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Beyond the Diag What’s Inside: Good Luck on Finals!...........................1 Street Parking Guidelines………………...2 Keep Your House Safe Over Break......2 ‘Tis the Season to Be Thoughtful..…...3

Reserve an airBus Seat…………………..…3 Keep CAPS in Mind………………............. 4 Additional Safety Tips……………..……....5 U-M vs. OSU………………………..…….…….5 When It’s More than Just the Weather…………………………….……….…..6 Getting the Best Deals on Textbooks..7

U-M Recap: 2012………………..…………...7

Good Luck on Finals! Hello off-campus students! Beyond the Diag is still accepting applications for our Neighborhood Ambassador positions. To apply, submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to If you are considering the position but would like more information, you can direct questions to the Beyond the Diag email, as well. Best of luck to those with final exams approaching! Remember to: • Take study breaks • Follow a balanced diet • Exercise daily to keep your mind active • Maintain a regular sleeping pattern • Contact Saferide if you need late-night transportation at (734)-647-8000 As you head home, remember to leave the heat on in your house or apartment to avoid damage. Close all windows and keep the heat at a level that will prevent the pipes in your house from freezing and bursting. To save extra electricity while you are away, unplug unnecessary appliances and turn off power strips. We wish you a relaxing and safe holiday break! Stephanie Karaa and Matt Lonnerstater Beyond the Diag Program Assistants

Street Parking Guidelines for the Snowy Months The New Year has arrived, and you’re getting ready to start a fresh semester at U-M. Your plane lands in Detroit on time and you get a ride back to Ann Arbor only to discover that plow trucks have completely buried your car in snow. This could have been avoided! If you’re planning on leaving your car in Ann Arbor during winter break, there are a few things you should know regarding snow removal: •Street plowing begins when accumulated snowfall reaches four inches or more. Citizens are encouraged to remove cars from curbside parking to allow for effective street plowing. •During a snow emergency, designated “snow emergency streets” must be kept clear of parked cars. If a vehicle is parked on a snow emergency street during a snow emergency, it may be ticketed or towed. To find out which streets are designated as snow emergency streets, call the Ann Arbor Snow Desk at 734-794-6367. •If you plan on leaving your car in Ann Arbor during winter break and do not wish to worry about it being ticketed, towed, or “plowed in.,” consider parking at one of AATA’s commuter lots. Additionally, look over general information on snow removal. Contributed by Nancy Stone, City of Ann Arbor Public Services Communications Liaison Information from Photo from

Keep Your House Safe over Break Although you can’t completely prevent break-ins and theft while you are away for break, you can reduce your chance of being a victim with these simple steps:

Keep your vehicle and home secured: Make sure that all the doors and windows are locked before you leave town. Don’t leave an extra key under the welcome mat, over your doorframe, or in other places where burglars would think to look.

Don’t leave valuables in view: If you leave your car in Ann Arbor over break, remove everything from the vehicle (GPS systems, iPods, shopping bags, backpacks, etc.) so it doesn’t attract the attention of a theif. If you have to keep something in your car, try to store it out of sight in the trunk or under the floor mat. Don’t leave electronics or other valuables in a noticeable place in your home – closing the blinds will prevent anyone from getting a peek inside. Information Contributed by the Ann Arbor Police Department

‘Tis the Season to be Thoughtful What can you make in your kitchen to bring some holiday cheer to your home and neighbors? Cooking and baking are great study breaks. Celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa this year with these yummy holiday treats.

Many children bake and leave out cookies for Santa before they go to bed on Christmas Eve every year. Now, you can use these sugar and gingerbread cookie recipes to leave some cookies out for your roommates, and maybe they’ll leave you the gift of washed dishes! You may remember the dining hall’s take on Hanukah food, but now you can make your own that are sure to be yummier than anything from Mojo. How about some sufganiyot or potato latkes for your friends? To celebrate African year-end harvest festivals, traditional Kwanzaa feature ingredients that Africans brought to the United States such as peanuts, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and spicy sauces. Try these peanut soup and collard greens recipes to make a traditional Kwanzaa meal for your neighbors. Contributed by Jennifer Mulligan Photo from Photo from Photo from

Reserve a Seat on the CSG Sponsored airBus for $7! • Transportation to Detroit Metro Airport from campus will be in service Dec 14th, Dec 15th, and from Dec 17th to 22nd. • You can pick up the bus at various locations: Bursley, Alice Lloyd, or on State Street in front of the Michigan Union. • You can now order your seat online. It will be charged to your student account and you simply have to swipe your Mcard when you board. • There will be airBus services throughout the day picking up at both North and McNamara terminals on January 7th and January 8th. No reservation needed.

