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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 20, 1997


Rotem talks
Continued from Page 1A
as unbelievable as this," she said..
The Raoul Wallenberg
Endowment, which funds the lecture
and medal presentation, was estab-
lished in 1985 to commemorate'
Raoul Wallenberg, a 1935 graduate
of the University's School of
After graduation, Wallenberg
returned to Europe where he worked
as a foreign representative for a cen-,
tral. European trading company in
Budapest. During this time,
Wallenberg came in contact with
many Jewish refugees. In 1944,
Wallenberg was selected by Jewish
organizations to lead Sweden's effort
to save the Jews of Hungry.

Speaker warns of potential


computer infiltration, disaster


By Asheley C. Riley
Daily StaffReporter
Brant Greene, vice president for elec-
tronic commerce at CAMP, Inc., says
the nation's computer infrastructure is
in peril. And he warned that people will
remain oblivious to this danger until
disaster strikes.
In West Hall yesterday, Greene
gave a speech centering on the vul-
nerabilities of technological infra-
Greene, who recently held a posi-
tion on the President's Commission
on Critical Infrastructure Protection,
spoke to an audience of about 40 peo-
Greene's presentation focused on
how "we can put things in place to
make the worst-case scenario actually
not so bad."
He said it is common knowledge
that technology is continuing to

improve. Computers are becoming
increasingly intelligent, and with this
intelligence, more parts of the public
and private sectors are becoming
interdependent on electronic infra-
structures. But computers are very
prone to infiltration by hackers,
Greene said.
Water, oil, gas and telecommunica-
tion industries all depend on comput-
er networks. If infiltrated, this public
knowledge could become a concern
for national security and public wel-
The nation's economic strength is
also at risk, Greene said.
"The speech really opens your eyes
to look at infrastructures a different
way," said Kim, a graduate student in
the School of Information.
"However, it doesn't have the shock
value it would have had, say, 20 years

Simha "Kazik" Rotem spoke to a crowd of about 250 in Rackham Auditorium last
night at the eighth annual University Wallenberg Lecture.

In six months, Wallenberg saved
almost 100,000 lives before disap-
pearing after the Soviet invasion of
Hungary. Historians believe
Wallenberg was taken prisoner and
eventually killed by the Soviets.
Aside from the annual lecture and

medal, Wallenberg is memorialized
on campus with sculptures near the
Rackham School of Graduate Studies
and the School of Art and
Architecture Building. He also was
featured on a stamp issued by the
U.S. Postal Service.this past summer.


Greene said the possibility of a
criminal taking over the telecommu-
nication system is high. noting that it
has happened before. "We've had, in
the past, a takedown of the 911 sys-
tem, where perpetrators purposefuQ
disabled the emergency system,
Greene said.
Physical takeovers should be con-
sidered as well - if a criminal sabo-
tages the San Francisco Bridge, for
example, large fiber optic cables will
be broken and "cut down telecommu-
nication of a whole nation, just by
attacking one geographic area,"
Greene said.
As systems become increasin
complicated, their complexity alone i
vulnerability, however, Greene said.
"An investment in assurance of infra-
structure safety won't happen until an
utter disaster like Pearl Harbor occurs
he said.
Continued from Page IA
Students need to decide whether t
assembly represents their interest,
Harper said.
"If nobody votes, (the assembly) is
never going to be taken seriously,"
Harper said.
But, many students said they may
not vote because they are unfamiliar
with the candidates and the issues.
"I've noticed it on my (tuition) bill,
but that's about it," said LSA first-year
student Michael Arguello.
Arguello said he will not vote becau
he doesn't understand the purpose of
MSA. "I know that it's student govern-
ment. I need to know what it can do"
Arguello said.
Likewise, LSA first-year student
Adam Killian said he will not be voting
in the elections.
"I don't know anything about the can-
didates," said Killian, who added he
would like to see more information po
ed in residence halls. "I would vote Y
knew more about them."
Students who plan to vote said they
would like to see more information
"I feel it's my right as a student:'
LSA junior Amethyst Smith said. "A
lot of kids feel they don't know enough
about the candidates to make an
informed decision."
Smith said she would like more infor-
mation about issues on the posters
up by candidates, rather than just names
and faces.
LSA first-year student Aarti Mehta
said she learned about candidates
through posters, and although that does
not provide enough information, she
still will vote.
"You don't get to know a person by a
few ideas'" Mehta said.
Former MSA President Fiona Ro
said future advertising will need to ci
centrate on involving students' interests.
"Getting attention is not the same as
getting enthusiasm," said Rose, an
LSA senior. "(The assembly) is giving
more moneythan ever to student
groups and it's important how it's
Continued from Page 1A
cornerback and Heisman Trop
hopeful Charles Woodson. Other
popular items include T-shirts sport-
ing the Michigan helmet and
Michigan flags.
Both stores also are preparing to
offer Rose Bowl items in the event of a
Michigan victory Saturday.
"If they win, we'll have a (Rose
Bowl) T-shirt and a hat the next day
Frick said. "We have an open ordera
to a supplier. We're just waiting for ths

With so much excitement surround-
ing Saturday's game, tickets are in high
demand. Fliers advertising tickets for
sale have been plastered all over cam-
pus, and student entrepreneurs have
been netting: $100-$200 for their tick-
"I have offers for $100, but I'm wait-
ing until closer to the game,' said LQ.
sophomore Eric Davis. "I'll just ta
what I can get.'
But Davis said he was not in it for the
"If Friday comes and the offers fiz-
zle out, I'd probably give it away:'
Davis said.
LSA sophomore Khalid Shah also
said he didn't care how much money he
gets for his ticket, and that he would go
to the game if he could. Shah said!
because his parents are coming into
town for the weekend, he will miss the
"If you have a ticket, go. It will be
the game of your life," Shah said.
LSA first-year student Brian
Hayden said he thought about look-
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