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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, February 3,2014

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TECHNOLOGY
MHacks
champions
push ahead

Former Gen. David Petraeus discusses using physical activity as a way to adjust to civilian life during a speech at the sixth annual Student Veterans of America
dinner at the Union Friday.
Former C rctotalks
vet eran support, fitness

Winners to launch
"WorkFlow" in
Apple Store later
this month
By WILLIAM LANE
Daily Staff Reporter
The winners of MHacks are
coming to an app store near you.
The overall winners of
Mhacks - a 36-hour program-
ming competition hosted in
Detroit this month -are prepar-
ing to launch "WorkFlow," an
app allowing task automation on
the iPad. While iPad users are
traditionally confined to working
on only one app at a time, Work-
Flow aims to make working on
multiple apps feasible.
The developers have created
about 40 actions in the applica-
tion, including opening a URL,
editing a photo, sharing a mes-
sage or sending a text message.
Users have the ability to select
actions from a list in the interface
and dragthem into the workflow.
Once the play button is pressed,
the app will automatically com-
plete the various actions in order

of how they were selected.
Veeral Patel, a high school
junior from Bergenfield, New
Jersey, was a member of the
four-man development team
that worked on the app. Since
the competition, he has been
expanding it through the devel-
opment of a wireless printing
option.
The team intends for the app
to eventually unify other apps
and provide more cross-system
integration.
"We started out at the Hack-
athon building all of these
actions ourselves, but the next
step before we launch is to cre-
ate a way for other apps to make
their own specifications," Patel
said.
Nick Frey, a high school stu-
dent from Iowa who also worked
on the development team, said
the group-was inspired by the
ability of computers to manage
multiple programs and wanted
to bringthat functionality to tab-
lets. Ari Weinstein, a freshman
at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology who worked on
the team, said the largest chal-
lenge was creating a data model
to make each action work.
See MHACKS, Page 3A

Petraeus inspires
Student Veterans
of America chapter
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Former CIA Director David
Petraeus touted physical fitness
as an outlet for both physical
and mental health Friday at the

fifth annual dinner held by the
University's Student Veterans
of America chapter in the Union
ballroom.
During his speech, Petraeus
commended the University for
the work it has done to accom-
modate veterans by providing
in-state tuition and preferred
registration to all former sol-
diers. He added that that Michi-
gan maintained a "rich tradition
of military service" since the

Civil War, when Michiganders
were some of the first to volun-
teer for the Union army in Vir-
ginia.
Petraeus said soldiers return-
ing from war feel that they have
left their brothers and sisters
behind, and that many veterans
have both physical and mental
wounds from their time in ser-
vice. Both of these issues, he
said, mean veterans have a hard
time assimilating back into their

home communities.
Petraeus said group fitness
can be therapeutic for veterans,
as it parallels the pack motiva-
tion used in combat. He added
that, as a paratrooper, he felt
that for individuals to be physi-
cally and mentally tough was
essential to the pack's success.
"Exercise not only trains the
body to be physically resilient, it
also helps our hearts, lungs and
See CIA, Page 3A

GOVERNMENT
Snyder leads opponent
in campaign fundraising

STROLL OFF

Governor has $3
million .more than
Schauer in warchest
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily StaffReporter
Campaign finance reports
released Friday reveal Republi-
cans have a fundraising edge for
the upcoming Michigan guber-

natorial election with higher
campaign funds.
According to the report,
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder
currently has four times the
amount of campaign money at
his disposal than his Democratic
challenger, former congressional
representative Mark Schauer.
Snyder started 2014 with
around $4 million in donations,
according to the report. Some
of these funds went towards an

advertisement during Sunday
night's Super Bowl game, which
can cost millions of dollars for a
single 30-second slot.
Schauer has garnered $1.6 mil-
lion in contributions since enter-
ing the race in June and currently
has $1 million in his war chest.
His biggest donors were the Ser-
vice Employees International
Union Michigan Council and
the Michigan Laborer's Politi-
See SNYDER, Page 3A

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Students and alumni cash in
on global bitcoin 'gold-rush'

RUBY WALLAU/Daily
Members of Phi Beta Sigma perform at the Annual Blue and White Stroll Off hosted by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at the Great Lakes Room in Palmer Commons Saturday.
CAMPUS LIFE
Science Learning Center art
contest merges many disciplines

Cryptocurrency
craze draws new
business growth
By ADAM GLANZMAN
Daily StaffReporter
The bitcoin craze is often
equated to the Gold Rush of 1849,
when hundreds of thousands of
fortune-seekers flocked to Cali-

fornia to test their luck and strike
gold. Those who actually found
riches were the ones selling the
gold mining equipment, food and
resources the miners needed.
At the University, however,
bitcoins are the target of the
modern gold rush. Bitcoins are
a digital currency, or cryptocur-
rency, that can be traded from
person to person. It was invented
in 2009 and has since grown in
prominence among techies. It's

now beginning to enter main-
stream commercial and financial
spheres.
However, bitcoins are avail-
able exclusively online and are
not backed by a central bank like
the U.S. Dollar. These qualities
have raised speculations about
how stable the currency is and
many lawmakers are displeased
by bitcoins' history of being used
for illegal activities.
See BITCOINS, Page 3A

Competition brings
in artists to explore
multidisciplinarity
By ALEX DITOMMASO
For the Daily
Left brain, meet right brain.
The Science Learning Cen-
ter hosted the its first ever Sci-

ence As Art Exhibition Friday,
giving undergraduate students
the chance to through express
their creativity through science-
based art.
The contest received 27 sub-
missions from students with
backgrounds ranging from neu-
roscience to biomedical engi-
neering to art to economics,
Claire Sandier, director of the
Science Learning Center, said.

"Science is in and behind
everything, and what we were
hoping to do with this contest
was encourage students to stop
and think about that and consid-
er the science in their own life,"
Sandler said.
Five judges oversaw the con-
test. Deirdre Spencer, senior
associate librarian at the Fine Art
Library, said her academic back-
See SCIENCE, Page 3A

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