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'U' inspired alum's startup

Vince Chmielewski gradu- school. I got used to late nights
aced from the University in 2002 and large projects. Many of our
with a B.S. in Computer Science projects were team-based, so
and is the president and founder I learned to work with others
of Visual Compass Web Design. on complicated projects. All of
Located in Ypsilanti, the compa- these experiences prepared me
ny offers a variety of web servic- very well for the types of proj-
es, including hosting, designing ects I work on now.
and maintenance.
What are some of your most
How did your experience at memorable moments at the
the University help you pre- University?
pare for a career in computer
science? Some of the best days were
football Saturdays. I lived on
My experience at U of M was Hoover so was always in the
challenging. The CS program thick of the Saturday festivi-
is not easy, which forced me to ties. I also really enjoyed trav-
adopt a good work ethic, some- eling with my team to events at
thingI didn't really have in high other Big Ten schools.

LSA senior Rachel Reed fills out a thank-you card in
the Michigan Union Wednesday to thank an alumnus
for donations to the University as part of an event
through the Office of Development.



Rubinstein's notebook
analyzes the men's baseball
team, which is coming
into form on the backs of
newcomers to the team
this season. Pitching by
fifth-year senior Ben
Ballantine and sophomore
Jacob Cronenworth has
contributed to the success.
This week
We know how busy you
are. That's why we compiled
the biggest news events
of the week - on campus
and nationally. From a
controversial Central
Student Government vote
to a missing aircraft, this
article has everything you
need to know.

World Cafe
Men's lacrosse Discussion

second season as a varsity
sport, the men's lacrosse
team's first recruited
players reflect on their
season thus far. With many
freshman and sophomore
starters, the team looks to
grow throughout the rest of
their second season at play.

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The perfect batch of
popcorn doesn't always have
to be saturated with but-
ter. Instead, top your pop-
corn with the cookie that's
been gracing the shelves of
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WHAT: Campus members
will discuss the experience
of students of South Asian
heritage at the University.
WHO: Shapiro Undergrad-
uate Library
WHEN: Today 12 p.m. to
1:20 p.m.
WHERE: Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library Room 100
Your PhD
WHAT: A workshop will
help young academics
explore alternative careers
across disciplines. Topics to
be considered include net-
working, digital tools, locat-
ing resources, and others.
WHO: Center for the Edu-
cation of Women
WHEN: Today 12 p.m. to
1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Coin-
mon Room

Wood Engrav-
ing Exhibit
WHAT: This exhibit
will feature works of the
American wood-engraving
master John DePol.
WHO: University Library
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library - Special
In aprevious version of the
article "English depart-
ment looks at classroom
racial climate,"English
Prof. Joshua Miller was
incorrectly quoted. He said
the goal of the event was to
improve the campus racial
climate, not the "poor"
campus racial climate.
" Please report any
error in the Daily to

What advice would you give
to students at the Univer-
sity who are graduating and
looking for careers of
their own?
I would suggest that they
look closely at starting their
career with a small business or
start-up. You are exposed to a
lot of different things. Not just
broad scope of technologies,
but also the business processes.
They will learn so much more
in that sort of environment
than at a big company.
Dong Nguyen, creator of
the famous "Flappy Bird"
app, said that the game
will eventually return to the
app store, The Huffington
Post reported Wednesday.
This contradicts his earlier
statements that Flappy Bird
was "gone forever."
This week, the b-side
takes an in-depth look
at the University's pro-
duction of the "Vagina Mono-
logues" and MUSKET'S
"How to Succeed in Business
Wihout Really Trying."
A study published by
researchers at the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania
found that prolonged sleep
deprivation, such as that
experienced by nightshift
workers, could lead to per-
manent brain damage, BBC-
News reported Wednesday.

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Blood cholesterol linked Victors for Michigan organizers

with new genetic variation

distribute free shirts on campus

University scientists organism's cells - and blood
cholesterol levels. It then took
utilize Norwegian six years for them to figure
out exactly which gene in that
records to analyze region was responsible.
Willer, the senior author of
correlation the paper that was published
in "Nature Genetics," worked
By JULIA LISS closely with a team of scientists
Daily StaffReporter and doctors around the world,
including Kristian Hveem, a
A team of University gastroenterologist at the Nor-
researchers, lead in part by wegian University of Science
Cristen Willer, assistant profes- and Technology.
sor of internal medicine, human Through their work with the
genetics and computational Norwegian scientists, Willer
medicine and bioinformation, gained access to a Norwegian
published findings Sunday link- biobank of over 80,000 donated
ing a previously unknown gene tissue samples, from which she
variation with healthier blood and her team selected 10,000
cholesterol levels and lower risk samples to study. Willer said
of cardiovascular disease. they chose people who had
The work expanded on previously experienced a heart
research published by the same attack, and then a control sam-
team in 2008 where they had ple of people who were the same
found an association between a age and sex as the first group,
particular region of the genome but hadn't had any heart prob-
- the genetic material in an lems.

