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the main speaker at the event on
Monday. Irwin said he strongly
opposes the building of the pipe-
line because of its long-term envi-
ronmental consequences.
"What Keystone XL represents
is making a long-term investment
essentially calcifying our commit-
ment to the dirtiest forms of ener-
gy," Irwin said. "We need to stop
this big investment, because this
big investment is going to tether
us to fossil fuels."
LSA sophomore Trevor Dolan,
EnviroDems co-chair, said the
meeting was a kickoff to a cam-
paign to raise KXL awareness on
"When the report about the
Keystone XL pipeline came out,
we realized that there were a lot of
protests going around nationally
and in Ann Arbor specifically, but
there wasn't really a campus pres-
ence, and we felt like that needed
to happen," Dolan said. "This isn't
something that a lot of students
would be conscious of, but it's defi-
nitely something students would
feel strongly about."
LSA senior Sonja Karnovsky,
EnviroDems co-chair, said she
hopes to bring EnviroDems
together with other environmen-
tal groups on campus to spread
student awareness on KXL. Kar-
novsky and Dolan co-wrote a
viewpoint on KXL for The Michi-
gan Daily on Feb.12.
"We're really hoping to turn
this into a collaborative effort
among different environmental
groups on campus to ensure that
students who have some interest
in environmentalism are aware
of this pretty important devel-
opment," Karnovsky said. "This
is really a seminal moment that
the President and the Secretary.
of State can take to reaffirm the
goals of the environmental move-
ment and ensure that people can
continue that battle."
From Page 1
Evan Bates and current students
Alex and Maia Shibutani. Bates,
a 2013 alumnus, and his partner
Madison Chock finished 8th
with 164.64. The Shibutanis,
who also train in Canton with
White and Davis, ended the
event in 9th place with 155.17.
From Page 1
us to be able to enact our change."
Both candidates said they
believe their experience in student
government gives them a strong
advantage in the race, given their
pre-existing relationships with
administrators and knowledge of
CSG's inner workings.
Under Dishell and Business
senior Michael Proppe, CSG presi-
dent, student government has
enacted numerous resolutions
to increase student input on the
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities, in addition to
implementing the Night Owl bus
route and engaging in talks with
Athletic Department to change

the unpopular student seating
policies at football and basketball
Make Michigan will look to
expand upon these initiatives if
elected to office. Specific objec-
tives include revamping the
Michigan smartphone applica-
tion, expanding the Night Owl bus
route to run every night, improv-
ing off-campus lighting, increas-
ing minority enrollment through
partnership with the Alumni
Association and on-site recruit-
ing at Detroit schools, providing
easier access to healthy produce
and introducing a new academic
minor in entrepreneurship.
"We want to put the politics
aside," said LSA senior Andrew
Craft, one of Make Michigan's
chairs. "We really want to stress
that this should be about stu-
dents, and a lot of times in Central
Student Government there are
possibilities for politics and dis-
agreements to really shroud what
our underlying message is."
A few deadlines exist in the
coming weeks for students inter-
ested in running to become a
CSG representative on the Make
Michigan ticket: the application
will close Feb. 20 and decisions as
to whom will run will be released
The application will be avail-
able on Make Michigan's new
website, which went online late

Software approved by gov. for hosptial use

AlertWatch Inc.,
a student startup,
created for operating
room procedures
Daily StaffReporter
Nearly three years after its
inception in 2011, a Univer-
sity startup named AlertWatch
Inc. has been approved for the
sale of its first product in the
medical market. The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration gave
its approval for the operating
room software on Feb. 11.
AlertWatch is a monitor
software for operating rooms
that was developed to improve
situational awareness and
patient safety. In a dashboard
display, the product consoli-
dates patient history, physio-
logical monitors and lab values
to create an easy-to-read sum-
mary of a patient's status.
AlertWatch CEO Justin
Adams, a University alum,
described the product's com-

