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Major snowstorm
blamed for four
New York deaths
Four people died during a
storm that dumped more than
4 feet of snow around Buffalo
and forced motorists in 150
vehicles, including a women's
basketball team, to ride it out
on a day when temperatures
dropped to freezing or below
in all 50 states.
One person was killed in
an automobile accident and
three others had heart attacks,
including two believed to be
shoveling snow at the time,
Erie County officials said.
Sister of slain
actress crusades
against Manson
Debra Tate, whose pregnant
sister Sharon was slain in 1969
by the murderous followers of
Charles Manson, has spent much
of her life trying to divert atten-
tion from the cult leader and
keep him in prison.
Her job got tougher with the
news that Manson, now 80, plans
to marry a 26-year-old woman
who moved from the Midwest
years ago to be near him.
Debra Tate calls the develop-
ment "ludicrous" and "insane,"
but says she is not surprised.
"It's always something with
him," she said.
Tate said Manson's bride-to-
be, Afton Elaine Burton, known
as "Star," seems to believe that
Manson is leading a movement
to save the environment.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports
From Page 1A
fessors who win the award are
also asked to give a "last lecture"
usually held at Rackham Audi-
torium. Past recipients of the
award include History Prof. Vic-
tor Lieberman and Psychology
Lecturer Shelly Schreier.
The proposal asked for $300
from the CSG sponsored activi-
ties account to be used to fund
the Golden Apple Award and
the lecture, which will be held
March 31.
"It seems to be something that
is pretty fitting with what we
(CSG) do," Dishell said.
The resolution was referred to
the finance committee and will
be voted on during the next CSG
Dishell also spoke about the
progress of the Wolverine Sup-

port Network, a University-wide
peer mental health program,
which launched its awareness
campaign in September.
Last weekend, there was a
retreat for WSN leaders where
they were trained in differ-
ent facilitation techniques and
received training from Sexual
Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center, Diversity Peer
Educators and Counseling and
Psychological Services.
Lastly, Dishell also discussed
his meeting with interim Ath-
letic Director Jim Hackett.
Dishell said initiatives passed
in collaboration with former
Athletic Director Dave Brandon
will carry over during Hackett's
term, including lowering student
season ticket package prices to
"He seems to be very recep-
tive," Dishell said.
As the Athletic Department
experiences a shift in leadership,
so will CSG.
LSA, the Ross School of Busi-
ness, School of Information,
School of Public Health, the Law
School and Rackham will hold
elections starting Nov. 19 to elect
representatives to CSG. Voting
will close Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m.
Additionally, the students will
also vote to elect a student repre-
sentative to serve on the Depart-
ment of Public Safety Oversight

From Page 1A
echoed Schlissel's sentiments
regarding the experience many
students have during Welcome
"We want to make sure (new
students') first impressions are
not football and alcohol," he said.
"It's something more academic -
a more positive side of the Univer-
Masten's sentiment is reflected
in a variety of alcohol-related sta-
tistics compiled in a DPSS report
regarding Welcome Week: the
number of ambulance requests
to University Housing facili-
ties dropped from 46 in 2013
to 31. Calls to the DPSS Com-
munications Center related to
drinking, noise complaints, uri-
nating in public and incapaci-
tation declined from 106 to 85.
Visits to University Emergency
Departments, which the report
deemed "the leading indicator"
of alcohol activity, dropped from
100 to 76.
The report, dated Sept. 4 and
titled "Student Move-in Alcohol
Activities," presents "prelimi-
nary" and "advisory" figures only.
It was written for informational
purposes for University officials
and was not originally intended
for public release. A spokesper-
son for the Ann Arbor Police said
they were unaware of how the
information regarding Ann Arbor
Police activity was compiled.
The data encompasses all alco-
hol-related incidents between
Aug. 25 and Sept. 2 of this year
in comparison to Aug. 26 and
Sept. 3 of 2013 - each spanning
nine days. However, the move-
in period for University housing
residents was shortened this year
from four days to two, and so the

