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We, site features presidential trivia

The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 10, 1997 - 7

By Elena Gimenez
For the Daily
Did you know that Warren G. Harding made a
hobby of visiting burlesque shows? Or that a 332-
pound William Howard Taft got stuck in the White
House bathtub the first time he used it'?
0 This trivia comes from a Website designed by
University alumnus -Bob Summers, titled "Presidents
of the United States"' It is one of the most popular
places to visit on the School of Information's Internet
Public Library.
But trivia is far from the only feature on this large
site.
"The main goal of the site is to provide some basic
content on the presidents, while also providing links to
more advanced information to those who are interest-
ed," Summers said.
Web browsers can find everything from biographies
*nd speeches to video and audioclips. One example is
a clip from the grodndbreaking R Nixon/Kennedy
debates. Those looking to focus on Kennedy's assassi-
nation can check out a link specifically devoted to this
topic.
Poll labels,
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there's a
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LANSING (AP) - Women are just ficult sit
as likely as men to admit they're angry "In sc
and frustrated behind the wheel, and there ar
Piey're more likely than men to tail- ings," G
gate, block lanes or find other ways to duty to d
punish other drivers, according to a party w,
national survey. Goldr
Overall, 21 percent of male drivers effects
and 20 percent of female drivers on results o
the nation's roads said they tended to "It is
drive in ways that would make them yoe get
aggressive behind the wheel. The k
The 1 percentage point difference is informa
within the survey's 3.5-percentage- causes s
1oint margin of error and is statistical- from par
ly insignificant. data acc
The telephone poll of 875 people "You h
was conducted by EPIC/MRA of protect
Lansing after it did a similar poll of obtained
Michigan drivers for the Michigan Protec
State Police. All respondents were 18 effects o
or older; about I1 percent said they participa
didn't drive. obtai n i n
The findings aren't surprising to Confiden
Patricia Waller, director of the federal g
university of Michigan Transportation "Only
Research Institute in Ann Arbor. is locked
For one thing, she said, women's ring to r
driving patterns now more closely serve sub
match men's than in the past. More else can
women drivers are licensed than the data
before and take more short trips than Judy
men. president
Statistics show they are increasing- nator of t
ly involved in accidents, although viouslyl
-men are more likely to die in a crah.

332-pound William
Howard Taft got stuck in
the White House bathtub
the first time he used it.
Lists of cabinet members, election results and addi-
tional links make this a very in-depth look at every
man who has been the head of the executive branch of
the U.S. government.
"It isn't just a list of links to other sites," said
Summers, who single-handedly put this collection
together.
POTUS is every U.S. history student's dream.
It's as if Summers went to the library and found out
everything students need to know ... and then
some, students said.
"The site looks really interesting, plus it would be
great if you needed to write a paper," said Engineering
student Nick Bujwa.

In fact, many teachers and students have clamored
to use Summer's site in the classroom since it's incep-
tion a year ago. Summers said he freely gives them
permission.
The largest use of the site is undertaken by high
schools. Another group who makes use of this site,
Summers said, is "other presidential buffs like
myself." He is continually adding to the collection,
as users e-mail him with suggestions and com-
ments.
IPL Director Joe Janes said'Summers came to him
with the idea of posting such .a Website as part of an
independent study project that Summers was working
on as a University graduate student.
"Bob's obsession is the presidents." said Janes,
laughing.
The IPL sponsors similar projects through a class
taught at the School of Information.
The students act as a virtual staff for the IPL,
and have the chance to pursue their own interests
by adding to the IPL's archives.
Many students have chosen to create a variety of
unique sites.

)nfidentiality issues addressed

SEARCH
ed from Page 1
risk upon a third party,
duty to protect and warn
[party.
aw sometimes creates a dif-
tuation for researchers.
ientific and medical survey,
e some unanticipated find-
ioldman said. "There is a
disclose. You have to tell the
he is at risk."
nan also explained the
of the state law on the
f their studies.
a very interesting bind that
into," Goldman said.
knowledge that all subject
tion is not confidential
ome subjects to shy away
rticipation, which decreases
mracy.
have to think about ways to
data that you have
," Goldman said.
tion against these negative
n data is found by offering
ants anonymity or by
g a Certificate of
ntiality from the state or
government, Goldman said.
one person has the key. It
d up," Goldman said, refer-
esearchers' ability to pre-
bject anonymity. "Nobody
make the bridge between
and subject."
Nowack, assistant vice
t- for research and coordi-
he event, said she had pre-.
eard Goldman speak at the

The University of M
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Wind Ensembles
H. Robert Reynolds, conductor
* Music by Hovhaness and Gounod
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12
Theatre and Drama Production
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Directed by Jerry Schwiebert
Trueblood Theatre, Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Tickets: $14; $7 students (313) 764-0450
Sunday, October 12
Stearns Lecture Series
William P. Malm, Prof. Emeritus of the School of Music
"Percussive Paths to Enlightenment in Japan"
Britton Recital Hall, E.V Moore Bldg., 2 p.m.
37th Annual Conference on Organ Music
Autumn Festival of Choirs
" World premiere of a hymn dedicated to Marilyn Mason
Hill Auditorium, 4 p.m.
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Celebration of African-American music by organists
W. James Abbington, Wayne Barr, Norah Duncan IV,
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Monday, October 13
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Robert Clark, James Kibbie, Robert Glasgow,
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Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 14
37th Annual Conference on Organ Music
Alexander Frey, organist and pianist from Berlin
* Music of Saylor, Korngold, Bernstein, Dupre, Mahler,
Schumann, Liszt, Jongen
Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
Wednesday, October 15
University Chamber Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
* Music by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Milhaud, Ibert
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, October 16-19
Theatre and Drama Production
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Directed by Jerry Schwiebert
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Tickets: $14; $7 students (313) 764-0450
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Directed by Brent Wagner
Choreographed by Linda Goodrich
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Tickets: $18; $14 (313)764-0450
All events are free and wheelchair accessible unless
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at 1100 Baits Drive, North Campus. (313) 764-0594

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KELLY MCKINNELL/Daily
Edward Goldman, attorney for the Medical School and lecturer in the School
of Public Health, spoke yesterday about the importance of maintaining sub-
jects' confidentiality in large research projects.

Institute for Social Research.
She said she was impressed by
the issues Goldman discussed and
the points he made.
"I knew that he had thought
about this issue," Nowack said. "We
decided that he had done such a

good job."
Amiram Vinokur, ISR social
researcher, said he agreed with
Goldman's points, and left the talk
with new insights.
"It was very informative,"
Vinokur said.

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