Keep CAPS in Mind Consider the following CAPS resources in case you or any of your friends might find them helpful. Several of the options below are ongoing services, so if you don't need them now, file them away for possible future use. CAPS is on the third floor (room 3100) of the Michigan Union, and their phone number is (734) 764-8312. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Resources: 1) One time consultation appointments: Given the time of the semester, CAPS is adding a number of one time consultation appointments between Nov.29--Dec. 20 to help provide support. Students should come into CAPS to schedule these. 2) Referral First Appointments: The case manager can help a student decide what type of service is needed, either at CAPS or elsewhere on campus or in Ann Arbor – CAPS has also added extra ‘referral’ appointments. Students can call the front desk for more information. 3) Common Concerns Programs: A series of No Appointment Needed programs focus on specific strategies addressing the most frequent mental health concerns of students. The programs run Monday through Thursday from 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm. Upcoming topics include: • Managing Anxiety – 12/10 • Beating the Blues – 12/11 • Performance Enhancement series – 12/12 • Relationship Enhancement series – 12/13 4) Counselor on Duty (COD): This is a service which is available to meet with students the same day who have an urgent need/question, are in crisis, or feel that they can’t wait. This is available between 10 am - 6:00 pm on (Mon-Thurs) and 10 am - 4:00 pm (Fri). 5) The Wellness Zone (WZ): The WZ is a self-service resource to maximize emotional wellness and well-being. Wellness approaches available in the WZ include yoga and meditation tools, massage chairs, Xbox Kinect system, biofeedback software, seasonal affective disorder light therapy and other wellness resources. And…remember the important After-Hours mental health coverage for U-M, which is: Psychiatric Emergency Services 996.4747 (U-M Hospital) Contributed by Susan Doyle, Newnan Advising Center Information from Counseling and Psychological Services Photo from

Additional Safety Tips Try to make your home look occupied while you’re away. Leave a light on in your home or set up a few lamps on timers – inexpensive timers can be purchased at local hardware stores or Meijer. Putting a timer on talk radio can simulate human voices in the house. If you have a landline, turn the ringer off so the noise doesn’t alert people that you are away. Ask the post office to hold your newspaper and mail deliveries, or have a neighbor pick them up for you daily. Create a home inventory. Keep a list of your valuable property in case anything is stolen. This can be helpful if you need to identify stolen items that have been recovered by the police or file an insurance claim. Include the make, model, size, serial number, and date of purchase of each item in your inventory. The U-M Department of Public Safety also offers a free laptop registration program to assist in the recovery of stolen property – visit for more information.

Information Contributed by the Ann Arbor Police Department

U-M vs. OSU A true Michigan Man sporting a short sleeve polo in near freezing conditions, Brady Hoke and the 19th ranked Michigan Wolverines arrived in Columbus ready to win their first game in the Horseshoe since 2000. The clear discontent each team had for each other showed even before the game began as both teams had their share of smack talk during pregame warm ups. One of the big questions coming into the game for Michigan fans was could star quarterback Denard Robinson throw the ball after his arm injury from weeks ago. The game started off with a 51 yard pass leading to a 4 yard touchdown run by Ohio State. Denard took the first snap for the Michigan offense and ran for big gain. After a fumble recovered by OSU, the Michigan defense was able to hold and get the ball back, which led to a 75 yard touchdown pass to senior Roy Roundtree. Momentum continued to swing the Wolverines way as a muffed punt led to a TD run by Devin Gardner. After a TD pass by OSU, Denard shined again with a long scoring run to give Michigan the lead 21-20 at the half. The Michigan offense struggled in the second half. Failed forth down conversions and two fumbles prevented the offense from even moving past midfield. After two OSU field goals, Michigan needed a touchdown to win. However, with less than five minutes remaining, Gardner threw a costly interception that ultimately led to OSU running out the clock to finish their undefeated season. The game definitely defined what a true rivalry game should be with hard hitting by both teams. For the Wolverines, Team 133 is bowl eligible and waits to see just where they will be headed for their last game of Team 133’s 2012 campaign. Biomedical Engineering Senior, Ryan Randal said, "It was a close game. Even though we lost, I'm happy to be leaving Columbus, and it is still great to be a Michigan Wolverine!" Contributed by Wen Ning Photo from

Sniffles and shivers: When it’s more than just the weather It’s almost that wonderful time of year! Unfortunately, it’s also the time for spending quality time with a box of tissues. That’s why University Health Service is here to prepare you!

