiegogo
campaign to ensure the 60-year-
old Ann Arbor icon could contin-
ue divvyingup five-patty burgers
and deep-fried veggies.
The campaign began Dec. 13,
2013 and ended Jan. 25, 2014. It
raised more than $20,000 - fall-
ing short of its $60,000 goal.
"Thank you again for hav-
ing faith in us and pushing us
to make this happen," Blimpy
Burger's Facebook page wrote in
a post Friday. "We are blessed to
be a part of this community."
According to the Indiegogo
description, reopening would
cost more than $300,000. Funds
were needed for construction
costs, architect fees, new inven-
tory, kitchen and dining area
equipment and other expenses.
In a Dec. 2013 interview
with The Michigan Daily, when
See BILMPY, Page 3A

University alum Jeff Sorensen, co-founder of optiMize, speaks at the optiMize showcase at the Rackham Auditorium Friday.
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OptiMize finalists
awarded funding
for their winning
projects
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Daily StaffReporter
At the Rackham Building Fri-
day, students pitched their start-
up ideas as part of the second

annual optiMize Social Innova-
tion Showcase.
OptiMize is a student organi-
zation that provides resources
for those seeking to implement
world-changing projects and
start-ups. LSA, United Way of
Washtenaw County, Innova-
tion Blue, Central Student Gov-
ernment and other University
affiliates provide funding for the
event.
In Dec. 2013, the founding
group of optiMize members

accepted applications from stu-
dents hoping to receive funding
for their social innovation ideas
in the optiMize Challenge.
By January 30 teams were
selected from a pool of 50. After
delivering pitches to a panel of
judges, five teams were chosen
as finalists earlier this month
and received a grant of $5,000.
The optiMize Showcase on
Friday celebrated the journey
from fuzzy ideas to fully formed
projects. The finalists discussed

their ideas to fellow students,
who then voted for a crowd
favorite to win an additional
$1,000.
Phil Deloria, LSA associate
dean for undergraduate educa-
tion, opened the program and
said the University as a "place
for learning" is an understate-
ment - learning also involves
approaching the world's possi-
bilities asa creator.
Next, the five finalists pre-
See START-UPS, Page 3A

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Execs
prepare
for new
session
CSG VP Shokar
to meet with
administrators
over the summer
By KRISTEN FEDOR
Daily StaffReporter
For Public Policy junior Bobby
Dishell, Central Student Gov-
ernment president, and LSA
sophomore Meagan Shokar, CSG
vice president, the work doesn't
stop as the academic year winds
down.
CSG is still active during the
summer with a smaller assembly
that meets biweekly. The sum-
mer assembly focuses mainly on
funding for student organiza-
tions and passing a budget that
will last through the first week
of the fall semester.
Shokar said she is on campus
all summer and hopes to meet
with administrators she does
not know well to build on those
relationships for next year. Addi-
See CSG, Page 3A

ACADEMICS
Inaugural class with
unique Kinesiology
degree set to graduate

LSA junior Antoinette Hemby and LSA senior Darrartu Ali, outgoing BSU vice speaker, embrace after Hemby's emo-
tional speech at the Black Student Union's Tribute Gala atS the Rackham Assembly Hall Friday.
BSU holds year-end gala
to celebrate achieve-ments

Neuromonitoring
specialization is the
first of its kind in
the nation
By CLAIRE BRYAN
Daily StaffReporter
At this year's commencement,
students from a new bachelor's
program will be the first in the
nation to graduate as trained
intraoperative neuromonitoring
clinicians. This field concerns
recording bioelectrical activ-
ity of the spinal cord, nerves and
brain structures during surgery.
The IONM program, within
the movement science major in
the School of Kinesiology, trains
students to work as clinicians
in the operating room as they
monitor patients' nervous system
functions. It is the only under-
graduate program in the country
that offers this type of training.
Joshua Mergos, adjunct clini-
cal assistant professor of move-
ment science, is the educational
coordinator and primary faculty
member teaching program class-
es. He said students learn to pre-
vent injury that occurs during
surgical procedures and alert
surgeons to neurological changes
during the surgery.

"The science we apply in the
operating room has been around
for a while but our field has not
had a formal education track
developed for it," Mergos said.
Previously, hospitals had to
train students with a background
in the life sciences to perform
these specific operations. They
often invested in a clinician who
was likely to transfer jobs in two
or three years.
Now, these graduating stu-
dents are encountering promis-
ing career opportunities, Mergos
said. Students who are trained
in the field are in high demand;
neuromonitorist salaries average
between $60,000 and $70,000
annually. The training can also
lead to medical school or hospital
management.
Kinesiology senior Ryan
Wino, graduating from the
IONM program next month, is
interviewing for jobs at the Beau-
mont Hospital's Royal Oak cam-
pus and the University Hospital,
among other hospitals.
"Everyone is really impressed
and interested to learn more
about the program," Winn said.
"(University of) Michigan Hos-
pital offers all kinds of surgeries
that you don't often get tosee."
The main types of surgeries
IONM specialists are involved
in are orthopedic spinal surgery
See KINESIOLOGY, Page 3A

Event included gathered at Rackham Assem-
bly Hall Friday for a night of
photo exhibition, food and music to celebrate the
end of the academic year.
award ceremony The Tribute Gala, BSU's
annual celebration held at the
and music end of each year, built on pervi-
ous years' banquets to expand
By TANAZ AHMED into a gala, featuring more
Daily StaffReporter speakers and performances
than before. The event aims to
In an event hosted by the honor achievements by Black
Black Student Union, more students on campus and the
than 50 students and faculty BSU as a whole.

LSA senior Tyrell Collier,
BSU's outgoing speaker, said
the expansion is due to BSU's
robust efforts in the University
community this year.
"One of the reasons why we
wanted to make this a bigger
event is because we've done a
lot this year with BBUM and
everything that came out of
BBUM. We really wanted to
celebrate everything we've
done," Collier said.
See BSU, Page SA

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