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Friends,
family
and
several
prominent
politicians
braved
icy
conditions to honor the
life of former U.S. Rep.
John Dingell at funeral
services
in
Dearborn,
Mich.
The
longest-serving
member of Congress in
history and spouse of
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell,
D-Mich.,
passed
away
last week at the age of 92.
John Dingell had a heart
attack in September and
had been battling cancer,
though the exact cause
of death has not yet been

released.
Several
politicians,
including
former
Vice
President
Joe
Biden,
U.S. Rep. John Lewis,
D-Ga.,
and
U.S.
Rep.
Fred
Upton,
R-Mich.,
were expected to speak
at the services. However,
though Biden made it in
time, the harsh weather
conditions
prevented
planes carrying Lewis,
Upton and Speaker Nancy
Pelosi
from
landing.
Ninety
members
of
Congress were expected
to attend, however only
a third made it to the
service.

Inside
the
Shapiro
Design Lab, located on the
first floor of the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library, is
a new form of experiential
learning:
augmented,
virtual and mixed reality, or
“AVMR”, technology.
Virtual reality has been
widely
adopted
within
fields like nursing, medicine
and dentistry, allowing for
modeling
and
simulation
in complex circumstances
where using real people might
be too painful or expensive.
It can be as elaborate as

locating symptoms that link
to Alzheimer’s or as simple
as simulating an elementary
school’s trip to a zoo or
museum across the globe.
In fact, VR has already
found its way onto The
University
of
Michigan’s
campus. Jim Harbaugh, head
coach of the University’s
football
team,
uses
VR
to recruit potential team
members, allowing them to
experience “a day in the life of
a Michigan football player.”
The Mcity Test Facility uses
virtual reality to test the
reliability of self-driving cars
in a multitude of different

traffic scenarios that would
otherwise be both costly
and
difficult
to
produce
in a real-life environment.
In the Duderstadt Center,
medical
students
can
examine a human cadaver
through the lens of the
Michigan
Immersive
Digital Experience Nexus.
Similarly,
the
Computer
and Video Game Archive
in
the
basement
of
the
Art,
Architecture
and
Engineering
Library
on
North Campus includes a
Sony PlayStation VR, open
for
reservations
for
all
students.

Now,
virtual
reality
has made its way into the
humanities classroom. About
a year and a half ago, faculty
approached
the
Shapiro
Design Lab in a search for
space
where
they
could
utilize this new technology
and produce an immersive
experience within their own
coursework
and
research.
The Shapiro Design Lab’s
equipment is available by
request and includes Oculus
Rift, Google Cardboard and
PlayStation VR. It opened for
students, staff and faculty
last year.

Tuesday

night,
the
University
of
Michigan
Central Student Government
held a meeting during which
Engineering
junior
Zeke
Majeske, chair of the Executive
Nominations
Committee,
expressed his intentions to
pursue an ethics investigation
against CSG President Daniel
Greene, a Public Policy senior.
Majeske brought up two
main issues with Greene’s
past behavior to the Student
Assembly.
He
began
by
discussing his belief that the
president misled the Assembly
in an attempt to sway the
potential override of his veto
of A.R. 8-033, a resolution
discussed last week titled “A
Resolution to Reschedule SOFC
Chair
Confirmations.”
The
resolution proposes to change
the process of selecting the
Student Organization Funding
chair:
the
representative
leading the SOFC, the CSG
committee
in
charge
of
allocating funds to various
student organizations.

michigandaily.com
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS OF EDITORIAL FREEDOM

Funeral held
to celebrate
life, legacy of
John Dingell

Whitmer emphasizes education,
infrastructure at State of the State

See DINGELL, Page 3A

ALEC COHEN/Daily
Govenor Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address in the Michigan State Capitol Building Tuesday evening.

GOVERNMENT

Ceremony for longest serving US rep.
featured former Vice President Joe Biden

CARLY RYAN
Daily Staff Reporter

Governor discusses policy priorities for administration at first address

ALYSSA MCMURTRY
Daily Staff Reporter

See CSG, Page 3A

President’s
CSG veto
results in
controversy

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Conversation continues on
SOFC resolution, Greene
gives State of Students

PARNIA MAZHAR
Daily Staff Reporter

CHRISTINE JEGARI/ DAILY

Students, professors incorporate
virtual reality systems in classes

Shapiro Design Lab offers access to AVMR technology on campus to aid learning

SAMANTHA SMALL
Daily Staff Reporter

See WHITMER, Page 3A

A
group
of
University
of
Michigan
students
and
alumni launched a business
supporting sexual health both
on campus and throughout
the country: BusyBox, LLC.
BusyBox is a personalized box
full of sexual and reproductive
health supplies that are sent to
customers’ doors, eliminating
the need to purchase these
items in a store.
BusyBox, LLC, started by
Public Health senior Monica
Smolinski
and
LSA
senior
Alison Elgass, was created for
the School of Public Health’s
Innovation in Action project last
fall. BusyBox officially became
an LLC in December. School of
Education senior Sarah Mason,
and Kayla Carter, then a graduate
of the Public Health School who
is now a doctoral student at the
University of Washington, also
joined the team. The BusyBox
team eventually went on to
place No. 1 in the Innovation in
Action competition, encourages
students to develop a solution to
a real-world challenge.
See BUSYBOX, Page 3A

Students,
‘U’ alumni
launch safe
sex service

BUSINESS

BusyBox provides new
customized box full of
sexual health products

OLIVIA TAUBER
Daily Staff Reporter

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news@michigandaily.com and let us know.

INDEX
Vol. CXXVII, No. 71
©2019 The Michigan Daily

N E WS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

O PI N I O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

A R T S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

S U D O K U . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

CL A S S I F I E DS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

S P O R T S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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THE MICHIGAN DAILY | FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Last in line: University climate
policy faces re-evaluation

ILLUSTRATION BY LAUREN KUZEE
PHOTO BY ANNIE KLUSENDORF

statement

See VIRTUAL, Page 3A

Gov.
Gretchen
Whitmer
delivered her State of the
State address to Michigan
lawmakers Tuesday night at
the state capitol in Lansing.
Whitmer
began
her

address with a joke about
being asked to “fix the damn
weather” — a nod to one of
her main campaign refrains
to “fix the damn roads.”
After
thanking
members
of the state legislature for
attending, Whitmer dedicated
the majority of her speech

to
discussing
her
plans
for
repairing
Michigan’s
infrastructure and education
system.
“Turning a blind eye or
passing phony fixes won’t solve
our problems,” Whitmer said.
“In fact, they make it harder.
Filling potholes instead of

rebuilding roads. Pretending
that little increases can fix an
education crisis like we have
… A government that does not
work today can’t get the job
done for tomorrow and that
ends now.”

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