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oman in West
n unidentified male entered the
en's bathroom on the third floor of
est-Quad Residence Hall on
ednesday morning, according to
epartment of Public Safety reports.
He proceeded to open the shower
oorj while a resident was bathing
nside, DPS reports state.
The suspect ogled the female stu-
ent; then fled the scene when she cried
ut, DPS officials said in the report.
self at Mo-Jo
A student burned his hand
ednesday afternoon while working in
he Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall din-
ng hall kitchen, according to DPS
DPS officials stated that the student
id not-need an ambulance to take him
o University Hospitals' emergency
o or to University Health Services,
ut e did request DPS provide him
ith a ride.
The student waited in the Mosher-
ordandining hall until DPS arrived to
ke him to M-Works, DPS reports
tudent called DPS on Wednesday
vening to report an incident of assault
hat ocurred the previous week. The
oman said she was in a friend's room
n South Quad Residence Hall when
er friend's roommate verbally berated
The student said the man intimidated
er and made her feel uncomfortable,
o she left the room. Since then, she has
eed more threats from her friend's
oommate, DPS reports state.
Space research equipment, estimated
o cost more than $3,000, was stolen
rom -the Space Research Building,
PS reports state.
The-specialized laser equipment was
r ally claimed missing in late
e mber. DPS officials stated that
iers were posted to track down the
quipment's whereabouts. Since the
iers yielded no results, DPS was
alled Monday afternoon to officially
eport the equipment as stolen.
rash can near Hill
t. catches fire
estone trash container on the cor-
er of Hill and Tappan streets reported-
y caught on fire Wednesday afternoon,
according to DPS reports.
The person who called DPS to alert
hem-of the fire, assured DPS that the
ire, had been smothered with snow,
PS reports state. The cause of the fire
Cash stolen from
AV1ry Markley Residence Hall res-
iden discovered $20 was missing from
ier wallet when she returned to her
room. Tuesday afternoon, according to
DPS officials stated that the student
lad left her room unattended without
locking the door. DPS has not identi-
te nysuspects in the theft.
An obscene message was sent to the
Women in Science and Engineering
program office Monday afternoon,
DPS" reports state. It is still unclear
who sent the message, but no further
messages have been sent, according to
S officials requested that
Moer-Jordan Residence Hall staff
assess the situation and decide what
action .,to take. They did not file a
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Mahvish Khan
For the Daily
Only three days after opening, 111 crimi-
nals from 35 state jails have sold almost half
of the artwork they have on display at
Rackham Galleries as a part of the Fourth
Annual Exhibit of Art by Michigan Prisoners.
The exhibit, which runs until Feb. 24, is a
component of English Prof. Buzz Alexander's
and Art and Design Prof. Janie Paul's classes.
By showcasing 229 works of art for the
public, Alexander and other organizers said
they hope to eliminate negative images asso-
ciated with prisoners and to give students an
opportunity to see prisoners' talents.
"In our culture, prisoners are stereotyped as
criminals - not as people with families and
loved ones or as individuals who are trying to
artwork displayed at Rackhamn
Selling artwork to profit
prisoners meets opposition
grow," Alexander said. "This exhibit will human-
ize the 45,000 people in Michigan prisons."
LSA sophomore Melissa Kinney, who is enrolled
in Alexander's "United States Prisons" class, said
she looks forward to attending the exhibition.
"I believe everyone has the right to express
themselves - and hopefully by attending this
exhibition, my own preconceived notions and
stereotypes of our prisoners will be destroyed,"
While most students accepted the notion of
prisoner self-expression, many felt uncom-
fortable with the fact that the artists will
receive all the proceeds from the exhibit.
"We already spend millions and millions of
our dollars on prisons. If these inmates should
make any proceeds it should go directly
towards paying for their jail facilities," said
Anil Sastry, a Business senior.
Other students shared Sastry's point of view.
"I believe convicts go to jail to suffer for their
crimes," Business senior Steve Ahn said. "These
murderers, rapists, robbers, extortionists ... should
not be making money off the system.
"When you're in jail, your freedoms are taken
away, that includes self-expression. We should not be
rewarding criminals," he said.
The exhibit's administrative assistant Laurie
Hess, however, said the inmates' crimes are sepa-
rate from their art.
"These are artists;they have created the work and
they deserve the money... just like anyone else, pris-
oners are human beings that feel pain, that see beau-
ty, and that create ... these are people who need this
support," she said.
The prices for the works of art range from $1
to $500. Previous exhibitions have attracted more
than 1,100 visitors and earned $6,000 in sales.
inside: A review of the Exhibit of Art by Michigan
Prisoners. Page 10.
