By: Hala Katato
Are you interested in the medical field or do you just love helping people? If you answered yes to either of these, you should volunteer at your local hospital today!
With the slight growth of people going into the healthcare field today, doctors and nurses alike need all the help they can get these days. Whether it is cleaning up a toy room where sick patients play or taking the blood pressure for a patient’s physical, a helping hand is always needed.
There are many hospitals to choose from especially in the Detroit Area. From the Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, one has a wide variety of choices.
If you’re not particularly into the hospital scene or the scent of one isn’t too pleasing, working at a smaller clinic may suit one best. With the economic downfall, many people cannot afford insurance or their insurance can’t cover the severity of an injury. So, free local clinics are open in the Detroit Area for medical school and undergraduate students to take action.
Experience medical school students ask the patient basic questions to learn more about family history, allergies, and past medical history in order to ensure the best care. After data is compiled, students let the physician know of the patients problems and prescription medicine is given, if needed.
Volunteering at a clinic especially is great for working hands-on with patients and quickly understanding what it would be like to work in the medical field.
Volunteering at your local hospital or nearby clinic can be a wonderful and life changing experience. With hands-on training and an overall friendly staff, even the Grinch would love to partake in this practice.
So go print off an application and fill it out as fast you can to go volunteer at your local hospital today. It would be greatly appreciated!
By Hala Katato
On July 31st, 2010, a devastating natural disaster hit Pakistan, taking the lives of over one thousand Pakistanis. It was reported that seven hundred Pakistanis drowned in the areas: Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda. About four hundred people were killed in the districts of Shangla and Swat. Another area that was greatly affected was the Neelam Vally in the Pakistani-administered Kashmir and about one million people in the northwest region of Pakistan were affected.
Though soldiers rescued nineteen thousand people, there were still thousands left stranded—fighting for their lives. Thirty thousand troops have been said to join the relief effort in order to keep the Pakistanis safe, however, rain forecasts for the next couple of days are predicted to bring more destruction.
The chief spokesman of the Edhi Rescue Service, Mujahid Khan, stated, “The death toll could go as high as three thousand (people) because the level of destruction has been so great.”
Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, promised ten million dollars towards Pakistan for emergency aid. The United Nation’s World Food Program said it has already begun handing out food to a large number of thirty-five thousand families affected by the flooding.
As bridges collapse, homes demolish and families drown, all the relief programs can do is try to shelter and protect everyone before the rains intensify the situation even more. It’s a fight for survival and it looks as if the flood is in the lead.
By: Ghadir Katato
Wayne State University
Photos By: Hala Katato
Wayne State University
The Annual University of Michigan- Dearborn (UMD) and Wayne State University (WSU) Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) Picnic was held at Ford Field Park in Dearborn this past Sunday.
Every year, the local MSAs have a picnic in order to reconnect with one another, strengthen the Islamic bond, collaborate on future events and ideas for a successful MSA, and to have a fun and exciting time overall.
The picnic began at 12 PM and lasted until 5PM. The fun filled day consisted of students and friends reconnecting after what seemed like months of being separated from one another.
MSA brothers gathered for a few games of competitive soccer while the sisters enjoyed many rounds of volleyball as well as a popular teamwork game known as “Pulse.”
When hunger struck, students indulged in snow cones, well done hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, and thirst-quenching drinks to satisfy their grumbling bellies.
After the fun and games had settled for a bit, the President of UMD MSA, Rami Al-Aref, stated what he as well as local MSAs hoped to accomplish within the upcoming year. He expected bonds to strengthen between Oakland University, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, UMD, and WSU MSA.
When asked what he thought about the gathering, Al-Aref stated, “This picnic confirms people can enjoy themselves in an Islamic atmosphere.
Everyone is enjoying themselves, which is what is important.” Jason Schroedder of WSU agreed adding; “It was nice, meeting brothers from UMD and WSU as well as other Muslims because I live in an area where Muslims are a minority.”
Vice President of WSU MSA, Uneeb Saeed had similar views towards what their MSA hopes to accomplish this year. “Every year, Islamic Awareness Week is three days, which I have a problem with because we call it a ‘week’. InshAllah we have many things planned for each day including the annual Fast-A-Thon. We’re also trying to focus on dawaah. It is very important and one of our responsibilities.” Saeed declared.
With food, fun, teamwork, and social networking opportunities, this picnic was a sure success. Held every year, this picnic always creates unity between Muslims in the hopes of strengthening the Islamic bond in the future.
By Hala Katato- Troy, MI
On Thursday, June 24th 2010, Apple came out with one of the most anticipated cellular devices in the world, the iPhone 4.
Many eager customers couldn’t wait to get their hands on the treasure, but unfortunately, they had to.
On the 24th, Apple stores opened at 7AM—two hours earlier than its usual opening time. However, some may have argued that this two-hour difference was not long enough. Customers started to arrive at Somerset Mall’s Apple store at 2AM. These customers were willing to wait five long hours in order to go home with their beloved iPhone 4.
In fact, it turns out that anybody who reserved their iPhone 4 to be picked up on the 24th, had to wait at least five hours because of the tremendously long lines splurging from the Apple store. Consequently, those who didn’t reserve their iPhone 4 were placed in an even longer line of at least an eight-hour wait. In other areas like Los Angeles, customers started to line up outside the Apple store at 10PM on Wednesday the 23rd. You can do the math—that’s nine hours of standing in line for a phone.
So, what’s the big deal you ask? With video calling, two cameras, retina display, multitasking features, HD video recording and editing, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, the world’s biggest application store and numerous more outstanding components all on just one phone, who could resist it? Apparently not many could.
Apple claimed to have sold six hundred thousand iPhone 4 pre-orders and predicted about one and a half million store purchases just in the first two days—making it the biggest launch of consumer tech devices this century has ever seen. This now brings speculation as to what will happen when the world is presented with iPhone 5! When Apple said, “This changes everything” in regards to the iPhone 4, they weren’t kidding.