Colds, flu…do you know what to do? The common cold, while very unpleasant, is usually not serious enough to warrant medical care. Symptoms typically last 4-14 days and may include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, low fever, aches, and congestion. Colds can usually be treated with “self-care”—so take a few days to relax, drink plenty of fluids, and use over-the-counter cold remedies, if necessary. Influenza (a.k.a. the flu) is more serious than a cold, but complications are still rare for young, healthy adults. The flu is associated with a rapid onset of symptoms, which may include high fever, severe body or headaches, dry cough, extreme fatigue, and chills. Self-care is usually okay, but if symptoms are severe or persistent, you should seek medical care. The flu usually hits in Michigan between December and March, so there is still time to get this year’s flu vaccination! Pneumonia and meningitis have similar symptoms as the cold and flu but are much more serious and sometimes fatal. Should you experience symptoms of pneumonia (high fever --usually over 102°F, a severe cough that may cause shortness of breath, along with chills and chest pain) or meningitis (a high fever and severe sudden headache with neck stiffness or body rash, which may be accompanied by mental changes), you should seek medical care immediately. For more information about symptoms/treatments, check out UHS the Know Your Symptoms guide.

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases Colds and flu may seem like an inevitable part of the winter season, but you can reduce your risk of getting sick! • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze. Throw out used tissues in a wastebasket. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve. • Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner or soap and water. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. • Do not share eating utensils, drinks, or other personal items. • Stay home to avoid exposing others when you are very sick. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible. • Get vaccinated! To schedule a flu shot at UHS, call 734-764-8325.

Want to know more? You can find more information about colds, flu, pneumonia, and meningitis by clicking here. UHS also offers medical advice by phone, day and night, and nurses can advise you on whether you should seek medical care or how to do self-care at home. For UHS medical advice, call 734-764-8320 (weekdays) or 866-204-1082 (nights & weekends). Contributed by Lindsay Miller, Health Promotions and Community Relations, UHS

Getting the Best Deals on Textbooks There are many different ways to purchase textbooks, and many different prices. University Bookstores (Barnes & Noble in the Union, Ulrich’s on Church Street) are the most convenient, but can be expensive. The student book exchange is a cheaper alternative, but has been canceled for the Winter semester. and are popular sites, but prices can vary dramatically and it is hard to make sure you are getting the correct edition of the right textbook. Here are a couple alternatives to consider: • The Student Courseguide: This site lists the required materials for a class and rates how important they actually are to purchase. This site does not sell anything, but instead provides direct links to textbooks. If you’ve ever bought a textbook and realized you never used it, try checking The Student Courseguide • UBook through CTools: Click on Textbooks from your CTools home screen to view the UBook offerings. Students list textbooks by ISBN and the search tool makes it easy to find what you need. Students can list books for whatever price they choose, but prices are often cheaper because there is no middle man to take a cut. • Facebook: Many of you probably already use Facebook, but have you ever thought of using it to look for textbooks? Check your class pages on Facebook to see if anyone if offering a book you need. Contributed by Alex Blaty

U-M Recap: 2012 2012 was a big year: It was the year of the long-awaited Presidential elections, London Summer Olympics, decennial Chinese leadership change and so much more. Here’s a look back at the news that took the spotlight this year on the campus: • Sweet Victory: We won the Sugar Bowl in January in an epic battle against Virginia Tech. This was our first Sugar Bowl victory ever! • Obamarama: President Obama’s visit to U-M in January brought waves of excitement as many students lined up to get seats; extra props to all those who camped outside the Union! • Cougar spotting: the memorable U-M alert made the news back in March. While we still aren’t sure whether or not there was a cougar, it’s certain that this has been a popular topic this year. • No. 900: It’s kind of hard to forget the epic roar of the crowd and sweeping field rush after the Wolverine’s 900th win against MSU. There’s no better celebration than defeating our arch enemies. It has certainly been a busy year! No matter what type of year it has been for you, at least we can count on next year being another exciting and colorful one in A2! Keep calm… and Go Blue! Contributed by Emily Ho Photo from

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December 2012  
December 2012  

This is the December edition of the Beyond the Diag newsletter.