decline in alcohol activity is may
partly be a result of students not
being on campus to drink.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald confirmed the short-
ened Welcome Week was partly
intended to cut down on the
amount of unstructured time stu-
dents had in dorms that was often
filled by alcohol consumption.
While he said this year's Wel-
come Week went well, Fitzgerald
added that the University hasn't
yet decided on the Welcome Week
timeline for next year.
E. Royster Harper, vice presi-
dent of student life, said the
University is also going to be
rethinking its law enforcement
"There are just going to be
more consequences for walking
around with open containers,
with loud music and everybody
on the lawn obviously drinking,"
she said.
The number of citations for a
minor in possession by Univer-
sity Police during welcome week
increased from 27 to 40 between
this year and last, despite the
shortened move-in period.
According to the DPSS report,
this was the result of a "grant-
funded patrol (unit) targeting the
enforcement of underage drink-
ingviolations," performed by Uni-
versity Police and the Washtenaw
County Sheriff's Office.
Throughout the year, Washt-
enaw County receives fund-
ing from the state for targeted
enforcement, which has previ-
ously included directed patrols
toward the Click It or Ticket cam-
paign and drunk-driving enforce-
ment efforts.
A DPSS spokesperson said
grants are often deployed dur-
ing times of higher risk behavior,
such as holidays or in this case,
Welcome Week. The report's
numbers include one night of

a two-night grant coordinated
through the Washtenaw County
Sheriff's Department that pro-
vided additional officers to patrol
nearby campus streets. Extra offi-
cers were not deployed in 2013.
The DPSS spokesperson said
University police officers do not
have quotas for giving out MIPs.
"Their primary focus is to
ensure our community members
are safe and then enforce laws as
deemed appropriate."
In light of the decline of on-
campus alcohol activity, emer-
gency calls to the Ann Arbor
police from neighborhoods with
student rental housing or proper-
ties adjacent to campus increased
by 48 percent - from 241 calls to
358 - according to the Univer-
sity's report. In addition, calls
for assistance for an incapaci-
tated person to Ann Arbor Police
approximately doubled.
The spokesperson said the Ann
Arbor Police have not received a
grant for increased enforcement
in the last two years at least, but
they did have extra patrol during
this Welcome Week.
"We work with Ann Arbor
Police and the Washtenaw Coun-
ty Police and we are all equally
concerned with the alcohol issues
on campus," an Ann Arbor Police
spokesperson said. "We want stu-
dents to be safe. We are aware
that people drink, but we want
them to do it responsibly."
Similarly, Schlissel said the
University will continue to
emphasize safety as it develops
strategies for combatting alco-
"I think it's impractical to
have as a goal that students won't
drink on campus," Schlissel said.
"Even though most of students
are drinking illegally, I don't
think that's an enforceable law,
but looking at it from the safety
perspective is what I want to do."

From Page 1A
According to University
alum Carolyn Yarina, chief
executive officer of Sisu Glob-
al Health, 80 percent of the
world's medical technology is
designed for 10 percent of the
world's population, leaving 90
percent without access to ade-
quate medical equipment.
"Over the past couple of
years, the amount of times
we've heard doctors say, essen-
tially, if they just had simple
technology - a microscope
here, or access to blood, or an
ultrasound, or a lot of simple
things- they could save lives,"
Yarina said. "But they don't
have access to a lot of these
Sisu Global Health is work-
ing to prepare the Ghanaian
market for its new product,
the Hemafuse - a device that
retransfuses a patient's blood.
While in Ghana, the Sisu
Global Health team members
observed that blood transfu-
sions in the area were hindered
by high costs and inadequate
infrastructure. Transfusions
are most needed in cases
involving complicated preg-
nancies or traffic accidents
resulting in severe blood loss.
The cost for testing and then
processing one pint of blood
is about $50 in Ghana, Yarina
The price for patients usual-
ly falls between $50 and $150
for one to three pints of donor
blood. If patients are unable
to pay for donor blood, doc-
tors can attempt to collect the
lost blood and return it to that
same person's body. According
to Yarina, some do so using a
soup ladle and gauze.
However, the Hemafuse
technology provides a safer,
more efficient and sanitary
blood collection method.
The device then returns the
blood directly to the patient.
According to Sisu Global
Health's~ website, Hemafuse
requires one-third of the time
it takes a soup ladle to do the
same job, and one-ninth the
Hospitals would purchase
a device while patients would
only need to purchase a $101fil-
ter piece.
Sisu Global Health began
last spring when two Uni-
versity-based companies,
CentriCycle and Design Inno-
vations for Infants and Moth-
ers Everywhere,. Inc., joined
Yarina was the founder
of CentriCycle, while Uni-
versity alum Gillian Henker,
chief technology officer of
Sisu Global Health, founded
"We were in the same social
venture practicum," Yarina
said. "We had the same over-
arching vision, but initially we
had different paths we want-
ed to take to get to that same
Different as they may have
been at first, both paths lead to
the health care facet of social

