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Awareness Network, said she is
worried that students' input will
not be heavily included in the new
"A constant concern is wonder-
ing if these things are going to
turn into a reality," Shetty said. "I
really appreciate their transpar-
ency so far, and I really hope the
administration continues to do
While planners said they
intend to present an array of
options, including additional
renovations for the current Trot-
ter Center, students favored loca-
tions closest to the Diag, libraries
and other high-traffic locations
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David Brawn said he has spoken
with some students who said they
engaged in procedures that were
"Sometimes a small percent-
age of students end up in situa-
tions where they're doing things
they probably ought not to do,
and that can be a big problem," he
said. "Medical schools don't need
you to demonstrate the practice to
them in ways that are profession-
Medical Educational Service
Opportunities and Humanity'
First are two of the on-campus
groups that offer these trips.
Both groups are primarily fund-
ed through fundraising efforts,
though MESO currently partners
with Princeton Review, a test
Neither MESO nor Human-
ity First require students to read
AAMC guidelinesbut Ross senior
Shazia Ijaz, Humanity First presi-
dent, said the rules are verbally
articulated to group members
during training sessions.
Humanity First is also a
national nonprofit. The Univer-
sity chapter visits Guatemala each
year and sets up a primary health
care clinic for a week, providing
free care for people in need.
According to Ijaz, her organi-
zation works with Guatemalan
doctors-ax-well-as American-doc -
tors that accompany students on
the trip. Students are taught to
take pulses and blood pressure
MESO takes a similar approach,
but their trip destinations vary
each year. During spring break,
the organization takes students
to one of various countries in
Central America, including the
Dominican Republic, Panama,
Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
MESO offers trips in three
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football team became just the
third in the last 40 years of the
program to not play in a bowl.
"I met with coach Hoke today
and informed him of my decision
to make a change in the leader-
ship of our football program,"
said interim Athletic Director
Jim Hackett in a statement. "This
was not an easy decision given
the level of respect that I have for
Brady. He has done a great job of
molding these young men, mak-
ing them accountable to their
teammates, focusing them on suc-
cess in the classroom and in the
"I wanted to make sure that
Brady received adequate time
to exhibit the results that would
come from his effort and I believe
that Brady and our coaching staff
had enough time to produce those
results and unfortunately they
- even if that means renovating a
building that already exists.
"I think it's really important
that we have our own building
that is independent," Shetty
Students asked about the func-
tionality of rooms in the proposed
Trotter Center, including ques-
tions about dance studio space
and if incense and candles could
be burned. Architects from Han-
bury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas +
Company, a firm from Norfolk,
sity to build the new Center, said
students have repeatedly raised
concerns about practice space for
The architects said they hope
to have a multipurpose room,
which would accommodate for
the needs of a dance group.
The proposed spaces include a
wellness room, an outside porch,
a living room with a fireplace, a
reflection room and aballroom or
similar open space.
Trotter Center planners have
used a survey completed by 900
students and community mem-
bers to inform their.decisionmak-
ing. Site planners have researched
the locations students most fre-
quent to determine the location
of campus center and how to best
Considerations for choosing a
location for the new Trotter Cen-
ter include expediting the occu-
pancy date as well as finding the
best, most cost-effective venue
and a stand-alone building easily
accessed by campus tour groups.
Planners also prefer that each
floor hold at least 300 people in
what will likely be a three-story
LSA junior Thamara Subrama-
nian said student input has been
present during every step of the
process, though architects are
still in the pre-planning phase
and it may be years before the new
Trotter Center is open.
"The planning committee has
been really open to all ideas,
regardless of attainability and
giving us background on what is
attainable," Subramanian said.
"It is hard to picture things when
we won't be here for when it
actually becomes a reality, but I
think it's really worth it to even-
tually see your input be put into
branches: pre-med, pre-dentistry
and pre-pharmacy. Pre-med stu-
dents work in small groups with
a translator to ask patients ques-
tions and come up with a pre-
liminary diagnosis. Doctors then
assess the patient and go over
the course of treatment with stu-
Ijaz said Humanity First is
careful to make sure its members
stay within regulations.
