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NOT IN TlH E LEASE
Nothing to squeal about

The student's name has been
changed for privacy reasons.
Two weeks ago, LSA senior
Annie made a new friend, and he
moved in that night. The special
man was Milo, a miniature pigthat
Annie's older brother convinced
her to buy from one of his close
friends.
"I wasn't exactly searching for
a pet," Annie said. "I had before
thought that students who have
pets ... it's sort of unfair. You're
gone all day, you can't really give
it attention, ithas limited access to
being outside andthings like that."
When she first met Milo,
Annie's doubts continued to grow.
Then, she held Miloinher arms;
he curled up in her lap and fell

asleep. There was no going back,
hold for one caveat: Annie lives in a
house with nine other roommates.
"I had texted them in a group
text; I said, 'Hey, does anyone
mind if I get a mini pig?' No one
answered, so I just kind of brought
himhome."
Now, Milo shares Annie's room,
claiming comfortable spots in piles
of her clothes and under her bed.
In the spirit of these maternal
instincts - and honoring Milo's
- Annie took the pig to the Arb
last week to roam free and enjoy
nature. He wasn't as keen on the
trip.
"I was hoping that he would feel
so happyto not be cooped up any-
where, and he didn't want to move

... I was like, 'Seriously, it took all
that effort to get you out of the
house... andyouwanttobecarried
the whole time,"' she said.
Another struggle in taking Milo
out and around is that Annie's
landlord has forbidden pets. She
said the pig has yet to attract
unwanted attention - other than
eliciting more frequent visits from
her friends because of his cute-
ness, Annie said Milo lives in a
fairly quiet and discreet manner,
ambling around her room and
napping for most of the day.
Overall, Annie's really not wor-
ried about getting in trouble. She
doubts anyone will squeal on her.
- MICHAEL SUGERMAN

Masic, Theatre & Dance freshman Jesse Aaronson
rehearses Othello' Wednesday night.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

WSPOR TS
Women's
basketball
BY BRAD WHIPPLE
With a weekend win
against Davenport, the
Michigan women's bas-
ketball team has embraced
some new faces. As players
describe, earning a starting
position is a week-to-week
grind in practice.
T HE FIL TE R
"Like This"
BY LEJLA BAJGORIC
Bajgoric contends that
Skizzy Mars embraces "hip
hop done in a way that hip
hop usually isn't done."
The lead single off his new
album, The Red Balloon.Proj-
ect, this track is elevated by
Skizzy's flow over a solidly
crafted production.

MiC
Satyame
Jayate

Speaker Series Museum lecture

Va

After 14 years of attempt-
ing to making her name eas-
ier for English-speakers to
pronounce, Jayate discusses
embracing the power of her
name's meaning. She writes:
"My names. Our names.
Honest, unabridged, and
authentic."
PODIUM
Classyorcreepy?
BYAMELIA FULLER
In an age when college
singles are warned of the
potential dangers of inter-
acting with people online,
Fuller discusses the conflict
she faces when she discovers
carefully written love notes
on her dorm room door.

WHAT: The ongoing series
will feature Latvian Pho-
tographer Inta Ruka, who
provides her view of her
region's current struggles as
it integrates with the Euro-
pean Union.
WHO: Penny Stamps
School of Art & Design
WHEN: Today from 5:10
p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Theater
Research
symposium
WHAT: The Fall 2014
Research Computing Sym-
posium will feature a poster
session and presentations
from leading researchers in
the field.
WHO: Michigan Institute
for Computational Discov-
ery and Engineering
WHEN: Today from 8:30
a.m. to3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Gradu-
ate School;

WHAT: This presentation
will discuss the historical
and contemporary role of
"multi-sensory" exhibits.
WHO: Museum Studies
Program
WHEN: Today from 7 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Art
CORRECTIONS
A version of "With global
issues, collaboration
becomes key" published
on Oct.28 mistakenly
identified the World Health
Organization as a non-
governmental organization.
WHO is an authority
of the United Nations,
which in turn represents
its member countries.
" Please report any
error in the Daily to
esorrections@miehi-
gandaily.com.

THRE THINGS YOU
SHULD KNOW TODAY
After months of escalating
conflict, President Barack
Obama announced
Wednesday that he would
seek Congressional support
before engaging in further
campaigns against the Islamic
State, The New York Times
reported.
Daily Arts takes a look
at the only professional
piercing shop in Ann
Arbor - Pangea - and a
broader look at the piercing
culture on campus.
FOR MORE, B-SIDEON PG.1B
A Maryland boy had
made plans to kill his
parents before driving
to his school and killing
students and teachers with
a stolen handgun, CBS News
reported Wednesday, based
on court documents obtained
by CBS Baltimore.

