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not to blame the supposed originators
of the message for the illegitimate
Network users and administrators
are seeing such falsely sent messages
more and more as hackers learn the
tricks of the Internet.
"Unfortunately, given the open
nature of the Internet, mail like this is
impossible to prevent, or often to even
determine the actual sender," Frank
wrote to all CAEN users.
The message, titled "Free Money,"
asserted that the federal government
is dispensing funds to people with
low IQs, young child-bearers, illegal
aliens, Jewish organized crime gangs,
homosexual "performance artists,"
arsonists and Russian refugees.
However, the message also said,
"All this money is not available to
you if you are an ordinary straight
White American, a descendant of the
men and women of Europe who dis-
covered, pioneered, and built America
and made her the greatest nation ever
The message listed a radio show
and telephone number to contact if
users wished to "restore America to
her rightful owners."
Continued from page 1.
graduate being interviewed in Chi-
cago, said articulation of one's views
is important. The experience, overall,
gives "a good chance to think about
who you are and what you stand for
and how to communicate that persua-
Each state interviews about 12
candidates, and then two or three ad-
vance to district interviews. There are
eight districts, each comprised of six
or seven states. Each district selects
no more than four students to receive
the scholarships.
Once candidates are informed if
they passed the state level, they will
prepare for district interviews to be
conducted this Saturday. Pietras said
the winners should be announced early
next week.
Last year, 12 University students

'Ultimately, and in spite of the hateful content of
this message, the best thing to do is simply
ignore the message and not further gratify the
sender(s) by keeping this message "alive."'
- Randy Frank
CAEN director

Messages of this type are not un-
common, said CAEN administrative
manager Jack Love.
"Unfortunately, these things have
gotten common enough that people
are pretty blas6 about it," Love said.
"But we're disgusted by this behav-
Engineering junior James Kane
said he wondered if a Ku Klux Klan
member sent the message. "It was
kind of odd - kind of racist, I think.
I don't know if it was a member of the
KKK or something."
Warlick said Texas students have
been targeted as the apparent senders
of a few such messages this year, and
they often receive accusatory re-
sponses to messages they never sent.
"(The apparent senders) are quite dev-
astated," Warlick said. "They've re-
acted with horror."
The University of Texas responded
to numerous password problems ear-

lier this year by running a copy of
"password-cracker" programs on its
own userfile to detect passwords that
could be easily deciphered.
When the program found
crackable passwords - like names or
words without non-numeric charac-
ters - Texas temporarily disabled
those students' accounts and advised
them to create safer passwords.
Although the University has had
problems with password detection in
the past, CAEN now tries to force
users to choose complex passwords
when they open their accounts by
refusing to accept easily decipherable
However, the CAEN userfile is
open to the public through a known
hole in the Internet. The illegitimate
sender was able to access an encrypted
password list that also includes the
unencrypted login names of all 9,177
CAEN users.

"They basically got a hold of the
userfile which, it turns out, is not
protected," Frank said.
Once the sender obtained this list,
he or she was easily able to send the
offending message individually to all
users in batch mailings of a few hun-
dred per mailing at around 11:07 p.m.
Students who checked their e-mail
throughout the day yesterday saw the
message and had mixed reactions.
Tom Aquisto, an Engineering se-
nior, did not think the language was
too harsh.
"There were a few racist com-
ments. I wasn't personally offended,
* but I can see how someone might be,"
Aquisto said.
In his CAEN post, Frank stated:
"Ultimately, and in spite of the hate-
ful content of this message, the best
thing to do is simply ignore the mes-
sage and not further gratify the
sender(s) by keeping this message
Frank called the messages "ob-
noxious" and said this type of racism
is even more frequent on mail groups.
Last year, about 30 Usenet groups
received a bogus message apparently
from a University student whose e-
mail account was hijacked for similar

Grad Programs at the 'U'
Here is a statistical profile of the Graduate programs at the
University most of which is contained in the Rackham School of
Graduate Studies.

were interviewed by the Senior Schol-
arship Committee and six were en-
University graduate Michael
Weiss dropped out of the Rhodes com-
petition when he received the Marshall
Award, a two-year scholarship to at-
tend any British University.
Three students were granted
Rhodes interviews, two in Michigan
and one in Oklahoma. Both
Niederstadt and Oklahoma resident
John Parker advanced to the district
Neither Knott or Scodel said they
were overly confident that a Univer-
sity student would win the award. "It
seems arrogant to be more than tenta-
tively hopeful," Scodel said. "It's a
crap shoot."
Gubar agrees. "It's such a long
shot," she said. "I want it to be a good
experience whether or not I get (the