"Students don't perform pro-
cedures; they shadow and they
assist. We've been very careful
about that and we're very aware
that's completely unethical and
illegal," she said. "Our students
get as close as possible, but our
doctors, physicians and supervi-
sors in Guatemala all know that
students should not be perform-
Engineering junior Prady
Manepalli, who went on a
Humanity First trip last year, said
students were aware of their ethi-
"Anything we saw out of the
unusual, we referred to a doctor,"
he said. "We wouldn't take part in
Manepalli recounted handing
out medication to dentists to aid
pulling out teeth, learning how to
take blood pressure properly and
participating in information ses-
sions about the region.
Engineering senior Lindsay
Merlotti, MESO co-president,
said she has heard stories of
hands-on procedures than neces-
"I know some people who did
dental got worried because the
dentists allow you to do a lot more
than the doctors allow you to do,"
She specifically noted tooth
extractions as a source of poten-
According to Merlotti, who
previously participated in a trip to
the Dominican Republic, pre-med
students in MESO do not perform
those kinds of procedures.
"You don't actually perform
anything on the patients aside
from listening to their breath-
ing on a stethoscope, some patel-
lar reflexes and some blood
pressure," she said. "I didn't do
anything that I felt was unethical
or beyond my skill level.
According to Brawn, medi-
cal school admissions directors
strongly value intellectual curios-
ity and cultural understanding.
"Good cultural training can
enhance your ability to learn from
other people," he said. "You want
to be able to the understand the
situation you're in. You go into
situations making assumptions
based on things that aren't true
for that population, then you're
not goingto understand what you
Neither MESO nor Humanity
First include formal cultural edu-
cation in their training sessions.
"What we do talk about before-
hand is not specifically the cul-
ture, but more the widespread
epidemics that we see, the very
common illnesses they have and
the reasons for that and their style
of living," Ijaz said. "A lot of (cul-
tural training) does happen when
they are on the ground."
While multiple students noted
the personal benefits of partici-
pating in the trips, it is difficult to
quantify the overall impact of the
programs on local populations.
. "In thebeginning-of our -pro
gram we were kind of asking that
ourselves, because we give them
primary health care, but we didn't
really know the impact that we
were having," Ijaz said. "But what
has happened is that our Univer-
sity chapter (of Humanity First)
has inspired other universities to
start at their schools, so doing this
camp in Guatemala has become a
regular thing, so in that area, I
think it's made a huge difference."
"You try and give them advice
not only about the medicine but
also about lifestyle choices, too,"
Merlotti said. "Part of the hard
thing, though, is that it's just
a completely different culture
down there. What we take for
granted here, they don't have."
Both groups acknowledged
that "resume-building" is a major
motivation to join for many appli-
"They want to get that experi-
ence under their belt to use and
leverage it into interviews or pro-
cesses or whatever they're apply-
ing to," Ijaz said. "ButI also think
that the people who are going on
these trips are the people who
actually stand to benefit from it
because they get there and it real-
ly grows the 'wanting-to-help-
people' portion of them."
Brawn said medical schools
ultimately aim to gain a better
understandingof the applicant..
"Medical schools want a sense
of the kind of healer the person
is going to be: are you compas-
sionate, things like that," he said.
"You can go on these trips and do
some wonderful things and if you
explain them and convey them
well, then they can be very help-
Brawn also said serving in a
clinic and gaining experience
in the United States can be as
rewarding as service abroad.
"The point is communication
with people whose health has
been compromised and ideally,:
observation of medical processes
with the end goal being a more
mature and nuanced understand-
ing of medicine," he said. "You
don't have to go abroad for that."
In the end, Brawn said pre-med
students' passion is paramount.