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Power conservation
focus of alum startup

A2SF to face possible
change of venue in 2015

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Partners use 'U' Dean and Sherman, both 25, met
during their freshman year at the
resources to launch University and developed a closer
friendship in their senior year when
tech. company they discovered their shared inter-
ests in entrepreneurship and energy
By LEA GIOTTO consumption. Bothgraduatedin May
For theDaily 2011, Dean with a degree from the
Business School and Sherman with a
University alumni Jack Dean and degree in chemical engineering.
Steven Sherman know what's up- The University was instrumen-
or, watt's up, to be more precise. tal in launching YouKnowWatt,
In March 2013, the duo founded Sherman said. In November 2012,
YouKnowWatt, a startup whose the startup won 1000 Pitches, an
biggest product is an app - energy. annual competition on campus that
io - that allows users to monitor allows students to present their
their home's energy consumption business ideas in the hope of win-
and the cost of that energy con- ning the $1,000 prize to help make
sumption in real time. their pitch a reality.
"We were originally interested Sherman added that TechArb,
in doing something to make energy which provides resources to entre-
consumption more sustainable, so preneurs in Ann Arbor, and the
we went into it wanting to make Master of Entrepreneurship pro-
consumers more aware of their gram, which he completed in
energy consumptions," said Sher- August 2013, provided him and
man, a College of Engineering alum. Dean with the resources to make
H,-,

their startup a reality.
While YouKnowWatt helps
improve energy consumption at the
individual level, the creators hope
that it will assist in solving a larger
crisis - the terawatt problem.
"Basically the terawatt problem
is if you look at how much energy
the world is consuming and you
look at what we're projected to con-
sume in 2050 - we're on an unsus-
tainable path: huge upward trends
in population, energy consumption,
and 85 percent of energy comes
from fossil fuels we dig up from the
ground," Sherman said.
"This is an infrastructure that
takes decades, if not generations,
to change," he said in a talk about
the terawatt problem he gave at the
Business School in November 2013.
Dean and Sherman are also
focusing on a new project called
Customer Discovery Ninja - which
Sherman said allows entrepreneurs
to do "on-demand, live interviews"
with customers.
The market research tool allows
entrepreneurs to call potential cli-
ents from their Internet browser
and conduct a recorded interview.
The project's overall aim is to allow
businesspeople to make their ideas
more accessible to customers and
get feedback on these ideas.
"Most people think market
research and think ... surveys and
focus groups - those have really big
flaws," Sherman said.
He said he thinks that the on-
demand interview system will be
more effective.
"We do have some customers
with this and we've developed some
traction and we hope to develop
some business soon," Sherman said.
While the pair said they hope
to work again with YouKnowWatt
and the problem of energy con-
sumption, theyare happy with their
current project as well.
"We really learned a lot going
through YouKnowWatt and jump-
ing in headfirst and now we're
applying those lessons in Customer
Discovery Ninja and we can kinda
already see that we know what
we're doing."

Pending projects
near Ingalls Mall
could see 'Top of
the Park' moved
By TOM MCBRIEN
Daily StaffReporter
With the news of upcoming
summer construction, the Ann
Arbor Summer Festival's "Top
of the Park" series may need
to change its name to "Top of
Something Else."
The Ann Arbor Sum-
mer Festival is a three-week
music, art and culture series
produced as a joint nonprofit
venture between the Univer-
sity and the city of Ann Arbor
since 1984. This coming sum-
mer, however, the festival's
outdoor component, named
Top of the Park, may have to
move from its usual location
on Ingalls Mall due to pend-
ing University construction
plans.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the construc-
tion plans have yet to be sub-
mitted to the University's
Board of Regents.
"To be a good partner forthe
Summer Festival, we wanted
to give them an early alert that
this project could go forward
this summer and to make sure
that they had plenty of time to
explore more options," he said.
Amy Nesbitt, executive
director of the Ann Arbor
Summer Festival, said a spe-
cial search committee is cur-

rently evaluating potential
alternative locations for Top of
the Park. While unable to give
specific details, she said three.
of the four major locations the
committee is considering are
on-campus.
"Since we are a nonprofit
that was co-founded, Top of
the Park could potentially have
great sites to be hosted on city
property," Nesbitt said. "We
are trying to be open-minded
about this as an opportunity.
But historically, there has been
so much support from the Uni-
versity and the University
community that has allowed
,us to do so much that there is a
lot to consider. There are many
University spaces that really
lend themselves well to what
we do."
Top of the Park is known for
showcasing local and national
music groups, performance
artists and screenings of mov-
ies such as "Gravity," "The
Hunger Games" and "The Art-
ist." With a change of location,
however, could come changes
in programming.
"The move will affect
some of the program choices
depending on how big a stage
we can have," Nesbitt said.
"If we have a smaller stage,
maybe we can't do quite as
big of bands or maybe some of
our outdoor exhibits will be
affected."
Apart from the potential
programming changes, the
potential move would also
result in an increase in the
cost of putting on the event,
though admission would still

be free. Nesbitt said cost con-
siderations would be a factor
in choosing the temporary
location.
Additional expenses may
include building new struc-
tures, rebuilding different
booths, altering stage and
sound systems and differing
power expenses. While festi-
val organizers will not know
exact costs until a new loca-
tion is chosen, they have start-
ed a fundraising campaign
to help defray any additional
expenses should the move in
fact occur.
This would not be the first
time that Top of the Park has
had to change locations. Until
2006, the series was held
on top of the Fletcher Street
parking structure between
the Power Center for the Per-
forming Arts and the School of
Dentistry. The festival derived
its name from this original
location: Top of the Park(ing
garage).
Construction on the garage
in 2006 forced festival orga-
nizers to look elsewhere until
they decided on Ingalls Mall
as a suitable replacement.
"What we have found since
2006 is that it is so welcoming
and expansive in Ingalls Mall
with some grass and some
trees and some shade," Nes-
bitt said. "A lot of people really
loved the new location."
The indoor, ticketed por-
tion of the festival, called the
Mainstage, will be unaffected
by the construction.
The festival will run from
June 12 to July 5, 2015.

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