'U' PrO. 'Sounds'
off on cable station
By Angela Bardoni
For the Daily
Physics Prof. Franco Nori experienced
stardom for the third time last week when
he appeared on a science program pro-
duced by The Learning Channel.
During the week of Feb. 1, the pro-
gram "Odd Sounds" aired on TLC. The
series allowed its viewers to take a look at
the theories behind strange sciences and
the myths that explain supernatural
Nori contributed his knowledge on
how sand avalanches produce sound.
Through experiments, Nori said he has
been able to study the high and low fre-
quencies that are produced by sand
His experiments have led to a detailed
explanation of the scientific reason for
Late last year, TLC contacted the
University's physics department and
expressed their interest in creating a
show about the phenomena of sound.
Based on the research Nori and his
colleagues have conducted, TLC created
a script and filmed the show in Ann
Much of the footage took place in the
Randall Laboratory, where Nori was able
to conduct simple demonstrations.
Non said he has been on television
twice before, but this show was a differ-
ent experience for him.
"I've never been filmed in a lab setting
before," Nori said.
Nori said the physics department was
the only science department in the nation
that participated in the show.
"The biology department was asked
to participate, but it was requested that
I complete the project," Nori said.
There is a section devoted to the
sounds of sand avalanches on the
University physics Website.
Odd Sounds not only presents scientif-
ic data, but also reveals some unexplain-
able events that take place in the world.
The show features other segments
including "Talking Ghosts,"
"Glassolalia," "Ringing Rocks" and
A TLC spokesperson described each
of the individual segments.
"Talking Ghosts," the TLC spokesper-
son said, covers the investigation of a
sunken ship and a girl's voice that is said
to haunt the remains of the boat.
"Glassolalia" describes a religious
group whose voices speak only nonsense
"Ringing Rocks" addresses strange
rocks that ring like a bell when struck
with a hammer.
"Taos Hum" discusses a New Mexico
Artist colony who has witnessed a low-
pitched hum that is constant throughout
the day and night
Inhabitants, the spokesperson said,
think the sound is coming from secret
underground government labs.
Nori said other related scientific
events on campus include the Saturday
morning physics series - lectures that
are open to the public and cover many
different scientific theories.
Specific disciplines include material
sciences, biology, economics and astro-
People who missed the series on TLC
can catch Nori in action during the
Saturday morning lecture series.
Nori is giving a lecture called
"Collective Motion and Avalanches" Feb.
20 and 27 that will cover most of the top-
ics presented in Odd Sounds.
TLC will also be rerunning the Odd
Sounds program through the rest of this
For more information about the
Saturday morning lecture series,
contact the physics department at
SNRE seniors Justin Semlon, Matt Tomlinson and Dan Coles take the day off from classes to enjoy yesterday's warm
left on Internet
ANN ARBOR (AP) - Several thou-
sand patient records at the University
Medical Center inadvertently lingered
on public Internet sites for two months.
But after they were viewed by unau-
thorized people this week, the hospital
quickly shut off access.
"Luckily, we were notified and able to
stop it this time before real damage was
done," medical center spokesperson
Dave Wilkins told The Ann Arbor News
yesterday. "Still, on all fronts, we're tak-
ing it very seriously."
The problem was discovered Monday
after a University student searching for
information about a University doctor on
the medical center's Website was linked
to files containing private patient records.
The records contained names, address-
es, phone numbers, Social Security num-
bers, employment status, treatments for
specific medical conditions and other
data, the paper reported. The information
was used to schedule appointments and
didn't include more detailed medical
information, Wilkins said.
He said "several thousand" records
were available for two months. But
nobody accessed the records until
Monday, he said.
Two people dialed in two times each,
then two reporters called in, for a total of
six hits by 1:30 p.m. One of the reporters
then notified the medical center, which
shut off access by 2 p.m., Wilkins said.
Joe Kryza, director of operations for
medical center information technology,
said scanning tools detect potential hack-
ers and the problem eventually would
have been caught. .
Medical center officials are determin-
ing whether the breach warrants notify-
ing the patients involved, Wilkins said.
The posting on the Web came as a sur-
prise to Cary Johnson, whose 2-year-old
son's record was one of those exposed.
"I'm certainly not happy about it,"
said Johnson, who is a nurse at the
medical center. "I guess technology
is helping us to do some things and
hurting us in other ways."
Johnson told the paper she was
already concerned about the privacy
of information after someone used
her bank card number to charge $700
to her checking account just before
Christmas. "These things didn't hap-
pen 20 years ago."
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