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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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ACTIVE LEARNING

ADMISSIONS
Undergrad
enrollment
increases
marginally

SAM MOUSIGAN/Daily
Ann Arbor residents Eva Rosenwald and Jordan Hams and LSA sophomore Anna Garcia perform a skit designed to demonstrate and tackle the topic of
learning disabilities in the classroom at an event hosted by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Palmer Commons Monday.
Outideinvestorsparwt
University entrepreneurs

'U' received record-
breaking number of
applications in 2013
By ALLANA AKHTAR
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's undergradu-
ate enrollment increased slightly
this year, according to figures
released early Monday morning.
Undergraduate enrollment for
fall 2014 totaled 28,395 students,
a 112-student increase from 2013.
This year's freshman class is com-
prised of 6,505 students, 4.5 per-
cent more last fall. The University
also received a record-breaking
49,776 freshman applications,
which represents a 6.3-percent
increase since 2013.
Though undergraduate stu-
dents makeup most of the Univer-
sity's enrollment, totaling about
65.1 percent of the overall student
population, 43,625 students are
currently enrolled, representing
an 85-student drop from 2013.
The University enrolled 15,230
graduate students this year, 197
fewer than last year.
Underre reented .ninor-.
ity stu s make up 10 percent

of this year's freshman class, a
slight decline from 10.6 percent
in fall 2013. However, the num-
ber of underrepresented minor-
ity students in the freshman class
has remained roughly the same
because this year's larger class
size caused their percentage to
decline.
Over the summer, the Universi-
ty appointed KedratIshop as asso-
ciatevicepresidentforenrollment
management, a new position
designed to increase coordination
and communication between the
Office of Undergraduate Admis-
sions, the Office of Financial Aid,
the Office of the Registrar and the
Office of New Student Programs.
In an interview withThe
Michigan Daily, Ishop said she
attributed the increase in under-
graduate enrollment figures to
the University's high ranking
compared to other universities,
saying many similar institutions
have seen a declining number of
applicants in recent years.
"Michigan has always had this
allure for applicants and I think
it's evidenced by the increasing
number of applications," she said.
Last year, members of the
Black Student Union called on
See ENROLLMENT, Page 3

Partnerships aim
to increase Center's
role on campus
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN
DailyStaffReporter
In an effort to secure a more
sustainable cycle of funding and
donations, the Center for Entre-
preneurship has paired with two
different venture capital firms to
continue supporting entrepre-
neurial endeavors throughout

Ann Arbor and Michigan,
Seven individuals, five of
whom are affiliated with Michi-
gan eLab and two of whom are
associated with Pinnacle Ven-
tures, have agreed to donate
a percentage of their salaries
to the CFE on an annual basis.
Those from Michigan eLab will
each contribute five percent of
their profits, while those from
Pinnacle will give "a significant
percentage" of earnings, accord-
ing to a release from the CFE.
Michigan eLab, based in Ann
Arbor, and Pinnacle Ventures,

based in Silicon Valley, both
partner with entrepreneurs and
help accelerate their businesses
by providing capital funds and
mentorship in exchange for com-
pany equity.
Dean of Engineering David
Munson said in a press release
that the donations, which have
been coined as a "pay it for-
ward" approach, demonstrate an
entirely new form of giving.
"The 'pay it forward' approach
has at its core a fundamental and
shared value of entrepreneur-
ship," Munson said. "Its effects

will bring students and faculty
into that fold, and significantly
impact the future of entrepre-
neurship education at our college
long-term."
Sarah Bachleda, who heads
marketing and communications
for the CFE, said the goal of the
Center is providing entrepre-
neurship experience.
"That's in classroom, out of
the classroom, mentorship, net-
working," Bachleda said. "(It's)
the whole thing where you're
really getting experimental
See INVESTORS, Page 3