"Well-intentioned people see
great need and want to do some-
thing about it," he said. "The key
is making sure that what one does
is legal, appropriate and genuine-
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said the busiest day for online
giving for the University is New
Year's Eve. Szczepanski said last
year, the University received
around $567,000 from 1,100
Based on the results from Giv-
ing Blueday, Szczepanski said
the event will likely continue in
The University asked stu-
dents, alumni and friends to
donate to a particular unit,
department or University orga-
nization of their interest. Some
private donors pledged to match
Kat Walsh, director of student
engagement for the Office of
Development, said about 70 stu-
dent groups - including Dance
Marathon, the Michigan March-
ing Band and the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Cen-
ter - participated in the event
and asked donors to give to their
organization. Walsh empha-
sized the importance of student
involvement inthe event.
"We want philanthropy to
be fun and empowering for stu-
dents," Walsh said. "There are
so many student organizations
that are fundraising and advo-
cating for amazing causes here
at Michigan and beyond. We felt
this would be a really great way
for them to fundraise on this
Tents wvere set up on the
Diag and at Pierpont Commons,
accompanying campus activities
throughout the day. Olympic ice
dancers Meryl Davis and Char-
lie White, both LSA students,
encouraged students to par-
ticipate by donating to a club or
issue they are passionate about
to increase their student experi-
"A big part of being a student
at the University of Michigan
isn't only the amazing academic
opportunities, but everything
else Michigan has to offer,"
in campus activities, being part
of the these amazing organiza-
tions and support everything we
have, you're really missing out
on a lot of the life of Michigan." .
Ross graduate student Jaime
Ziegler, graduate chair of the
Victors for Michigan campaign's
Student Campaign Committee,
said it's understandable if stu-
dents could not donate due to
"I understand that everyone
is feeling a financial squeeze
and tuition is really expen-
sive," Ziegler said. "I absolutely
respect that. I am experiencing
However, Ziegler said the cost
does not outweigh the benefits of
beinga student at the University.
"Everyone should be aware
cover their cost of their experi-
ence here at Michigan," she said.
Similarly, White said the deci-
sion to donate is left to each stu-
"Obviously, it's up to the
students what they feel like
they want to support," he said.
"This isn't to support other's
educations. This is to support
programs that are going to be
helping people or giving oppor-
tunities to things that students
are interested in."
Engineering freshman Ankit
Shah said he would like to see
money go to the College of Engi-
neering given his current enroll-
ment. He said this fundraising
event is an opportunity for stu-
dent Mark Schlissel about issues
"We need to make sure we
give him feedback where we
want the money to go," he said.
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tion of Hoke's job performance.
"We should be writing about
what kind of program he built
based on the values, but we
didn't have the results on the
field," he said.
Hackett made his decision
Sunday night and briefly met
with Michigan's players at
3 p.m. Tuesday before Hoke
spoke with them.
The search for a new coach
will begin immediately, and
Hackett plans to meet with the
players again for their input.
Hackett said he will hire a
headhunting firm to aid him
in the search process, but
explained he's not going to
rush the decision.
"The head coach of Michigan
football is one of the finest jobs
in American sports today, and
we will have great options,"
Hackett said. "The University
of Michigan remains one of the
top programs in the country."
In the interim, Sports
Administrator Mike DeBord
will oversee day-to-day aspects
of the program until a coach is
hired. Hackett said DeBord
is not a candidate for the .full-
are not there. In the end, I feel
that moving in a different direc-
tion is the right decision. I wish
Brady and his family all the best
in the future."
Because Hoke was let go before
Dec. 31, his buyout is $3 million.
Had he been fired on or after Jan.
1, 2015, his buyout would have
dropped to $2 million.
Hoke was signed to a six-year
contract before the 2011 season
that included a $1.5 million stay
bonus this offseason. Excluding
game-specific incentives, the for-
mer coach would have averaged
$3.25 million per year had he ful-
filled the entirety of his contract.
But Michigan went just 31-20
under Hoke and never reached
the Big Ten title game.