prehensive light display and its
potential to create a safer oper-
ating environment. The system
uses color cues as part of its
display: green as good, red as
bad and yellow as somewhere
in between.
"The idea is to take all of the
data and all of the signals and
recognize that there's a limit to
what people can comprehend,
and we want to make it very
obvious when problems are
happening," Adams said.
The Office of Technology
Transfer paired Adams with
the two founders of the com-
pany in spring 2012. Anesthesi-
ology Department Chair Kevin
Tremper has been piloting
the innovation under his own
supervision for the past two
Driven by his interest in
patient safety, Tremper found-
ed the program alongside
James Bagian, former NASA'
astronaut and current director
of the Center for Health Engi-
neering in the department of
After Bagian left NASA in
1995, he became both the Vet-

erans Health Administration's
chief patient safety and sys-
tems innovation officer and
the director of the VA Nation-
al Center for Patient Safety,
and has since transferred this
patient safety focus towards
developing and marketing the
new product.
In a press release published
Feb. 11, Tremper contrasted
old medical technologies with
those of the future.
"Forty years ago, we used
the familiar wavy lines - EKG,
heart rate and blood pressure
- to monitor our patients,"
Tremper said. "Today, we're
still using the same wavy lines,
but we have all of this other
patient information digitized
and available. I wanted a tool
that helped put all of that back-
ground patient information in
context with everything else
going on live in the operating
In addition to the University
Medical Center, the software is
being used at the University of
Vermont and the University of
Tennessee in Knoxville. Adams
said feedback remains the most

positive among newer prac-
titioners, and that his biggest
focus at the present moment
is convincing less enthusiastic
clinicians that the product will
significantly improve the qual-
ity of their care.
A statistic displayed on the
homepage of AlertWatch's
official website, cites a study
performed at the University,
which found that 85 percent
of clinicians agreed that the
product meets its ultimate
goal of improving patient safe-
Currently, the company is
targeting large training hos-
pitals whose incoming practi7
tioners, fellows, and residents
are more likely to be accepting
of newer technological innova-
tions. Adams said the anesthe-
siology community is tightly
knit, which helps the company
spread its message.
"It's a pretty small commu-
nity, meaning that our found-
ers do socialize with a lot of the
potential buyers, so I feel like a
lot of hospitals that would be in
a position to buy it know about
it," Adams said.

To market the product, the
company is pursuing addition-
al funding. Currently, sources
from the larger Ann Arbor
community and from the Uni-
versity have sponsored the
product. Ann Arbor SPARK,
an organization that supports
new businesses and economic
development, has taken an
interest in the new product,
as has the Ross School of Busi-
ness, which finances the soft-
ware through the Zell Lurie
Commercialization Fund.
Adams said the AlertWatch
team hopes to have spread
their product across the mar-
ketplace within the next couple
of years. To broaden the soft-
ware's applicability outside of
the operating room, the team is
currently working on creating
an ICU version of the product,
which would utilize the same
methodology in a different set-
"I think the goal is really to
get out there and tell the story,
show people what it does and
just convince them that it will
help them runa safer operating
room," Adams said.

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historically "easy" majors pro-
moted the party pathway.
Armstrong said some of the
women she studied saw college
as a place to constantly have fun.
These students' parents agreed
with their child and viewed col-
lege as a"consumption product."
"(The students) valued the
social stuff right from the start,"
Armstrong said. "It is the case
that there are at least some fam-
ilies who actually don't really
expect their kids to learn that
much in college."
Armstrong and Hamilton
found that certain residence

halls, specifically with rich,
white females, can funnel these
students into sororities, which
contributes to the lack of diver-
sity in certain clubs and activi-
The second pathway is the
professional pathway, which
included advantages to a student
because of their socioeconomic
status that usually led to a pro-
fession in law or medicine.
While their study indicated
that the professional pathway
had its benefits, it showed that
there was a downside to this
pathway, due to parental influ-
ence. The women who Arm-
strong and Hamilton studied
consisted of upper and upper-
middle class females whose
parents strongly influenced the

student's academic decisions,
such as deciding a major.
"The parents were provid-
ing a lot of the advising that one
wouldn't imagine the school
should do," Armstrong said.
The third pathway is the
mobility pathway - the orga-
nizational pathway that levels
the field among all students, no
matter what the socioeconomic
status of the student. Armstrong
said this mobility pathway was
hidden because of the organiza-
tional framework and parental
influence on students.
According to their studies,
Armstrong said these three
pathwayspose challenges touni-
versities who want to increase
diversity on campus. The main
problem discussed at the panel

was how to improve the ability
of low-income students to get on
the professional pathway.
To achieve this goal and to
combat this problem across the
nation, Armstrong said univer-
sities can schedule more classes
on Friday and maintain a high
standard of academic rigor.
Challenging courses decrease
the likelihood of easy majors
contributing to the party path-
"That right there takes out
a whole night a week of party-
ing," Armstrong said. "There
has been research that suggest
that there are fewer emergency
room visits by simply requiring
students to be in classes. It uses
the classroom space of the uni-
versity more effectively."

