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sday, July 3,2014

101 The P
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Nstarted as a table of six
was down to one.
For more than four hours,
John Beilein
sat there. With
Nik Stauskas,
his parents, his
brother and his
agent, Beilein sat
there, waiting,
hoping for each
of his former D 'I
players to hear DANIEL
their names. FELDMAN
He knew
Stauskas would
hear his first. And when he did,
when the Sacramento Kings
selected him eighth overall,
Beilein stood and applauded.
"It was great," Beilein said. "We
started that recruiting process .
four years ago with them. And
to have them be in this situation,
none of us could have ever
dreamed it would have gone this
well for him. It's a little bit of a
fairytale for him."
With one player down, he
collected a Kings hat and waited
for his next player to be selected.
Throughout the night,
if you were followingthe
draft on Twitter, you were
expecting Yahoo Sports' Adrian
Wojnarowski to reveal the next
draft pick before it happened.
John Beilein wasn't aware of
Minutes before the Oklahoma
City Thunder picked Mitch
McGary with the 21st pick, Beilein
took to Twitter to warn the
Michigan faithful to prepare for
another Wolverines to appear on

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the board.
Was Beilein just being hopeful?
Was he trolling Twitter? Or did he
know something we didn't?
"We talk to a lot of people in
the process, so I made the bold
prediction there that it was
coming up pretty soon," Beilein
said after the fact. "When you talk
to different people, you find out
different things. It was great."
With another Wolverine on the
board, Beilein collected another
hat. The count was at two.
By this point, the attendance
at the table started to fall. With
Stauskas done with interviews,
he departed the Barclays Center.
Soon after, Nik's father and
brother were gone too. Nik's agent
soon followed.
Nik's mother "W het
left as well.
All that was these ti
left was Beilein.
With Glenn Up ... 'it
Robinson III
suddenly falling day at th
deeper and
deeper into the
second round,
Beilein remained. Finally, with
the 10th pick in the second round,
Robinson's name was announced.
As the lone representative of
Michigan and for Robinson in
the building, Beilein was given a
Minnesota Timberwolves' hat as
he smiled into an ESPN camera,
saying "Go Blue" to the audience
at home.
With now three hats to his
name, Beilein remained in his seat.
While all the Michigan players
expected to be drafted off the


board, Beilein was still holding out
for one more pick.
One more hat.
And so Beilein sat, hoping
to hear Jordan Morgan's name
resonate throughout the arena and
out of televisions across the world.
It was suddenly 11:45 p.m., and
the last 10 or so picks remained.
Beilein finally got up. So did I.
Around the Barclays Center
bowels I walked, hoping to run
into this true Michigan Man that
was finally leaving his post for the
At 11:50 p.m. I found him.
"Do you have any time for an
I would have understood if he
didn't. He had been supporting his
__ players all day,
and I'm sure
I hold the last thing
he wanted to
ree hats do was hash
over what had
s a good unfolded.
But instead,
office.' " Beilein wanted
to talk.
"How are
you?" he asked.
We walked around the
basement level of the Barclays
Center with his arm over my
shoulder. In my opposite hand, I
held a recorder. In his, the three
Beilein knew there were still 10
picks to go, but none of the teams
left had worked Morgan out.
"I tried to stay as long as I could
with Jordan," he said.
We continued to walk,
reflecting on the night's events
and the selection of the trio of

"These youngmen have worked
really hard to work to get to this
point," Beilein said. "Our staff
has done a great job of developing
them. And when I hold these three
hats up, (I can say) 'it's a good day
at the office - a really good day at
the office."'
As we rounded the corner of
the floor, Beilein decided he finally
had to leave.
"I have to go," he said. "Where's
the exit?"
It was nearly midnight. John
Beilein finally left the building.
Feldman can be reached
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A passenger pigeon specimen on display in the University's Museum of Natural History

Once abundant,
demise tells story
of human impact on
the environment
Editor in Chief
In 1800, the world's human
population had yet to hit one bil-
lion. However, in North America,
it was estimated that there were
between three and five billion
passenger pigeons. Now extinct,
the species is making its post-
humous resurgence at museums
around the country this year,
including one in Ann Arbor.
September 1 will mark the hun-
dredth anniversary ofthe death of
the passenger pigeon Martha, the
last known living member of her
species. In remembrance of the
event, the University's Museum of
Natural History is opening a new
exhibit chronicling the life and
demise of the species.
The exhibit will focus on the
species' presence and subsequent
extinction, as well as its impact
specifically in the state of Michi-
gan. However, the ornitholo-
gists and environmentalists who
pushed for its development also
wanted to demonstrate a broad-
er theme about the historically
destructive tendencies of human
behavior in North America.
Eugene Dillenburg, assistant
director for exhibits at the Muse-
um of Natural History, said the
story of the bird could serve as a
lesson - and a warning - of the
potential for humans to drastical-