"I feel very fortunate to have
been an assistant and head coach
at the University of Michigan,"
Hoke said in a statement. "I will
always support the University
and this football program. This
is a special place and one that
Laura, Kelly and I have enjoyed
representing during our time in
Ann Arbor. I want to thank all
of the sons that played for our
teams and appreciate the com-
mitment that our coaches and
support staff made to the pro-
gram every day.
"I will miss the relationships
that I've been fortunate enough to
make within this university and
community. I additionally appre-
ciate all of the support that our
fans, alumni, students, adminis-
tration and former players have
provided our program. I leave
with fond memories of my experi-
ence at Michigan. Thanks and Go
Hoke's first season with the
Wolverines was also his best. In
2011, Michigan went 11-2 with
wins over Notre Dame and Ohio
State. and an overtime triumph
against Virginia Tech in the
The Wolverines dropped to 8-5
in 2012, 7-6 in 2013 and then 5-7
this fall, losing five of six to the
Buckeyes and Michigan State in
Hoke entered 2014 on the hot
seat, and further lost public sup-
port during the fifth week of the
season, when, in the fourth quar-
ter of a blowout defeat to Min-
nesota, he failed to pull Shane
Morris ina timely manner despite
the quarterback's difficulty to
stand following a helmet-to-hel-
But criticism of Hoke had gen-
erally stemmed less on that indi-
vidual incident and focused more
on the coach's win-loss record, his
teams that worsened from year to
year and his perceived struggle to
Michigan has yet to name
Hoke's replacement, but San
Francisco 49ers coach Jim Har-.
baugh, Baltimore Ravens coach
John Harbaugh and LSU coach
Les Miles have all been rumored
as potential candidates for the
participate in recall
Japanese supplier company's response to NHTSA
was "neither a yes nor a no."
defers decison Takata agreed to cooperate
nvidual.with the automakers on what-
to never they decide, he said.
NHTSA was not satisfied
with Takata's reply, calling it
"disappointing," adding that it
DETROIT (AP) - Japan's was reviewing the response to
Takata Corp. refused to comply determine the next steps.
with a U.S. government demand "Takata shares responsibil-
for an expanded recall of its ity for keeping drivers safe and
air bags that can explode and we believe anything short of a
shoot out shrapnel, and instead national recall does not live up
passed along the crucial deci- to that responsibility," it said.
sion to automakers. On Wednesday, Takata and
The response, which the some of the automakers are set
U.S. immediately criticized as to appear at a U.S. House sub-
inadequate, sets the stage for committee hearing on the mat-
a showdown between the U.S. ter.
National Highway Traffic Safe- Takataon Tuesdaysaid ithad
ty Administration and the com- formed a panel to investigate its
pany, when they appear before inflator manufacturing process.
U.S. Congress on Wednesday. Takata also said it's working
So far, 14 million vehicles with top scientists who special-
worldwide have been recalled ize in propellants, inflators, and
due to the air bag problem, air bag systems to evaluate its
including 8 million in the U.S. inflators.
Takata-lassyet to pinpoint a The company said it would
cause, even though the recalls "produce additional replace-
started a decade ago. ment units to support any
The U.S. government wants further recalls that may be
Takata and automakers to add announced by our customers."
millions of cars across the U.S. Toyota Motor Corp. and
to recalls now limited to areas Honda Motor Co. have been
with high humidity. The auto- calling for an industrywide
makers indicated Tuesday that investigation, but they did not
they want to do their own test- have an immediate comment on
ing, in addition to tests under- the Takata response.
way at Takata. Honda said in Tokyo its pre-
The deadline had been set for vious position that it was "seri-
midnight Tuesday for Takata ously considering" a nationwide
to send a response to NHTSA, recall was unchanged.
which was demanding a nation- Toshitake Inoshita, a Nissan
al recall of driver-side air bags Motor Co. spokesman in Yoko-
or face civil fines and legal hama headquarters, also had no
action. comment, stressing the prob-
In Tokyo, Takata spokesman lems were still under investiga-
Hideyuki Matsumoto said the tion.
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