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___ Monday, February 17, 2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Week of
events to
body image

LSA junior Haley Pfeil, LSA seniors Mara Rubin and Mark Byron play with Johntez Williamson at Dance Marathon. The event raised money to improve the quality
of life for children with disabilities at the Indoor Track and Field Building Saturday.

Over 17 years, $5M
Dance Marathon est student-run nonprofit orga- However, this year the group
nization in Michigan, with reached its all-time goal of
participants stand over 1,000 student participants raising $5 million throughout its
throughout the year. With 17 17 years at the University.
for 30 hours for years on campus, the organiza- "The goal is to establish a soli-
tion raises money and promotes darity between the participants
awareness for . rehabilitation of our organization to really
therapies at the University's C.S. show our support for the kids
By EMILIE PLESSET Mott Children's and Von Voigt- that we stand for, who maybe
Daily StaffReporter lander Women's Hospital and can't stand for themselves, while
Beaumont Children's Hospital in putting ourselves as much as we
For 30 hours this weekend, Royal Oak. can in their shoes," LSA senior
University students busted a Throughout the year, and over Molly VandenBerg, Dance Mar-
move. the course of the 30-hour event, athon communications chair,
The University's Dance Dance Marathon members said.
Marathon held a two-day party raised $446,399.57, which was Many dancers form Marathon
this weekend at the Indoor Track less than last year's $516,701.13 teams with various other
Building, where 700 students total. Last year, the event took organizations on campus.
stood on their feet for charity. place in April, giving the organi- Teams raise money and earn
Dance Marathon is the larg- zation more time to raise funds. team points by participating in

Marathon events throughout
the year, including a pumpkin
carving event and a charity ball,
where participants interact with
the families and kids benefiting
from the organization.
While many other universi-
ties hold Dance Marathons, the
University's Marathon main-
tains a tradition of standing for
30 hours. Northwestern Uni-
versity's marathon also lasts
30 hours, and the University of
California, Los Angeles' event
lasts 26.
Brownstown Township resi-
dent Laura Calvin, whose fam-
ily benefited from the funds
raised from the Marathon, said

Body-Peace Corps
creates Eating
Disorder Week to
raise awareness
Daily StaffReporter
The Body-Peace Corps, a
student-run organization,
along with MBody and
University Health Services,
kicked off this year's Eating
Disorder Awareness Week
with a Valentine's Day-themed
event on the Diag Friday, and a
Twitter campaign Sunday.
The campaign for awareness
comes a week before National
Eating Disorder Awareness
Week, which is Feb. 23 to March
1. It also falls during a larger
month-long push - February
is Eating Disorders Awareness
On campus, the week has

been held consistently for the
past decade, though its sponsors
have changed from year to year.
In the past, it's been run through
Counseling and Psychological
Services and the University.
LSA sophomore India
Peterson, Body-Peace Corps
event chair, said the week is
necessary at the University
because it helps remove some of
the stigma surrounding eating
disorders and helps students
form more positive body images.
"It's really important because
a lot of people have the wrong
view of eating disorders and
they don't know all the facts,"
Peterson said. "It'sjust important
to promote positive body image
beyause I know that especially
with the media, especially on
college campuses, a lot of people
struggle with having a positive
The Valentine's Day event,
called "Trash Your Trash Talk,"
was sponsored in .partnership

3D printing
business opens
in Ann Arbor

Local store to
appeal to needs of
residents, students
Daily News Editor
Most 3D printing businesses
cater to engineers, hobbyists and
other tech-savvy folks with thick
wallets. However, this is not
the case at the recently opened
Owner Owen Tien said he
opened the State Street business
last month to cater to anyone
with an interest in 3D printing.
"It doesn't matter if it's
sketched on a napkin," Tien said.
"We'll do our best to make sure
it's good for our customer."
Napkin-sourced designs are
not hypothetical. Art & Design
sophomore Rachel Snyder, who
assists with 3D modeling at
Thingsmiths, said she recently
helped a customer produce his
napkin schemes in two weeks.
"I find it actually really
exciting," Snyder said. "I think
the big' responsibility that I

have as a designer is to make
someone's creative idea a reality
and help them make exactly what
they wanted, exactly what they
Few 3D printing stores exist to
serve the average consumer. Even
fewer exist in brick-and-mortar
Thingsmiths fulfills both
of those rarities. Thingsmiths
opened last month and joined
what Tien estimated to be fewer
than 50 physical 3D printing
shops in the United States.
Tien said the Ann Arbor
location was ideal for attracting
tech-aware customers. He also
considered Bloomfield Hills
and Grand Rapids as potential
Most 3D printing shops are
online. They won't explain how
the 3D printing process works,
how to submit your ideas in the
requisite computer-aided design
format or a host of other techie
complications. There are barriers
for the Average Joe to explore
the much-hyped world of 3D
"It seemed to me that there

Ann Arbor residents William and Sarah Dodds watch the newly opened Snake vs. Dinosaur exhibit at the Museum
of Natural History Sunday.
,Ancient fossils fro-m India
on display in U' museum
67 million-year-old thanks to a University paleon- paleontological items, and a
tologist's discovery, it was an touchable cast of the fossil slab.
specimens include actual event that happened 67 The fossil's journey to the
million years ago. University was a long one.
primitive snakes Jeffrey Wilson, associate Wilson's colleague, Dhananjay
professor of earth and environ- Mohabey, discovered the
By TOM MCBRIEN mental sciences, delivered the fossil in western India in 1981
Daily Staff Reporter William R. Farrand Memorial but did not realize that snake
Lecture, this year titled "India bones were present. Decades
A young dinosaur pokes out before the Himalayas: When later, Wilson heard about the
from its shell, only to be met by snakes ate dinosaurs" about his piece and, upon examining it in
an 11.5-foot-long snake rearing fossil discovery, which is now a 2001, was the first to notice the
back to devour it. Just at the cli- permanent exhibit at the Uni- distinctive snake spine bones.
max, both are almost instanta- versity of Michigan Museum of "From this time in history,
neously covered by a mudslide, Natural History. we only have about five exam-
preserving them for millions The exhibit includes a life- ples of snakes with bodies, and
of years. This may sound like size model of the scene by artist this is going to be the sixth,"
a B-movie plot summary, but Tyler Keillor, who reconstructs See FOSSILS, Page 5A

set world
Highest number of
heart beneficiaries
honor American
Heart Month
Daily StaffReporter
More than 100 heart
transplant * recipients set
the Guinness World Record
Friday for the most heart
transplant recipients
gathered together.
The University of Michigan
Health System partnered
with Donate Life Coalition of
Michigan to assemble the 132
recipients, transplant staff and
families at Art Moran Buick
GMC in Southfield, Mich. The
date was set in observance of
American Heart Month and
Valentine's Day.
"It's a great way for us to
share with the world how posi-
tive organ donation can be,"
said Sherry Johnson, director of
the gathering and volunteer at


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