While Deloriasaid he believes
there is overlap between struc-
tures described in the book and
at the University, he added that
the University can combat this
issue with living learning com-
munities and its academic pro-
"We've got a number of pro-
grams that echo professional
pathways," Deloria said.
LSA senior Kaitlin Keane,
an residence advisor for female
honors students, said she sees
students on certain pathways,
especially the party pathway
because of Greek Life. She
added that this Greek Life sys-
tem provides comfort and a
sense of belonging to freshmen

From Page 1
The University's ROTC pro-
gram, which occupied North
Hall, has already been temporar-
ily relocated to the Chemistry
building in anticipation of the
expected construction, and will
be moved again to the Kinesiol-
ogy Building once construction is
completed. The School of Kinesi-
ology will in turn be moved to the
Kraus Building.
Architecture firm Smith-
GroupJJR, a frequent University
contractor, was recommended to
design the project.
Ross School ofBusiness to
undergo renovations
On Thursday, the regents will
vote to approve renovations of
the Kresge Business Administra-
tion Library, the demolition of the
Computer and Executive Educa-
tion Building and construction of
new academic buildings near the
business school.
Exterior building finishes will
be added to Sam Wyly Hall, the
Hill Street Parking Structure
and the Business Administration
Executive Dormitory to create a
unified look for the Ross School of
Business-which received its last
update in 2013with a $100 million
gift from University alum and real
estate mogul Stephen Ross.
Therenovations willadd faculty
and research offices, classrooms,
and study spaces to the complex.
The project is also set to provide
155 on-site construction jobs.
There will be a temporary loss
in parking during construction,
but no permanent impact on park-
ing once the project is completed.

The project is estimated to cost
$135 million, all of which will be
funded by donations.
Last September, real estate
mogul Stephen Ross donated
another $200 million to his name-
sake Business School and the Uni-
versity Athletic Department.
The board will approve the com-
missioning of the architectural
firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associ-
ates PC to design the project.
In response, the regents voted
in their October meeting to
rename much of South Campus
as the Stephen M. Ross Athletic
In November, the board
approved the construction of a
new building on the Stephen M.
Ross Athletic Campus, creating a
space for maintenance shops and
offices, equipment storage and
laundry, as well as shipping and
receiving operations.
Board to consider Presi-
dent's Residence renovations
The board will also consider a
$1.3 million renovation of the his-
toric President's Residence, fund-
ed from investment proceeds.
Since the construction of the
original President's Residence
in 1840, the home has under-
gone four significant additions,
increasing its size from 4,800 to
14,000 square feet total.
The residence is the old-
est building on campus and has
maintained its historical heritage
despite undergoing many main-
tenance projects, with the most
recent one occurring in 2002.
The board will vote to replace
the flat roof surfaces that are
more than 25 years old; repaint
exterior areas; repair damaged
wood, masonry and stucco;
replace two heating ventilations;
renovate three bathrooms and the

kitchenette on the second floor;
and install storm windows in the
first-floor study.
The alarm and fire detection
system will be updated to a mod-
ern system with additional warn-
ing devices and a fire protection
sprinkler system. The stone walk-
ways will be leveled and damaged
stones will be replaced.
The regents will also vote to
approve the continuation of the
fund that provides furniture, rugs
and other miscellaneous items for
the house. Currently, this fund is
approximately $100,000 and if
approved will increase to a total
of $250,000.
The project will be overseen
by the University's Department
of Architecture, Engineering and
The regents will also vote to
approve the continuation of the
fund that provides furniture, rugs
and other miscellaneous items for
the house. Currently, this fund is
approximately $100,000 and if
approved will increase to a total
of $250,000.
West Quad, Union renova-
tions to be approved
Plans to renovate West Quad
and the Michigan Union are push-
ing forward, as the regents plan
to open the project to bids and
award construction contracts.
In July, the regents approved the
initial schematic for the 370,000
square-foot renovation as the
final installment of the Residen-
tial Life Initiative.
The $114.5 million renovation
will convert West Quad's din-
ing hall into community, creative
and practice space and streamline
dining services into South Quad's
expanded Central Campus Din-
ing Center, which is expected to
open in the fall.