The field of social entre-
preneurship recognizes criti-
cal gaps in social issues and
systems, said University
alum Grace Hsia, CEO and
co-founder of Warmilu, a for-
profit company that provides
heating technologies for ther-
apy and at-risk infants.
"The solution that the social
entrepreneur is trying to pres-
ent helps to change systems,
not just address symptoms of a
problem," Hsia said.
Hsia met Yarina and Genker
in TechArb, a program encour-
aging University students to
explore their ideas through
applied entrepreneurial edu-
cation and experience.
For Yarina, her path began
before TechArb in her fresh-
man year Engineering 100
class, taught by Dr. Susan
Montgomery, the Chemical
Engineering Undergraduate
Program adviser.
In this class, Yarina and her
group members worked on an
earlier version of Sisu Global
Health's (r)Evolve, a blood-
separating centrifuge that
allows for easier diagnosis
with a rapid diagnostic test.
Though not currently on the
market, (r)Evolve technology
could more effectively diag-
nose cases of HIV, malaria,
hepatitis, syphilis and typhoid

Montgomery recalled Yari-
na and her Engineering 100
group using a bicycle tire to
make a centrifuge. They used
the spoke of the bicycle as a
test tube holder and were able
to move the pedal and turn
the wheel to get "centrifugal
action," Montgomery said.
"I've seen many people
start projects and think about
taking it to the next level,
but none of the groups have
done it to the extent that this
team has," Montgomery said.
"They could have been done
and moved to other things but
that they would hold onto it
and grow it to this extent, and
with the leadership that Car-
olyn has had in making this
possible, it's energizing."
Four years down the road,
in 2013, Albion College alum
Katie Kirsch, chief marketing
officer of Sisu Global Health,
joined Yarina's CentriCycle
team. She joined shortly after
returning home from Rwanda
where she had a Fulbright
English Teaching Assistant-
ship at the National Univer-
sity of Rwanda.
It was her experience
in Rwanda that influenced
Kirsch to join the cause of her
current partners Yarina and
"I had a lot of students
who were unable to come to
class because either they had
health .complications them-
selves or their family mem-
bers did," Kirsch said. "I felt
like I couldn't influence my
student's lives in the way that
I wanted to."
Kirsch said the inefficiency
and inaccessibility of the hos-
pitals prevented many Rwan-
dans from receiving proper
care, which hospitals should
be able to administer with
Determined to solve that
problem, Kirsch, Yarina, and
Genker joined forces a year
later through Sisu Global
The group decided to build
their company around what
they call "human-centered
Their first step was to
observe, Yarina said. Instead
of searching for an adequate
market for an existing product,
the trio studied the medical
system in Ghana, pinpointed
the issues and designed their
product accordingly.
Throughout the project,
they have spoken to doctors,
administrators, maintenance
staff and patients to gauge the
needs of the area.
"We're partnering direct-
ly with these doctors who
wouldn't usually have their
opinion asked of them, which
is silly," Kirsch said.
Yarina noted that the com-
pany has a "double bottom
line" - success to them means
not only financial gain, but
also the impact they cause.
Financially, the group
decided that the best way to
make an impact was through
DIIME's for-profit route rath-
er than CentriCycle's non-
profit one.

"If you give something
away, you can probably only
access maybe a village, or a
couple hundred people," Yari-
na said. "But if you actually
sell something in scale, there's
the potential to impact the
whole world."
Currently, Sisu is in the
testing phase of their Hema-
fuse product and hopes to
run clinical trials on patients
within the next year.
They've built relationships
with Ghanaian hospitals, cre-
ated a subsidiary legal busi-
ness entity in Ghana and
hope to hire someone on the
ground in Ghana soon.
While Sisu Global Health
aims to implement the Hema-
fuse product in Ghana, they
also hope to commercially
manufacture (r)Evolve in the
future and extend their prod-
ucts to India, which was Cen-
triCycle's original market.
Hsia said Sisu Global
Health is in a unique situation
due to the "diverse skillsets"
brought together in the union
of the CentriCycle and DIIME
"By putting these two
g sups together and all of
their collective knowledge
and customer base, I think
they're goi'g to do great
things," Hs' said. "I'm really
excited and proud of them."

