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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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respond to
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Engineering senior Emma Backman receives an award at the 1000 Pitches Award Ceremony in the Michigan Union Ballroom on Monday.
Finalists
1,000 Pitches competition

Organization
narrows 4,500
contest applicants
to nine projects
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Daily StaffReporter
1000 Pitches, one of eight proj-
ects directed by the e trepre-
neurial organization MPowered,
narrowed a pool of nearly 4,500
University student pitches to just

nine Monday.
The University has been 1000
Pitches' vanguard since the
organization was established
on campus seven years ago. The
entrepreneurial contest has also
made its way to Penn State Uni-
versity's campus, but its national
scope did not fully evolve until
this past year when 1KP found
a home away from home at four
additional institutions. The orga-
nization has received more than
7,500 pitches in total this year,
nearly 4,500 of which came from
the University.

Nine winners received prize
money to support their ideas.
Students can pitch ideas as an
individual or as a group. Each
individual is allowed up to three
pitches which last anywhere from
30 seconds to three minutes.
Student groups, some of which
have competed in other competi-
tions such as optiMize, partici-
pate to gain additional funding.
Additionally, some individuals
are required to participate by
courses such as the Ross School
of Business's Entrepreneurship
Hour.

The categories for the competi-
tion were Environment, Health,
Consumer Products & Small Busi-
nesses, U-Provements, Education,
Web & Software, Tech & Hard-
ware, Mobile Apps and Research.
A sports category was also spon-
sored by Bizdom, a startup accel-
erator in Detroit.
Some winning ideas included
biodegradable isolationgowns, an
automated washer and dryer sys -
tem that to the audience's delight
also folds clothes and an app that
tracks the nearest doctor in third-
See PITCHES, Page 3

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hlissel calls for The first demand called
for the creation of a unified
nprovemlent in training system for incoming
students before they come to
ndling of sexual campus, including the punish-
ment of disenrollment if this
aults on campus training is not completed. The
University currently admin-
By EMMA KERR isters educational programs
Daily StaffReporter to new students such as Alco-
holEdu, an online alcohol
iOct. 28, students crossing training program that indi-
iag would have seen some- rectly addresses sexual assault
beside the block 'M'. That prevention, and Relationship
ling, an anonymous group Remix, which encourages posi-
-painted slogans reading tive relationships and educates
el rapists" and "Rape hap- students about consent.
here," and published a list However, there are currently
yen demands calling for no consequences for failing to
ge in how the University complete either program.
oaches sexual assault on These programs were cre-
'us. ated in part by SAPAC, which
e group's demands provides preventative educa-
ted on issues beyond the tion as well as support for sex-
ersity's Student Sexual ual assault survivors.
onduct Policy, addressing SAPAC's effectiveness on
entative measures, staff campus has come under criti-
faculty training as well cism following a Washington
xual assault in Greek life Post report citing the Univer-
the athletic community. sity as having the third-largest
rding to University offi- number of reported forcible
however, some of these sex offenses on campus in the
Inds have already been or nation. SAPAC Director Holly
the process of being met. Rider-Milkovich said this first
st demand: Unified train- demandhas already been met in
ystem, including threat of part by the University, and the
rollment. See DEMANDS, Page 3

ANN ARBOR
COuncil talks
open records,
speaking time

City approves
resolution to
consider FOIA
policy changes
By JACK TURMAN
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council
voted on several resolutions at its
meeting Monday, including the
adoption of revised Council rules
and protocols for releasing public
documents under the Freedom of
Information Act.
Resolution to adopt revised
Councilrules
Councilmembers passed a res-
olution to revise multiple Council
rules, including those governing
limitations on speaking times.
The final resolution included sev-
eral amendments that were suc-
cessfully tacked onto the original
proposal.
Councilmember Jack Eaton
(D-Ward 4) proposed an amend-
ment, which passed with six
votes, to eliminate a section of
the rules that cap councilmem-
bers' speaking time at 25 minutes.
Eaton argued the cap is unneces-
sary.
"It's pointless to try to stifle
debate to arbitrary time limits,"
he said. "We should all be more
respectful of each other's time."
Councilmember Chuck