Hveem said they were able
to conduct a longitudinal, pro-
spective follow-up study by col-
lecting data from registries over
many years without having to
physically examine the patients
after their initial registration.
The study design focused
only on differences in DNA
across people that also changed
"By looking at that smaller
set of all the DNA changes that
are possible between individu-
als we were able to focus much
more quickly on a specific gene
called TM6SF2," Willer said.
To test their hypothesis that
TM6SF2 was responsible for
changing the blood cholesterol
levels and risk of heart attack
in the Norwegian subjects, the
researchers disrupted the same
gene in mice, either by overex-
pressing it or down-regulating
The resulting effects in the
mice's blood cholesterol levels
were exactly what the research-
ers had expected.
"That was pretty clear evi-
dence that this indeed was the
gene responsible," Willer said.
Both Hveem and Willer plan
to continue studying the gene
in the hope that they may find
a way to design a new drug that
would target this gene in a way
that hasn't been possible before.
Willer said he believes the
same gene might be associated
with fatty liver disease and
plans to research the topic fur-
They also both said how
rewarding it was to work
together on this project.
"For me, one of the exciting
and rewarding things about this
work is when people collaborate
to do much better science than
they can do by themselves,"
Willer said.

Students rewarded
for writing thank-
you notes to small
contribution donors
Daily News Editor
The University's Office of
Development distributed thou-
sands of free t-shirts Wednesday
- with just one catch.
To receive one of the blue
shirts with the words "Hail
yeah!" printed across the front,
students were asked to fill out a
postcard thanking an individual
University donor - all of whom
had made small gifts under $50
- for their contribution to the
Around 4,500 students filled
out postcard thank-you notes
and received a free t-shirt at one
of the more than a dozen Hail
Yeah stations located around
campus. The Alumni Associa-
tion and 15 University units par-
ticipated, including multiple
colleges and the office of Finan-
cial Aid.
Kat Walsh, director for stu-
dent engagement at the Univer-
sity's Office of Development,
said the goal of the event served
to remind students that every
gift matters and that alumni
and students can have an impact
even with $10 or $20 donations.
"We're specifically focused
on alumni because we want
students to see themselves as

future supporters of the Univer-
sity," she said. "This is a part of
the Victors for Michigan cam-
paign because we want them to
know they can play a huge role in
reaching the campaign's goals."
Though the Office of Develop-
ment holds the Hail Yeah stu-
dent engagement event annually,
this year's incarnation occurs in
the midst of the $4 billion Vic-
tors for Michigan fundraising
campaign, which launched in
Compared to previous cam-
paigns, Victors for Michigan has
refocused attention on engag-
ing students, both as a means to
encourage donors to give toward
financial aid and to help students
understand the role develop-
ment plays in their experience at
the University.
Walsh said students contrib-
uted to the planning and imple-
mentation of Wednesday's event,
as well as the campaign's kickoff
community festival in November
that drew thousands to Ingalls
Mall for musical performances,
food and giveaways. She said
this level of student campaign
engagement is unprecedented.
"This campaign is really about
creating experiences here on
the Michigan campus for cur-
rent students," she said. "This is
really a way to engage students,
to thank alumni who are part of
the campaign and to thank stu-
Katy Wallander, assistant
director of student philanthropy,
said student-driven events like
Hail Yeah resonate more effec-

tively with the campus commu-
"This campaign is really about
creating experiences here on the
Michigan campus for current
students," she said. "This is real-
ly a way to engage students and
to thank alumni who are part of
the campaign."
Walsh said a handout like
t-shirts are another way to thank
students who have contributed
or helped fundraise $1.5 million
for University development.
Beside featuring and engag-
ing students at events, campaign
strategists have placed a fund-
raising emphasis on student sup-
port - with a goal of raising $1
billion dedicated to student sup-
LSA junior Jennifer Sylvester
filled out a thank-you postcard
at one of the tables inside the
Chemistry Building Wednesday.
"I have a scholarship here and
it's really meant a lot to me, so
everything helps to help another
student be able to go here and
have an amazing experience,"
she said.
Though the promise of a free
shirt initially attracted her to
the table, LSA freshman Katie
Washagan said she recognizes
the importance of donors help-
ing to improve the student expe-
"Without them my experience
wouldn't have been the same -
and it's been incredible so far,"
she said. "Every little bit counts.
It doesn't matter if you donate
even five dollars - I feel like it
will go to something great."

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