Stefanie Wuschitz (left), founder of a feminist hackerspace in Vienna, and Lisa Nakamura (right), coordinator of Digital
Studies, discuss their work at the Women in Technology panel hosted by the School of Information at North Quad Monday.

From Page 1A
"Usually such hackerspaces are
wonderful environments, but
they are really male dominated
so at some point we felt just very
uncozy there."
While Wuschitz said she
appreciates the growing inclu-
sion of women in technology, she
said pink or purple hardware pro-
duced over the past year perpetu-
ates gendered stereotypes. She
noted that when she would teach
workshops on microcontroller
programming with pink and blue
controllers, people would often
assume that the pink controller
was easier, though it was actually
the harder of the two.
The first feminist hackerspace
Wuschitz was involved in was
created out of these experiences.
All the women involved split the
rent, tempering the level of hier-
archy that bothered women in the
original hackerspace.
Though most of the males have

welcomed the all-female hacker-
space, Wuschitz said she received
the most criticism for the space's
use of the feminized versions of
technical terms.
In the German language, words
are associated with a gender and
all of the words dealing with tech-
nology are in the masculine form.
In protest, the technological fem-
inists created female versions of
these words. Despite some criti-
cism, many men, specifically in
Wuschitz's classes, have adopted
the terms.
Nakamura, on the other hand,
became involved in the rela-
tionship between feminism and
technology during the Internet's
earlier days. She said since people
online were not aware of her gen-
der, they often assumed she was
male. Later, she helped to create
FemTechNet, which offers free
online classes on feminism and
"There's really robust evi-
dence that women in technol-
ogy succeed because they have a
mentor who is also one," she said.
"It's hard to find female mentors

in technology."
Both panelists stressed the
necessity of having feminist
technology resources available
for free and the importance of
promoting a culture that values
sharing knowledge and skills,
as well as increasing diversity in
the field.
"The more diverse it is, the
easier it is for others to identify
with them," Wuschitz said.
Wuschitz said many women
canceled their workshops
because they did not have the
confidence to teach them. She
said increased inclusion of
women in technology fields will
help to resolve this issue.
"As a woman in technol-
ogy, I was interested in hear-
ing perspectives from people
who are working in the fields,"
said Denise Foley, a second-
year graduate student School
of Information, who attended
the panel. "I am newly working
in the field of technology in the
library so I wanted to learn more
about what's going on in the field
of female technologists."

From Page 1A
in a startup are coding skills and
the ability to market a product,
create user-friendly designs and
develop the business.
"I accomplished X, measured
by Y, by doing Z. You should go
through every single line on your
resume and apply this formula
and see if you can actually see the
results," he said.
Fuchs also warned students
about the challenges of launching
a technology startup, saying they
should prepare to work harder
than ever before, face difficulties
executing their idea, make deci-
sions of great importance to the

future of the company and multi-
task jobs that aren't necessarily in
their job description.
Fuchs also talked about his
own experience at a Wall Street
firm after graduating from Yale
University. While he said he
gained a lot of valuable experi-
ence, after two years he decided
he needed to do something new,
which lead him to joining Prodi-
gy Finance, a company that gives
loans to international postgradu-
ate business school students in
Cape Town. There, Fuchs learn-
ing computer coding, a skill he
said is valuable to everyone.
"Once I had done that, it was
one of the most empowering
things I actually had done in my
life, because now I had the power
to build things that could be dis-

tributed around the world in a
matter of seconds," he said.
LSA freshman Rebecca Lee-
man said she attended the event
because she is interested in going
to South Africa and noted friends
who study computer science have
showed her coding is a valuable
"I learned about the summer
program but I also learned life
skills that I wasn't expecting to
learn," she said.
Fuchs said he hopes iXperience
will expand tol10 cities around the
world, with 150 students in each
summer program within three
years. They company is also con-
sidering adding new courses, such
as consulting, and building a ven-
ture capital fund finance the ideas
of student interns.


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