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on students.
"We are taking all the steps to
make sure that the experiences of the
students live up to their expectations,"
he said in an interview Friday.
Hart will complete the instruc-
tion. "I am filling in for lectures, writ-
ing an exam and giving it," he said.
Thornhill is scheduled to teach the
course again next term. It is unclear
whether she will do so. Her class,
Communication 312: Communication
and Contemporary Society, focuses
on the media's impact in American
society. It can be used to complete a
communication concentration re-
Chamberlin said it is unusual for a
TA to complete course instruction. "I
think under the circumstances this
was the best thing we could do," he
LSA Dean Edie N. Goldenberg
said yesterday afternoon that she was
unaware of the case specifics.
"I don't micromanage,"
Goldenberg said. "It's my understand-
ing that the person who is the TA for
this course is well qualified."
Hart said he had no advance warn-

ing of Thornhill's departure.
"I had no idea. Everything was
fine," he said. "I don't know anything
about what's going on. No one has
told me."
Students in the class said the mys-
tery surrounding Thornhill's disap-
pearance has left them confused.
"I was surprised, confused
maybe," said LSA junior Anne Smith,
questioning why Thornhill's depar-
ture was so abrupt. "I'm not sure why
the University couldn't wait just two
Smith said she symapthizes with
Hart, who now has to finish the class.
"I feel badly for him. It puts him in
a very awkward situation. It is extra
responsibility that he has to take on,"
she said. "I do feel the professor had
an obligation to finish off the course."
LSA junior Jeff Holzhausen said
he has mixed feelings about
Thornhill's departure because he is
pleased that Hart will finish the in-
"I think he is a better teacher than
the professor," he said. "I can't be-
lieve that she didn't come back with
only two weeks left in the semester."
University officials declined com-
ment on what will happen next with
Thornhill or her class.

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sey-based Research and Education ;
Association reports the number of stu-;
dents applying to graduate schools has
steadily been on the rise the past de-;
In fact, the U.S. Department of+
Education reports that in 1981, there1
were 378,104 students enrolled in;
fields of graduate study. In 1991, there
were 475, 691 students in graduate
programs nationwide. During this 10-
year period, schools experienced a1
26-percent increase in graduate en-
The Department of Education es-
timates there were 328,645 Master's;
degree's conferred by institutions of+
higher education in 1991. About 53;
percent of the master's recipients were
females. There were 38,547 doctoral
degrees conferred, with approxi-
mately 63 percent of the recipients+
LSA senior David Friedman, who+
is planning on entering a master's
program next year, anticipates gradu-
ate school will be competitive and +
very difficult. Additionally, Friedman,
who wants to go into the teaching;
Continued from page 1
for majority whip, the party's top vote-
counter. DeLay, 47, prevailed on the
first ballot overReps. Robert S. Walker+
(R-Pa.) and Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) on
the strength of greater support among
the 73-memberclass of GOP incoming
freshmen. DeLay received 119 votes,
compared with 80 for Walker and 28
for McCollum.t
"He was probably the most aggres-
sive of the three ... (and)brings the
most energy to the job," Rep.-elect Gil
Gutknecht (R-Minn.) said when asked
why he voted for DeLay.
Walker, who was chief deputy to
Minority Whip Gingrich, enjoyed the
personal support of Gingrich, but the

field, said, "I feel students obtaining a
master's or Ph.D degree are limiting
themselves somewhat, but there will
always be other opportunities made
Rubadeau feels students who have
aspirations of entering the teaching
profession are making a very wise
choice. "I encourage my students
because - even though it may not be
as financially rewarding as the medi-
cal or legal professions - teaching is
the most wonderful way to touch
someone's life in a meaningful, posi-
tive and long-lasting way," Rubadeau
Wieder recommends students take
some time off before entering a gradu-
ate program, unless they are really
certain of what they want to do. She
advises students to speak to profes-
sors in their area of interest.
Clark Hubbard, a visiting Com-
munications professor, advises stu-
dents considering graduate school too
carefully choose their program. "Stu-
dents should go to professors in their
field of interest and get their advice,"
Hubbard said. He noted that the aca-
demic reputation of the institution is
not always related to the school's
graduate program.
speaker-to-be did not campaign on his
DeLay, McCollum and Walker ran
spirited races that began a year ago
when they began to woo GOP House
candidates and aid them financially.
Both DeLay and McCollum estimate
their financial assistance in various
forms to House campaigns at more
than $1 million.
All three made national rounds of
campaign visits.
The prominent role of political*
money in the whip's race made at
least one newcomer uncomfortable.
"People who want to run for leader-
ship races are going to think they've
got to raise a lot of money," said a
member-elect, who supported a loser
and did not want to be named.

Continued from page 1
Students can contact the officer on
duty to resolve law enforcement
problems. "We have removed some
homeless people from Angell Hall,"
Russell said.
Russell also uses the office as his
base of operations for helping faculty
in the buildings in the Diag area re-
solve security issues.
"It's all part of community-ori-
ented policing," he said. "We like to
prevent crime rather than react to it.
We'd much rather ensure all doors

are securely locked than fill out rob-
bery reports and chase witnesses
and suspects."
DPS officers aren't the only ones
using the office. AAPD officer Renee
Bush uses the office to assist students
and faculty with troubles off Univer-
sity property and out of DPS jurisdic-
Students and faculty living off
campus used to come to DPS with
problems, and we told them we
couldn't help, Russell said.
"Now we have Officer Bush herein
a location which is convenient for
them," Russell said.

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