Warpehoski (D-Ward5) opposed
the amendment, but not because
he disagreed with Eaton's propos-
al. Warpehoski said he would like
to give the current time limit a try
and evaluate its effectiveness.
Similar to Warpehoski's posi-
tion, Ann Arbor Mayor Christo-
pher Taylor (D) said the time limit
was manageable.
"Ithink this wouldbe amecha-
nism that staff could easily take
care of," Taylor said. "They could
do so in a nonjudgmental manner.
They would communicate that to
me. They would communicate to
the councilmember."
However, Councilmember Ste-
phen Kunselman (D-Ward 3) sup-
ported the amendment because he
said the time limit infringes on his
role as a representative.
"I was elected twice on behalf
of constituents,"he said. "To stifle
(debate) as a representative of con-
stituents, I think it is not demo-
cratic."
Alongwith Eaton's amendment,
Warpehoski proposed an amend-
ment, which the Council also
passed, to limit councilmembers'
speaking time on a given question
to three minutes the first time and
three minutes the second time.
The previous rule allowed council-
members to speak five minutes the
first time and three minutes the
second time.
Resolutiontorevise
FOIA policy
See COUNCIL, Page 3

English Prof. Laura Kasischke speaks at the Author's Forum in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room on Monday.
Professor et new book
opoems in front of crowd

CAMPUS LIFE
Blood Battle
encourages
new rivalry
week goal
OSU, 'U' competed
to increase number
of organ, bone
marrow donors
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily News Editor
Three life-saving donation
challenges concluded last week-
end with victories for Wolverines
and Buckeyes alike. The challeng-
es included encouraging students
to donate blood and sign up to be
organ and bone marrow donors as
well.
This year, Ohio State University
won the Blood Battle, a 33-year-
old tradition in which each school
encourages students to donate
blood in the weeks leading up to
their contentious football show-
down. Ohio State collected 2,414
pints of blood, while the Univer-
sity collected 2,298, according to a
University press release.
"It allows students aconvenient
place to donate, and, by playing
off the athletic rivalry, the Blood
Battle gives students incentive
to donate," said LSA senior Sam
Rea, an executive officer of Blood
Drives United.
The University has won the
Blood Battle each year since 2008,
except forthisyear and2012.
"Although we didn't win the
competition, it was incredibly
See RIVALRY, Page 3

Panel discussion
examines poet's
voice, meaning
behind pieces
By EMMA KINERY
Daily StaffReporter
An author and a poet, Eng-
lish Prof. Laura Kasischke
wears many literary hats, often
simultaneously.
On Monday night, she spoke
at Hatcher Graduate Library
on a panel with poet Megan
Levad, assistant director of
the Helen Zell Writers' Pro-
gram, to debut her new book of
poems, "The Infinitesimals."

At the event, Kasischke read
her poems "Maid in the Moor-
way," "Mushrooms" and "At the
End of the Text a Small Bes-
tial Form." Kasischke also had
Levad read her own poem "Bul-
lying."
The audience of about 30
people was composed of com-
munity members and students.
LSA senior Bennet Johnson,
who had read Kasischke's book
in his English 424 advanced
poetry workshop, said hearing
the poems aloud gave him a dif-
ferent take on them.
"In general, her voice on the
page, for me at least, was some-
what different because I get so
absorbed into her figurative
language and I have to stop and
think about it, whereas when

you hear her read it you kind
of are pushed a little bit more
through it," Johnson said. "...
For me hearing it, I enjoyed it
more than when I read iton the
page."
While her poems are full
of vivid figurative language,
Kasischke emphasized her use
of rhymes, repetition and mys-
tery during the talk.
"I like rhyme and I like repe-
tition. It has to be what inspired
me in the first place," she said
during the panel discussion.
"A good rhyme, same with rep-
etition, there's just something
really spooky about it."
Kasischke said when she
feels a poem is not her "most
brilliant utterance," she will
See POEMS, Page 3

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