Construction is set to be com- Difference Campaign Steering
pleted by the summer of 2016. Committee. Currently, he vol-
unteers on the Campaign Lead-
Pollack to create new admin- ership Board of the Victors for
istrative position Michigan fundraising campaign.
If approved, it would be the first
University Provost Martha E. endowed coaching position at the
Pollack submitted a request to University.
establish a new position of associ- Athletic Director Dave Bran-
ate vice president for enrollment don and Jerry May, vice president
management. for development, recommended
The new position would pro- the establishment of the endowed
vide leadership for the offices of coach position in a report Mon-
undergraduate admissions, the day.
University registrar, financial
aid and new student programs. Board to consider State
The associate vice president Street real estate purchase
will design a program that will
increase coordination between At Thursday's meeting, the
units and manage enrollment board will also vote to purchase
goals and will report directly to a building located at 2500-2550
Pollack. South State Street, which sits
If the regents approve this next to the Univesrity's Donald
request, the position will be effec- R. Shepherd Women's Gymnastic
tive March 1, 2014. Center, the Bahna Wrestling Cen-
ter and the Varsity Tennis Center.
Endowment for head foot- The property covers approxi-
ball coach position tobe con- mately 16.7 acres of land and
sidered includes light industrial and
office buildings, a cellular tower
The Regents will vote to and a parking lot.
approve the endowment and If the University purchases
naming of the head football coach the buildings before the tentative
position. The proposed name closing date of early March 2014,
change would be effective on they will be sold for the negoti-
March 1. ated price of $12.8 million.
Ira and Nicki Harris, long-time In a communication to the
supporters of many units within board, Tim Slottow, executive
the University, have donated vice president and chief financial
$10 million through the J. Ira officer, wrote that the funds for
and Nicki Harris Foundation this purchase would come from
for the naming and endowment investment proceeds.
of the head football coach posi- The purchasing of the prop-
tion, which is currently filled by erty is "subject to the University
Brady Hoke. They have previously satisfying itself with the environ-
donated the Nicki Harris Family mental condition of the site and
Football Locker Room. otherwise completing with due
Ira Harris has volunteered as a diligence," wrote Slottow in the
member of the Investment Advi- report Monday.
sory Committee, the President's Details describing the build-
Advisory Group and the leader- ings' intended purposes were not
ship committee of the Michigan provided.

From Page 2
response to the large num-
ber of alumni who were
going into corporate well-
ness and personal training,
or opened their own fitness
businesses after gradua-
The new major requires
classes focusing on a vari-
ety of different subjects,
including sports manage-

ment, physical education
and movement science.
Students will also take
some business, sports law
and management classes.
"This is reallya response
to a worldwide need," said
Pat Van Volkinburg, asso-
ciate dean for academic
programs at the School of
Kinesiology. "What's hap-
pening is there are three
major problems: people are
getting heavier, they're less
active and they're getting
older and this has a nega-

tive influence on the econ-
omy. Michigan is a leader.
We decided it was time that
we added a new major that
meets the needs not only of
our students, but to busi-
nesses of the world."
The structure of the
major prepares students to
take the American College
of Sport Fitness Instruc-
tor the National Strength
and the Strength Coach's
exams upon graduation -
a benefit that was not built
into any other Kinesiology

majors before this year.
Despite not appearingon
the checklist of majors list-
ed on the Common Appli-
cation this past year, the
new major been popular in
its first semesters.
"I'm getting phone calls
from kids who are juniors
in high school, people from
other schools and col-
leges across the country
that want to transfer in, so
word of mouth is getting
out there," Van Volkinburg


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