* IN REMEMBRANCE
Student brought
energy spirit to
research work

BUSINESS
Verbena
sets tone
for campus
clothing
Recently opened

Engineering
graduate Derek Tat
passed away Friday
in traffic incident
By EMILIE PLESSET
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering graduate stu-
dent Derek Tat passed away on
Friday in a traffic accident.
Tat, 24, came to the Univer-
sity in January to pursue a Ph.D.
in biomedical engineering. He
had previously received degrees
in mechanical and electrical
,4 engineering at the University
of California, Berkeley and had
worked in the private sector.
Cynthia Chestek, an assis-
tant professor of biomedical
engineering, worked closely
with Tat in a laboratory setting,
researching brain control and
prosthetic care. Chestek said
she was excited to begin work-
ing with Tat even before he
arrived, saying he was the
strongest applicant she had ever
encountered.
"I had never seen an applica-
tion like that," she said. "I was
so excited when he decided to
come to my lab."
According to Chestek, Tat
was a dedicated and passionate
researcher, frequently work-
ing overtime in the lab. He also
took on demanding course load
in addition to his research.
Chestek said she was devas-
tated by Tat's death, noting he
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was a good person and friend as
well as an enthusiastic lab assis-
tant. She said his intense focus
and minimalist approach to life
could serve as inspiration for
everyone - to take every minute
for what it's worth.
Chestek said Tat planned to
graduate early and eventually
become a professor focusing on
robotic control and prosthet-
ics. He had also written several
papers on his research, which
Chestek hopes will be published
posthumously.
"There was no question he
was going to be immensely suc-
cessful," she said. "We were
shocked."
Jennifer J. Linderman,
associate dean for graduate
education in the College of
Engineering, sent an e-mail to
inform the college community
of his passing.
"The community is certainly
reacting with shock and sad-
ness over his death," Linderman
wrote. "It was a terrible, terri-
ble accident and our sympathies
go out to the family."
The College of Engineering
hosted a ceremony to honor
Tat's life Monday evening. Tat's
parents and sister joined the
community for the ceremony.
A memorial service will also
be held in the coming weeks.
"He was incredibly talented,
incredibly hardworking, and
incredibly generous with his
time," Linderman wrote. "Peo-
ple describe him as a real leader.
He was really going places."

William V. Hampton, president of the Ann Arbor NAACP, speaks at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting Monday.
Counci to exand city's non-
lsCminat1o ordinance

Changes impact
employment
protections, living
wage requirements
By GENEVIVE HUMMER
For theeDaily
The Ann Arbor City Council
unanimously approved amend-
ments to both the city's'Non-
Discrimination Ordinance and
the Living Wage Ordinance at
their meeting Monday.
Non-Discrimination
Ordinance
The Council's unanimous
decision to expand the city's
Non-Discrimination Ordinance
drew cheers from those in atten-
dance.

The amendment, sponsored
by the city's Human Rights
Commission and Councilmem-
bers Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4),
Sumi Kailasapathy (D-Ward 1),
Christopher Taylor (D-Ward 3),
Margie Teall (D-Ward 5) and
Chuck Warpehoski (D-Ward 5),
seeks to improve non-discrim-
ination protections in housing
and employment by changing
the wording of the existing
ordinance to include provisions
regarding gender expression
and identity, veteran status, vic-
tims of domestic violence, polit-
ical alignment, arrest record
and familial status.
Kailasapathy, the Council's
liaison on the city's Human
Rights Commission, said it's
important for Ann Arbor to be a
leader inensuringhuman rights
for its citizens, but he said he
believes it hasn't fulfilled that
goal.

"The state of Michigan is lag-
ging behind in many aspects
of non-discrimination and the
equality of marriage," Kailasa-
pathy said in an interview with
The Michigan Daily. "I feel at
least at a city level if we can set
the gold standard then we are
doing good."
During public hearings on
the amendment, representa-
tives from the National Asso-
ciation for the Advancement
of Colored People, the Univer-
sity's Sexual Assault Preven-
tion and Awareness Center, the
transgender community and
the SafeHouse Center, a sup-
port organization for survivors
of domestic violence and sexual
assault, urged councilmembers
to approve the ordinance.
State Rep. Adam Zemke (D-
Ann Arbor) also voiced his sup-
port for the amendment in an
See COUNCIL, Page 3

boutique hopes to
appeal to women
on campus
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Daily Staff Reporter
the Ann Arbor business
scene is known for its turn-
over - and boutiques are no
exception.
Pink Pump, for instance,
closed its East Liberty Street
doors in the beginning of 2013
with patrons blaming high
prices and inconsistent hours.
Chains such as Pitaya, Urban
Outfitters and American
Apparel are some of the few
stores that prosper in the State
Street area, as student budgets
might not allow for the pricier
clothes in local boutiques.
When Verbena owner Kate
Duerksen opened her cloth-
ing store in August of this
year, she had her work cut out
for her. The business opened
its doors at 309 S. State St. on
Aug. 16.
All About Blue, which sold
University spirit-wear, occu-
pied the space until The M
Den bought out the business.
Duerksen managed All About
Blue, which her father owned.
According to the property
agreement, the Duerksens
kept 1,500 square feet of the
space. Next door, The Victors
See VERBENA, Page 3

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