ly impact the environment around
Starting in the 1800s, settlers
in the eastern United States began
hunting the pigeons, primarily for
their meat. While the birds had
previously been hunted by Native
Americans, the increased strain
on the population from the set-
tlers led to their rapid demise.
"It was an abundant and cheap
source of protein," Dillenburg
said. "Free food from the sky - so
in the space of about 40 years it
was hunted to extinction."
By about 1880, the pigeon,
which by many accounts was the
most abundant bird on the planet
at the beginning of the century,
was hunted to virtual extinction.
The few living specimens were
primarily confined to zoos and
private sanctuaries as individu-
als began to realize the lasting
impact of such hunting practices.
However, efforts to revitalize
the population proved fruitless.
Martha, who was believed to be
the last living member of the spe-
cies, died at the Cincinnati Zoo on
September 1, 1914.
Dillenburg compared the rapid
extinction to "waking up one
morning and finding that all the
trees in Michigan were gone."
"A lot of animals have gone
extinct over time," Dillenburg
said. "What's unique about the
pigeon - other than going from
the most numerous animal to
extinction - is that we know the
date. So often an animal becomes
rarer and rarer and, at some point,
people say, 'We haven't seen one
in a while; it must have gone
extinct.' Here we know the exact
date that the last one died."

The exhibit features artistic
panels by Art and Design alum
Kaisa Ryding. She got involved
with the project during her stud-
ies at the University and worked
on the design over the course of
several months.
"My experience with the proj-
ect allowed me to truly under-
stand the impact of human
development on wildlife and the
environment, and how important
conservation of native wildlife is
to local ecologies," Ryding wrote
in a statement. "Humans really
did have a direct and harmful
impact on the passenger pigeon,
and did so out of ignorance of
how much they could decimate its
Though a small contingent
of conservationists attempted
to stop hunting efforts as the
pigeon's population began to
drop, scientists now believe the
abundance of the specices was
key to its survival. Once its num-
bers began to fall, the birds may
have been doomed to their inevi-
table demise.
"The passenger pigeons relied
on their large populations so
much that when their population
was reduced to the thousands,
they could not function as a flock,
and very quickly died out after
that," Ryding wrote.
Despite this theory, some sci-
entists are exploring radical new
measures to resurrect the species
dubbed "de-extinction" projects.
Using genetic sequences acquired
through samples taken from pre-
served passenger pigeon speci-
mens, these researchers believe
they can, over time, reintroduce
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ed to reevaluate receive less comparative ben-
efit because the glucose treatment
ditional insulin can take 15 to 20 years to show a
measurable effect in the reduc-
therapies tion of the complications of dia-
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Daily StaffReporter failure, whereas decreases in qual-
ity of life and other negative side
ecent study by University effects present much sooner.
chers may change how "There is good evidence that the
care professionals approach treatments themselves can reduce
eatment of elderly patients quality of life," Vijan said. "For
sed with Type 2 diabetes. example, patients who take insulin
study, which was spun- typically gain weight, have signifi-
by the Department of Vet- cant risks of low blood sugars, and
Affairs and the Michigan of course there's the hassle of hav-
for Diabetes Translational ing to inject yourself with a medi-
'ch, demonstrated that the cation as much as 5 times a day."
fects of insulin shots might The study's findings could
gh the benefits of the drug have several implications across
ients over 50. broader healthcare policy and the
findings were published healthcare field. Currently, many
yintheJournaloftheAmer- organizations are graded on the
ledical Association Internal proportion of patients under a spe-
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oviding clinically relevant shows the average level of blood
ch for practitioners, sugar in a patient over the previous
rnal Medicine Prof. Sand- three months.
jan, a research scientist at However, Vijan said these
enter for Clinical Manage- approaches can be misguided
Research at the VA Ann because they encourage many
Healthcare System, served patients to adopt treatments that
lead author of the study. cause more harm than benefit and
aid the purpose of the study providers to dictate treatment
understand how the poten- goals from a set standard, not a
nefits balance against the patient-centered approach.
ffects of glucose treatment "We need to move away from
identify populations who predetermining specific glucose
st likely to see improvement goals for all patients," he said.
r quality of life with treat- "The most effective approach is
to simply sit down with patients
is was a statistical simula- and ensure that both the patient
ing data from existing clini- and provider understand both the
als," Vijan said. "We created likelihood that the patient will
el that estimates the risks of have any benefit from treatment,
ping diabetes complications but more importantly that provid-
viduals based on a variety of ers understand how patients feel
such as age and glucose lev- about the burdens of the various
od pressure and cholesterol treatment options."

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