-- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, August 2, 1995
Dental School wins smiles'fdr free mouthguards
By Cory Huttenga
Daily Staff Reporter
The next time a 30 mile per hour
hockey stick connects with your incisal
surfaces, you may be in luck. Thanks to
the University's Dental School, smile-
conscious Dental students will provide
mouth guards for the general public on
'aturday from 9 a.m. until noon.
The first 125 visitors can have a yel-
ow, blue, red, green or clear mouthguard
bsolutely free of charge, about $58 less
han what one would pay in a typical
A $4,000 donation from Dental
School alumnus Samuel Harris and sev-
eral generous material suppliers make
the clinic possible. The grants cover the
material costs for all of the free mouth
Josephine Weeden, a fourth-year
Dental student and student-council presi-
dent, stresses the importance of the
school's brand of community service.
"Most high school and college sports
require mouthguards and practices start
soon," she said. "Mouthguards would
prevent a lot of oral injuries."
Weeden said that since the NCAA
mandated a mouthguard rule for hockey
players, oral injuries dropped from more
than 50 percent to under 1 percent.
She said she hopes that lovers of con-
tact sports will take advantage of the free
"Teeth are my lifeblood," Weeden
On Saturday, a number of volunteer
Dental students will mold what are
called "customized mouthguards."
Dental School alumnus William
Godwin, the inventor of both the cus-
tomized mouthguard and the machine
that makes it, said that the comfort of
the customized mouthguard makes it a
superior safety device.
"The mouthguard will take care of
96.8 percent of blows, if (the athletes)
wear one. If it's not comfortable, tho
won't wear it," he said.
Acquiring a customized mouthguard
is a painless procedure that takes only a
matter of minutes.
After a test run, the mouthguard-
maker uses a putty material to take an
impression of the athlete's teeth.
The Dental students then use the
patient's model and heat to fabricate a fi-
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"I don't know if (those fired upon)
returned fire or not," she said, but she
maintained that it was clear to bystanders
that the bulk of the gunfire came from
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Tensions erupted when AAPD Lt.
John Atkinson told the assembled citi-
zens that the crime was gang-related.
Shouts of "What gangs?" came up across
the gym. Many residents strongly con-
tested the idea that there are gangs in the
Arbor Oak-Stonybrook Park area.
The meeting became chaotic for a few
minutes as Atkinson tried to tell the crowd
thatoneofthe gangs believedtoberespon-
sible for the shooting, the West Willow
Crips, came from outside the area.
One man was wrestled out of the
room, shouting at police that his brother,
who is one of the suspects, was not a
A neighborhood resident who wished
to remain anonymous said that Taylor, for
whom police have issued a warrant, was
the Crips' target. The resident said that
Taylor hadbeen involved in a feud with a
member of the Crips for two years.
While many thanked the police for
their handling of certain aspects of Sat-
urday night's tragedy, few had unre-
served praise for AAPD. Many in the
crowd expressed anger at police behav-
ior on Saturday night. Complaints in-
cluded slow response time and the use
of unnecessary force in securing the
"We don't want to harass people, we
want to harass criminals," Ent said,
stressing that the community's coopera-
tion is vital to the investigation. "This is
a community tragedy, and we share it
with"you, believe me."
Exactly what happened when AAPD
arrived on the scene is unclear, and is the
subject of dispute between residents and
police. "I think sometimes the police get
out of hand," said Willie Higgs, an Ann
Arbor resident. "There were a few offic-
ers who were ready to ... kick ass."
Although Monday's edition of The
Ann Arbor News reported that a "rock-
throwing crowd" prevented officers
from reaching Stewart's body, and
quoted Sgt. Phil Scheel as saying tle
when the officers arrived, "(p)atrol cars
were hit with rocks and bottles and
chunks of concrete," Higgs and others
said that the bottle-throwing started after
police had secured the area.
"'They wereirritated because it took so
long for the police to get there," Higgs said.
The News came under fire from a
number of residents for its coverage of
the incident. Walker challenged the
News reporter who wrote Monday's 4
tile. "I would like you to tell Ann Arbor
what really happened that night," he said.
The Ann Arbor News could not be
reached for comment.
Verlie Stewart, the victim's father,
expressed anger at the News report that
he had been maced. "I did not get
maced," he said, stressing each word.
"If I did, it didn't work," said the burly
Stewart, to laughter from the crowd.
"At this point, I want no more s
thy. I want whoever it is (who is respo -
sible for the shooting)."Turning to Ent,he
said, "All I'm saying is, do yourjob."
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